Help Us Get NYC's Shelter Pets Out of the Cage!
The Out of the Cage Challenge is our 2016 holiday campaign to raise critical funds to prevent the euthanasia of homeless shelter pets in New York City. Every year, approximately 30,000 pets are surrendered to Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC). Due to constant influx, overcrowding, and limited resources, unless these pets are adopted or moved to no-kill animal rescue groups to await new homes, they are at risk for illness and euthanasia. That's where the Alliance's Wheels of Hope program comes in, providing life-saving transportation for these animals out of the cage and into new lives.
By participating in the Out of the Cage Challenge, you will give thousands of homeless pets a second chance by helping them get out of the cage. Your support will directly impact their lives by providing the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals with the funding necessary to transport these animals to new homes or no-kill animal rescue organizations via our Wheels of Hope vans. This holiday season, we want you to be a part of this life-saving effort!
Wheels of Hope
What is Wheels of Hope?
Every day of the year, the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals' fleet of six Wheels of Hope vans is on the road, transporting pets who are at risk of being euthanized from the city's Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) facilities to rescue groups and no-kill shelters with the resources to find them new homes.
Since 2005, when the program began, we have carried more than 93,000 animals on Wheels of Hope on their first steps to new lives and families. In 2015 alone, more than 13,200 animals were transported via these "sanctuaries on wheels" to foster caretakers, rescues, and no-kill shelters that placed them in forever homes.
Animals are at risk of euthanasia 365 days of the year, so this program is up and rolling 365 days a year.
How Does Wheels of Hope Support Our Progress Toward a No-Kill NYC?
Wheels of Hope is the only free animal transportation program in NYC (where most people rely on public transportation), and the only program with the ability to transport dozens of animals at the same time.
The free Wheels of Hope transportation service to no-kill shelters and rescue groups means these organizations can save more animals and focus their energy and money on finding homes for the ones they save.
Wheels of Hope allows ACC to move animals out of their facilities more quickly, creating space for additional animals arriving at their shelters and reducing the chances that these pets will become ill. This lessens the suffering of the animals and reduces medical costs to the no-kill shelters and rescue groups that save them.
How Does Your Donation Help?
Wheels of Hope supplements the resources of the Alliance's 150 partner rescue organizations and shelters, allowing them to focus on what they do best: finding caring, permanent homes for the animals.
All costs of the transport program, including the vehicles themselves, maintenance, fuel, insurance, licensing, the salaries of our dedicated drivers and transport coordinators, are borne by the Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity that does not receive any government funding.
Wheels of Hope in the News
by Out of the Cage!
Sunday, December 13, 2015
by Eugénie Bisulco, The Forum
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Press Release by the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals
Friday, January 23, 2015
by Contessa Brewer, NBC 4 New York
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Wheels of Hope Photos