By Michele C. Hollow of Pet News and Views
Hill’s Pet Nutrition and Animal Care & Control (AC&C) share a mission. They both work hard to bring pets and people together. Through its shelter program, Hill’s feeds homeless pets in nearly 1,000 shelters every day. This time, Hill’s requested to host a giveaway on Pet News and Views, and that the donation—2,000 bowls of pet food—be donated to AC&C.
I’ve toured the Hill’s facility and was quite impressed. You can read about my visit by clicking here.
Known by locals as AC&C, it’s the largest pet not-for-profit in the northeast. As a not-for-profit organization since 1995, AC&C has been responsible for NYC’s municipal shelter system, rescuing and finding loving homes for homeless and abandoned animals in NYC (I’m a native, and proud of it). To service all NYC communities, AC&C facilities operate in all five boroughs. The Bronx and Queens are receiving centers. Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Staten Island are full service adoption centers. AC&C partners with 150 shelters and rescues in NYC. It’s part of the Mayor’s Alliance. “We are the triage center,” says Julie Bank, executive director of AC&C.
“Our goal is to place every cat and dog that can be placed,” says Julie. “Every animal that comes in our doors receives medical attention.” When Julie says, “every animal,” she means it. AC&C has welcomed foxes, chickens, and rabbits (the third most common pet after cats and dogs). They have even, on occasion, had to treat lions, tigers, and bears. Wildlife and farm animals are referred to other agencies that care for them. The majority of the animals at AC&C are cats and dogs.
“AC&C is very excited to partner with Hill’s Science Diet on this project,” says Julie. “This food will go a long way to care for the animals and save lives. We are pleased to have a long lasting standing relationship with Hill’s Science Diet.”
“Hill’s Pet Nutrition is very proud to support the Animal Care & Control shelter of New York City, through Pet News and Views,” says Arnaud Brel, Senior Product Manager of Shelter & Professional Endorsement. “When Michele C. Hollow approached Science Diet with the idea, we thought it was a natural fit with our Hill’s Food, Shelter & LoveTM program.”
Since 2002, Hill’s has donated more than $240 million worth of Science Diet brand foods to nearly 1,000 animal shelters, nationwide. It has also helped more than 6 million pets find new homes.
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I am happy that Pet News and Views is the go-between for this donation. Can you leave a comment and tell us what makes a shelter or rescue special or why you volunteer? Please include the name of your shelter or rescue.
A Note from Michele
Many of you know me. I am the person who writes this blog. It has come to my attention that AC&C is overrun with problems. Since I posted, I heard from many of you and have been disheartened to learn about AC&C’s mismanagement and neglect towards the animals in their care and the abuse to the volunteers. Some of the accusations really trouble me. I enjoy using my blog as a go-between for animal shelters and pet product/food manufacturers. I think Hill’s is quite generous, and I’m happy to be aligned with them. I’m not so sure about AC&C. I have spent the last two days talking to people and researching stories about AC&C. I plan on doing a follow up story soon.