Few months ago, Intro. 655 was passed by the City Council. This bill states that approximately $10 million will be funded to animal shelters in Queens and Bronx for about three years. Money will be used to hire more staff members so that they will be more available to the animals and the public. In return for the funding, Intro. 655 will repeal the 2000 bill which states that each borough must have a full-time animal shelter. This means that Queens and Bronx do not need to build animal shelters. For a moment, this may not seem as an alarming problem until one finds out that there are only three shelters in the Bronx and Queens. Does this bill sound efficient at all?
Three shelters are not enough to hold animals, especially since Queens and Bronx are not small boroughs. Unwanted animals in Queens and Bronx will overcrowd adoption facilities in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Staten Island. Eventually, space will run out and staff members will euthanize the animals because of a common cold or a small cough.
So why should we build animal shelters for Animal Care and Control Center (AC&C)? We must take small steps to save animals. By having additional shelters, we’ll save more animals from being euthanized in crowded facilities.
In addition, AC&C should be a separate organization from Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Since AC&C is contracted by the DOH, majority of its income comes from DOH. It simply does not make a sense that a Department of Health is funding an animal care organization. After all, the DOH is more concerned with human-related issues such as diabetes, arthritis, heart diseases, and cancers than overcrowded and filthy animal shelters. Because of this, AC&C’s budget continues to diminish annually. Not only does the DOH controls majority of AC&C’s budget, but also the fact that the DOH and the mayor choose the executives directors of AC&C. For the most part, these executive officers do not care about animals. They are more concern with pleasing the mayor.
Please help animals suffocating in AC&C by signing this petition to separate the AC&C from the DOH and demand animal shelters to be built in Queens and Bronx.