There’s a new pup in town at Animal Care & Control of NYC! Ok, not actually a pup… but a man who cares about dogs’ welfare like they’re the family they are! That man is Ken Foster, author and dog advocate extraordinaire.
You might remember Ken from our recent feature on his book I’m A Good Dog, a loving tribute to the oft misunderstood Pit Bull. Although Ken currently lives in New Orleans with his pups Bananas, Dominick, Douglas and Paul, Ken will soon be returning to New York City after 13 years away to assist large and small breeds alike. Starting in August, 2015, Ken will be joining Animal Care & Control of NYC as their new Community Dogs Program Coordinator!
Ken’s work at AC&C will be centered around a two-pronged community approach to reducing the euthanasia of dogs and assisting dog owners, particularly in regard to larger breeds and others at risk for owner surrender.
“Our goal is to bring info and resources into the city community to help people avoid animal surrender and decrease intake. We want to help keep dogs in the homes they are in—we want to keep the animal and human family together.“
Community initiatives will include low-cost vaccination clinics, training programs centered around common behavioral issues, health education, spay and neutering events, and wide-spread information distribution to communities with reduced access to these services throughout the city’s five boroughs.
Ken further describes:
“We want to cut through some of the common problems that lead individuals to surrender their dogs. There can be easy solutions to these problems, but only if the community has access to the information. I want to have many one-on-one interactions with dog owners and develop deep roots in the communities at need.”
Ken will also work with the AC&C shelter staff to promote the adoption of larger breed dogs and market the benefits of dog ownership across all breeds and types. Like with Ken’s Sula Foundation, formed in New Orleans to promote responsible dog ownership among the Pit Bull population, organizational and community pawtnerships will be key to the Animal Care & Control community dog project initiative.
If you would like to learn more about the community dogs program or sign up to volunteer, please email [email protected]