Past Key Initiatives

Wheels of Hope

NYC Feral Cat Initiative

Adoptapalooza

Helping Pets and People in Crisis

 

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Past Key Initiatives

When the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals was created, its vision — a community where no healthy or treatable cats and dogs will be killed simply because they do not have homes — relied upon a ten-year strategic plan that included key lifesaving initiatives:

Wheels of Hope

The Alliance's unique Wheels of Hope program provided free transportation for shelter animals from Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) to no-kill animal shelters, rescue groups, and other safe havens. Between 2005 and 2019, Wheels of Hope transported more than 130,000 animals. In 2019, the Alliance transferred the program to Best Friends Animal Society.

New York City Feral Cat Initiative

The Alliance created the New York City Feral Cat Initiative (NYCFCI) to support the efforts of organizations and individuals who work to help feral and stray community cats through Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR), with the goal of humanely reducing the population of community cats in NYC. In 2019, the Alliance transferred the NYCFCI to Bideawee.

Adoptapalooza

Several times each year from 2010 through 2018, the Alliance presented Adoptapalooza — our signature mega pet adoption extravaganza — in Union Square Park and other locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. These free public events featured between 300 and 500 wonderful cats, dogs, and rabbits for adoption from 20–40 NYC-area shelters and rescue groups. After finding homes for more than 17,000 animals at Adoptapalooza events over the years, in May 2019, the Alliance transferred Adoptapalooza to Rock & Rawhide.

Helping Pets and People in Crisis

The Alliance created our Helping Pets and People in Crisis program in 2006 in response to the many requests we received from people facing heartbreaking separation from their pets during times of crisis. The program provided assistance to individuals and families fleeing domestic violence; seniors requiring medical care outside of their home; and families facing eviction or other temporary setbacks. In 2015, after assisting in more than 1,000 individual cases, we compiled our online Helping Pets and People in Crisis Toolkit, an extensive collection of resources for social workers and human service organizations looking to incorporate pet welfare into their work. The Alliance currently is transferring the Toolkit to another non-profit organization that will update and modify the information for future online publication.

 


Alliance Transfers Lifesaving Animal Welfare Programs and Shares Plans for the Future

by Out of the Cage!

Wednesday, November 6, 2019