Mayor Bill de Blasio allocated $10 million to fund two new animal shelters in Queens and the Bronx as part of his executive budget on Tuesday.
The money will go toward land acquisition and design of the full-service shelters: $2 million in 2017 for designing them and $8 million in 2018 for land.
“Our animal shelters deliver services to upwards of 35,000 animals,” de Blasio said in a statement. “These two new shelters in Queens and in the Bronx — boroughs that combined see more than 14,000 cats and dogs — will increase the City’s bandwidth to ensure that all missing, homeless and abandoned animals within the city receive the care they need.”
The shelters will be capable of providing medical treatment for relinquished animals, house missing animals, and offer New Yorkers direct adoptions, according to the mayor’s office.