Monday, March 28, 2016 – New York, NY – The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, in partnership with the Humane Society of New York, will, once again, offer a free spay/neuter clinic for rabbits — just in time for spring.
Saturday, April 2, 2016
The Humane Society of New York, 306 East 59th Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues), NYC
The free clinic will be held on Saturday, April 2, at the Humane Society of New York’s animal hospital (306 East 59th Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenues). Appointments must be made in advance by calling (212) 752-4842. Rabbit owners may be asked to bring their rabbits in for a free check-up a few days before the surgery, but should call to book their appointments first, and details will be discussed at that time.
Thanks to a new law that will take effect on April 1, 2016, rabbits no longer are available for sale in New York City pet stores. Those interested in adding a bunny to their families must adopt from a rescue group or shelter.
Jane Hoffman, President of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, notes that “the ban on the sale of rabbits in pet stores will help reduce the number of unwanted rabbits who are either brought to shelters (rabbits are the third-largest animal shelter population after cats and dogs) or released into the wild (where they cannot survive).”
Hoffman explains how this is a win for families seeking a new rabbit companion, because “shelter rabbits — like all New York City shelter animals — are spayed or neutered prior to being placed with their adopters. Another wonderful benefit of adopting is the knowledge you get from adoption counselors about how to care for rabbits since it differs greatly from caring for a cat or dog.” She also recommends spaying or neutering your pet rabbit now, if they have not been already, as to avoid adding to the growing number of rabbits in shelters.
Among the many places New Yorkers can adopt rabbits are the Humane Society of New York; the Manhattan location of Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC); Petco’s East 86th Street and Union Square stores, which have rabbits and adoption counselors from NYC Metro Rabbit (the adoption program of Rabbit Rescue & Rehab); and Brooklyn’s Sean Casey Animal Rescue.
Rabbits also will be available for adoption at Adoptapalooza in Union Square Park on Sunday, April 10.
About the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals®
The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals® is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity that works with more than 150 partner rescue groups and shelters to offer important programs and services that save the lives of NYC’s homeless animals. We are supported entirely by donations from foundations, corporations, and individuals and receive no government funding. Since our founding in 2003, we have remained committed to transforming New York City into a community where no dogs or cats of reasonable health and temperament will be killed merely because they do not have homes. www.AnimalAllianceNYC.org
About the Humane Society of New York
Since 1904 the Humane Society of New York has been a presence in New York City, reaching out to animals in need when illness, injury, or homelessness strikes. Open 7 days a week, today its hospital and The Vladimir Horowitz and Wanda Toscanini Horowitz Adoption Center help more than 38,000 animals annually. HSNY’s adoption Center provides safe haven — with no time limit — for rescued animals while permanent adoptive homes are found. The clinic provides low-cost and funded veterinary services, including critical care for animals who would otherwise have nowhere to turn for life-giving help. To support the community, HSNY offers a range of free and low/cost spay/neuter options to protect animals’ health and prevent pet overpopulation. www.HumaneSocietyNY.org