Hold Animal Shelters Accountable for Their Actions

Animal Shelters

Target: Rep. Sheldon Silver, Speaker of the New York State Assembly

Goal: Demand the passage of legislation that would hold animal shelters accountable for the health and safety of the animals in their care

There are currently no state laws in New York that require government-funded animal shelters to disclose key information like the number of animal intakes or euthanations performed annually. Legislators have proposed new measures that would require annual reports be submitted to the state and made available to the public. Urge state representatives to protect shelter animals by supporting the legislation.

The new measures would require any shelter that receives state funding to submit annual animal shelter reports, which would disclose the number of animal intakes, adoptions, transfers, and deaths. Shelters would also be required to post a notice on their website stating that the report is available to the public and keep a printed copy at their shelter for public viewing.

Increasing the transparency of animal shelters would allow both the state and the public to hold them more accountable for their actions. Shelters would be more closely monitored by the state and, for the first time, New York residents would know exactly how many animals are entering their communities’ shelters and dying there, increasing public awareness about the pet overpopulation problem.

Ultimately, increased transparency could lead to more progressive procedures and programs and more dogs and cats saved from an almost certain death in overcrowded shelters. Urge state representatives to hold shelters accountable for their actions by supporting the passage of the legislation.


Dear Rep. Silver,

I believe that animal shelters should be held accountable for their actions by both the government and the public. New York legislators have introduced two new measures that would require shelters to submit annual reports detailing key information to the state and make them available to the public. I urge you to protect the well-being of shelter animals by supporting this vital legislation.

Senate Bill 7088 and Assembly Bill 6768 would require any shelter that receives state funding to submit annual reports disclosing the number of animal intakes, adoptions, transfers and deaths, allowing the state to more closely monitor shelter activities. This key information would also be made available to the public for the first time, most of whom are taxpayers who care about what happens to the animals in their communities and have the right to know exactly how many adoptable dogs and cats are being killed in shelters each year.

Increasing the transparency at shelters increases public awareness and provides the opportunity for more progressive procedures and programs to be implemented, ultimately resulting in more lives saved. I urge you to hold state-funded shelters more accountable by supporting S.B. 7088 and A.B. 6768.


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One Comment

  1. Christina Anderson says:

    And who among us mistakenly thought animal “shelters” were in existence to provide safe havens for animals in need? Boy have they been fooling some of the people some of the time. Circuses, zoos and animal shelters are often tarred with the same nasty brush. Not all shelters, but way to many and ALL circuses and zoos are simply concentration camps for animals.

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