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

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.

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…)