From ANIMAL PEOPLE, November 2004:
NEW YORK CITY, TRENTON, PHILADELPHIA, ST. LOUIS,
MIAMI–“The black hats have increased adoptions 99.6%, reduced
euthanasia 14%, and fewer animals died in New York City during the
last 12 months than in any other one-year period in city history,
just 25,000,” Animal Care & Control of New York City director Ed
Boks e-mailed to ANIMAL PEOPLE on October 17, 2004.
In Boks’ first fiscal year since coming to New York, after
achieving similar results as head of Phoenix/Maricopa County Animal
Control in Arizona, the city killed 28,980 animals, then an
all-time 12-month low, but already broken.
Boks’ secret of success, he proclaims often, is integrating
the no-kill mission and philosophy into animal control–and then
finding the resources to make it happen.
Just across the Hudson River, a New Jersey state Animal
Welfare Task Force appointed in February 2003 by former Governor
James E. McGreevey–endowed with a $200,000 working budget–wants to
emulate Boks’ approach.
The task force recommendations include escalating
sterilization funding, adopting neuter/return as the officially
favored method of controlling feral cats, adding a trained cruelty
investigator to every police department, requiring every county to
operate an animal shelter, and removing the troubled New Jersey SPCA
network from the constabulary role in humane law enforcemnt that it
has had for more than 100 years.