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New York City to Host Animal Adoption Events
by David Milner
Posted on January 8, 2003

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Sunday announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that calls for the City to provide sites for adoption events to be held by the Mayor's Alliance for New York City's Animals in all five City boroughs on a regular basis.

The MOU requires the Departments of Health and Mental Hygiene, Parks, Citywide Administrative Services and Transportation to act in a coordinated manner to provide the sites, most of which will be in City parks.

Among the members of the Mayor's Alliance that will participate in the events are The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition,City Critters and the New York City Center for Animal Care and Control.

Another MOU signed by the mayor on Sunday "establishes principles of cooperation between the (animal welfare) community and...City animal shelters (to improve) the care that they provide."

"The partnership forged today is a win-win for New York City," said Bloomberg. "It will enhance the level of care at our animal shelters and increase animal adoption for needy pets and host families."

"We are delighted that Mayor Bloomberg's administration, in signing this Memorandum of Understanding with the Mayor's Alliance for New York City's Animals, has demonstrated such a strong commitment to developing creative solutions to the heartbreaking problems caused by cat and dog overpopulation," said Alliance President Jane Hoffman. "As a result of this historic agreement, New York City's public spaces will soon be a showcase for all the wonderful little four-footed New Yorkers who want nothing more than the opportunity to be someone's new best friend. Even for dogs and cats, New York is going to be the greatest city in the world"

Sources:
New York City Office of the Mayor
www.nyc.gov/html/om/html/2003a/pr003-03.html
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Animal Care Community Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Increase Pet Adoptions
Mayor's Alliance for New York City's Animals
www.animalalliancenyc.org
Reprinted by permission
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