11 thoughts on “CityViews: Bronx Animal Lovers Must Fight for Their Borough’s Proposed Shelter

  1. Heartwarming news! Now might other shelters be upgraded? Several years ago we adopted a dog from the Brooklyn Animal Care and Control shelter. The dog was 9 years old…and seriously ill with kennel cough which we did not know about until we got him home and had to make a middle of the night trip to our animal ER. He survived and was the most marvelous pet one could imagine. He continued to have multiple medical issues but was a trooper and lived to be 13. We feel the staff did the best they could with the animals in that shelter but it was/is way overcrowded.

  2. My comments are simply this.Homeless animals exist for one simple reason and that’s irresponsible pet owners.Some of the properties mentioned were set up as future use for stores and what I’m guessing is that what the residents of the Bronx don’t want is added traffic congestion.I’m a veteran and I get the homeless veteran situation but what really aggravates me is our governments lack of respect and help for our veterans,especially homeless vets.I would urge the residents of the Bronx to allow the animal shelter to help not only their homeless animal situation but the surrounding areas.

    • The existing Petland Discount in Bay Plaza (at the planned back entrance “Low Cost Veterinary section” of the An. Shelter) has had years of successful mobile adoptions in coordination with ACC. The new image of a large attractive well run, state of the art, attractive, “Boroughbred” animal shelter is a great idea. This shelter will be a destination, almost like a small zoo or aquarium, where people can observe and interact with animals for adoption. Kind of like a large diverse “Pet Store”. That’s one reason why this site is so special for this 60 million dollar investment for the Bronx.

  3. Well done Roxanne. One of the absurd complaints about the shelter was that it would generate too much traffic. First of all I doubt it would. It is an animal shelter, not Jacobi Hospital. Secondly, the people complaining about traffic are seniors that don’t even drive. Community Boards have an age problem, a youth movement is necessary. Or community boards should be dismantled altogether. Keep in mind, the city doesn’t have subway access to LGA because of the NIMBYs that infect community boards.

      • There are at least 5 empty stores in Bay Plaza that will be adding Traffic as they fill up, there is a Hotel planned on the same side of the same street, how do they compare to an animal shelter?

  4. We have a Lobbyist explaining his client is planning a homeless veterans housing at the 2050 Bartow site. YET we did not hear anything about this, and the few cb10 members i have spoken with have not either. It seems they are manipulating the ULURP to be against the shelter and for a Youth Center that will never happen. A “Community Use” will be included in the supportive housing instead. LOL !! what a joke our leadership is.

  5. I am not buying the traffic excuse! I cannot believe that the proposed shelter would receive such backlash. The area really could use an animal shelter and jobs (not more retail jobs). It would also be nice to have a place to volunteer! What about the youth who might be inspired to find a career path here? What about the elderly who might benefit? I know lots of lonely & scared elderly people in Co-op City who would love to visit and volunteer. Maybe some people would learn compassion from the animals too! Other than going to retail stores and fast food places really what is there to do around here? Thank goodness, we still have the NYP Library! If Riverbay (Co-op City) wants a community/youth center why don’t they utilize their own vacant property? The Dreiser center or old bingo hall in the Bartow shopping center maybe? Or how about the area on Co-op City Boulevard that is being eyed for a park (haha they oppose the “public” park as well, meanwhile anyone can walk around in coop city; it’s not a gated community). There is a small youth program already in Section 5, maybe expand there. Also, why can’t Riverbay successfully form a partnership with Truman HS to use their facilities? Manhattan’s Battery Park neighborhood has one with the Community Center at Stuyvesant HS, and this would be no different! Also Coop City is not the entire CB10 so why do they think only their voice counts? It doesn’t count when it comes to removing sex offenders from the complex; only to prevent an animal shelter I see! The people who live on City Island have to deal with tons of traffic from off island residents and that’s just for people to stuff their faces. This is a sorely needed NO KILL animal shelter. I am literally fuming and at a loss for words. This is so disheartening and just another reason to make me want to move out of The Bronx! No Metro North, no animal shelter, no community center/ neighborhood amenities……all the promises always broken. I personally do not want any homeless shelters no matter the type. Our area already has a ton of homeless shelters and group homes. We are being sold out every day. Meanwhile Co-op city is SUPPOSED to be for middle income working people! Yeah OK. It’s the same old guard with their backward agenda. Who’s pocket is being greased?

    • Exactly, Please attend the city council hearing on Oct 9th Tuesday.

      The next and FINAL Step is the city council hearing on Bronx Animal Shelter & Clinic
      Date: Oct 9th Tuesday
      Time: 1:30 PM to 3PM
      Location: City Hall,
      NY, NY 10007
      (Council Chambers). Hearing starts at 2 pm but arrive by 1:30 to go through security and sign up to speak.
      If you can’t attend then send emails to Speaker Corey JohnsonSpeakerjohnson@council.nyc.gov and even to the chair of the committee City Council Member Adrienne Adams at Adams@council.nyc.gov
      cc us on your emails BronxAnimalRightsElectors@gmail.com so we can print them and HAND delivered them to this hearing.
      Use Email Subject “Bronx/Bartow Animal Shelter & Clinic”

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