NYCACC Board Meeting Announced

New York City’s Animal Care and Control will hold their quarterly board meeting on Thursday, January 30 at 10:30AM. The official notice is here and is reprinted below.

It seems whenever I post a meeting announcement the first comment is about how inconvenient it is, so let me head you off at the pass on that one: yes, it is inconvenient, and intentionally so. Historically, they don’t really want public participation in the process. So far that’s worked out pretty well for them. Are you willing to help change that?


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And now for an important announcement…

IMG_9062This blog will be going back mostly to “Opinions You Should Have”. All rescue-related activity has gone to a new page for a new rescue I’m very excited about, and we’re launching with a bang by rescuing 15 kittens! Please read the story and like our Facebook page for Pibbles and Kits!

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Twilight Adopted!

Once abandoned on the streets of the Bronx, Twilight now has a loving home! Thanks so much to her adopter – a fantastic match! Much thanks to her wonderful foster home as well.


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

kimboA 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 months ago. The Mikolays, who own and operate Desires by Mikolay in Chappaqua, NY are strong supporters of local animal welfare organizations and provided an ideal home for Kimbo to rest up, gain some weight, get evaluated and have some surgery to remove some lumps, bumps and skin tags.


First things first: I knew Kimbo was fantastic, but I didn’t know exactly how great he was – and he looks so much better, too! He lives with the Mikolays and two other dogs, a male mutt name Pavarotti that’s a bit smaller than him and a tiny little female pug named Minnie. The pug lays down the household rules and Kimbo follows them. He gets along wonderfully with the other two dogs in the home and likes to play with them. He’s also met dogs outside of the home and gets along with them, too!


People? Kimbo likes them too. He’s met all sorts of people and has done well with everyone, including children.

Kimbo is a bit of a couch potato – he likes to relax and hang out most of the day, but he does come alive for his daily hike, where he is trusted to be off-leash. The Mikolays can’t say enough good things about him – he is just a wonderful, low-key, friendly dog who would do well in a variety of environments and would be as suited for apartment living as he would be for a house. We’ve had some trouble getting an exact handle on his age, but he seems to be middle-aged – between three and six is a rough guess.

Kimbo had recent surgery to remove some skin tags and lumps, one of which was on his back above his spine and was quite large. These lumps were all biopsied and were all benign basal cell tumors – annoying but not life-threatening.


I can’t believe the progress Kimbo has made from the sad sack of a dog he was living exposed to the elements to the upbeat, friendly guy he is today. When I first met him I even thought he might be gray from the condition of his coat – he is in fact white, and his coat gleams!

Kimbo is fully up to date on shots, neutered, dewormed, microchipped and ready to go directly into his adoptive home. We believe him to be an IMG_9776American Bulldog mix and he’s around 70lbs. He’s come such a long way, but he won’t truly be rescued until he finds his forever home – a home he so deserves.

Can you give Kimbo his happy ending and be his forever family? His foster is about an hour north of New York City but I can facilitate a meet and greet with approved adopters anywhere in the general NYC area and transport him to you. Please email me at if you’re interested!


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Sweet Bronx Tuxedo Cat Twilight Seeks Home!

IMG_8079A 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 cat in, but she put food out and every day the youngster came to eat.

I was concerned that we wouldn’t be able to find her on cue, but when we turned up to look there she was – she walked right up to us, ready to come along! This sweet young cat is now known as Twilight.

Twilight was immediately spayed and went to a foster family. She’s now had all of her shots and this wonderful and friendly young cat is ready for adoption! Twilight is a medium hair tuxedo cat who is estimated to be around a year old.

IMG_7744Twilight loves play and attention and snuggling. She’s keenly interested in people and rarely shy, showering newcomers with attention. She likes to play games with her toys, too! Twilight loves being the center of attention and loves to snuggle and be held.

Twilight currently lives with two young children whom she loves – she’s great with kids! She is friendly to all people and gets along very well with other cats. We don’t know how she is with dogs yet, but if you’re interested we can try her out!

Twilight is the perfect combination of playful and sweet! If you’d like to meet her, please email me at I will happily bring her to approved adopters in reasonable driving distance from New York City for an intro! Twilight is FIV and FeLV negative, up to date on all of her shots, and ready to go home today.


Twilight is waiting for you!


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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 few weeks ago! She got a little wet but she’s fine and doing very well. Here she’s cuddling with her foster mom after the flood.

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Dega was very calm throughout the whole thing, but she’s lost her foster home – much of the house she was living in now has to be gutted and rebuilt from flood damage.

Screen Shot 2013-10-09 at 10.13.36 AMDega is safe and she’s now in a new foster home, but enough is enough – this wonderful, loving young cat needs to find her forever home! I can’t say enough good things about Dega. She is so calm, so even tempered, loving and cuddly without being annoying. She is an awesome young cat who deserves an awesome home. Besides, how great would a jet-black cat be slinking around your Halloween decorations? As always, I’d be happy to bring Dega to meet any seriously interested qualified adopter who is a reasonable drive from New York City. Drop us a line at!

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Rex & Roxy: A Soldier’s Dogs

I met the most incredible dogs the other day, a bonded pair of two plus-size mushes in need of a new home as their former owner has been deployed overseas.


Please, take a look at their story! These incredible dogs could use a hand!

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NYC Doesn’t Give A Damn About Animals

Not you, gentle reader. I’m talking about New York City’s government, and specifically Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a man who has never cared a whit for the city’s animals beyond the (very) occasional photo op.

On Friday afternoon the Mayor’s office published its annual Mayor’s Management Report for Fiscal Year 2013, the yearly report on the performance of city agencies.

“For over 35 years the Mayor’s Management Report has been the benchmark for transparency and government accountability and during this administration we have drilled down even deeper to measure more,” said Deputy Mayor for Operations Cas Holloway. “With new sections that better explain how the City is performing and how we want to perform in the future, New Yorkers can truly use the MMR to hold government accountable for results.”

Hey, so far, so good! I’m interested in city agency performance. I like to know what my tax dollars are doing. And New York City’s own Animal Care and Control (technically a contractee to the city’s anachronistically named Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, or just DOH) just had a major increase in funding and I’d be interested to see what sort of statistics they would think are relevant to measuring their performance.

I searched the document for “Animal Care and Control” but came up with nothing, so let’s take a look at the section specific to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, it must be in there.

NYC’s Shelter Reform Action Committee has been pounding this point for a long time: the DOH shouldn’t be supervising the Animal Control contract because it’s not part of their mission and/or goals, and this document couldn’t make it more clear that they care not a whit about it (though it is an improvement from the days when the contract was supervised by the city’s Department of Sanitation.) The chapter starts by laying out the goals of the DOH and what exactly they do. In their download (111)five listed services and explanation of what they do, nowhere is it mentioned that they are charged with safeguarding the city’s homeless animals. As a matter of fact, no mention is made of animals whatsoever. When we look at the performance metrics of the agency animals are only discussed, on page 80, in the context of reducing animal risks to human health (and here they’re mostly talking about controlling the rat population) and the issuance of dog licenses. This is once again down – this year to a mere 83,000 licenses (in a city with an estimated 1 million plus dogs) despite lots of noise from the DOH about how important it is and a rather half-hearted ad campaign to that effect. The only thing related to domestic animals in the report is how much money the city is collecting from them, and as with everything else they’re not doing a very good job.

And that’s all you’ll learn from this report. Although the city claims that citizens can “use the MMR to hold government accountable for results”, statistics related to the performance of animal control just aren’t important enough to be included. You can find lots of interesting performance statistics in this document. You can discover how long the city takes to process a purchase order, or how many senior-friendly benches have been installed, or how many complaints were received by the city about private waste haulers. But in a document that is supposed to lay out performance goals of city agencies not only will you not discover such basics as how many animals were killed in city facilities and how many were adopted from those facilities, those activities are considered so unimportant by upper management that the city agency responsible for supervising those activities is permitted to not mention them at all, never mind set performance goals or present performance metrics.

The city simply doesn’t give a damn.

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Please Help Mid Hudson Animal Aid, Damaged By Fire

I’ve known about Mid-Hudson Animal Aid, a No Kill free range cat shelter in Beacon, NY for quite some time but in the past year I’ve been coming into contact with them more and more, beginning when two of their staff helped me round up some terrified cats in an apartment I couldn’t seem to catch. Since then they’ve been an invaluable resource for me as I expand a little more into cat rescue and have helped me out on several occasions.

1185380_10151948055080864_118172607_nThis morning on Saturday, September 14 a fast-moving fire ripped through the isolation room at their shelter in Beacon, New York. Fortunately there were people in the building at the time who smelled smoke, discovered the fire, and immediately called the fire department who responded very quickly. The shelter had nearly 170 cats in the building, and thanks to the quick actions of the staff the majority made it out, although 8 cats in the isolation room succumbed to smoke inhalation. A firefighter onsite resuscitated one kitten, three remain hospitalized, and six are being searched for in the woods behind the shelter. To save so many of these cats so quickly was a truly amazing feat. The remaining animals are safe tonight and distributed among fosters and local rescue organizations including Pets Alive.

4deedf99-2419-40fb-b5c3-d8b1820f7279The isolation room is of course destroyed and they will need major construction – not just for the fire but to fix the water damage caused by extinguishing it. There is a need as well for foster families for cats displaced by the fire and the ensuing construction.

As always, money is tremendously helpful and allows the shelter to purchase whatever they may need, as well as helping with the medical bills for cats injured in the fire and, incredibly, a cat surrendered mid-disaster with a compound leg fracture.

861313bb-ce8a-4762-a14b-7dcdd0cfb5c2Monetary donations may be made at their fundraising page on, at the PayPal link on their homepage or mailed to Mid Hudson Animal Aid at 54 Simmons Lane, Beacon, New York 12508. They are a registered non-profit organization. Their most needed items are wet cat food, dry cat food, towels, litter and cleaning supplies and those can be dropped off at two temporary dropoffs at 18 Slocum Road or 35 Boyce Street in Beacon, NY.

There is also a need for fosters, if you can help please email Please do not call the shelter as they do not have phone service at the moment and have been displaced from the shelter building – you can keep track of their progress (and their needs!) on their Facebook page.

Thank you so much. Anything you can do to help a shelter that has helped so many is greatly appreciated, and I know they will rebuild and come back better than ever before.


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SRAC’s Intro to ACC Video

Shelter Reform Action Committee put out this video a few weeks ago and I don’t think it got nearly the attention it deserved! Here’s a brief introduction to New York City Animal Care & Control…

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