Reform the NYC ACC NOW!!!

  • by: Urgent Death Row Dogs
  • recipient: NYC Dept of Heath, NYC City Council, Mayor Bloomberg, NYC Animal Care & Control

We are tired of the constant death and neglect going on at the NYC Animal Care & Control.



New York Center for Animal Care and Control is a non-profit agency contracted by the City of New York to house and care for any abandoned, relinquished, or homeless animal within the five boroughs. They are not permitted to turn any animal away for lack of space. They are also contractually obligated to respond within 24 hours to complaints or tips regarding unleashed dogs, stray cats, and assorted wildlife---even though one of Julie Bank's first responses to heartless budget cuts by the DOH was to stop having field officers pick up stray cats. Finally, they also shelter seized animals in cooperation with the police. All animals seized by eviction, arrest, or for health reasons (such as owners in the hospital or hoarding situations) come to Animal Care and Control of New York City.  Not the ASPCA.


Although AC&C is technically an independent contractor, and not a "city agency", the truth of the matter is that funding for the organization comes out of the budget of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, usually referred to as the DOH. The Department of Health oversees AC&C and presents its contract under terms AC&C cannot refuse. Not surprisingly, they allocate a truly shameful budget to its redheaded stepchild. In fact, New York City has one of the most underfunded animal control agencies in the United States.


In order for AC&C to qualify for desperately needed (but still not even close to enough) supplementary monies from Maddie's Fund, a grant foundation dedicated to promoting a no-kill community in New York City, certain benchmarks must be met to be eligible for the donation. This year, the benchmark of progress is that no animal can be euthanized for the documented reason of lack of space.  Under Maddie's edict, an animal can only be euthanized if it is ill, or if it is otherwise deemed unsuitable for adoption.


There is a lot that needs to be fixed.  We need to speak up!


First and most important, we demand that he Board be replaced with people that truly care about the animals and want to help them! 

We also demand on behalf of NYC's animals:

1. Certified SAFERists in every shelter

2. Video footage of said test available to rescue partners

3. At least two evaluations per animal

4. Increased adoption events

5. Increased partnerships with storefronts and other animal friendly organizations to display either live animals or updated photos

6. Bulletin boards in every shelter with printouts of sick animals with URI, so the public can be made aware of their presence

7. Increased awareness for pit bulls in NYC, with accurate information about this misunderstood breed on AC&C's website

8. Aggressive foster recruitment for bottle babies and other easily predictable seasonal surges.

9. Clear employee policies for handling animals, including penalties for non compliance.

10. Reformation of the terms used in the behavior tests to stress the experience level needed to adopt.


Please join us in being the voice for the voiceless.  Help us reform the city shelter and give these animals a fighting chance!



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