Each New York City is proud unique, but gives the strong bond between people and animals across the city, a chosen one THEY should share is a firm commitment to protect the lives of unsheltered dogs and cats. However, while Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island have their own essential urban housing with full service, Queens and the Bronx have inadequate animal reception centers.”
These centers do not provide accommodation, medical, or adoption services for unsheltered animals. Instead, dogs and cats transported to these centers are transported to already overloaded shelters in Brooklyn and Manhattan. In addition to putting available pets out of reach for future Queens and Bronx adopters, it greatly reduces the likelihood that lost pet owners will still reconnect with them.
The current setup is not only inefficient; it is life-browbeating and long overdue for a fix. Making this service available and accessible to the community is an essential function of municipal government.
Intro 485, introduced by New York City Councilman Paul Vallone, would bring compassion and common sense to this process by setting up and maintaining a full-service shelter in every New York neighborhood, unsheltered animals throughout the city have the same chance of finding a loving home.
This legislation is essential if we consider that the key to saving lives is not only to accommodate unsheltered animals, but above all to resettle them. Although the combined population of Queens and the Bronx-nearly 3.6 million people-is more than that of any U.S. city except Los Angeles and New York, their pet shelters do not serve the purpose of Adoption in any way.
The need for this investment is so obvious that almost every member of the City Council representing Queens and the Bronx supports making available city budget Dollars for the construction and continued operation of these full-service housing units.
If you take this bill with the Department of Health’s recent announcement to invest millions of dollars in optimizing animal care and control, as well as the council’s passage in January of a law banning the nation’s worst puppy mills from supplying the city’s pet stores, you can clearly see a city looking to rise—and head in terms of animal welfare and welfare.
Committed to shelter in the bag of these communities is a SGF with long and excessive investment in animal lives, and essential to the morals that we are as New Yorkers, no question of what the Borough calls us home.
This article was originally published in the Queens Chronicle.