Wednesday, January 28, 2009

NYC Mayor's Alliance reports progress

The NYC Mayor's Alliance reports that they are on track for their goal of no euthanasia of adoptable pets.
Evidence of the Alliance's success can be seen in the decreasing euthanasia statistics. In 2007, for the first time in New York City's history, euthanasia at municipal shelters fell below 50 percent, to 43 percent. When final numbers for 2008 are available next month, the euthanasia rate is expected to be 38 percent. That number is down from 74 percent in 2002 (the year the Mayor's Alliance was formed), when 31,908 of the more than 40,000 dogs and cats entering NYC's Animal Care & Control (AC&C) shelters were euthanized.

"We have a long way to go but we're definitely making progress toward our goal," says Jane Hoffman, president of the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals. "The current economic downturn puts additional pressure on our facilities, but we're determined to become a no-kill community and the Alliance has realized some impressive achievements along the way."

TNR is an important part of their blueprint. Read the entire article for more.


Anonymous said...

That's great news, however, I wish shelters would release cat and dog figures separately. As we all know, the euthanasia rate for cats is usually 10 - 30 % higher than that of dogs. Averages don't tell the whole story. Of course, a TNR component in the strategy is CRITICAL to reducing cat euthanasia.

Thanks for the post.

Connie, Orlando

Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

One step at a time alright! When I think of our poor sweet Spike, four months at the shelter, and he is the BEST cat but may have been killed elsewhere.

Zuleme said...

Whenever I read things like this (I couldn't read the post about gas chambers) I think about the Holocaust. It is a Holocaust and it's going on every day.
I can only imagine the fear of those poor creatures. Just to even imagine my Ramona with her beautiful eyes and sweet soul in such a situation.
There are millions of Ramonas. And none of them deserve to die.
There is a blog written by a woman doing rescue work, taking as many as she can from the shelters in New York. I had to stop reading it. They were killing mom cats and their kittens.