So they are looking to relocate to a new 1,450-square-foot home at 69th Street and Metropolitan Avenue in Middle Village in June of 2019. Representatives from the center were scheduled to appear before Community Board 5 on Wednesday to present their plan.
ACC is the only open-admission animal welfare organization in the city. After being dropped off, the animals are cared for until they are then transported to the Brooklyn Care Center at 8 p.m. nightly, where they are cared for long term and, hopefully, adopted.
According to Simpson, the new location would give the group the ability to have a pet-food pantry, more room for medical treatment, free vaccinations, and run seminars for pet owners.
“Our goal at ACC is really to try to elevate the idea of animal welfare in the 21st century so we provide more than just sheltering to them,” she said. “They receive enrichment from our behavior team, they also have playgroups, and receive other veterinary services.”
Simpson said the organizations takes in 30,000 animals a year citywide. They accept animals of all kinds, ages, and health status, and have maintained a 93 percent placement rate.
Although the animals will only stay at the Middle Village center for a few hours until they are transported to the Brooklyn Care Center, a larger space will help operations run more smoothly and allow for optimal care of the animals.
“Our current location in Rego Park is very small, and we want to make sure we have more space so we can better service the community and a greater number of animals,” she said. “Also, our location is kind of hard to find because it’s near the mall, but it’s a little hidden away so we want to be front and center for the community of Queens.”
But Kathy Masi, a member of the board's Zoning Committee, is worried the plan doesn't include enough parking.
“Two parking spots is not enough for this operation at that Middle Village location,” she said. “It’s a very busy corner, with little parking. I expect people will drop off their animals if there is better access.”