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NYC suspends homeless-pet euthanasia for a day

June 11, 2014 Associated Press
NYC suspends homeless-pet euthanasia for a day.
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New York City Animal Care & Control is suspending euthanasia for a day.

It’s part of a nationwide event called “Just One Day.”

AC&C says it will not perform euthanasia on Wednesday unless it is medically necessary.

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It has extended adoption hours and reduced fees.

Area rescue groups are also making extra efforts to help move pets out of the city’s shelters.

AC&C takes in about 30,000 animals a year. It says that last summer it took in nearly 6,000 cats — enough to fill about every seat in Radio City Music Hall.

The organization says that in April, it had a live release rate of 86 percent, its highest ever. That includes adoptions, reunions with owners, and transfers to other nonprofits that help find homes for the animals.

AC&C operates shelters under a contract with the city.


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