Every day of the year, the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals’ Wheels of Hope (WOH) vans transport companion animals from the Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) to other Alliance Participating Organizations who have the resources to find them new homes.
In 2015 alone, WOH vans delivered approximately 600 animals to Hudson Valley Animal Rescue & Sanctuary (HVARS), located in Poughkeepsie, about 90 miles north of New York City. According to HVARS’ Karen LeCain, approximately 550 of them have already been adopted. “It would be impossible to save this number of animals,” Karen says, “if we didn’t have the Wheels of Hope program to help with transport.”
The Alliance works directly with ACC to arrange for transport and takes new animals to HVARS at least twice a week. One dog who recently benefited from this collaboration is Dee Dee, a medium-sized terrier who arrived at ACC shortly before she was about to give birth. Dee Dee needed a quiet place to have her puppies, HVARS agreed to take her, and the WOH set up an emergency transport. “It would have been impossible for us to drive to the city,” says Karen, “so this is just another case where the WOH has come through for our organization and an animal in need.”Dee Dee delivered seven beautiful, healthy puppies in an HVARS foster home. All will be up for adoption after they are weaned, spayed/neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped.
While HVARS’ main focus is cats and dogs, they are committed to rescuing and rehabilitating animals of all kinds. Chickens, doves, hamsters, rabbits, guinea pigs, a goat, a lamb, a pig, and a turtle were all on the WOH passenger list to the facility in just the past year. “The Wheels of Hope program,” says Karen, “is one of the main reasons that our rescue has grown so much over the past five years.”
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The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals’ programs strengthen the operations of our community rescue partners to help them save the lives of more homeless pets and feral and stray community cats. Our shared mission is to transform New York City into a more humane community, where no dog or cat of reasonable health or temperament is killed merely because he or she does not have a home.
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