Petitioning Mayor NYC Bill de Blasio and 3 others

Reform Intake, Adoption, and Euthanasia Policies At NYC ACC

18,130
Supporters

All animal control across the country are in need of serious reform, but the New York ACC are slaughterhouses, taking in many, many cats and dogs surrendered by owners willingly and shortly euthanize them. Anywhere from 15-25+ cats and dogs are put on the list each day and killing can begin as soon as 6 am.


Volunteers and workers in the NYC ACC centers post profiles of them online so people can rescue them, this is hardcore cataloging and it is terrifying to watch as the profiles are taken down and put into "Gone but Not Forgotten" albums.

The ACC should be networking, contacting independent rescues and groups in the area to literally outsource former housecats and dogs that are surrendered or seized to ease the shelters intake. We suggest animals that are already neutered and spayed, ASPA tattooed individuals, overweight and in the case of cats, declawed and any animal that  show signs of former ownership should be the first to be filtered out. Animals over the age of 5 and elderly animals should be top priority into getting them into rescue. Adopting a program focused on fostering could help filter these former pets out of the shelters keeping in-house animal numbers lower and more managable. Adding in longer periods for adoption and windows for rescues to coordinate pick-up, cleaner facilities for URIs, low cost spay & neuter for the public and more emphasis on education for spaying and neutering also need to implemented.

Owners who turn in pets over need to be properly flagged and assement of the animal needs to be done as too many "strays" are obviously former pets being dumped and people are lying on their sheets. A list of rescues and organizations should be provided for people to contact and the shelter needs to be upfront about their animal's chances.  If cats and dogs show signs of neglegence as many of them do, criminal action should be followed suit for negligence against those dropping them off if they are indeed the owner.

There are people wanting to come rescue these animals, but there is so much red tape in order to pull from them via rescue not to mention an absurd time for arranging rescue, when most people sleep, it is almost impossible to do so and often times it is too late. Sure rules are there for some reasons, zealous rescuers can be a problem. But it shouldn’t be this hard. Forming a network with rescues across the NYC region and beyond can only strengthen the shelter's efficientcy and means pets could quickly be filtered out of their centers, and instead the ACC can they can dedicate their time with the extremely feral and extremely sick instead of being congested with sulking former pets.

New York City is supposed to be a model of excellence and is one of America’s most iconic of cities. Our crown jewel of culture. You would think, then there would be more anger for such inadequate and heartless practices and underfunding. I highly urge people to support the call for change. New Yorkers, I urge you to take a look at the animals in need;

http://www.urgentpetsondeathrow.org/

Please find it in your heart to reform the way the ACC centers work.  Open up to rescuers and form a network instead of a self contained entity whose cyclical methods are not working. If NYC can clean up its act, then many other shelters along the East Coast will copy or mimic your methods. NYC is a point of reference and we need it to change. Please open up discussion and negotiation. Please reform your shelters. Build new better ones. Be more compassionate.

Letter to
Mayor NYC Bill de Blasio
Chairman of board of directors Patrick Nolan
Director of Operations Melissa Webber
and 1 other
Executive Director and General Counsel Risa Weinstock
I just signed the following petition addressed to: New York City Animal Control Centers.

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To reform in their intake, adoption, and euthanasia policies.

All animal control across the country are in need of serious reform, but the New York ACC are slaughterhouses, taking in many, many cats and dogs surrendered by owners willingly and shortly euthanize them. Anywhere from 15-25+ cats and dogs are put on the list each day and killing can begin as soon as 6 am.
Volunteers and workers in the NYC ACC centers post profiles of them online so people can rescue them, this is hardcore cataloging and it is terrifying to watch as the profiles are taken down and put into "Gone but Not Forgotten" albums. The ACC should be networking, contacting independent rescues and groups to literally outsource former housecats that are surrendered or seized: animals that are already neutered and spayed, ASPA tattooed individuals, overweight and declawed cats all show signs of former ownership and should be placed elsewhere.

There are people wanting to come rescue them, WILLING, but there is so much red tape in order to pull from them via rescue, it is almost impossible to rescue and often times it is too late. Sure there are there for some reasons, zealous cat collectors rescuing animals is a no-no, that guy who tortured cats after adopting them from NY that was recently caught in Baltimore, MD is also not something you want either. But it shouldn’t be this hard and the ACC centers should have greater support, considering mayor Bloomberg is a billionaire.

Not only are many of the animals at the centers surrendered, but the ACC openly accepts them as strays, even if it’s obvious it was once someone’s pet. Owners often submit under “allergy” claims, some have the gall to claim it isn't even their pet. In this instance,it is shocking they do not direct people to better venues to surrender their pet. It appears some people who surrender even think their pet has a chance to find a new home according to filling out their questionnaire about their cat. It is one thing when a cat comes in that is sick and needs to be put down due to true incurable illness or injury, a stray that was just fatally hit by a car, etc, but the animals they put down here are often from the look of pictures were generally very nice housecats that were betrayed by owners and given low scores due to them being scared, depressed, and angry and thus act out, earning a low behavior rating….for acting perfectly appropriate in their situation.

The animal control centers in NYC show NO signs of openly working on getting such former pets (especially middle aged to senior pets often turned in due to moving, loss of home, or owner's death) out to sanctuaries and specialized rescues that can ensure them homes. If they showed that initiative and allowed co-operation with rescues across the nation, a network, then a great deal of these animals would still be alive and out of their centers, and instead they could then deal with the extremely feral and extremely sick instead of being congested with sulking former pets.

New York City is supposed to be a model of excellence and is one of America’s most iconic of cities. You would think, then there would be more anger for such inadequate and heartless practices and underfunding when their mayor is a billionaire. I highly urge people to support the call for change. New Yorkers, I urge you to take a look at the photo albums for the cats,

http://www.facebook.com/PetsOnDeathRow

Every single one, and then their sister page for dogs, and then take action, because like Occupy Wall Street, inaction doesn’t give results.
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Sincerely,