Director of Animal Care Centers of NYC Honored With Prestigious 2018 Maddie Hero Award For Animal Welfare “Superheroes”

The $10,000 award, established in 2016 by the Maddie Fund, recognizes leaders for their innovative efforts to save animals

April 24, 2018 – Risa Weinstock, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Animal Care Centers (ACC) of NYC, was honored today with the Maddie Hero Award for her leadership in improving the welfare of New York City animals and her commitment to promoting life-saving actions. The award, bestowed by the Maddie’s Fund® since 2016, is presented every year to animal welfare leaders around the nation for their efforts in furthering the no-kill mission. The award comes with a $10,000 grant for the ACC of NYC to support community lifesaving efforts, shelter medicine education and pet adoption.

“I congratulate Risa Weinstock for this tremendous honor that recognizes her outstanding work in leading the Animal Care Centers of NYC,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett. “This recognition is a testament to the work of all ACC staff and community, who are dedicated to saving and improving the lives of animals throughout New York City.”

“To be recognized by Maddie’s Fund for the life-saving work done by Animal Care Centers is a true testament to how far we have come as an organization,” said ACC’s President and CEO, Risa Weinstock. “I feel privileged to receive this honor on behalf of all of our staff and partners who work tirelessly each day to help animals and people in need.”

Animal Care Centers of NYC leads the nation in the placement of dogs and cats among shelters that publicly report data and have average annual intakes exceeding 25,000 animals, achieving a 93 percent placement rate in 2017.

Ending animal homelessness in a major metropolitan city like New York involves much more than simply increasing adoptions. ACC of NYC serves the community in a variety of ways including providing humane education, field rescue, counseling services, lost and found assistance as well as operating the only shelters to accept all animals in need.

Admissions counseling for those facing animal surrender, as well as programs like Community Pets going directly into underserved neighborhoods and providing vaccinations and microchips, are all part of the various ways ACC of NYC is proactively addressing pet overpopulation in New York City.

“The Alliance is delighted that Maddie's Fund continues to support the innovative, life-saving work happening in NYC,“ said Jane Hoffman, President of the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals. “Risa and ACC truly deserve to be recognized for their ongoing commitment to NYC's animals.“

About Animal Care Centers of NYC

Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that rescues, cares for and finds loving homes for animals throughout the five boroughs. ACC is an open-admissions organization, which means it never turns away any homeless, abandoned, injured or sick animal in need of help, including cats, dogs, rabbits, small mammals, reptiles, birds, farm animals and wildlife. It is the only organization in New York City with this unique responsibility. For more information, please visit, and be sure to follow NYCACC on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Maddie’s Fund

Maddie’s Fund® is a family foundation created in 1994 by Workday® co-founder Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl, who have endowed the Foundation with more than $300 million. Since then, the Foundation has awarded more than $209.8 million in grants toward increased community lifesaving, shelter medicine education, and pet adoptions across the U.S. The Duffields named Maddie's Fund after their Miniature Schnauzer Maddie, who always made them laugh and gave them much joy. Maddie was with Dave and Cheryl for ten years and continues to inspire them today.

Maddie's Fund is the fulfillment of a promise to an inspirational dog, investing its resources to create a no-kill nation where every dog and cat is guaranteed a healthy home or habitat. #ThanksToMaddie.


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