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Out of the Cage! The Blog of the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals



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2022 Annual Report




(Photos by Dana Edelson and Rick Edwards)

Photos by Photos by Dana Edelson and Rick Edwards

Letter From the President

As New York City adapted to a new “post-pandemic normal,” the Alliance continued in 2022 to focus on helping New York City pet owners connect with critical services and resources to care for their pets. Many pet owners faced unprecedented challenges in acquiring routine and urgent healthcare for their pets.

These challenges stemmed primarily from the sluggish recovery of programs designed to assist lower income pet owners, particularly those programs that provide free or low-cost spay/neuter services. A nationwide shortage of veterinarians and other veterinary personnel prevented some programs from reopening following COVID lockdowns, and forced others to severely curtail their activities. Waitlists of six months or more for affordable spay/neuter services became the norm – a situation that continues into the present..

The Alliance has continued to be a consistent and reliable source of information and guidance for New York City pet owners. Through our informational phone line, our website, and hundreds of emails and phone calls, the Alliance helped untold numbers of pet owners connect with critical services, including affordable spay/neuter, medical care, sources of free pet food, legal assistance, surrender prevention programs, community cat assistance, and other animal-related resources.

Throughout the year we used our blog, Out of the Cage, to inform and motivate our readers on pet-related topics, such as emergency preparedness for pets and people, where to seek help for low-cost pet care, responsible pet ownership, and families with pets experiencing domestic violence.

Please read our 2022 Annual Report for details about more of our activities.

We are so grateful to our dedicated supporters who recognize the importance of our unique role in NYC’s animal community and our commitment to NYC’s animals and the people who love them. Since our founding in 2003, private support has fueled our success, as the Alliance receives no government funding.

We invite you to support our efforts to make New York City a thriving community for companion animals, homeless animals, community cats, and the people who care about them. We hope you will continue to follow our activities on our blog, our website, and Facebook.


Jane Hoffman, President

Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals


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The Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (EIN: 73-1653635). All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. A copy of the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals' latest annual report may be obtained, upon request, from the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals or from the New York State Attorney General's Charities Bureau, Attn: FOIL Officer, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271.