Updated — Can you imagine finding a living 1 year old cat, crying and injured, discarded in a trash can? Such is the case with feline, Riley, found in the Bronx with two broken front legs and brought to the Manhattan Animal Care Centers (ACC). The sweet survivor has a good prognosis with surgery but needs to get out of the ACC ASAP.
Riley is alert, friendly, meowing and attempting to walk and needs someone to show her that people are not mean-spirited. Because, honestly, two broken front legs and being discovered in the trash points to some kind of human intervention – not of the “good” kind – and she is at definite risk at the ACC unless there IS some intervening of the good kind.
Visit this Facebook page to foster or adopt this gal or this page to adopt directly through the ACC. An animal rescue group can help you with the process and with medical costs if needed. A cat in her situation will not be given a lot of time there and needs medical attention.
Saving an animal at risk at the NYC ACC is one of the best things you can do.
NYC‘s abandoned animals need time and the will to find them homes
The ACC is a quasi non-profit “overseen” by the New York City Department of Health. It has made some positive strides in the last couple of years – but it continues to kill way too many animals.
The shelters in Manhattan and Brooklyn are not located in easily accessible locations. Many cats and dogs come in healthy, but then succumb to what is deemed the “shelter cold,” an easily treatable URI (upper respiratory infection) which requires antibiotics for ten days. However, animals are often slated for death before receiving even a couple of doses of the medicine. Entire litters of kittens are being killed who have not even begun to live their lives.
Every night at 6 p.m., an “At-Risk” list appears on the ACC web site (and on Facebook groups) with dozens of animals listed who will be killed unless “pulled” by 12 noon the next day – many of them will not make it out of the buildings. The real reasons have mostly to do with (alleged) lack of “space,” inadequate facilities and lack of promotion of the animals‘ availability for adoption. There are also people who abandon their animals for some not viable reasons and burden the system further. It is not all issues at the ACC. Additional people are needed to step up, become guardians and advocate for these animals.
In a city with millions of people, and millions of people who care about animals, should it be so hard to figure out a “no-kill” solution? Animals need both time and the will to find them homes – something they are not being given.
Mayor Bill de Blasio pledged to reform the ACC while campaigning for Mayor but has not been visible on the issue since attaining office.
Riley from the Bronx, Now in Manhattan, Urgently Needs You
This little injured love Riley came from zip code 10457, an area in the Bronx from which too many stray/”free-roaming” cats are relinquished to the ACC. These cats have a better chance left on their own – with help in the form of food and attention from the community – vs. being foisted on an already challenged system that can not find a way to care for them and instead will kill them.
Can you be the one to help Riley? She is at the Manhattan Center of the ACC. It takes one person stepping up. Please visit this Facebook page to foster or adopt her or this page to adopt directly through the ACC.
Note: If you work with a rescue group, they can help raise funds for medical care.
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UPDATE: Thankfully, Riley was pulled by Brooklyn-based animal rescue group, Empty Cages Collective, which likely means someone offered to foster or adopt her and the group will handle the medical expenses through donations. But there are many others that can use our/your help.
YOU CAN STILL HELP OUT
Please consider adopting or fostering another cat who needs a hand – and some love and medical attention – such as Garfield, a lovely 4 year old orange cat, also found in the Bronx in the street. He is presumed to have been hit by a car and needs help and out of the Manhattan ACC asap. There are always people who will help if you are interested to make the process easier.
To save another cat, please visit the NYC Animal Care Centers “At-Risk” List posted every day at 6 p.m.
You can view the “At Risk” list here. Animals must be committed to by 12 noon the next day.
Learn more about “No Kill” Animal Shelter Programs here.
Photo: NYC ACC