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As of September 2014

Beginning with a shelter system in extreme crisis (brought on by Department of Health's savage
cuts to the AC&C budget), since 2011 the AC&C has slowly been digging itself out of an awfully
deep hole.  

In late 2011 the DOH promised to start putting additional monies into the AC&C rather than
continuing to bleed it dry.  The quid pro quo was that the DOH demanded to be relieved of having
to create shelters in the Bronx and Queens.  With this extra funding, the AC&C has been able to
restore some core shelter services and create new services.  But key programs are still being
outsourced to other groups (e.g., Lost & Found program and a kitten nursery).  

But any progress the AC&C has made has been achieved
despite the DOH.  And there’s still so
much more to be done.

Conditions within the AC&C are exacerbated by circumstances OUTSIDE its shelter walls.  
AC&C's animal population is a reflection of a series of "lacks" in New York City: lack of Humane
Education; lack of greater availability of low cost veterinary care (spay/neuter, vaccinations,
general health) for cash-strapped pet owners; lack of dog licensing compliance; lack of proper
restrictions over the pet shop trade; lack of meaningful resources for Trap/Neuter/Return of feral
and free roaming cats; and lack of aggressive enforcement of anti-cruelty laws.

For a detailed report on the AC&C's September 4, 2014 board meeting, go to this