Courtesy of Shelter Reform Action Committee (SRAC)
Every year Animal Care & Control (AC&C) in New York City is forced to euthanize thousands of adoptable animals. Why? Because there simply is not enough room in the AC&C’s existing shelters to house and properly care for all those animals.
Thus, every year around 43,000 animals are jammed into already overcrowded shelters. It would make a world of difference to these animals if the AC&C had full service shelters in the Bronx and Queens, so as to relieve the strain on the shelters in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island.
If the Bronx and Queens were cities, each would be among the top 10 largest cities in the U.S.! Yet, the two largest boroughs don’t have their own animal shelters. What’s even more frustrating is that the Bronx and Queens were supposed to have their own shelters years ago. In 2000 the City Council passed a law requiring the Department of Health (DOH) to create full service animal shelters in those two boroughs (the “Animal Shelters Law”). At Mayor Bloomberg’s request, the deadline for creating these shelters was extended from 2002 to 2006.
It’s 2010 and the shelters still don’t exist.
The DOH doesn’t care. The Mayor doesn’t care. And even the City Council doesn’t seem to care either, because the Council has never taken action against the Mayor or the DOH for their defiance of the law.
For 15 years, Shelter Reform Action Committee (SRAC) has fought for the rights of New York City’s homeless pet population. We’ve opened up AC&C records and board meetings. We’ve been responsible for the ouster of various incompetents and political hacks from control over the AC&C animals.
Now we ask you to help us demand that the Mayor, the City Council, and the DOH create these long-needed shelters in the Bronx and in Queens. No more delays and excuses. We want action.
Go to http://shelterreform.org/2010OfficialsToContact.html for a list of officials to contact and sample messages to send each.