We are so excited to share our first quarter data for 2017. The overall placement rate for cats and dogs reached 94.3% with 95.5% of cats and 92.6% of dogs placed either through adoptions to the public or through our New Hope adoption partner program. This historic placement rate puts NYC as the nation's leader in placement of dogs and cats among open-admissions shelters that publicly report data and have average annual intakes exceeding 25,000 animals.
So many factors have led to this accomplishment including a focused effort to provide services and resources designed to keep families and their pets together and to mitigate pet surrender in the first place. Intake has decreased by 24% over last year, with 1,345 less animals entering the shelter system than in Q1 2016.
Highlights of Q1:
- Instituted "open selections" and "fast track" adoptions protocol to make it easier for New Yorkers to find their perfect pet
- With a generous grant from Maddie's Fund we were able to update existing cat cages to give our feline residents more room while they wait for their forever home
- Added 27 groups to our roster of active New Hope adoption partners
Admissions counseling for those facing animal surrender as well as programs like Community Dogs, that go directly into under-served neighborhoods and provide vaccinations and microchips, are all part of the various ways ACC is proactively addressing the pet over-population in NYC. Ending animal homelessness in a major metropolitan city like New York involves much more than increasing adoptions. ACC 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.
Thank you to everyone taking an active role in helping NYC animals by adoption, fostering, volunteering and donating. Together we can end pet homelessness in NYC!