NO KILL Shelter in
NYC by 2009
By Jude Lassow
Can we, the caring voice for animals, dream of a NO KILL shelter in NEW YORK
CITY? Will the goal of NO euthanasia of healthy, adoptable animals
happen in four years? Will
New York City become a prominent leader in the NON KILL shelter
agenda? Animal lovers believe that with a lot of hard work,
dedication and determination, this dream can become a reality. We
need to call the Mayor's office @ 311 and say we want the AC&C to be
a non kill shelter. This NO KILL SHELTER message has to get out
now. Tell everyone! Let the sounds of the city ring loud and
clear...AC&C: ADOPTION Center.
The Animal Care and Control shelter wants to join
forces with The ASPCA, Humane Society, and Bide-A-Wee and become a non
kill shelter in Brooklyn and NYC. Picture this: ALL New York
City Shelters - ADOPTIONS ONLY!
Bokes, Executive Director of the AC&C is a Visionary, helps reform
troubled shelters. He is a retired pastor, who rescued lost souls,
and now his mission is to rescue lost dogs. Throughout his journey
in life, Bokes has seen that hundreds and thousands of healthy pets are
killed simply because there aren't enough homes for them. In 2004
Bokes began his new calling at the AC&C, by implementing new
innovative help programs. Adoptions have increased 122%, and
euthanasia has decreased 30%. Seven thousand pets have been
adopted. Fewer animals are being put to sleep now, than in the last
130 years! Bokes NEW HOPE program networks with 165 Animal
Organizations. More foster care for shelter animals are needed.
Each fostered pet that leaves the AC&C is vetted, with shots, tested,
spayed/neutered and micro chipped. The care taker is given food for
the cat or dog.
Bokes inspire upbeat, positive, hopeful ideals from his dedicated 'dream
team', which includes: Richard Gentles, Director of Operations. Gentles also manages the shelter's three full service
Care Centers, and two Pet Receiving Centers. Gentles, Bokes and Brian Kilcommons believe that the AC&C can
become a non kill shelter for healthy and adoptable cats and dogs.
Kilcommons, is the official dog trainer for the AC&C. He's a renowned
Author, Lecturer, Video Producer and Consultant. He teaches shelter
volunteers about handling a dog prior to adoption.
Animal Care & Control is located at
2336 LINDEN BLVD, Brooklyn NY
8am-8pm seven days a week.
The AC&C is a 501(c) 3 Non Profit Organization that contracts with New
York City for Animal Control services. To adopt a pet from the
AC&C call 311.
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Pet Care Pilot Program helped the CACC shelter (now
Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst Volunteers networked with Jackie Casano,
the former Adoption Coordinator at the CACC. For five years
Pet Care providers, housed and nurtured puppies, and mother cats with
their new kittens, until the right home was found.
Lori Jirovec from Personality Plus, a
groomer in Bay Ridge, would hold about 30 cats and kittens in her store
until she and Muffin's Pet Connection found homes for them. Hundreds
and hundreds of CACC pets were re-homed.
Wall of HOPE pictures of shelter animals with their new families.
There are hundreds and hundreds of photos covering the walls in Muffin's
and Norm from Muffin's of Bay Ridge, www.muffins.org
Memory of Donna Olsen from Bensonhurst, a devoted rescuer. Olsen saved hundreds
of pure bred Persians, Siamese, domestic short hair cats and dogs from the CACC.
Mirella Amato, from
Bensonhurst, worked with Donna. Each would house CACC cats and dogs until
new homes were found.
Jacqueline Nanni's Puppy Love rescue, fostered Pit Bull and mixed breed puppies for the AC&C.
She bottle feed, nurtured and cared for them until they were
adopted. Nanni rescued hundreds of abandoned pups from the shelter.
Pat Downs and Mary Jo Tobin from Bay Ridge, has a dedicated volunteer group that fosters cats and dogs for the AC&C.
They have found new homes for these shelter pets.
More foster care, and committed volunteers are needed for the NEW HOPE foster care
Get Involved, be a part of this historic change for NYC. The AC&C
Call Center is 212-788-4000. Together, we can make a