(ANIMAL ACTIVISM/PETS) New York City is even closer to becoming a no-kill city and currently has the lowest euthanasia rate of any large metropolitan U.S. city. With the help of organizations like the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC Animals, euthanasia of cats and dogs in city shelters has dropped 80 percent in the last decade.

The Alliance’s efforts include several pet adoption events throughout the city, a widespread foster program, a feral cat initiative, and veterinary care for animals awaiting adoption. Read on for the details on the group’s achievements and click here for more on their history. — Global Animal

(DOGS) A Chihuahua ready for adoption at Adoptapalooza on September 8, 2013. Photo Credit: Lisa Burger
A Chihuahua ready for adoption at the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals’ Adoptapalooza event in September. Photo Credit: Lisa Burger (ANIMAL ACTIVISM)

Mayer’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals

In just one decade, the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals has brought New York City within reach of becoming a no-kill community.

Since its founding in 2003, this public-private coalition of more than 150 animal shelters, rescue groups, veterinarians, and others has saved the lives of more than a quarter of a million homeless animals and found homes for the vast majority. Because of the Alliance, New York City now has the lowest euthanasia rate per capita of any major U.S. metropolis (1 out of 1,000).

Said Jane Hoffman, co-founder, president and board chair of the Mayor’s Alliance, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization not affiliated with the City of New York: “The Alliance has succeeded because of the combined efforts and tireless dedication of its community partners. As we begin our second decade, the goal of a no-kill New York City is within sight and the strength of this collaboration has never been greater.”

The Alliance’s outsized impact on the welfare of New York City’s animals can be seen in achievements like these:

1.     Euthanasia of cats and dogs at the City’s animal shelters has declined 80 percent, to just over 6,000 (projected) from just under 32,000 a decade ago ─ an all-time low for Animal Care & Control of NYC (AC&C). This means that the Alliance and its member groups are succeeding in finding homes for eight out of every 10 dogs and cats entering AC&C.

(PETS) New York City's euthanasia has declined by 80 percent in a decade.
New York City has experienced a dramatic decline in euthanasia of cats and dogs as demonstrated by this chart. Photo Credit: animalalliancenyc.org (ANIMAL ACTIVISM)

2.     The Alliance’s shelters and rescue groups have found adoptive homes for more than a quarter of a million dogs and cats – many through Alliance events like Adoptapalooza!Whiskers in Wonderland, and Maddie’s®Pet Adoption Days.

3.     The Alliance’s Wheels of Hope fleet of animal-transport vans has ferried almost 70,000 dogs and cats from AC&C shelters to foster and adoptive families, to Alliance partner shelters dedicated to finding them homes, and to veterinary appointments – all at no cost to the groups and individuals served. With transportation a particular challenge for many Alliance groups, Wheels of Hope, launched in 2005, fills a critical gap seven days a week, 365 days a year.

4.     The Alliance’s NYC Feral Cat Initiative, also launched in 2005, has made huge strides in solving New York City’s feral cat overpopulation crisis. By offering free training workshops to groups and individuals who perform Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR); through giveaways of cat food, straw, and additional critical supplies; and by means of other supportive efforts, the Alliance is helping to humanely reduce the number of community (feral) cats.

5.     The Alliance’s medical fund, a key initiative from the start, has paid for urgent veterinary care for thousands of sick and injured cats and dogs awaiting adoption.

Said President Jane Hoffman: “Working together, the individuals and groups of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals have made a dramatic impact on the welfare of the homeless dogs and cats that share our city and our lives. We are proud of what we have achieved since our founding 10 years ago and we look forward to another decade of equally stellar results.”