January 5, 2003

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Animal Care Community Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Increase Pet Adoptions

January 5, 2003


Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Mayor's Alliance for New York City's Animals and a complimentary memorandum between the Center for Animal Care and Control (CACC) and Mayor's Alliance. The MOU facilitates a Citywide adoption network to reduce the demand for animal control services. The Mayor's Alliance was created in 2002 to establish a public-private partnership with the City to develop creative approaches to issues concerning companion animal care and control in the City and to raise public awareness of these issues by bringing together not-for-profit animal care organizations to find homes for adoptable animals and promote the spaying/neutering of such animals.

"The partnership forged today is a win-win for New York City," said Mayor Bloomberg. "It will enhance the level of care at our animal shelters and increase animal adoption for needy pets and host families."

"We are delighted that Mayor Bloomberg's administration, in signing this memorandum of understanding with the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals, has demonstrated such a strong commitment to developing creative solutions to the heartbreaking problems caused by cat and dog overpopulation," said Jane Hoffman, President of the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals, Inc. "As a result of this historic agreement, New York City's public spaces will soon be a showcase for all the wonderful little four footed New Yorkers who want nothing more than the opportunity to be someone's new best friend. Even for dogs and cats, New York is going to be the greatest City in the world"

"We look forward to working with the Alliance to find homes for all adoptable animals in our system," said Julian Prager, CACC's Executive Director. "Finding homes for all adoptable animals in our shelters will be a reachable goal with the cooperation of the Alliance and its participating groups," said CACC's Executive Director Julian Prager.

The City's MOU engages the Departments of Health and Mental Hygiene, Parks, Citywide Administrative Services, and Transportation to act in a coordinated manner to provide sites, primarily at City parks, for regular Alliance and CACC adoption events in the five boroughs. Once consistent locations are established, adoption events will happen regularly, increasing animal adoptions throughout the City. Historically, CACC sites are not situated for frequent encounters with the public; the MOU organizes the appropriate City agencies to work with the Alliance to increase animal adoption. The companion MOU between the Alliance and CACC establishes principles of cooperation between the care community and the CACC to improve City Animal shelters and the care that they provide.



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