The mayor's office sent out an email Thursday asking volunteers to temporarily house dogs and cats.
John Mancuso had called the animal shelter system "inhumane" and "cruel" during his campaign.
The 109-year-old Bideawee on East 38th Street suffered severe damage during Hurricane Sandy.
A dog lover brought one of her rescue dogs to Central Park and rented out walks with him to raise funds.
A book by Mark Ross, "Animal Shelter Portraits," features photos of pets on death row at a city shelter.
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