When we think of "Animal Care," we tend to think of an animal being in the hands of a caring and compassionate group of people. So when we hear that the New York Center for Animal Care and Control (NYCACC) is killing animals who are not only suffering a medical illness or are considered "vicious," but also animals suffering from problems with socialization, fearfulness, or shyness, we realize these animals are in the wrong hands. These animals have so much potential for happy lives, and they aren't even given a chance.
The NYACC is unable to turn any animal away due to lack of space, so animals are going to enter the NYACC under harsh conditions, and won't receive the same outstanding care as they would at ASPCA. All animals seized by eviction, arrest, or health reasons, will end up at the NYACC, and likely on death row.
According to Urgent Death Row Dogs, animals are killed for a wide variety of reasons at NYCACC such as; a dog or cat being hyper, fearful, shy, withdrawn or under socialized, underweight or overweight and guarding its food, showing developed cage aggression, being high strung or traumatized, or a cat acting "frisky." Sadly, animals are also killed for picking up kennel cough, which is extremely likely due to the harsh living conditions. Almost any animal who enters the NYACC can count on picking up kennel cough, and we all know what goes down from there.
There are ways that you can help save lives and prevent future deaths, even if you don't live in the New York area and can't volunteer, foster, or adopt from NYACC. September is Click2Care month at Urgent Death Row Dogs, so you can visit their website and make a donation. All donations are extremely important, since these animals need a tremendous amount of care and medical treatment to keep them alive and well.
However, we also need to spread the word and let other people know how important it is to adopt, volunteer, and foster animals, so donating to the Media Campaign can also be a very important way to show support. You can also support the cause by buying items from their online store. All money is used to support the dogs on death row.
If you are in the New York area and are interested in helping hands-on, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Far too many dogs and cats have not had the chance to live long, happy, and healthy lives, but we can put a stop to that. There is always time for change.
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