Accompanied by four adorable dogs in need of new homes, yesterday Mayor Bloomberg announced a $1 million renewal grant from the ASPCA to support the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals. The Mayor's Alliance, which is a coalition of approximately 160 animal shelters and rescue groups that helps place cats and dogs in homes, announced stats like euthanasia at Animal Care & Control shelters went down to 13,620 or 33% of pets admitted—a 57% decrease since 2003 when the Mayor's Alliance started— in 2009 and a 109% increase in adoptions in the past nine years (there was a new high of 28,483 in 2009). The Mayor's Alliance says it's on track for NYC to be "no-kill" by 2015.

Bloomberg said, "This is a great example of the kind of partnership between the City and non-profit organizations that is so necessary in these challenging economic times." But the Daily News reports, "It was unclear if the ASPCA grant will be used to ease budget cuts at New York City Animal Care and Control, the nonprofit agency contracted to run city shelters. AC&C's budget likely will be slashed by more than $300,000 next year. That comes on top of cuts to the current budget that totaled more than $700,000."

Video from yesterday's press conference is after the jump and if you're interested in adopting a pet, here's the Mayor's Alliance link to adoption information.