In accordance with Local Law 204 of 2019, the Mayor’s Office of Animal Welfare issues an annual report to the Mayor and the Speaker of the City Council reporting on the city’s animal welfare service and program needs for all five boroughs.

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Highlights from the 2020 report include:

  • COVID-19 Pet Response Plan. In recognition of the new challenges faced by New York City’s animal guardians as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, the Mayor’s Office of Animal Welfare and NYC Emergency Management mobilized its partners within the Animal Planning Task Force (APTF) to work collaboratively on a strategic response to help people and animals in crisis.

  • Fair Recovery and Companion Animal Welfare. Members of the NYC Emergency Management’s Animal Planning Task Force have united under the Fair Recovery and Companion Animal Welfare working group to rebuild the landscape of animal welfare in a way that contributes to a stronger and more equitable city.

  • Animal Services for Test & Trace Safe Separation Program. NYC's Test & Trace Corps and Mayor's Office of Animal Welfare have partnered with Wag! to help patients care for their companion animals while they safely separate to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  • Animal Hoarding Working Group. An inter-agency animal hoarding working group was convened in January 2020 for a single high-profile case with a long history of engagement at the ASPCA. The resolution of this case required the collaboration of the ASPCA, Adult Protective Services, NYPD, and the nonprofit JASA, as well as the consultation of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Department of Buildings.

  • Project Year 4 Deer Population Control Study Results. The Deer Population Control Study is one component of the City’s Non-Lethal Deer Impact Management Program. The study’s fourth population estimate, conducted in January 2020, estimated approximately 1,555 deer in the borough, an approximate 24% reduction in Staten Island’s deer population since January 2017. In addition, the estimate shows an approximate 84% decrease in fawn births since the program began.

  • Bringing Mental Health Resources to NYC’s Animal Welfare Community. To combat higher levels of psychological distress and suicide in the animal welfare community, MOAW and Mayor's Office of ThriveNYC are conducting outreach to promote Thrive in Your Workplace (TWP) to veterinary practices and animal welfare employers.
Download the full Annual Report for Calendar Year 2020.