The city is putting millions of dollars towards building a new animal adoption center in Manhattan and improving animal care across the five boroughs.
The Department of Health and the city's Animal Care and Control will spend $8 million in capital funding for the project.
It will be built on the site of an unused garage adjacent to the current Manhattan Care Center on 110th Street in East Harlem.
The money will also be used to double the fleet of mobile adoption vans in Queens and the Bronx.
Officials plan to upgrade the Brooklyn Care Center with new heating and air conditioning in order to help reduce the spread of diseases common in animal shelters.
"Over the years, we've been talking to the city, and with the board's support and community support and a very animal-friendly administration, everything was aligned with us doing better," said Risa Weinstock of Animal Care and Control. "The city said, 'OK, it's time,' and has devoted these resources to enhance the facilities so that we can do a better job and serve the homeless animal community better."
Animal Care and Control rescues about 30,000 animals each year.