Category Archives: New York City

The Fall of Bill de Blasio and the Future of NYC Shelters

The writing is on the wall; NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is pretty much done for. He’s now the subject of multiple federal investigations for various types of improper financial relations (including with NYCLASS, who have recently been subpoenaed.) It’s … Continue reading

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NYCACC News: A Phone System, Petco Foundation Donation, Resignation of Medical Director

Some random news from Animal Care Centers of New York City (NYCACC)… After years without one, the shelter system finally has a publicly accessible phone number again: 212-788-4000. Although the phone tree is rather byzantine at the moment and many … Continue reading

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In Praise of the NYPD (And the MTA, and a Few Other People…)

Have you heard about Subway Dunford? He’s my little kitty celebrity, the cat who stopped the 6 train. He’s had TV news stories about him and has even made the Huffington Post. But there are a few people involved in … Continue reading

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NYCLASS, Bill de Blasio, and the Shit Sandwich

I’m stepping a little out of my typical rant zone here to comment on another animal welfare fight in New York City over carriage horses. First, a little background: NYCLASS was founded on the single issue of banning horse carriages … Continue reading

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NYCACC Breaks 90%: Is It Possible?

At the beginning of this year New York City Animal Care and Control (NYCACC) did something rather important: they began to provide detailed statistics directly to the public on a monthly basis in a standard shelter reporting (Asilomar) format. This … Continue reading

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Shelters for Every Borough of NYC: Not Like This

In 2011 New York City passed Local Law 59-2011, the result of a deal between some of the city’s major animal organizations (including the ASPCA, which lobbied very hard to pass the bill) and the city. The major effect of … Continue reading

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Redemption – The Film – Comes to NYC on July 16

There are a handful of books that have really shaped my world. William Gibson’s Neuromancer. Po Bronson’s What Should I Do With My Life. Tom Collins’ Good to Great. But the book that has probably impacted my life the most, … Continue reading

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Kimbo, Once a Bronx Parking Lot Dog, Now Ready For Adoption!

A few people have emailed me lately looking for updates on Kimbo, the dog rescued from living 24/7 in a parking lot in the Bronx. Kimbo went to his foster home with the incredible Scott and Tara Mikolay a few … Continue reading

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Sweet Bronx Tuxedo Cat Twilight Seeks Home!

A few weeks ago I was contacted by a landlord here in the Bronx. Tenants of hers had moved out very suddenly and had dumped their cat out in the street. Her newborn had allergies so she couldn’t take the … Continue reading

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Dega and the Great Flood

Poor Dega! This wonderful cat was rescued from the streets of the Bronx along with Rico. Rico quickly found a home, but Dega is still in foster. On top of all that’s happened to her, Dega’s foster home flooded a … Continue reading

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