The following is the complete text of minutes of the CACC Board of Directors meetings for July-December 1996 (there was no June meeting). The text noted by "XXX" has been "redacted" (deleted) by the CACC to prevent public disclosure claiming an exemption under the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) section notated in brackets.


THE CENTER FOR ANIMAL CARE AND CONTROL, INC.

MINUTES

BOARD MEETING - 7/31/96 - 2:00 p.m.
Location: 1133 Sixth Avenue, Rm. 24C
New York, New York

Board Members and Officers present:

John Doherty, Chairman
Todd Davis, Director
Rosemary Joyce, Director
Benjamin Mohica [sic], Designee of Dr. Hamburg
Dr. M Hamburg, Director (participated by telephone 3:20 pm)
Martin Kurtz, Executive Director
Dr. Susan Kopp, Chief Veterinarian
Michael Pastore, Deputy Director of Operations
Geoff Hochman, Controller
Douglas Mansfield, Secretary/General Counsel
Steve Younger, Attorney - Patterson Belknap
Evelyn Munoz, Legal Intern

Absent:
Yolanda Jimenez, Director

The meeting commenced at approximately 2: 00 p.m.

The minutes of the last meeting was approved by a 4-0 vote.

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Mr. Doherty asked the members' opinion on the background or speciality of the candidates to fill the vacant positions. Mr. Davis expressed the opinion that someone with a veterinary background should be considered, and offered a recommendation.

Ms. Joyce voiced her concern about having a veterinarian serve on the Board. Mr. Mansfield referred to an opinion from the Humane Society of the United States which was previously circulated to the Board members, recommending that veterinarians not serve on Board of Directors for animal shelters because of a conflict of interest. Mr. Davis stated that a veterinarian who will support the CACC on its early spay/neuter program could serve on the Board. Ms. Joyce asked if it would be practical to have a veterinarian elected to serve on the Board, sign an agreement. Dr. Mohica [sic] expressed his opinion on having a veterinarian serve on the Board.

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Mr Doherty stated that there should be a veterinarian on the Board. The members present were in agreement of Lia Albo filling one of the vacant positions. A full vote was not taken since two ex-officio directors were not present at the meeting. It was decided that the executive committee interview the last candidate prior to the next Board meeting.

Controller, Geoffrey Hochman explained that budget reductions made by the DOH to the CACC for the remainder of 1996 and for the first 6 months of 1997 totaled $202,000. Efforts to absorb part of this amount have been through PS Accruals as a result of vacant positions not being filed for a few months. Mr. Kurtz added that OTPS savings have been realized as a result of consulting with other area shelters on their purchasing methods. Ms. Joyce inquired about a budget that would allow the CACC more savings. Mr. Mansfield replied that perrnission for such a budget was not granted by the DOH. Ms. Joyce asked if the CACC is the only organization that gives money back the City. Mr. Mansfield explained that for 1995 a total of $120,000 which represents shelter activity revenue was credited toward the contract amount instead of being given directly to the DOH. Mr. Davis emphasized the point that savings should be used toward shelter improvement. Mr. Kurtz noted that money is being set aside for shelter repairs. In response to a question from Ms. Joyce, Mr. Mansfield explained that money raised through donations, grants or gifts does not go back to the City.

Mr. Hochman reported that the DOH has allowed the CACC to charge OTPS expenses incurred in 1995 which could not be charged to the budget. To accomplish this, monies unused in the PS lines will be "modded" over.

Mr. Doherty raised the issue of donations. Mr. Davis referred to the article in the Village Voice which indicated that an amount of $76,000 which was supposedly set aside for specific projects was not utilized for such purposes even though a proposal was submitted for in-house spay/neuter. The Executive Director emphatically stated that no employee ever approached him with any such proposal. He added that the criticisms in this article and in the New Yorker about the CACC not utilizing its donation money accordingly, is not true. Mr. Hochman reported on the amount received in donations for the first 6 months of 1996.

Dr. Hamburg called at approximately 3:20 pm. Mr. Doherty discussed the vacant Board positions and informed Dr. Hamburg that 3 votes were taken in favor of Lia Albo. XXX
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Dr. Hamburg referred to a letter from Elizabeth Forel and a request for a meeting with Gary Kaskel and Elizabeth Forel with Board members.

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In response to a question on how donations for either 1995 or 1996 are disbursed, Mr. Hochman noted that detailed records are kept of donations received and the allocation of the same. Mr. Kurtz stated that a recent donation of $10,000. is being used toward advertising the new opening hours of the Brooklyn shelter and for the additional staff required to work on Sundays. Mr. Doherty inquired as to how much donation money was still not spent. Ms. Joyce noted that donations have been made mainly for spay/neuter and grooming. She stressed the point of having adoptable animals over 6 months old spayed or neutered by the CACC's veterinarian prior to adoption. Mr. Kurtz informed Dr. Hamburg of the participating veterinarians who honor the CACC's spay/neuter certificate. Adopters can have their pets spayed or neutered by any of the participating veterinarians within two weeks after adoption. He added that to date the CACC has reimbursed veterinarians for approximately 2,500 sterilization procedures. Dr. Hamburg asked about the possibility of having spay/neuter facilities at the shelters to which Mr. Kurtz responded. Dr. Hamburg also asked if the CACC could not follow the NSAL procedure on spay/neuter follow-up which results in reclaiming the animal if the adopter does not get the animal spayed or neutered. The Executive Director informed her that the CACC does not have the personnel required for this type of operation. Dr. Kopp indicated that volunteers at the Manhattan shelter have begun calling adopters as a follow up procedure but more staff would be needed for this exercise. Dr. Kopp also stressed the importance of having proper medical facilities for performing spay/neuter surgery.

Mr. Doherty requested a report on donations received for 1995 and 1996. Ms. Joyce explained the importance of grooming in response to a question by Mr. Doherty. Ms. Joyce referred to a letter she received regarding a mis-diagnosis of an animal. Dr. Kopp informed the meeting of the steps being taken to eliminate such mistakes and to improve overall performance in this area. She also discussed the work schedule of the veterinary staff at both shelters. Mr. Davis voiced his concern about not having a veterinarian on duty every day. Mr. Kurtz referred to the budget which he noted does not provide for this. Mr. Doherty noted that funds should be made available for this position. Dr. Kopp inferred that it would be ideal to have a licensed veterinarian on duty every day.

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Dr. Kopp reported on the medical health issues that pose some concern and what steps have been taken to improve and correct these issues. One major improvement is the examination room at the Staten Island facility which makes it possible for the animals to be examined and vaccinated right there, instead of being transported to the Brooklyn shelter as was previously done. Mr. Davis asked Dr. Kopp to submit to the Board a priority list of the areas of concern that need to be addressed.

There was a discussion regarding the issues identified in the letter from the New York City Coalition for Animals. Mr. Doherty requested a schedule of the Chameleon system which is promised to be in place by 1997. On the issue of spay/neuter, reference was made to the proposed program with The Fund for Animals and the CACC. Mr. Kurtz spoke about the advertisements and noted that there has been a 35% increase in adoptions over 1995. The advertisements which will be placed on Sanitation trucks were shown to the members. The Executive Director stated that he is working on those staff related issues referred to in the letter. He also noted that he had arranged to meet with Ms. Forel to discuss certain pertinent issues even before receiving her letter, and that he has always responded to her calls.

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Mr. Davis informed the meeting he has sent out approximately two dozens of the fund raising brochures to various foundations for the 24-hour rescue services, and asked for names of other foundations that he could send to. There was a discussion regarding the tranquilization of dogs. Mr. Kurtz recommended that Dr. Kopp be available to attend an upcoming task force meeting to discuss the right amount of tranquilizer to be used.

Mr. Davis referred to his suggestion of monthly budget report. Mr. Hochman noted that it would be more appropriate to begin preparing monthly budget reports in 1997. There was a discussion regarding the Brooklyn shelter renovation and the razing of the building next to the shelter.

Dr. Mohica [sic] asked about a response to the Village Voice article to which the Executive Director replied by reading a draft response.

Mr. Doherty requested another Board meeting within two weeks.

There being no other business before the meeting, the meeting was adjourned.

/s/ Douglas M. Mansfield
Secretary of the Corporation (Seal)

Adopted by 4-0 vote
on August 21, 1996


THE CENTER FOR ANIMAL CARE AND CONTROL, INC.

MINUTES

BOARD MEETING - 8/21/96 - 4:00 p.m.
Location: 1133 Sixth Avenue, Rm. 24B
New York, New York

Board Members and Officers present:

John Doherty, Chairman
Dr Margaret Hamburg, Director
Rosemary Joyce, Director
Yolanda Jimenez, Director
Todd Davis, Director and Treasurer (participated by telephone 5:25 p.m.)
Martin Kurtz, Executive Director
Douglas Mansfield, General Counsel/Secretary

The meeting commenced at approximately 4:10 p.m.

Mr. Hochman discussed the donations received through June 30, 1996. A schedule showing donations received and spent for this period was presented to each member. Mr. Doherty inquired about a grant from North Shore Animal League. Mr. Mansfield stated that the CACC has not yet received the $25,000.00 grant for 1996 from NSAL. Ms. Joyce inquired as to the amount that NSAL gave. Mr. Mansfield gave an explanation of the defensive driving course and the special patrolman status for some Center employees. Mr. Hochman referred to the findings of the audit conducted by the outside auditors.

The Minutes of the last meeting was approved by a 4 - 0 vote.

Mr. Kurtz referred to the chameleon computer system and cited two reasons stated by the Department of Health for the delay in setting up this system. Mr. Kurtz discussed the scheduled capital improvement work for the shelters. He noted that the Contractor, Urbahn Associates found several items that should be added to the original work order. The inclusion of this additional work will result in a delay and a contractor will be selected through public bidding. Mr. Kurtz stated that the razing of the building in Brooklyn and the conversion of the garage in Manhattan were not included in this improvement work.

Mr. Doherty asked about the welfare of the animals during the renovation of the Brooklyn shelter. Mr. Kurtz discussed arrangements that are being made to house the animals during the renovation period, also more emphasis will be placed on adoption and foster care. Mr. Doherty suggested that the public be made aware of this venture to improve conditions at the shelters through public information. Mr. Doherty asked that constant communication be made between the CACC and the DOH regarding this renovation to ensure that work begins on schedule.

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Mr. Doherty referred to the candidates interviewed for the two vacant Board positions. Everyone was in agreement of Lia Albo filling one of the vacant positions. There was a discussion regarding Louise Murray, DVM who was interviewed for the other position. Mr. Doherty recommended Dr. Murray as a suitable candidate to fill the other position.

Mr. Kurtz introduced Faith Elliott, Director of Public Information. Ms. Elliott mentioned the recent press coverage which have all been positive. Ms. Elliott informed the meeting that through a generous donation the CACC will be on the Internet. She further stated that the CACC was approached by two animal behaviorists, Dr. Peter Borchelt and Dr. Linda Goodloe both licensed psychologists who have proposed a training program for CACC staff. Ms. Elliott discussed the proposal and identified reasons why such a program could be meaningful to the CACC. Mr. Kurtz expressed his support for this offer.

Todd Davis called in at approximately 5:25 p.m. Mr. Doherty discussed the vacant Board positions and there was a 5-0 vote in favor of Lia Albo being on the Board. A 5-0 vote was passed in favor of Dr. Louise Murray's recommendation for nomination. Mr. Doherty brought Mr. Davis up to date on the other topics covered. Mr. Doherty asked what the views were on the animal behaviorists and Dr. Kopp stated that if properly organized this program could be beneficial. Mr. Kurtz agreed to report on this matter after meeting with Dr. Borchelt and Dr. Goodloe.

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Dr. Kopp gave a report on the shelter operations. She stated that her focus will be on the medical issues at the Manhattan shelter for the next month. Dr. Kopp discussed the new in house feline leukemia test procedure which guarantees the test results within twenty-four hours. She noted the improvements so far and highlighted plans for further development. The CACC is no longer purchasing food from Purina, instead, purchases are made from the IAMS company. Ads were recently placed in the New York Veterinary Medical Association and the New York City Veterinary Medical Association for licensed and unlicensed veterinary technicians and veterinarians. Dr. Kopp noted her efforts toward strengthening the team of Animal Care Specialist staff at the shelter. There was a discussion regarding the handling of injured animals received at the shelters.

In response to a question from Mr. Doherty regarding maintenance at the shelters, Mr. Kurtz stated that most of the work is done by the CACC. He added that since there is only one person in charge of this area a part-time staff was hired to assist. Mr. Kurtz noted that each time a change is made a budget mod is required so his plan is to make whatever changes are necessary and then submit for approval. Mr. Doherty suggested that in light of the budget constraints, maintenance work should be considered when negotiating the new lease. Mr. Kurtz commended Dr. Kopp and Michael Pastore for their efforts in improving the shelter operations. Mr. Doherty suggested that mention should be made in the CACC's quarterly newsletter of the progress in shelter operations as a result of Dr. Kopp's efforts.

Mr. Kurtz informed the meeting that he had met with Lia Albo of the Fund for Animals, regarding the offer to perform spay/neuter surgery for the CACC at their new state-of the-art spay/neuter clinic. He noted that apart from the other benefits, this system will be less costly than the current program involving participating veterinarians. There will be certain adjustments that will have to be made to accommodate this system. Mr. Kurtz discussed his meeting with the ASPCA concerning their use of space in the Brooklyn shelter.

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Dr. Hamburg asked a question regarding adoption statistics with regards to the Village Voice article to which Mr. Kurtz responded. Mr. Davis asked if the adoption figures included those animals given to rescue groups. Mr. Mansfield pointed out that in 1995 there was a 1% increase in adoptions, and so far for 1996 there has been a significant increase even though the number of animals sent to NSAL and the ASPCA has remained constant.

The meeting then went into executive session.

The meeting came out of executive session.

There being no other business before the meeting, the meeting was adjourned.

/s/ Douglas M. Mansfield
Secretary of the Corporation (Seal)

Adopted by 5-0, 1 abstention vote
on October 4, 1996


THE CENTER FOR ANIMAL CARE AND CONTROL, INC.

MINUTES

BOARD MEETING - 10/4/96 - 2:00 p.m.
Location: 1133 Sixth Avenue, Rm. 24C
New York, New York

Board Members and Officers present:

John Doherty, Chairman
Dr. Margaret Hamburg, Director
Rosemary Joyce, Director
Yolanda Jimenez, Director
Lia Albo, Director
Todd Davis, Director and Treasurer
Martin Kurtz, Executive Director
Douglas Mansfield, General Counsel/Secretary

The meeting commenced at approximately 2:00 p.m.

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Dr. Hamburg noted that the volunteers play a very important role and are the CACC's bridge with the community and as such, the CACC cannot afford any unnecessary problems.

Ms. Elliott, Director of Public Information discussed the event scheduled for Sunday, October 6, 1996. She noted that there will be an adopt-a-thon outside the Manhattan Shelter to preempt the blessing of the animals.

Mr. Mansfield raised the issue of the relationship between the CACC and the Fund for Animals Spay Neuter Clinic as it relates to Lia Albo's position on the Board. He further stated that according to the By-laws, a Director or an organization that he or she is affiliated with who has an independent contractual relationship with the CACC, must make a disclosure. Mr. Mansfield further stated that when the relationship is equitable as in the case of the CACC and the Fund for Animals, the Board may find that there is no conflict of interest. A discussion was had regarding the proposed arrangement with the Fund for Animals. A Resolution to approve the relationship with the Fund for Animals was approved by a 5 - 0 vote. Lia Albo did not participate in the vote.

Mr. Kurtz informed the meeting that for the first two weeks all spay/neuter services were offered free by the Fund for Animals clinic. Ms. Albo expressed her satisfaction at the relationship with the CACC and the Fund for Animals. Mr. Kurtz noted that in the future all animals selected for adoption will be taken to the clinic for spay/neuter surgery, then picked up by their new owners at the clinic. Individuals who adopt from the shelter on Fridays when the Have-a-Heart Clinic is closed would be able to take their animals to the clinic at a scheduled time for the surgery. A system is being arranged to ensure that adopters follow through with this procedure. Ms. Joyce suggested that all-foster care animals be spayed or neutered before leaving the shelter. Ms. Joyce asked why checks are not accepted for adoptions. Mr. Mansfield explained because of an ongoing problem of stop payment on checks and bounced checks it was decided that no checks would be accepted for adoption for a two-week trial period at the Manhattan shelter with the anticipation that adopters would pay by cash or use their credit cards. Ms. Albo stated that at the Have-a-Heart-Clinic, clients are encouraged to pay by cash instead of checks. In keeping with the idea of accepting only cash, Dr. Hamburg asked if there is a good reconciliation system in place. Mr. Mansfield informed her of the present system. Dr. Hamburg asked about the goal of the CACC to do spay/neuter operations on-site. Dr. Kopp informed her that spay/neuter surgery which does not require intubation and general anesthetic is done in Brooklyn. With regards to on-site spay/neuter operations, Dr. Kopp discussed the idea of a spay/neuter van providing service in the boroughs. Dr. Hamburg raised the idea of a new need proposal to enhance the CACC's spay/neuter capacity presented as a City wide need possibly by the Department of Sanitation, Police Department and the Department of Health.

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Mr. Mansfield referred to the unfounded criticisms concerning donations and noted that the Better Business Bureau issued a report, after reviewing the CACC's financial statements and completed questionnaire, which shows that the CACC has met the required standards. It was noted that many other well known humane organizations have not been certified by the Better Business Bureau.

Mr. Mansfield also referred to the alleged opinion that donation money received is given back to the City. He related this untrue rumor to the language in the first year contract. It was clearly stated that no donation money ever went back to the City, nor was the CACC ever approached in that regard. The language in the new contract was amended accordingly, making it explicitly clear.

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Dr. Kopp discussed her proposal for a license veterinarian for the Manhattan Shelter from 7:00 a.m. to 10: 00 p.m. and for the Brooklyn Shelter from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mr. Kurtz addressed the budget concerns in relation to this proposal. Dr. Kopp informed Mr. Doherty of the new hire in Adoptions at the Manhattan Shelter. Mr. Doherty asked about the status of the construction at the shelters. He also stated that construction work is scheduled to begin in June 1997 at the Brooklyn Shelter and this will necessitate some changes within the shelter.

Mr. Kurtz mentioned the possibility of having animals from the CACC on display in some veterinarians' offices. Mr. Doherty asked if the CACC pays for the foster care of animals. Mr. Kurtz informed him that only the medical care is provided by the CACC. Dr. Kopp read a draft letter from Dr. Larry Cohen of Pet Savers Foundation written on behalf of CACC to strengthen its relationship with the humane community. There was a discussion regarding the recent television interviews with Channel 9 reporters and the adverse critics by some members of the animal activist community and Council Member Kathryn Freed. Dr. Hamburg promised to contact Speaker Peter Valone to update him on situations at the CACC also to invite him to visit the Manhattan Shelter. [The following text originally redacted claiming an 872g exemption, and was reinstated on appeal] Mr. Davis referred to a list of names of individuals, some of whom have been very critical of the CACC, with whom he proposes to have a meeting to discuss their ideas and suggestions and to allow them to express their concerns about the CACC. Mr. Davis noted that criticisms and suggestions would also be put in writing.

Ms. Elliott informed the meeting of the various promotional events which she has been involved in. She noted that the contract was finally signed for the Subway ads which will be displayed from January 1997. She mentioned the BIG HELP-A-THON event made possible through the American Humane Association for Nickelodeon which offered great publicity for the CACC. A few animals also participated in this event. The CACC facilities will be advertised in all borough yellow pages not only as adoption centers but as pet shops. Ms. Elliott informed the members of the cable access show Save A Shelter Pet and stated that for future shows she would like to involve Board Members. Through a generous donation CACC will soon be on the Internet featuring a myriad of information. Mr. Davis suggested preparing an outline of accomplishments, including statistics and other pertinent information which could be given out at the shelters and be used for the press. Mr. Kurtz commended Ms. Elliott for the work she as done toward gaining public recognition for the CACC.

Mr. Mansfield noted that the exit interviews were implemented for people who have leave the CACC. Mr. Kurtz mentioned the upcoming negotiations with the union for union employees. He also stated that there has been no management wage increase since 1994 and he will be submitting a proposal for a management wage increase.

Mr. Doherty thanked Ms. Albo for her efforts in setting up the new spay/neuter clinic. Mr. Kurtz added that Ms. Albo has always been supportive of the CACC.

There being no other business before the meeting, the meeting was adjourned.

/s/ Douglas M. Mansfield
Secretary of the Corporation (Seal)

Adopted by 7-0 vote
on Dec. 2, 1996


MINUTES

BOARD MEETING - 12/2/96 - 10:00 a.m.
Location: 1133 Sixth Avenue, Rm. 24B
New York, New York

Board Members and Officers present:

John Doherty, Chairman
Lia Albo, Director
Todd Davis, Director and Treasurer
Dr. Margaret Hamburg, Director
Yolanda Jimenez. Director
Rosemary Joyce. Director
Dr. Louise Murray, Director
Martin Kurtz, Executive Director
Douglas Mansfield, General Counsel/Secretary

The meeting commenced at approximately 10:00 a.m.

Mr. Doherty welcomed new Board member Dr. Louise Murray to the meeting.

The minutes of the last meeting was approved by a 6-0 vote.

Mr. Mansfield referred to Resolutions 96.12, 96.13 and 96.14 which will help enable the CACC to meet the standards of the National Charities Information Bureau. Mr. Mansfield discussed the standards of the NCIB which were somewhat more stringent that the Better Business Bureau. He explained why each Resolution was written up. Resolution 96.12 which relates to a shared belief by directors and staff in the CACC's mission was passed by a unanimous vote. Resolution 96.13 which relates to Board members' minimum attendance at Board meetings per year was approved unanimously after a recommendation to increase the minimum attendance from one to four. Dr. Hamburg suggested that Board members make regular visits to the CACC shelter facilities.

Resolution 96.14 proposing an amendment to the language in the By-laws regarding conflicts of interest was unanimously approved. Mr. Mansfield referred to the additional requirement for Board members to sign a conflict of interest statement annually indicating that there is no conflict of interest between a Board member and the CACC. He also noted that there may be a few problems which may prevent the CACC from meeting the required NCIB standard. XXXXXX
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Mr. Kurtz discussed the statistical report on animal intake which compared the first six months of 1996 to the same period for 1995. Mr. Doherty questioned the number of animals taken from other shelters. There was a discussion regarding the CACC taking animals returned by clients adopted from other animal shelters. Mr. Kurtz reviewed the report and noted the increase in adoptions. In response to a question from Ms. Albo regarding the redemption fee, Mr. Kurtz stated that a fee is collected and in cases where the owner cannot afford the full fee, a donation is requested. Mr. Davis suggested that the CACC should demand the full fee from owners who are constantly reunited with their lost animals. Mr. Mansfield informed the meeting that Shelter Activity fees have been revised.

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Mr. Doherty asked about the meeting with members of the animal rights community. Mr. Davis reported that he had gathered comments and criticisms, and he will prepare them for other Board members to review. There was a discussion regarding a scanner to enhance shelter service, especially lost and found. Mr. Kurtz reported that he received a new schedule for the capital improvement work at the shelters from the Department of Design and Construction. He added that personnel from the Department of Design and Construction visited the shelter recently and is aware that bids were received by the City for a construction manager. Mr. Davis expressed concern about the abandoned building adjacent to the Brooklyn shelter and stated that if it is razed, the area could serve as a place to walk the dogs. Mr. Kurtz noted that the building was originally to house the ASPCA clinic which was set in the shelter instead, and so the CACC inherited it in its ruined state.

Ms. Elliott reported on the positive media coverage which included updates on the dogs picked up in the Bronx and a press release with Brian Kilcommons. The members viewed highlights of some of the TV coverage. Ms. Elliott stated that the subway ads were scheduled to be up by January 1, 1997 and arrangements are being made for more advertisements in local papers. Dr. Linda Goodloe and Dr. Peter Borchelt presented their first staff training seminar which was well attended and Ms. Elliott expressed the desire to have these training sessions on a regular basis. Ms. Elliott mentioned the CACC's home page on the Internet and its many features.

Mr. Kurtz stated that there were two meetings with the DOH regarding the 1997 budget. He noted that the City will fund the increase of all union and non union non managerial employees, Mr. Kurtz expressed his satisfaction with the addition of language in the contract that relates to the spay/neuter of all animals before leaving the CACC shelters. Mr. Davis inquired if all animals six months of age or older are sterilized before leaving the Brooklyn Shelter. Mr. Kurtz noted that currently at the Brooklyn Shelter, most of the animals six months of age or older are sterilized by the ASPCA clinic before being adopted. He mentioned the grant of $2,000 in spay/neuter certificates from the Friends of Animals which is accepted by the ASPCA. XXXXXX
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Ms. Joyce raised the point that the Fund for Animals Clinic is sterilizing animals four months of age and older and the ASPCA clinic in Brooklyn is sterilizing from six months and older. Dr. Kopp stated that she had consulted the President of the New York Veterinary Medical Association and was informed that the average age demographically that animals are being spayed or neutered is five to six months.

Dr. Kopp indicated her support to have animals sterilized at an earlier age. Ms. Joyce asked whether animals adopted from the Brooklyn Shelter could be sterilized at the Fund for Animals clinic. Mr. Mansfield noted that this procedure would create additional expenses which would require more funding. Dr. Hamburg referred to the Citywide New Need Request for spay/neuter which proposes to increase the capacity of CACC to transport animals, expansion of the Brooklyn clinic and the introduction of a mobile spay/neuter van.

There was a discussion regarding the 1997 contract language on spay/neuter which would require more funding. Ms Joyce asked about the possibility of implementing a requirement that unsterilized animals be spayed or neutered before being returned to their owners. It was stated that this concern is being considered in Intro. 321.

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There was a discussion regarding the vacant fundraiser position.

Mr. Mansfield referred to a six-page letter which the CACC received from City Council member Kathryn Freed with many questions regarding the CACC's operations and a request for numerous documents. He noted that the response will be through the City. Mr. Doherty requested to go into executive session to which the Board did. The Board came out of executive session. There being no other business to discuss before the meeting, the meeting was adjourned.

/s/ Douglas M. Mansfield
Secretary of the Corporation (Seal)

Adopted by 6-0 vote
on June 11, 1997