Lulietta From Downtown Manhattan Needs a Home Now – at NYC Animal Care & Control Shelter

Lulietta is a sweet grey and white female kitty who had been part of someone’s home in downtown Manhattan for seven years. Her guardians dropped her off at NYC’s Animal Care & Control apparently because someone in the home had developed allergies, perhaps not realizing that her chances would be slim there for survival.

13,000 animals were killed at the city shelter system, Animal Care & Control(ACC), in 2009. It is a high kill shelter, and, because of that, it’s close to the last option to bring an animal. Lulietta came from zip code 10003 which includes First to Fifth Avenues, 20th Street to Wash Square South (also includes a bit further south to the Bowery).

The Manhattan ACC shelter is at 110th Street and 1st Avenue. Try calling first, and visit this independent Facebook page and let them know you’d like to rescue her. Her time is running out! Lulietta is currently on the ACC “Death Row.” Her Animal ID # is A891546.

Manhattan ACC: 326 East 110th Street (between 1st & 2nd Avenues)
Shelter Hours: 8:00am to 8:00pm, 7 Days a Week; Adoption Hours: Noon to 7:00pm, 7 Days a Week; ‘6’ train to 110th Street; Walk 2½ blocks east (on the south side of the street between 1st and 2nd Avenues).

Phone #’s: ACC Manhattan: 212/722-4939 Press 0 and keep trying until you get a live person. Alternate #: #212/442-2076

Note: the Manhattan and Brooklyn (in East New York) shelters are both in areas that are not easily accessible for most. First thing to help animals, the shelters need to be relocated.

If Lulietta isn’t available, please consider rescuing another animal! This is something each of us needs to be a part of – helping New York City’s animals. The ACC’s budget should not be cut further as Mayor Bloomberg’s Administration is doing — hurting the marginal chance for a future good life for animals already having a hard time.

The ACC — a not independent “non-profit” with the majority of directors on its board also the heads of city agencies, including NYC Parks Dept. Commissioner Adrian Benepe — is in need of total reform and attention from our elected officials. Animals should not be discarded this way.

– Background information:

* Recent Letter from Shelter Reform Action Committee to NY City Council Speaker Christine Quinn here.

* Previous WSP Blog Post: How the New York City Shelter System – ACC – is Broken

Today, Saturday, November 6th 12-5:30 p.m. – Support NYC Shelter Reform/Learn More at Washington Square Park

Updated with AC&C links!

I’ve long thought the New York City shelter system, Animal Care & Control (AC&C), wasn’t going far enough to spare animals’ lives – it’s reported that 13,000 cats and dogs were killed last year in the New York City shelter system.

13 THOUSAND KILLED.

There are only three shelters – which cover all FIVE boroughs in a city with 8 MILLION people – and all are placed in locations that are not easily accessible for most. (The Brooklyn location is in East New York.) Shouldn’t our animals be given the best chance for their lives to be saved by being easily adoptable and every chance that can be given explored ?

The “system” has always been problematic but budget cuts have made the problem more glaring. People are rallying, after too long a silence, to reform the system. A few years ago, it was stated NYC was going No-Kill. This seems further away than ever.

One of the members of Board of Directors of the AC&C is NYC Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe.

The first gathering of a new independent coalition to reform the AC&C will be held today, Saturday, November 6th at Washington Square Park, 12 noon to 5:30 p.m. near the Holley Plaza (to west of the Fountain). Join in and find out more.

From the press release at the Vintage Cats blog:

Concerned New Yorkers are coming together on November 6th at Washington Square Park to educate the public about what is happening to the homeless pets of NYC. The goal is to force the NY ACC to reform so that the needless killings of adoptable pets can be stopped.

This year significant funding was cut from New York City’s Animal Shelter system’s (NYACC – New York Animal Care and Control) budget. Food and supplies have run out over the last few weeks. New Yorkers have been donating food and supplies to keep the cats and dogs fed. The shelters are severely under funded. In fact, there are only three shelters for all five boroughs.

On November 4th phone lines at the ACC were turned off. The public can no longer call in to inquire, or to adopt a cat and dog.

WSP Blog note: This is a particularly important piece of information:

The NY ACC is considered a private charity organization, but its board is made up of city officials. Several of them are from the Department of Health, as it is this agency that provides most of the funding for the shelters. Current board members must be replaced by caring, innovative, and experienced leaders in animal rescue, rather then civil servants with no experience in working for animal welfare and city bureaucrats.

Board members employed by the City of New York cannot challenge the Department of Health’s lack of funding. The NY ACC must start anew as a true charity organization without any ties to a city agency, except for funding.

And this is shocking and sad:

The board purposely hides the fact that the reason the animals are destroyed is because of lack of space and resources. A bulk of their funding comes from an organization called Maddie’s Fund. This organization (more…)