NYCACC Board Meeting: Fri, Jan 22

Below is the official notice of the NYCACC board meeting. Click to enlarge.

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As always, every interested New Yorker should make every effort to attend. You’ll find information there you won’t hear anywhere else, and it’s your only chance to ask questions of the board in person.

I’ll be doing a full wrap-up and update after the meeting, but a few tidbits and things to know…

– These meetings used to be quarterly. We haven’t had once since the summer and this one is billed as an annual meeting. There’s always been a wax and wane of openness for these meetings, looks like we’re waning. Bring your questions; you may not be able to ask again for quite a while.

– Expect the meeting to contain quite a fanfare about save numbers and an announcement that they are closing in on No Kill. By my calculations (which the NYT seems to confirm) I would expect ACC to announce cat save numbers for 2015 in the mid-80th percentile and dogs around the 90th percentile. While there are some caveats (and definitely things to work on), there is no question that NYC is on the upswing – and within the parameters of the reporting format they use (Asilomar), I don’t see a reason to doubt them. Should ACC cross the 90% save rate mark I believe they would be the largest shelter by intake in the US to do so.

– One of those caveats remains the transmission of in-shelter disease, a burden that is borne disproportionately by rescue groups that pull from ACC. When Medical Director Dr. Levin first joined ACC she gave a very impressive presentation at her initial board meeting with very informative statistics and plans to improve ACC processes. Since then we’ve heard very little from Dr. Levin and she seems to have been somewhat sidelined by ACC upper management. Will we hear more about the state of infectious disease at ACC and an update on efforts to prevent it?

– You should be following the NYCACC twitter account, which is doing something quietly revolutionary: each day, they are annoucing how many animals were pulled from the lists and who pulled them. This is HUGE for transparency and data tracking. Transparency like this is not easy and I applaud them for it.

– Yesterday’s New York Times article contained several bombshells, including that efforts to find new shelter sites in Queens and the Bronx (which currently have no full-servive shelters) are moving forward. This isn’t anything we haven’t heard before, so I’m interested in hearing more details. This is, I believe, the first time Executive Director Weinstock has commented publicly that more shelter space is needed and/or welcome, and I’ll take that as an encouraging sign. If the city is serious this time, we may see some money allotted for it in the Mayor’s proposed budget and that would certainly give him a win in the animal issues column – a win he he could really use with his signature animal welfare issue turning into quite a mess.

Overall it’s a much better time to be an animal in an NYC shelter than it was five years ago, and there are some very interesting possibilities ahead. I’ll do a full write-up after the meeting.

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