The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals last Friday officially relocated from Greenpoint, Brooklyn, and set up operations inside the spacious Atlas Terminals in Glendale.
The national animal welfare organization has signed five-year leases with ATCO Advisory Services on two separate sites at the historical former manufacturing and warehousing property on Cooper Avenue at 80th Street. One space houses the ASPCA’s six mobile spay and neuter clinics and an office, while the other will be used as a veterinary facility, which it anticipates to open in April. Approximately 20 members and two full-time veterinarians will staff the two sites.
“It’s very exciting,” said Amy Christian, vice president of the ASPCA’s spay-neuter operations. “We looked at a number of places. It was pretty fortuitous that we came across the one that we did. So we’re very happy.”
Christian said that while the warehouse and clinic won’t quite be operational around the clock, “there will be as close to 24-hour coverage as possible.”
Neither the mobile facilities nor the clinic will take emergencies; both will provide free and low-cost spay and neuter surgeries. The ASPCA’s humane law enforcement operations will remain in Long Island City.
In the last five years, the ASPCA’s mobile city fleet has grown from two to five. The sixth unit is a training facility, Christian related, “intended to teach other spay-neuter groups to do what we do.”
Christian also noted that the ASPCA will keep providing spay and neuter services to Bobbi and the Strays, the nonprofit pet rescue and adoption organization located in the Shops at Atlas Park, the mall which is part of the 21 buildings that make up Atlas Terminals.
“We’ll continue to work with them and other rescue groups in Queens and around the city,” Christian said.
Bobbi Giordano said she’s always enjoyed her partnership with the ASPCA, and looks forward to working closely with the agency at its new nearby home. “They do a great job now,” she asserted. “They’re open to the public and open to the groups.”