Chichi, Sweet Male Tabby Cat & Staff “Favorite,” Still Hanging on at Manhattan ACC Shelter Needs Some Help — (Now)

Chichi!

I wrote last week about Chichi, a 7 year old male cat who desperately needs a home. This sweet tabby is at the Manhattan ACC (Animal Care & Control) after being sadly relinquished by his family. Well, even more wonderful information has been discovered about him! I updated Chichi’s info here. Can you give this guy, a “gentle giant” and shelter “favorite” who “stole” one volunteer’s heart, a new chance at life?

Adopt Chichi ! visit Pet Harbor here.

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Give Chichi, a Sweet Male Tabby Cat, a Home – Surrendered by his family at the Manhattan ACC Shelter – Needs Help Now

Updated
More info here at Facebook where he was on the “Kill List” over the weekend but is apparently still alive and looking for a new home. Chichi is a male tabby cat and about 7 years old. He has been at the shelter since June 3rd, relinquished due to “moving / family changes /allergies” and sounds like a sweetie. See a better photo here where a shelter volunteer wrote about Chichi:

I like my cats large–the bigger they are, the more there is to love, right? No wonder XL-size Chichi has stolen my heart. This gentle giant clocks in at 17 pounds of tiger-striped sweetness. He’s a staff favorite, a friend to everyone who comes to the cat adoption room, a lover of long naps, and a companion for other cats and dogs–he used to live with them in his former home, before his owners moved and brought him to the Care Center. If you prefer big boys or simply want a feline BFF to curl up with on the couch, you’ve got to meet Chichi!

Chichi’s ID #A0934413. To learn more about the Animal Care & Control (ACC) — New York City’s shelter system — search ACC in the archives. Visit the ACC web site. You can adopt Chichi via Pet Harbor here.

Adopt-a-palooza Returns to Washington Square Park Saturday, May 19th — Interview with head of Alliance for NYC’s Animals

Adoptapalooza

It turns out we have an animal-friendly Village neighbor to thank for Adopt-a-palooza’s presence this Saturday at Washington Square Park for the third year in a row. The neighbor, who runs an entertainment company, reached out to Jane Hoffman, President of the Alliance for NYC’s Animals, indicating that he’d like to help produce an event at the Park for animal adoptions. That started the wheels turning. The first event happened at WSP in 2010.

This Saturday, May 19th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. makes year number 3! There will be more than 100 animals available for adoption. In addition, people are invited to bring their own cat or dog for portraits, other events, and the opportunity to “ask an expert” a question you may have about your animal’s health or behavior. It will be “family friendly” with activities for children.

The last two events at Washington Square have had about a 75% successful adoption rate. Let’s make it higher this year – please consider adopting – so these animals do not have to return to the shelter.

I interviewed Alliance for NYC’s Animals President Jane Hoffman recently who said the atmosphere at the event is “a very happy environment.” Her organization works with the ACC – Animal Care and Control, the city’s shelter system – and NYC rescue groups who “bring animals that show well in this environment.” She added, “We are trying to drive traffic to the ACC. Almost all animals [at the event] from the ACC get adopted. Some go that day. Some [people] find out later [that the adoption has gone through] after a 24 hour wait.”

As far as whether people seek out an animal or do it on the spot, she said, “Some people adopt on impulse, some come with a carrier. The groups and the public really like these large events.”

Adopt Me!

In addition to adopting animals, the other goal of the event is to raise awareness of the city’s shelter and rescue groups as well as the ACC(Animal Care and Control). Still to this day, the kill rate is way too high at the city’s shelter system. Hoffman says that in 2002, 74 out of every 100 animals brought to the ACC were killed; in 2010, that amount was reduced to 30 out of 100. That is still about 1/3. Most of the animals available for adoption at the event come from the ACC so they can free up room at the shelter, meaning more animals’ lives are spared (animals are euthanized typically due to lack of space at the shelters – whether that is the stated reason or not).

The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals was created out of the Animal Law Committee, part of the New York City Bar Association. Hoffman, who was on the committee, became aware of Maddie’s Fund, “a big family foundation giving community grants, encouraging cities to be ‘no-kill.'” And then, “It was a confluence of events when Bloomberg came into office. We said to the Administration, we think we have an idea to improve animal welfare and we can get this multi-million dollar grant.”

With Hoffman’s help and the Alliance, the city got the Maddie’s Fund grant. The grant was for $23.5 million over seven years and ended last year. As with many things related to animals in this big city, that has not been without controversy. The year by which NYC is supposed to be “no-kill” has continued to move further away.

Yet, the goals of Hoffman’s group and the coordination involved are laudable. Although it is called “Mayor’s Alliance,” the organization is run independently. It gets no money from the government, working to assist the existing city structure. Hoffman says the Alliance is “basically a large marketing and distribution network which works with rescue groups.” (Over 150.) There is “Wheels of Hope” for which the Alliance has “5 vans we run 7 days a week going from the ACC to groups that save them [the animals]. There’s a huge effort to increase adoptions. We have spay/neuter programs working with outdoor cats.” Some of the Alliance’s core objectives are ” to increase adoptions, decrease homelessness, raising awareness about shelter groups and shelters – Adopt Don’t Buy – and to strengthen resources of the rescue groups and educational groups.”

People who read this blog regularly know that I am not a fan of the Bloomberg Administration. Hoffman told me when she first reached out to the Administration, they said “we didn’t create this problem.” I couldn’t help thinking, fine, but they have not done enough to make it better on their watch over the last ten years.

I asked Hoffman how the city’s shelter system could be improved. And she responded bluntly, “More money.” She then explained that the budget for the shelter had been $14 million (which wasn’t enough) and it had gone down to $7 Million. She said, “The ACC staff was decimated. They lost 1/2 of their staff. Now they will be able to add back 100 people.” Some of the funding was recently restored in a bill passed recently by the City Council (also a bit controversial – will add in link) which will require the Department of Health to increase the ACC budget to $12.5 million by the end of 2014. That is obviously still too little and too late.

Let’s be thankful for the people working hard to help the city’s animals, the individuals and rescue and shelter groups that work on their own and with the Alliance for NYC’s Animals as well as Hoffman herself.

Stop by Washington Square Park Saturday, May 19th between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to adopt a cat or dog that would love a new home, learn more about the city’s rescue groups, or bring yourself and possibly your cat or dog to get advice and have some fun.

Let’s rally for the city’s animals and truly work to make New York City a No-Kill city.

(I’ve written previously here about the situation at the ACC. Note: I always thought the Mayor’s Alliance existed during the Giuliani years but I didn’t get clarification on that.)

Daisy at Manhattan Animal Care & Control Needs a Home Now!

Daisy Needs a Home!

Update 1/17: Rescued! But there’s so many more that need our help —

This lovely black & white cat, Daisy, is on a “First Alert” list and probably doesn’t have much time. At the city shelter, ACC – Animal Care & Control – cats (and dogs) get put on a death list if they catch a cold which inevitably most do or if they are scared and exhibit a temper. Daisy is a three year old female who has been at the Manhattan location since December 10th. She came from zip code 10032 which I believe is Inwood or Manhattanville and is such a cutie. You can see more at this Facebook page.

I’ve written a bunch about the ACC here on this blog. You can read some background about the ACC here – 13,000 animals were killed in 2009.

Daisy needs a home now. Remember Don’t Shop, Adopt!

p.s. black & white cats happen to typically be wonderful.

Animal Spotlight: Adopt Happy – Needs Rescue Today! – at Manhattan ACC Shelter; Owner Evicted & Now Her Time Is Up!

Please consider adopting Happy

This sweet kitty’s time is running out and, indeed, she may already have been killed. However … she is a “favorite” of volunteers and workers at the Manhattan Animal Care & Control, the city’s high kill “shelter” (search ACC on this blog for posts about it). Her owner/guardian was evicted. You can save her! It’ll be the best thing you could do TODAY and RIGHT NOW.

Read what an ACC volunteer wrote:

Happy the cat is, well, happy. This aptly named feline is approximately 2 years old and ended up at the shelter when her previous person lost their home. Happy is always dancing and singing in the front of her kennel for folks to notice her ? and she won’t stop seeking out attention until she gets it. Once you open her kennel, she really turns on the charm. Happy scored our highest behavior rating and we’re sure once you meet her, she’ll score your highest rating too. Everybody sing, “If you’re Happy and you know it, stamp your paws??”

Location: 326 East 110th Street, Manhattan

Happy has a cold right now but still deserves to live! Her Animal ID # is A914059.

If you want to add this wonderful addition to your life – and save hers! – and can’t get there right away, visit this Facebook page to arrange for help from a rescue group. I’m hoping she is still alive.

If not, please consider adopting another. Thanks!

Animal Spotlight: Mama Cat Buka + 5 Kittens Need Home ASAP; at ACC “Shelter” in Manhattan

Mama Buka

If you’ve read my previous posts on the ACC — Animal Care & Control — you know this is yet another quasi city-affiliated organization in need of an overhaul. That being said, I want to help out the animals that are there. (I’m of the mindset that everyone should adopt at least one animal unless you truly think you’d be a bad guardian or would bring harm to the animal.)

Currently, sweet female cat Buka is at the Manhattan shelter with her five kittens and needs a home soon; or else, many of us fear she’ll end up on the Death list.

Let’s help BUKA!

From her ACC “Pet Harbor” adoption page:

ID#A914225

I am an unaltered female, gray tiger and white American Shorthair mix.

The shelter staff think I am about 3 years old.

I weigh 8 pounds.

I was found in NY 11385.

I have been at the shelter since Oct 16, 2011.

To adopt, please visit:

* Buka’s Facebook page

* Buka’s Pet Harbor Adoption Page

Previous post on the ACC at WSP Blog:

* The ACC – Animal Care & Control system – is broken; 13,000 animals killed in 2009

Annual Dachshund Day Happened Saturday

Dachshund Day Washington Square

Saturday, October 1st was Dachshund Day at the Park! You can see photos and get the general vibe via photos and commentary at LES NYC blog. There’s even a Dachshund song that everybody sings!

A lot of the dogs this year were rescues. Considering rescuing an animal today!

See previous WSP Blog post on the need for NYC ACC shelter reform

Consider adopting an animal from the NYC ACC, from a rescue group or shelter, you can save a life today!

Photos: C. Merry

Jinx at Manhattan Animal Care & Control Shelter Needs Home ASAP

Jinx Needs Home

From Animal Care & Control Volunteer:  Jinx – super sweet 2yr old cat DECLAWED front paws. Hard to take a pic of him he loves to be petted!  Neutered male, black Bombay mix.

About Jinx: The shelter staff think I am about 2 years old. I weigh 10 pounds. May be FeLV positive. Found in NY 10461. I have been at the shelter since Jun 14, 2011.

JINX – ID#A900436   http://www.petharbor.com/pet.asp?uaid=NWYK.A900436

What a sweetie! Not on Death Row YET but will be soon. See more here on Facebook.

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The ACC is the city’s shelter system. I’ve written about it here before. Tho’ it is a quasi non-profit, its small Board of Directors is comprised mainly of heads of NYC governmental agencies. Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe is on the Board of Directors; it is overseen by the NYC Department of Health.

This is the latest: A list of demands for ACC shelter reform from activists (it would be about time):

This declaration is addressed to Julie Bank, Executive Director of the NY ACC, Mayor Bloomberg, the entire City Council and the Department of Health:

We Will No Longer Tolerate the Slaughter of Innocent Defenseless Dogs & Cats in the City of New York. We Declare That Tax Dollars Must Be Allocated For:

1) Free Spay Neuter for Dogs & Cats for Citizens of NYC

2) Superior Veterinary Care Given to All Animals at the NYACC

3) **No** Animal is Killed Unless Terminally Ill

4) Behavior and Training Specialists Rehab For All Dogs & Cats

5) Solid and Continuous Volunteer & Adoption Program Staff

6) Immediate Queens and Bronx Shelters in High Visibility Locations

7) A Better Communications Center for Adoptions So Animals are Not KILLED Because of Mistakes in Phone Calls and Messages.

8 ) Demand From The NYC Housing Authority the Rescission of the Weight Limit in Public Housing

Animals of the Week : Nilly and Goldie at the City’s ACC Need Help Now

Update June 3rd — I’ve written before about Animal Care & Control, the city’s non-profit, hi-kill shelter system which is truly in need of a total overhaul. Every night on Facebook, an “e-list” – a list of animals to be killed the next day – is posted to a group called Pets on Death Row. People from around the world work on rescuing these animals from death. For tomorrow, June 1st, there are 42 cats. (Sometimes they get an extra day or so reprieve so please try even if you read this late.) Too many to contemplate but not too many to help.

I’ve picked out two, Nilly and Goldie, which I’ve profiled here. The photos clearly do not do them total justice – wish ACC would work on that – but they still look extremely sweet and are deserving of another chance to live. If you can help, go to the Facebook page for information and someone will assist you there!

Nilly is a female brown tiger colored cat who is about 5 years old. She was “surrendered” just 3 days ago to the Manhattan ACC by her owner/guardian because of “cost.” It’s clear this photo does not do her justice! She has a small wound on her face which is healing and yet she is being “e-listed” as if she is ill. (See link below for why this happens even tho’ the ACC gets money from Maddie’s Fund for allegedly striving to be “no-kill.”)

According to her previous guardians, Nilly is “Very friendly and affectionate. Extremely active and playful as well. Loves women, loves men, loves children, loves dogs, loves cats.

** Who wouldn’t want to save Nilly and have her in your life? Go here to do so. Thank you!**

Then there is gorgeous Goldie who is around 14 years old, a male cat, may have been a stray (tho’ that is questionable), and has something very special about him. He’s in Brooklyn, rated “no concern” which means he is approachable and friendly. He has some health issues but people will likely help out if you need help with those expenses. He deserves to live out his life without being killed at this city facility.

** Rescue Goldie here. It can only be wonderful. **

There are also 40 other cats that can use your help at this Facebook page.

NOTE: Yes, it’s time sensitive but sometimes animals get a reprieve and many of the rescue groups will assist late into the night.

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See here for more on the ACC. Please write to your City Council person and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio about necessary reforms, advocating for a true No-Kill system. It can be done.

Coming Saturday, June 4th at Washington Square Park is Adoptalooza — you can hold your own Adoptalooza and help one of these animals out now!

Please consider adopting Nilly and Goldie and then come back and read TODAY’S New York Post article, “Doggie Death Row” about the ACC featuring an interview with a former staffer.

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June 3rd — Nilly was rescued. Goldie’s fate is unknown right now. Please visit the Facebook page to adopt others. This happens every day. If you have ideas how to change the entire system, write to me at the Contact page above.

Update on Nino, now Nico, “Animal Spotlight” from Last Week

Nino Last Week

Last week, I posted an “Animal Spotlight” about gorgeous Nino who was abandoned at the Manhattan ACC (Animal Care & Control) hi-kill shelter by his previous owners/guardians and needed a new home – quickly. The clock was ticking and he would be out of time soon if not adopted. Luckily, Zani’s Furry Friends Pet Rescue “pulled” him from the ACC and is looking to find him a forever home. So, now, look at the difference.

Nino, now called Nico:

Update 5/23: Nino is now Nico! See Nico’s Petfinder page. (A good photo is so important.) Nico is about five years old, his front paws are de-clawed, and he has lived around both cats and dogs.

You can arrange to meet Nico and fill out an application for him at Zani’s Furry Friends Pet Rescue. Also, consider donating to assist them in helping more animals. Thank you!

So many animals from the ACC need and deserve homes. Please read my other posts for background info and consider adopting.