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    Cute canines from Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC) and the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) took part in a “City Howl” pet adoption event during Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog-Month. Learn about pet adoption.

City Breaks Ground on Bronx Animal Care Center
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    The Bronx Animal Care Center, anticipated to open in Spring 2025, will expand NYC’s ability to care for animals in need and bring essential services to Bronx residents.

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    Hundreds of different species call the Big Apple home. From soaring hawks to curious coyotes, it’s no surprise that we encounter animals everywhere from our parks and greenspaces to our roads and roofs. After all, they’re New Yorkers, too!

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    Every Friday, NYC public school cafeterias feature a nutritious plant-based dish as the primary menu item. Plant-based meals are rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber, and protein, helping to ensure that students receive the recommended five servings of fruit and vegetables a day. Learn more

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    Mayor Adams joined in the grand opening celebration for the new Staten Island Animal Care Center, a project that was managed by DDC for DOHMH and Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC). The lobby is dedicated to Tommy Monahan, a Staten Island boy who loved animals. Learn more


The Mayor’s Office of Animal Welfare, housed within the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit, has the power to advise and assist the Mayor in the coordination and cooperation among City agencies that are involved in animal welfare administration, regulation, management or programs., and is the City's liaison regarding animal welfare needs and concerns.

The Office recognizes the many connections between human and (non-human) animal well-being, and aims to foster a more humane city for all.

The Mayor's Office of Animal Welfare has four main focus areas:

  • Companion Animals
  • Wildlife
  • Working Animals
  • Human Dimensions of Animal Welfare



Programs and Initiatives