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Rabbit Rescuers are Hopping Busy

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Rabbits bought as pets are being dumped and left to die in parks and gardens across the city — and animal advocates fear the problem will worsen as Easter approaches.

Animal Care & Control of New York City took in 380 rabbits last year — up from 341 in 2012 and 283 in 2011. That doesn’t count the dozens of homeless bunnies saved by volunteers who say they’re having a hard time keeping up with rabbit rescues.

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Holidays Bring a Pet Cause

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

Coming home for the holidays means a lot to every New Yorker, even the furry ones.

The Mayor’s Alliance for New York City Animals and the Petco Foundation joined forces to kickoff a two-day Whiskers to Wonderland adoption drive. The event, part Petco’s National Adoption Weekend, featured more than 300 animals from 30 non-profit shelters citywide. Adoption sites were set up at Petco’s Union Square and Columbus Square locations.

The event comes in the midst of renewed efforts by city agencies and non-profits to decrease the number of animals in shelters. Euthanasia rates have decreased since 2004 and are now the lowest in any major city nationwide. There are hopes the record $12 million allocated in the city budget to Animal Care and Control in 2014 will bring down the rates further.

Pet Owners Bullish on Economy

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

The economy may be seeing some dog days, but the pet industry appears to be recession proof. Last year, Americans spent about $48 billion. This year, spending on medical care, grooming and other pet-related service is already up $3 billion over 2010.

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