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Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals, Inc.

AKA  the Alliance
New York, NY
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Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals, Inc.
Also Known As: the Alliance
Physical Address: New York, NY 10001 7604
EIN: 73-1653635
Web URL: www.AnimalAllianceNYC.org 
NTEE Category: D Animal related
D20 Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs)
D Animal related
D01 Alliance/Advocacy Organizations
D Animal related
D12 Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution
Ruling Year: 2002 
How This Organization Is Funded: Maddie's Fund
ASPCA
Regina B. Frankenberg Foundation


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Mission Statement

Our goal is to make NYC a no-kill community by 2015 and to sustain that success. The Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals has been working since 2002 toward the day when no NYC dog or cat of reasonable health and temperament is killed merely because he or she does not have a home. To achieve this humane, "no-kill" goal in the nation's largest city, the Mayor's Alliance, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, has formed a public-private partnership with the City of New York (100% privately funded) to develop creative solutions addressing issues of animal care and control in New York City. We have united 150+ not-for-profit animal care groups, small and large, already working effectively to place NYC's dogs and cats. These groups range from the ASPCA, a founding member and major supporter of the Alliance, to all-volunteer, neighborhood-based groups. In accordance with our 10-year strategic plan, we continue to help these groups work to their highest potential, while also implementing key initiatives to both support the efforts of these groups and achieve our overall mission. Our key initiatives include: (i) Wheels of Hope for NYC's Homeless Pets, our transport program (driving dogs and cats from our city shelters to the no-kill groups participating in the Mayor's Alliance),  (ii) the Picasso Medical & Boarding Fund (helping to pay for life-saving vet care for homeless pets taken in by our city shelters), (iii) the New York City Feral Cat Initiative (addressing the feral cat overpopulation crisis in NYC through the humane method of Trap-Neuter-Return - to decrease both cat intake and euthanasia at our city shelters), and (iv) Helping Pets and People in Crisis (providing assistance to people with pets facing life crises).

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Annual Revenue & Expenses (IRS Form 990, January 2012)

Fiscal Year Starting: January 01, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2012

Total Revenue $2,309,453
Total Expenses $4,103,941

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Jane Hoffman

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Since Mar 2002

Profile:

Jane Hoffman is a lawyer and outside of her work at the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals, has served as the Chair of the Committee on Legal Issues Pertaining to Animals at the New York City Bar Association. At the 2007 American Bar Association national conference in San Francisco, Jane was honored with the inaugural Excellence in the Advancement of Animal Law Award.

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Programs

Program: Wheels of Hope for NYC's Homeless Pets (GuideStar Exchange,
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Program Description:

Each year, Wheels of Hope for NYC's Homeless Pets, the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals transport van program, picks up thousands of animals from Animal Care & Control of NYC (AC&C) shelters and transports them to non-profit shelters and rescue groups that participate in the Mayor's Alliance and have the resources to find new homes for them.    Our transport program allows AC&C to move animals out of the cages at their shelters more quickly — reducing both the numbers of cats and dogs euthanized for lack of space and the chance that these pets contract upper respiratory infection and kennel cough. (This is important to lessen both the suffering of the animals and the vet bills of the non-profit rescue groups that care for them as they wait for a new home.) A major function of our transport program is to supplement the resources of the Mayor’s Alliance groups and shelters — allowing them to focus on what they do best:  finding caring, permanent homes for pets. Transport costs, including the vehicle (often operating seven days a week), insurance, gas, and the salaries of our dedicated drivers, are paid for by the Mayor’s Alliance.

Program Long-Term Success:

Wheels of Hope is among our most effective initiatives in reducing euthanasia at AC&C.  As a result, we have designated the transport program as a central focus of our efforts, critical to achieving our goal: the day when no New York City dog or cat of reasonable health and temperament is killed merely because he or she does not have a home.

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Program: Picasso Veterinary Fund (GuideStar Exchange,
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The Picasso Veterinary Fund provides financial assistance to help pay for medical care for homeless animals taken in by Animal Care & Control of NYC (AC&C), who are then transferred for adoption to groups and shelters participating in the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC's Animals. Many of the animals benefiting from medical care paid for by the Fund are brought to our attention by the AC&C staff, the people who get to know and often fall in love with these dogs and cats while they are at the city shelter. Pets selected for this help face a variety of medical conditions, but otherwise are adoptable. In addition to providing life-saving care, the Picasso Veterinary Fund serves a second key role in helping to achieve the goal of the Mayor’s Alliance: the day when no New York City dog or cat of reasonable health and temperament is killed merely because he or she does not have a home.   All of the groups participating in the Mayor’s Alliance are non-profit rescue groups and shelters, and many cannot afford to pay significant vet bills. By assisting with these costs, the Picasso Veterinary Fund helps these rescue groups and shelters focus on their core mission: finding caring, permanent homes for pets. As an umbrella organization, the Alliance also has had the ability to negotiate discounted fees with the veterinarians we work with, allowing contributions to the Fund to help more pets get the vet care they need and start a new life.

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Program: New York City Feral Cat Initiative (GuideStar Exchange,
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The New York City Feral Cat Initiative is a joint program of the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals and Neighborhood Cats, two private non-profit organizations. Our mission is to solve the feral cat overpopulation crisis in New York City through the humane, non-lethal method of Trap-Neuter-Return, or TNR for short. The Problem: Too Many Cats Living on the Streets Tens of thousands of street cats live in the alleyways, backyards, and outdoor spaces of New York City. They are the offspring of lost or abandoned pet cats and, unneutered, they go on to spawn new generations. The cats group themselves together in packs called colonies. Many of their nuisance behaviors can be attributed to mating behaviors that would likely cease if they were sterilized. These behaviors include noise from fighting and mating, and the smell from the spraying of pheromone-laced urine. Because these cats are not socialized to humans, they are not candidates for adoption. The breeding of these street cats results in more kittens entering the shelters — taking away homes that would otherwise go to the adult cats already there. Most adult feral cats taken in at city shelters are euthanized (killed) because they are not adoptable as house pets. As a result, the city must shoulder higher costs for municipal animal control. The Solution: Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) Our New York City Feral Cat Database shows that in neighborhoods throughout New York City, TNR is proving effective in humanely managing feral cat colonies and reducing their numbers over time. TNR is a two-step approach to feral cat overpopulation: Step One: TNR Stray and feral (wild) cats are humanely trapped, evaluated, given a rabies vaccination, left eartipped, and spayed or neutered (sterilized) by a veterinarian, and then returned to the familiar habitat of their original colony. Tame (friendly) cats and kittens young enough to be socialized are removed for adoption placement in permanent indoor homes. Step Two: Ongoing Feral Cat Colony Management Volunteers called colony caretakers provide ongoing care of the cats, including daily food, water, and clean-up of the area, shelter, and monitoring of the cats' health. This ongoing surveillance ensures that any new cats that find their way into the colony will be removed if they are tame, or TNRed (rabies vaccinated, left eartipped, and sterilized) if they are feral. This allows the number of cats in the colony to diminish over time through natural attrition, as cats get old and die from natural causes.

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Our New York City Feral Cat Database shows that in neighborhoods throughout New York City, TNR is proving effective in humanely managing feral cat colonies and reducing their numbers over time.

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Program: Helping Pets and People in Crisis (GuideStar Exchange,
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A pilot program of the Mayor's Alliance, Helping Pets and People in Crisis relies on volunteers who care for pets in their homes while the pet's family is experiencing difficult times (including domestic violence, eviction, or illness).

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The impact of the Mayor's Alliance, working with the 150+ rescue groups and shelters participating in the Alliance, includes: Lives Saved:  Three out of every four animals taken in by our city shelters is now saved.  When the Alliance was formed in 2003, less than one in three was saved.  Lives saved since the Alliance was formed (2003-2012) total more than 237,000 animals. Euthanasia Decreased:  2012 projected euthanasia is 76% less than during our baseline year of 2003. In 2012, euthanasia fell to below 8,000 dogs and cats as compared to more than 10,000 in 2011 (and 31,700 when we started in 2003).
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Expert Assessment

The Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals, Inc. is a coalition of more than 150 animal organizations working to end the killing of healthy and treatable cats and dogs at Animal Care and Control shelters. This effort to work together to decrease euthanasia and increase adoption rates has been very successful. Read More »

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Evidence of Impact

The Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals, Inc. is a coalition of more than 150 animal organizations working to end the killing of healthy and treatable cats and dogs at Animal Care and Control shelters. This effort to work together to decrease euthanasia and increase adoption rates has been very successful.

Collaboration
The Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals, Inc. is a coalition of more than 150 animal organizations working to end the killing of healthy and treatable cats and dogs at Animal Care and Control shelters. This effort to work together to decrease euthanasia and increase adoption rates has been very successful. Foundation Professional
This is a huge collaboration of animal rescue groups in and around New York City, dealing with the overpopulation of cats and dogs. The biggest impact that this group has locally is lowering the euthanasia of companion animals dramatically. Regionally and even nationally, the impact is showing others that collaborations are possible and practical. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Model
This organization is an umbrella for New York City's shelters and rescues and coordinates the complicated system of animal transfers and adoptions together with the ASPCA and Animal Care and Control. AC&C has a history of difficulties, and the Mayor's Alliance is primarily responsible for its successes and a gradual reduction of needless euthanasia. The Mayor's Alliance model is being replicated to a smaller extent in Los Angeles, and it could be a model for other large US cities. Foundation Professional
Innovation
The Mayor's Alliance is taking an innovative approach to the question of pet overpopulation in New York City, one of the toughest cities in the U.S. to create positive change. It has already made solid advances in NYC be bringing together all of the interested groups and individuals and encouraging a much greater level of cooperation. Researcher and Faculty
Partnerships
Proven track record of effecting change in New York City and Animal Care and Control through partnership of over 160 rescue groups. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Help Homeless Pets
While this agency is controversial, I believe they have been a positive in bringing resources to New York City for homeless pets. Nonprofit Senior Staff
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