NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- It's a sad reality all over the country: thousands of healthy and treatable animals are being euthanized in shelters each day for lack of resources, including space, funding for medical care and too few adopters.
As part of that effort, AC&C will join animal shelters across the nation for "Just One Day" on Wednesday.
"On June 11, the AC&C will suspend all euthanasia, unless deemed medically necessary for humane reasons," Executive Director Risa Weinstock told 1010 WINS.
Adoption hours will be extended until 8 p.m., adoption fees will be reduced and AC&C's Mobile Adoption Center will be at Petco Union Square with cats and dogs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
All three AC&C Care Centers will participate. Care Center locations are as follows:
Manhattan (326 East 110th Street)
Brooklyn (2336 Linden Boulevard)
Staten Island (3139 Veteran's Road West)
Cats and dogs are available and all three. Rabbits are also available for adoption at the Manhattan location.
1010 WINS' Susan Richard Interviews AC&C Executive Director Risa Weinstock
Weinstock notes that as the city's open admissions animal shelters, AC&C takes in 30,000 animals each year.
"If you can imagine what 30,000 animals means, just last summer, we had enough kittens to fill Radio Music Hall", Weinstock told 1010 WINS. "AC&C wants to find a home for every single animal -- 30,000 is a staggering amount. That's a lot of animals and we need the community to go out and support us and to say to their friends and neighbors don't shop, adopt. Go to AC&C. You're going to find the pet you're looking for."
All AC&C adoptions include vaccinations, a microchip, spay/neuter, dog license, one month of free pet health insurance and a free office visit at a participating veterinarian.
"Everybody out there can be one of New York's Kindest," says Weinstock. "You can adopt. You can volunteer. You can donate. There's so many ways to build awareness about shelter pets."
For more information, visit www.nycacc.org.
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