Stop Killing Animals at New York Shelters


Target: New York Animal Care and Control Center Executive Director Risa Weinstock

Goal: Keep animals in shelters alive for more than five days and make healthy animals always adoptable.

Animal shelters in New York are killings dozens of animals every day due to lack of housing and financial support. According to New York’s current animal laws, animals are allowed to be destroyed just five days after intake without ever even putting them up for adoption. Tell NY Animal Care and Control that it is not acceptable to murder an innocent animal after only five days of care without even the chance of finding a loving home.

Each day, cats and dogs executed for simple lack in the effort and time to find them a good home. Housing and care costs are significant, and there is no point for these shelters to provide care for only five days to an animal it plans to kill anyway. This petition is a letter to NYACC’s Executive Director Risa Weinstock telling her that New York’s animal shelter holding laws must be changed and improved by increasing the mandatory care time over five days and to require shelters to put mentally and physically healthy animals up for public adoption within five days.


Dear Ms. Weinstock,

I don’t believe that five days is a sufficient amount of time for a stray animal taken in by New York animal shelters is long enough before the decision of adoption or destruction. According to New York’s animal cruelty laws under subsection two of section 374, any shelter or pound governed under the state may have an animal humanely destroyed after five days of housing without the requirement of, and as an alternate to, public adoption. There are countless different families and people throughout New York and the surrounding area that would be more than happy to give these animals a home, and their death because of the lack of effort or time put into their survival is despicable.

I hope that you will stand with me to attempt a change to these laws by removing the five-day minimum on shelters and instead require the shelter to document and post all mentally and physically healthy animals for adoption within five days of their intake. This will mean that a physical examination as well as any missing vaccinations or procedures will need to be completed before the animal is documented on paper and posted to the appropriate areas of adoption within a five-day period. While this is a time-consuming and difficult task, it shall have the same level of difficulty and urgency of attempting to find a family for a dying animal within the same amount of time. It is also the work that is expected and required of a government animal caretaker.

I hope that you will consider my voice and the voice of others that speak with me. We speak out for the animals that do not have a voice and do not have a choice in their own fates. We want to stop the needless waste of animal lives and the disposal of perfectly healthy and loving pets that have just as much of a chance to find a caring home as any other domestic animal. Please do not let these animals continue to suffer. Every day that we fail to take action is another average of 31 animals that are permanently deceased.


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  1. Cecily Colloby says:

    If we started killing homeless people there’d be a huge outcry, so why is it deemed acceptable to casually kill homeless animals?? IT BLOODY WELL ISN’T!!!!

  2. Give these animals a chance 5 days is just not enough time in other words this shelter is killing any animal just after 5 days without even bothering to try and find new homes this is absolutly disgusting and should be stopped at once

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