On June 30, acting at the request of local law enforcement, the ASPCA assisted in the rescue and removal of 300 dogs and cats from a neglectful animal shelter in Moulton, Alabama. Now, nearly one month later, we are thrilled to announce that the majority of the rescued animals are happily in forever homes. Some were reunited with loving families in the weeks following the raid, while approximately 250 others were placed up for adoption at an ASPCA adoption event in Hillsboro, Alabama, on July 25 and 26.
At the event, more than 900 people from Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and the surrounding areas came to show their support—and 202 dogs and cats were adopted! Here’s a look at some of the happy new beginnings that were created over the weekend:
Daisy Mae, a large hound/Shepherd mix who was once a mother to multiple litters of puppies, was adopted by Jason C. of Decatur, Alabama. He had been following the story of the ASPCA’s rescue and said the animals’ plight brought him to tears. Jason was searching for a companion for his 6-year-old mixed breed, Tango, when he met Daisy Mae. “I promise she is in good hands now,” he said.
Mr. Bear, an 8-year-old Lab/pit bull mix was suffering from a host of medical issues following his rescue from the neglectful shelter. But that didn’t deter Pam W. of Trinity, Alabama, from adopting Mr. Bear (and his bagful of medications). “He’s old and nobody would take him,” she said. “And that’s one of those things that jumps out and grabs you.”
Howdy, a brown hound mix, was adopted by Gabriel G. of Union Grove, Alabama. A test engineer for a contracting company for NASA, Gabriel was eager to provide a better life for Howdy. “This is a privilege,” he said, referring to the opportunity to adopt. “And I’m excited to get him out of this situation.”
Tara, a pit bull, was adopted by Karen and Rodney R. of Sheffield, Alabama. “We love pits,” said Karen. She and Rodney have four teenagers and two other pit bulls at home, Abby and Lilly. “They’re our 4-legged full-time babies.”
Mona, an almost-hairless terrier mix, was adopted by Misty and Jerry C. “She’s going to be a beautiful dog one day,” said Jerry, a Marine who is not currently in active service. Misty and Jerry both agree it was “the need” that drew them to Mona. After they rang the adoption bell, Jerry said, “Ringing of the bell is a Naval signature of giving up, but in Mona’s case it’s a signature of a new start.”
We cannot thank the kindhearted people of Alabama and the surrounding areas enough for coming to our event and opening their hearts to animals in need. If you are interested in adopting one of the remaining animals from this case, stay tuned to our blog for more information this week.
This August marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, which forever changed the way America responds to natural disasters.
The ASPCA knows firsthand that disasters create impossible and heartbreaking scenarios for both animals and the people who risk their own safety to rescue them. In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, we worked with animal welfare professionals and volunteers in Louisiana to help rescue, reunite, and re-home more than 8,000 animals stranded by the storm.
During disasters like hurricanes, fires and floods, the ASPCA and other non-governmental agencies play a crucial role in protecting animals and assisting with recovery efforts through search and rescue operations and set-up of emergency veterinary clinics, emergency boarding facilities, and pet supply distribution centers—at no cost to taxpayers. Given the size and expense of these efforts, it’s reasonable to expect that businesses regularly utilizing animals be required to prepare for emergencies and have comprehensive response plans in place to protect the animals in their care.
Legislation introduced in Congress this month will ensure that businesses like zoos, research facilities and large-scale animal breeders are prepared if disaster strikes. The Animal Emergency Planning Act (H.R. 3193), bipartisan legislation introduced by Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV), will require facilities regulated by the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) to develop disaster response plans and ensure that employees know what steps to take when an emergency occurs.
We need your help: Visit theASPCA Advocacy Center now to quickly and easily contact your U.S. representative in Washington and urge him or her to co-sponsor the Animal Emergency Planning Act.
Welcome to The Paw Print! In this recurring feature, we highlight the latest news affecting animals and animal-lovers around the country. Here are some of the top stories right now:
High School Student Bonds with Pig, Saves Her from Slaughter: Bruno, a California high school student, bonded with a pig named Lola through participation in his school’s Future Farmers of America® program. But when Lola was scheduled to be slaughtered, Bruno felt compelled to intervene. Now, Lola is living a happy life at a farm sanctuary. [The Dodo.com]
New York Museum to Feature Internet Cats in New Exhibition: The Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York will feature a feline-themed exhibition titled “How Cats Took Over the Internet,” shining the spotlight on popular cat images and videos. The exhibition will run from August 2015 to January 2016. [DNAinfo.com]
Pet Store Employee’s Photos Reveal Puppy Mill Cruelty: A Pennsylvania woman used social media to share images revealing animal cruelty at the pet store where she works. Her photos showed that a shipment of puppies that arrived at the store—likely shipped from large, substandard breeding facilities known as a “puppy mills”—were denied basic treatment, and some even died in transport. [The Dodo.com]
Dog Food Company Recalls Treats after Salmonella Scare: The Natural Dog Company has recalled its 12-ounce bags of 12-inch Tremenda Sticks pet chews after determining that the treats may contain salmonella, which can cause serious illness in pets and humans. The treats were sold in California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, Ohio, Utah and Washington. Customers are asked to contact the company for more information. [WKYC.com, a TENGA company]
Photos of Rabbits Taking Baths Draw Attention to Serious Pet Care Issue: While internet photos and videos of rabbits taking baths may seem cute, they are actually dangerous. Rabbits are inherently clean, and most rabbits never require a bath. Wet fur can lead to hypothermia or a respiratory infection, and hot water or blow-dryers can scald their skin. Water in rabbits’ ears can lead to ear infections, and damp fur can lead to parasitic infestations. [The Dodo.com]
Have you ever considered adopting a kitten? Summer is a great time to do so! During feline breeding season, commonly known as kitten season, animal shelters experience an influx of cats and kittens in need of loving homes. The ASPCA Adoption Center in New York City currently has dozens of kittens available for adoption. To help match these adorable felines with loving adopters, the Adoption Center is holding a Summer Adoption Purr-motion from Friday, July 24 to Monday, September 7. Read all of the exciting details below:
Weekdays: $50 adoption fee for kittens under five months, $35 adoption fee for kittens five months to one year; cats over one year are free.
Weekends: $75 for kittens under five months, $50 for kittens five months to 3-year-old cats.
We will continue our BOGO (or, adopt a kitten, take home a second kitten with no adoption fee) promotion during this time.
We hope you’ll consider adopting a kitten (or two) of your own this summer! If you are not in New York City, please use our shelter finder to find adoptable pets in your area.
Please note: while we have many kittens waiting to find loving homes, the individual kittens pictured here are not necessarily available for adoption.
When police consider prevention and investigation primary responsibilities, when criminal laws and sentences match the seriousness of criminal behavior, and when society resoundingly rejects both the crime and the criminal.
In our efforts to stop animal cruelty, we’re making great advances toward all of these goals. This week, we’re adding another milestone to that list.
Recognizing the public’s pivotal role in stopping crime, the ASPCA and the New York City Police Foundation have just announced a collaboration to expand the NYPD’s successful Crime Stoppers program to include animal victims of cruelty. For the first time in New York City, the public will be able to easily and anonymously provide critical information about animal cruelty crimes in the five boroughs. Some of these unsolved crimes may be broadcast from Crime Stoppers vans that roam the city.
At its core, this is not just a partnership between public organizations. It’s truly a four-way partnership among the ASPCA, the NYPD, the New York City Police Foundation and—crucially—the people of New York City.
Through this partnership, New Yorkers will have the means and motivation to help city animals in crisis, the NYPD will have a valuable new resource to help them close animal cruelty cases, and the ASPCA will be able to help more at-risk animals make the transition from victims and evidence to pets and companions.
But this program relies on the public’s participation for it to have the greatest life-saving potential. So I encourage all New Yorkers to be aware and vigilant of animal abuse and neglect in their city.
One animal whose story needs public attention right now is Fraggle, a pit bull mix who, in January, was found by the NYPD zipped inside a suitcase in the South Bronx, critically malnourished and in need of immediate medical attention.
At the ASPCA Animal Hospital, Fraggle’s recovery was slow, but successful. His case generated a lot of attention, and thanks to our work with Crime Stoppers, the ASPCA is offering a generous reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of his abuser.
If you have any information about Fraggle, please contact NYPD Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS or go to the Crime Stoppers website.
While Fraggle’s abuser is still at large, I’m happy to report Fraggle was adopted in May by a family in Queens.
Our relationship with Crime Stoppers is another example of the huge impact resulting from our comprehensive partnership with the NYPD, which is already producing record-breaking numbers of both animal cruelty arrests and rescued animals across the city. In the first six months of this year, we’ve already seen a 28% increase in arrests and a 115% increase in animals treated over the same time period in 2014, which was already a record-breaking year.
Time and again, we’ve seen that when people are moved to make animal welfare a priority, great things happen for people, pets, and communities. This collaboration makes it clear that animal protection is not just a priority for NYC agencies, but a hallmark of New York City overall.