Julie Bank is ASPCA's new executive director

ASPCA & Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals Welcome
New Executive Director of Animal Care & Control of NYC, Ms. Julie Bank

NEW YORK--The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) and Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals® are pleased to welcome New York City’s new Executive Director of Animal Care and Control, Ms. Julie Bank.

Ms. Bank, who will assume her duties on April 12, 2010, has more than 20 years of animal welfare experience. Most recently, she served as Executive Director of North County Humane Society and SPCA (NCHS) in Oceanside , Calif. , where she was responsible for managing a full- service organization that managed two animal control contracts with local municipalities. She also successfully negotiated the merger between NCHS and the San Diego Humane Society.

“Ms. Bank’s experience and commitment to providing positive outcomes for homeless animals is longstanding and will assure that New York City’s resources are coordinated and focused on serving our at-risk animals and solving the problem of animal homelessness,” said Ed Sayres, President and CEO of the ASPCA.

Added Jane Hoffman, president of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, “Homelessness is the No. 1 risk factor for companion animals, and with 42,000 homeless animals entering our city’s shelters each year, New York City needs a leader who will be able to provide life-saving outcomes for cats and dogs.”

Since 2003, the city’s euthanasia rate has dropped from 74 percent to 33 percent, its lowest rate in history. In addition, over the past nine years, adoptions have increased 130 percent. This progress has been made possible by the Mayor’s Alliance Participating Organizations (APOs), a coalition of 160 animal rescue groups and shelters, including the ASPCA, that routinely transfer animals in danger of being euthanized from the city’s public shelters to groups and organizations that can guarantee placement.

“Collaboration is a key component of our success in New York City , and as she’s demonstrated throughout her career, Ms. Banks understands the importance of partnerships,” added Sayres. “We look forward to working with Julie to continue NYC’s progress toward becoming a no-kill city”.”

Prior to her role at NCHS, Ms. Bank was the Deputy Director of Maricopa County Animal Care & Control where she handled marketing, public relations, fund-raising and public programs. She also served as Director of Education and Therapeutic Programs for the Arizona Humane Society.

Ms. Bank began her career at the ASPCA in New York City where she held various positions from shelter operations to humane education outreach over a ten-year period. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Ms. Bank is a graduate of Brooklyn College and looks forward to returning to her hometown, along with a rescued French bulldog named Lola and a cat named Carmen.

source: press release


Anonymous said…
Sorry, Julie was the worst director of NCHS in Oceanside. I feel badly for New York that you're stuck with her. Why do bad people keep floating around in animal welfare?
Anonymous said…
I second the above comment. It's sad when somebody who has so little regard for the well being of animals can move into a job like this. At least she's out of Oceanside!
Anonymous said…
It's a little fishy that she left the ASPCA in NY after ten years to to to California, then turned around and came back in such a short time. Obviously that didn't work out for some reason. And why is the ASPCA doing all the talking in this article? They have no official connection or control over AC&C in NY, they're two completely separate organizations. If she's such a wonder, why didn't the ASPCA rehire her themselves?
Anonymous said…
Sent: Thursday, June 16, 2011 11:04 PM

Subject: The Day the ACC Stood Still.

The Day the ACC Stood Still.

If you've ever volunteered at, or been to an animal shelter, you know how busy the lobby can get on a week day morning. People carting orphaned kittens in makeshift carriers, cops with a dying dog they just peeled off some avenue, many people waiting for appointments with the shelter veterinarian. All manner of emergency and heartbreak can be seen every morning at the Animal Care and Control center at 2336 Linden Blvd. in Brooklyn.

But this morning the shelter was closed.

There was a big sign on the door that said just that. Closed to the public. All those people, left with wide gazes and open jaws. All these animals and no where to go.

I dont know what people did with all those kittens and boxes, or if the cops had to drive to the Queens Center but this morning the shelter was closed.

This morning, NYCACC, Director Julie Bank, shuttled all Brooklyn shelter employees to an off site meeting held at a secret location. Perhaps, it is Julie Bank's well known disdain for going to the shelter that can explain the uprooting of 50 or so people from their work place.

We can't tell you what was said in the meeting. I'm sure we'll learn more tomorrow.

But we know that many things changed for worse for the animals in NYC this week.

We know for sure....

This week Director Julie Bank banned shelter volunteers from access to "Chameleon" the shelter software case management system. This means the critical "volunteer notes" attached to each animals case will no longer go out to New Hope rescue partners.

The "Euthanasia List, which goes out every night at 5pm to New Hope rescue partners is now to be called the "At Risk" list. A public deception at the very least.

I wonder how much in taxpayer dollars it takes to move 50 employees to a secret location.

I wonder if if those dollars were ill spent considering the fact that now a whole thirty six hours can go by without a single veterinarian in the building.

Remember this poor soul.

Left to die unattended.

There probably wont be many more pictures like this getting out to the public. NYCACC director Julie Bank has drawn the curtain on that.

She has fired the best people at the worst time.

She has wittled the Volunteer Program down to nothing.

She has brought the New Hope program to a stand still.

By the Way, the Staten Island Shelter will be

closed tomorrow morning.

Tomorrow all Staten Island shelter employees have been told to report to NYCACC headquarters at 11 Park Place in lower Manhattan.

God help the animals on Staten Island tomorrow.



Meeting of the AC&C Board of Directors.

The next meeting of the AC&C Board of Directors is scheduled for

This Tuesday, June 21st, at 3 PM

(meeting time has been changed from 2PM to 3PM)

Offices: 125 Worth Street, 3rd Floor New York, NY 10013.

Only an overflow crowd will make change.

Come prepared and make sure you are heard!!