Recently the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals received a generous donation of dog food from a thoughtful donor looking to help animals during the coronavirus crisis. We reached out to Healthy Pets Project of NYC, an organization that helps NYC pet owners in crisis care for their pets, and offered them the food, which they were delighted to accept. So we arranged for one of our longtime transport drivers to deliver the food to its destination, where it will be distributed to clients of the Healthy Pets Project of NYC.
In keeping with our focus for 2020, the Alliance is providing limited transport — not for the general public, but for local rescue groups and other animal welfare organizations that have transport needs that fall outside the criteria for the Best Friends Northeast Transport Program and Bideawee’s NYC Feral Cat Initiative transports. By providing these limited transports, the Alliance is filling gaps in transport and, in doing so, is helping our partners achieve successful outcomes for the animals in their care.
Looking back on happier days before the arrival of COVID-19, we provided transport for other organizations that needed it.
For example, when the Wildlife Freedom Foundation, a rescue organization on Roosevelt Island, needed transport to get an injured goose to a wildlife rehabilitator on Long Island, they called the Alliance for assistance. When a family in the Bronx needed to give up their three-pound Chihuahua, April, and reached out to the Wildlife Freedom Foundation for help, the rescue group in turn contacted the Alliance for advice and assistance with vetting and transport.
And when the Patricia H. Ladew Foundation, a cat rescue organization on Long Island, needed to transport a special needs cat named Jose to a great permanent home, they contacted the Alliance for help.
While Alliance transports are not available to the public, and are available only to the NYC rescue community on a limited basis, we are pleased to offer assistance as part of our role as a provider of limited services, resources, and guidance to local animal rescue groups and shelters. We look forward to filling in the gaps when necessary to ensure our partners’ needs continue to be met during the current crisis and beyond.