Mayor de Blasio, Speaker Johnson Announce Additional $3 Million for Animal Care Centers of NYC, Raising Budget to Highest-Ever $17.6 Million in FY19

Additional funding will enable ACC to expand veterinary care for sheltered animals, offer pet support services in the community and purchase a mobile adoption van to bring cats, dogs and rabbits looking for new, loving homes to New Yorkers in their neighborhoods

ACC achieved a historic 93 percent placement rate in 2017

June 22, 2018 — Mayor de Blasio and Speaker Johnson today announced that the City is providing an additional $3 million for Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) in fiscal year 2019, bringing the organization’s budget to a historic high. The additional funds will enable ACC to expand its medical and community pet services and purchase an additional mobile adoption van. The expanded services will promote adoptions and help New Yorkers who want to keep their pets.

In 2017, more than 93 percent of dogs and cats at ACC were placed through direct adoptions and via New Hope adoption partners. This historic placement rate makes New York City a national leader among high-intake shelters.

“Our animal shelters care for animals in need, and help New Yorkers find pets to love. This investment will expand medical and adoption services, and help us continue to provide humane treatment,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

“I know firsthand how important the Animal Care Centers of NYC are — the ACC is where I got my cat, Mousse,” said Speaker Corey Johnson. “I am proud this year’s budget allocates $3 million in city funding to help ACC provide medical care for our furry friends and help them find forever homes. I thank Mayor de Blasio for working with the City Council to make this happen and I look forward to ACC continuing and expanding its vital and heartwarming work.”

“The planned investments and improvements at ACC builds on our commitment to find loving homes for homeless and abandoned animals in New York City,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett.

“Over the past several years Animal Care Centers of NYC has made tremendous progress in becoming a true resource for animal related services for all New Yorkers,” said Risa Weinstock, President and CEO of ACC. “Our mission is to end animal homelessness in New York City. This additional funding will surely bring us that much closer to reaching this goal and we are honored that the administration has placed their faith in our stewardship towards creating the most humane city in the nation.”

“ACC does great work on behalf of our city’s animals but they need our continued support in order to achieve the goals that we all want them to,” said Council Member Paul Vallone. “I applaud this additional funding which will go a long way towards allowing ACC to expand their veterinary care and pet support services throughout NYC and look forward to continuing to advocate for our furry friends with Speaker Johnson and Mayor de Blasio.”

"The ASPCA has partnered with Animal Care Centers of NYC to implement lifesaving programs aimed at helping pet owners keep their pets and access critical veterinary care, and this vital funding will allow them to achieve even more for the city’s most vulnerable animals,” said Matt Bershadker, president and CEO of the ASPCA. “We look forward to continuing our strong partnership with ACC, and thank Mayor de Blasio and the New York City Council for enabling their lifesaving work.”

"The Alliance and its Participating Organizations thank Mayor de Blasio for his continuing support of animal welfare in NYC with the increased city funding for ACC, which recognized the invaluable contribution ACC makes to our community’s human and animal residents,” said Jane Hoffman, President, Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals.

The de Blasio administration has invested $98 million in the development and renovation of full-service animal shelters in all five boroughs and for a new adoption center in Manhattan. Animal Care Centers currently runs full-service shelters in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island and admissions centers in the Bronx and Queens.

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