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MUTTS Comes to ACC Along with Shelter Me


Award-winning artist and animal advocate Patrick McDonnell, creator of the MUTTS comic strip, has turned his experience at Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC), into a week’s worth of MUTTS comics called “Shelter Stories,” which begins running February 1, 2016. He was filmed during his time at ACC and will be featured in the national PBS series, Shelter Me Episode six, Hearts and Paws.


Strip 5: Sweetness (February 5, 2016)


Love Knows No Boundaries
Have you ever fallen for someone just by seeing a picture? Did you know the same can happen for people and pets? A photograph is the first and most powerful tool shelters can use to promote their pets. At ACC we have been lucky to have skilled volunteer photographers that have been posting wonderful photos and bios of our animals for years. One such photo caught the eye of a couple in Vermont, who had been looking for a companion for their dog. Taken by ACC volunteer Carol of a dog named “Sweetness”, Tom and Karina saw the picture and decided to make the trek from Vermont to New York City. They would bring their own dog with them to see if the two got along and the rest shall we say, is history. ACC is proud to have adopters come from all over the country to meet and fall in love with our wonderful animals. We welcome potential adopters from near and far, but simply ask that the adoption be done in person. For Tom and Karina the long journey was well worth the prize.


Strip 4: Ralphy (February 4, 2016)


Thousands of pets go missing every year. In NYC there is one central location that pet owners can go to if they lose their pet and that is ACC. Because we are the only shelter that picks up and takes in stray animals, we are often the first stop for a lost pet. Ralphy was found roaming the streets and brought in by some good Samaritans. Clearly a family pet, this couple brought in Ralphy and immediately, as we do with every animal that comes to ACC, we scanned for a microchip, checked out lost pets reports and checked other lost pet sites like Fido Finder, Craigslist and other online lost and found communities. Amanda had filled out a lost pet report through our system and we were able to reunite the family within hours! It was an exciting moment for everyone.


Strip 3: Bes (February 3, 2016)


Will You Accept this Carrot?
Finding love is not just a quest reserved for humans. And like humans, animals have their own way of meeting their perfect match. For rabbits in New York City one of the best places to find eligible mates is at Animal Care Centers of NYC. Every Sunday (by appointment) ACC rabbit love wrangler and volunteer Amy conducts speed-dating sessions where owners will introduce their bunny to some shelter bunnies. These speed-dating sessions allow bunnies owned by a pet parent to test the waters with adoptable bunnies. During these introductions, Amy keeps a close eye on bunny body language to determine which hare pairs are best suited for each other. Dozens of rabbits are brought in and soon the field is narrowed to the top 3. Sometimes there just isn't a match and as was the case with Bes, she will return to the care center again in the hopes that she too will have a final carrot ceremony where she selects her mate. That promises to be the most dramatic carrot ceremony ever.


Strip 2: Wysteria (February 2, 2016)


Wysteria came to our Manhattan Care Center as a stray in mid-November. She was friendly and cooperative with everyone from our Medical staff to our behavior and adoptions team. However, Wysteria tended to stay in the back of her cat-condo, and wasn't getting noticed by potential adopters. Our Feline Enrichment team began working with this happy but shy kitty to teach her to high-five people who approached her condo. Wouldn't you know it, a few days later she caught the eye of Pholomi, a local artist and chef. According to Pholomi, Wysteria is a loving, social cat who loves to be the center of attention and she is still giving high-fives to everyone she meets. We think that deserves a big high-five!


Strip 1: Cindy (February 1, 2016)


Here is the first strip, which highlights the story of Cindy, found alone in an apartment after her owner died. When she arrived at our Manhattan Care Center she was scared and trembling. She was also very overweight and had a slight lameness in her back leg. Our Foster team went right to work to secure a home where Cindy could transition slowly and gently from her previous life with one owner and prepare herself for a new home environment. The team called on Brenda. Brenda had fostered over 100 cats and was excited to welcome a dog into her house this time. Cindy was the perfect choice! After spending a month together, losing weight, getting used to meeting new people, it was time for Cindy to make her big debut at our Mobile Adoption Event. It didn’t take long for Jamill, a member of Army Reserves, to fall in love and just like that a family was made. Many thanks to Brenda for giving Cindy the time she needed in her home.

Shelter Me is an inspiring series that celebrates shelter pets with positive and uplifting stories. Click here for more information.