Animal Care & Control of New York City recently issued a newsletter alerting the public to an unfortunate situation at its shelters: that all canned and soft food will no longer be provided, other than by donation, to the animals that they care for. However, because AC&C is under the auspices of New York City’s Department of Health, many animal welfare advocates say the newsletter is a glazed-over version of the real story behind what is going on at the AC&C.
In a dramatic slash of the budget for AC&C by the DOH – about $800,000 less this year -
all animals, young, old and nursing, will receive only dry food to eat twice per day. “Animals are going to suffer even more because of the city budget cuts -- we really need as much support as possible,” said an AC&C employee who declined to be identified. “The people who run this city don't care about animals, it’s embarrassing.”
AC&C employees and volunteers are working overtime to bring in corporate donations of both cash and goods. Recently, Petropolis, one of New York's most knowledgeable pet supply stores, has taken the lead in donating canned food to all three AC&C shelters.
After Petropolis owner Tazz Latifi caught wind of an urgent plea from an AC&C volunteer via Facebook over the weekend, she sent emails to her suppliers asking for help. “I called one of my suppliers and was basically like ‘look, you’re loaded and you need to do something for them,’” said Latifi. “And he did. He sold me cases of food at below wholesale prices.” Another of Petropolis’ suppliers agreed to donate eight cases of cat food and eight cases of dog food the following day.
As of the time that this article was published, Latifi donated 40 cases of food on her own dime and 40 more cases through customer donations. Additionally, 50 cases of cat food are due to ship out to the shelters on Monday morning. But it doesn't stop there. Petropolis is also offering a 5% discount for every can of food that comes off it's shelves, to be donated to AC&C.
More than 40,000 animals walk through the doors of the city’s shelters each year – they are victims of cruelty, neglect, and circumstance – and many don’t ever get to leave. “Misconceptions surrounding euthanasia prevents people from donating money to AC&C, who needs it more than any other shelter in the city,” said another AC&C employee who declined to be identified.
Food donations are not the only thing the animals at AC&C are in need of. Blankets, treats, toys, towels and comforters are also in high demand. To donate money, food or any of these items please see the locations of the AC&C shelters below.
AC&C — Manhattan Animal Care Center
326 East 110th Street
New York, NY 10029
Animal Care & Control of New York City
11 Park Place, Suite 805
New York, NY 10007
AC&C — Brooklyn Animal Care Center
2336 Linden Boulevard
Brooklyn, NY 11208
AC&C — Staten Island Animal Care Center
3139 Veterans Road West
Staten Island, NY 10309