NYC signs 34-year mega-contract with controversial Animal Care Centers


The city has cemented its partnership of more than three decades with Animal Care Centers of New York, despite intense concern from advocates.

The $1.4 billion contract with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will allow the nonprofit ACC to run the city’s animal shelters until Aug. 31, 2052.

Records show the contract was registered by the Comptroller’s Office on Jan. 4.

Activists argued that the ACC — which, as The Post has reported, operates an arcane “At Risk” list that gives condemned pets just 18 hours before they are put down — isn’t the right organization to take care of the city’s vulnerable animals.

“A 34-year contract makes ACC a mega-institution, locking out any accountability,” longtime animal-rights activist Marilyn Galfin testified at a July public hearing about the partnership.

“It would limit competition and innovation.”

Councilmember Robert Holden (D-Queens) said “stricter guidelines” were needed for the contract, the longest awarded to the ACC since it began partnering with the city in 1995.

The Department of Health didn’t return a request for comment.