End Animal Shelter’s Unnecessary Killings

End Killing at Animal Shelter

Target: Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio

Goal: Demand that New York’s Animal Care and Control stop unnecessarily euthanizing animals and enact changes to increase adoptions

An animal shelter system in New York is known for its high rates of euthanasia. The New York City Animal Care and Control (ACC) has premises in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island and has been accused of regularly killing animals because they have “kennel cough,” an extremely easy condition to treat.

The ACC has a reputation for “high-kill” shelters as well as for overcrowding, unsanitary conditions and a lack of resources. Animals are euthanized daily, and often needlessly. Former ACC employees claimed in a New York Post article that healthy animals frequently showed up at the shelter only to be put to death days later. However with simple changes the ACC could stop its senseless killing and increase the number of successful adoptions.

Petition Mayor de Blasio to implement changes in New York’s Animal Care and Control system to ensure that innocent animal are not put to death when they could go to loving homes.


Dear Mayor de Blasio,

I write in order to bring your attention to the dire practices of the New York City Animal Care and Control system in New York. This shelter system is known for its high rates of euthanasia, and regularly kills animals because of easily treatable respiratory infections (which they often catch due to overcrowded conditions at the shelters).

If the ACC would implement a few changes in its system, it could save countless animals from needless deaths. For example, killing animals because of “kennel cough” is unnecessary and inhumane. Simply by ensuring a higher standard of sanitation and procuring veterinary treatments and care, this problem can be resolved.

One of the most important solutions–which would actually prevent the strain on shelters in the first place–is to offer a free or low-cost spaying and neutering program to members of the public. Many studies have confirmed that these programs have positive effects on cities with stray animal problems. In addition, more animals could be saved by allowing longer periods for animals to find homes, partnering with animal welfare organizations and volunteers to help increase adoptions, and by opening additional shelters in the other New York boroughs to take the strain from the already overcrowded centers.

I firmly believe that no animal should die needlessly, and clearly the ACC in New York has to be improved so that these tragic deaths can be avoided. Use your influence to urge changes in this system to prevent innumerable animals from dying sad, lonely deaths and when there are loving homes waiting to welcome them.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Erick Pleitez via Wikimedia Commons

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