AC&C Issues Meow To Action
Calling on the community to help burgeoning feline population
AC&C, a nonprofit organization contracted by
the City of New York to take in any animal in need, is receiving a staggering
number of cats and kittens each day, and is renewing its call on New Yorkers to
help find homes for thousands of felines this summer. AC&C is extending
indefinitely its reduced adoption fees of $5 for adult cats and $20 for kittens
six months and under.
goal of AC&C’s Meow to Action,
launched July 24, was to find homes for at least 100 cats over the course
of four days, as well as raise awareness. The NY Daily News, Gothamist, Metro, and 1010 WINS were among the media outlets that covered the need for adopters. Of the population which is growing
daily 73 cats were adopted by members of the public, and an additional 90 cats
were placed with AC&C’s partner animal welfare organizations and rescue
groups (known as New Hope partners). But at the same time, more than 250 cats
arrived at AC&C’s shelters in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Staten Island.
arrive at AC&C for a variety of reasons. While many are strays, many others
are owner-surrenders. On July 25 alone, more than 90 cats and kittens were
brought in to AC&C.
"With the help of ‘New York’s
Kindest’ AC&C seeks to keep pace with all these intakes,” says Risa
Weinstock, Executive Director of AC&C. “Adoptions, foster care and
community awareness are essential. By extending our reduced fees and promotion
indefinitely, we are hopeful we will see a real impact."
In 2013, AC&C took in
approximately 18,000 cats from across the five boroughs. April through
September -- “kitten season” -- are
particularly busy months as thousands of kittens and cats are brought in. Last
summer alone, AC&C took in nearly 6,000 cats, enough to fill every seat in Radio City Music Hall.
Want to make a difference? Meet
great cats available for adoption daily at AC&C’s three Care Centers, open
12 – 7 pm (you can also view animals online). In addition, AC&C’s Mobile Adoption Center ("MAC") is traveling the city with adorable cats as well as dogs up for adoption. The next
mobile adoption event will be Saturday, August 2, 12 - 4 pm at the Gateway
Animal Hospital in Staten Island (4236 Hylan Boulevard). Be sure to check out our Events page for details on upcoming MAC dates and locations!
Not in a
position to adopt but want to help care temporarily for a cat (or dog) in need? Consider joining AC&C’s
foster team, and sign up for an orientation online.
The next orientation will be the evening of Monday,