New York City officials are making a concerted effort to get more people to adopt animals by teaming up with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).
The ASPCA recently donated $1 million to the mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals, a network of more than 160 rescue groups in the metropolitan area, the New York Daily News reports.
Currently, more than 42,000 animals enter the city's shelters each year, and only about 17,000 are adopted or transferred to shelters that don't euthanize.
The Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals will use the funds to transfer more animals to "no-kill" rescue organizations and provide spay and neuter services to low-income pet owners.
"This is a great example of the kind of partnership between the city and nonprofit organizations that is so necessary in these challenging economic times," said New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
The ASPCA's donation will look to advance the positive trend in pet adoptions that has taken place over the past decade. According to New York Magazine, the percentage of dogs and cats put in shelters last year hit an all-time low, and adoption rates rose to 66 percent, from just 26 percent in 2003.