Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals: 2015 Progress Report

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6,992 15,864



5,730 14,232

14,050 4,794

8,192 17,641



8,483 13,563



Our progress in 2015 was substantial. The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals

’15 Year 11

’13 Year 9

’14 Year 10

’12 Year 8

’11 Year 7

’10 Year 6

’09 Year 5

’08 Year 4


’14 Year 10

’13 Year 9

’12 Year 8

’15 Year 11 5,352




’11 Year 7

’10 Year 6

’09 Year 5

’08 Year 4

’07 Year 3

’06 Year 2

0 ’05 Year 1

The collective Live Release Rate among all Alliance community partners, including ACC, increased from 87 percent in 2014 to an unprecedented 90 percent in 2015.

or transferred to rescue partners for adoption. 8,252




to sustain our success in saving the lives of NYC’s animals.

ACC, were either adopted, returned to their owners, 11,602


’03 Baseline Year

The Alliance could not have achieved this progress without the generous donations of our supporters. We hope that you will stand by the Alliance and help us

York City’s shelter and rescue organizations, including 16,706



Since 2003, the dedicated efforts of the Alliance community partners—150 rescue

This means that 9 out of 10 cats and dogs in New 18,190



because they do not have homes.

Community Live Release Rate Increased

■ Total ACC Euthanasia 26,456


York City a community where no healthy or treatable dogs or cats are killed simply

groups and shelters, including Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC)—have saved the

ACC Euthanasia Reduction 30K

continued to sustain its life-saving work and press on toward its goal—to make New

lives of more than 300,000 cats and dogs. ’06 Year 2




’03 Baseline Year


5,519 4,927




’05 Year 1





■ ACC Adoptions ■ ACC Transfers

’07 Year 3



ACC Transfers & Adoptions

Per Capita Euthanasia Rate Decreased The per capita euthanasia rate of dogs and cats decreased from 0.82 in 2014 to a groundbreaking 0.64 in 2015 (per 1,000), which means that less than

30,502 24,694

30,278 23,196

was euthanized, and that number continues to drop. This is a massive achievement. Since 2014, New York City has had the lowest per capita euthanasia rate of any

’15 LR 81%

major city in the in U.S.

’14 LR 77%

29,061 22,360

’13 LR 77%

’12 LR 70%


20,264 28,921


’11 LR 66%


41,712 27,445

’09 LR 66%


’08 LR 56%



’07 LR 62%

’06 LR 47%

’05 LR 44%


’04 LR 32%


’03 LR 26%










one dog or cat per 1,000 New York City residents ■ Total Intake ■ Total Live Release

’10 LR 67%










ACC Live Release Rate

With euthanasia requests taken out of the formula, ACC Live Release Rate in 2015 increased to over 80%.

Transfers to Partner Shelters and Rescue Groups Increased Close to 16,000 (15,864) dogs and cats were transferred from ACC to partner shelters and rescue groups for adoption. Transfers continue to have

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the greatest impact on reducing euthanasia and increasing the Live Release Rate. The Alliance’s Wheels of Hope transport fleet was instrumental in many of these transfers,

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facilitating 66 percent of the transfers from ACC (just over 10,000). Our Wheels of Hope program performed a total of 13,200 transports in 2015, which included transports to rescue groups and foster homes, to vet appointments, and to spay and neuter appointments.

Adoptions Increased Community-wide Community-wide adoptions were up in 2015 over 2014, including a 12 percent increase in adoptions at ACC. Adoptapalooza, our signature adoption event and NYC’s original mega pet adoption event, was held in Union Square Park, in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, and in Long Island City. These life-saving adoption events, along with the annual Whiskers in Wonderland and Broadway Barks adoption events, generated thousands of adoptions in 2015. Additionally, mobile adoptions throughout the year, made possible by the Alliance’s adoption van and those of several partner organizations, including ACC, continued to boost adoptions citywide.

More Treatable Dogs and Cats are Being Saved In 2015, through the Alliance Medical Fund, more than 800 cats and dogs received medical attention and related care. The Medical Fund, which is dedicated to providing treatment for sick and injured cats and dogs awaiting adoption, is supported entirely by private donations. The Fund continues to be a resource to help Alliance Participating Organizations and the Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) community cover a portion of their medical costs and to make more strategic decisions about providing medical treatments for animals in their care.

Spay/Neuter Continues to Drive Reduction in Euthanasia Reducing the number of animal births continues to fit hand-in-glove with adoptions to drive down euthanasia. Ensuring the availability of free and low-cost spay/neuter services, both for owned pets and stray and feral community cats, remains a critical component in this effort. In 2015, more than 61,940 free or low-cost spay/neuter surgeries were performed by non-profit organizations in New York City. The ASPCA alone provided 45,862 spay/neuter surgeries for owned pets, dogs and

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cats from shelters and rescue groups, and community cats brought in by Certified TNR Caretakers. The Humane Society of New York and The Toby Project continued to perform a significant number of spay/neuter surgeries on owned pets and community cats. Additionally, the number of feral-friendly veterinarians in New York City who provide spay/neuter for community cats has increased as a result of spay/ neuter funding provided to the Alliance by a private foundation, making additional resources available to Certified TNR Caretakers.

More Training, More Funding for TNR In partnership with the ASPCA and Alley Cat Allies, the Alliance’s NYC Feral Cat Initiative continued to implement its successful TNR Certification Training Program, which has significantly increased the number of individuals trained to perform TNR in New York City since it was launched in 2014. The program offers individuals two different ways to become a Certified TNR Caretaker: by attending an in-person, hands-on workshop in any of the city’s five boroughs, or by taking the program’s online course. To date, more than 3,500 individuals have become Certified TNR Caretakers, which gives them access to a range of free services, including free spay/neuter, free transportation for their cats to spay/neuter appointments, free trap loans, free outreach materials, free networking opportunities, and a dedicated, free NYC Feral Cat Initiative helpline. In 2015, the Alliance continued to provide funding for the TNR community in New York City through specialized grants from the ASPCA. These funds were used for spay/neuter, traps, cat shelters, and other TNR-related expenses.

Sustaining Our Life-saving Progress Saving lives in New York City depends on our ability to sustain the dramatic progress we have made over the past 13 years. Thanks to the collaboration of our partnering rescue groups and shelters (the largest community collaboration in the country), and the support of our dedicated funders, including the ASPCA, Maddie’s Fund®, and other generous grantors and individual donors, we have been able to measurably change the outlook for New York City’s homeless animals year after year. Today, 9 out of 10 animals in New York City are saved, as compared to fewer than 3 out of 10 before the Alliance was founded. We could not have achieved this level of success without our generous donors, and the thousands of individuals who adopt from shelters and rescue groups. Over the next several years, our programs will be even more crucial as we continue to transition from our goal of creating a more humane NYC to sustaining the dramatic progress we have made. We hope that you will stand by the Alliance and help us to sustain our success in saving precious lives. Your tax-deductible donation will help save more Little New Yorkers today…and in the years to come.

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SO MANY WAYS YOU CAN GIVE! Your Gift Goes a Long Way Because the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals is a Guidestar Platinum member with a 4 out of 4 financial rating on Charity Navigator, you can

Donate online at or mail your check (made payable to Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals) to 244 5th Avenue, Suite R290, New York, NY 10001. The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

rest assured that your tax-deductible donation to the Alliance is in good hands. With ninety-one cents of every dollar donated going directly towards programming and services, you can be certain that your gift is making the greatest impact possible.

One-time or Recurring Giving Every donation makes a difference! One-time or recurring gifts of all amounts are crucial to helping us save the lives of the thousands of dogs and cats who enter our city shelters each year, and helping us to sustain our record-breaking 90 percent Community-wide Live Release Rate.

Major Giving We welcome the opportunity to work closely with you to find the perfect opportunity to meet your financial goals and make a dramatic impact on the lives of NYC’s animals.

• Individual Giving Your individual gift will help the Alliance to fulfill its mission and continue to work on behalf of NYC’s animals. Whether you donate to one of our Key Initiatives, including our NYC Feral Cat Initiative, Wheels of Hope, Mega Adoption Events, or Helping Pets and People in Crisis, or dedicate your gift to our area of greatest need, you’ll be making a dramatic difference in NYC animal welfare.

• Gifts by Will, Bequest, or Trust Leaving a gift to the Alliance proclaims your confidence that we will continue to serve our mission and make a difference in the lives of NYC’s animals for many years to come. There is currently no upper limit on the estate tax deduction for your charitable bequests.

• Stocks, Bonds, or Mutual Funds Another advantageous way to contribute to the Alliance is through a gift of stock. Making a gift of securities is simple and offers a number of valuable financial benefits. The total value of your gift is tax-deductible. Furthermore, you have no obligation to pay any capital gains tax on the appreciation date.

Grants and Foundations We welcome the opportunity to learn more about your foundation or grant opportunity, and discuss how the Alliance’s mission and work aligns with your funding interests and priorities.

Corporate Giving and Partnerships Whether you’re interested in directly fundraising for the Alliance, donating a portion of your sales to the Alliance, or have another opportunity in mind, the Alliance welcomes the opportunity to work with you to find the perfect approach to meet your corporate-giving needs. To discuss any of our giving opportunities, please contact Elyise Hallenbeck, Director of Development, at (917) 943-1340 or

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