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Animal rights activist Donny Moss is raising concerns about the pet adoption process at the Humane Society of New York. Moss claims that the organization has been warehousing animals because that is easier than facilitating adoptions while the building is closed to the public. According to Moss, some of the animals have been living at the shelter for three or more years, as shown in the Pix11 News story. Moss said that the Executive Director will not send them to foster homes, where they could be seen by adopters and not be forced to live in a cage.
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Christina Fritz, a Manhattan resident, says she twice attempted to adopt a cat from the Humane Society of New York during the pandemic but never received a response to the seven-page application that she submitted.
The Humane Society of New York told PIX11 News that it had placed 19 animals in forever homes so far in 2023 and currently has 27 cats and 13 dogs up for adoption. However, New York City Council member Julie Menin is questioning why those numbers aren’t higher and plans to meet with the organization next week to get some answers.
When PIX11 News visited the Humane Society of New York unannounced, Associate Director Anne-Marie Karash invited them to tour the facilities. Karash said that adoptions have slowed because of the pandemic and construction and that the process for adopting has changed. The Humane Society’s adoption team now reviews applications before allowing people to meet the animals, focusing on matching each animal with the right forever home. Because the Humane Society of New York is a no-kill shelter, they allow the adoption process to take whatever time is required. In some cases, it can take years for animals with behavioural or medical issues that need careful placement.
While it’s understandable that the Humane Society of New York wants to find the right home for each animal, it’s also essential to ensure that the adoption process is not discouraging potential adopters. Long adoption applications and a lack of response can be off-putting and lead people to look elsewhere, potentially contributing to the problem of pet homelessness.
As consumers and animal lovers, we can do our part by supporting organizations that prioritize animal welfare and adoption. We can also encourage these organizations to make the adoption process more accessible and transparent. If you’re considering adopting a pet, don’t be discouraged by a lengthy application process or slow response times. Remember that you’re committing to care for an animal for the rest of its life, so finding the right match is essential. Let’s continue to advocate for the welfare of animals and Support organizations that share our values.
While the Humane Society of New York’s no-kill policy is commendable, concerns have been raised about the organization’s adoption process. The focus on finding the right home for each animal is important, but it’s also essential to ensure the process is accessible and transparent to potential adopters. As consumers, we can Support organizations that prioritize animal welfare and encourage them to make the adoption process more accessible. Let’s continue to advocate for the interest of animals and Support organizations that share our values.
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