Something To Look Forward To

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Dogs, cats and other animals of all shapes, sizes and stripes will soon have a new city shelter right in their backyard —the first of its kind in the borough.

In the release of his new fiscal year 2017 budget Tuesday, Mayor de Blasio announced that more than $10 million in capital funding would be allocated for two new animal shelters—one in Queens and one in the Bronx. The plans for the funding include $2 million in FY 2017 to design the shelters followed by an additional $8 million in the following fiscal year to acquire land. The funding marked the largest investment in the animal-shelter system since the city government first took over operations of the shelters more than 20 years ago.  According to a spokesman from the mayor’s office, a more concrete timeline on construction and a proposed date for the opening of the facilities will be released once the city has selected and acquired the land.

Currently, homeless and/or abandoned animals in need of care are sent to a Queens’s temporary admission center, run by Animal Care Centers of NYC, before being moved to another shelter outside the borough. The new Queens shelter ensures that animals will be medically treated at this site, missing animals could be properly sheltered and people could directly adopt animals at the location.

Queens is a borough of animal-lovers, and this exciting news is cheered by one and all.

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