NYC Animal Adoptions Up, Euthanasia Downthe daily dish
An increase in funding is improving the chances for New York City's homeless cats and dogs to find permanent homes and avoid euthanasia, as reported by the Daily News. According to Animal Care and Control of New York City, more than 20,000 cats and dogs found homes last year, which is an 11 percent increase over 2012.
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In the same time frame, the non-profit AC&C has also helped reduce euthanization of the city's homeless pets by 30 percent. Officials say the number of animals saved can be attributed to a $5 million boost in funding, as reported by the Daily News. That money allows for more staff and additional services.
"I think you see change happening almost immediately," said AC&C executive director Risa Weinstock. "We had a strategy in place and the money to do things."
The organization is required to accept every unwanted animal brought to the establishment, so there are still about 5,000 animals euthanized a year.
"We are looking into what we can do to keep driving that number down," Weinstock said.
Rescue groups have been helping to place animals in either foster or permanent homes, and get them out of shelters as quickly as possible. The AC&C also received a donated van, which lets the non-profit take adoptable animals to more neighborhoods.
"The changes can be seen throughout the system," Weinstock said. "Cats are staying in kitty condos instead of cages, and stressed-out animals are being calmed with soothing music."
The 2014 fiscal year budget for AC&C is $14.2 million, and the organization is already putting that money to good use to continue improving the lives of NYC's homeless cats and dogs.
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