We are excited to announce that the ASPCA will provide $1 million in grant funding over four years to pave the way for Emancipet, a Texas-based animal welfare organization, to rapidly expand its low cost spay/neuter and preventive veterinary services in the city’s underserved neighborhoods.
Emancipet celebrated the opening of its new healthy pet clinic on Saturday, June 6, which was made possible by the ASPCA grant funding. ASPCA President & CEO Matt Bershadker traveled to Houston to make the announcement.
“Emancipet is not just helping animals, but helping owners keep and care for their pets, and that’s critical,” says Bershadker. “I commend Emancipet and the city of Houston for thinking big and outside the box for the sake of the community and its animals, who deserve nothing less.”
To date, the ASPCA has given Emancipet more than $1.25 million in grants, starting in 2007 with funding for the organization’s first donor database, to funding all of the equipment for its Killeen clinic and the customized 48-foot trailer that now houses Emancipet Houston’s first clinic.
“The ASPCA has helped to transform Emancipet from a small grassroots mobile clinic into the organization we’ve become,” says Emancipet CEO Amy Mills.
Emancipet Houston will spay/neuter 7,000-8,000 animals per year and provide approximately 10,000 preventive care visits. After six to nine months of operation, the organization will move into a brick-and-mortar space in the same neighborhood and move the semi-permanent trailer to a new location. By 2017, Emancipet plans to have three permanent locations in underserved areas of Houston.
We look forward to seeing Emancipet’s continued progress for thousands of animals in need in Houston!
Summer is finally here, but do you know which popular warm weather items could be poisonous to your pets? Common hazardous household items include insect repellent, alcohol, sunscreen and glow sticks—the culprits may be surprising!
In preparation for the upcoming summer months, we are hosting a live Twitter chat with Dr. Tina Wismer, Medical Director of the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, and Dr. Justine Lee, board-certified emergency critical care specialist and toxicologist. Join us on Wednesday, June 10 from 3:00 to 4:00 P.M. ET as Dr. Wismer and Dr. Lee answer all of your questions related to protecting your pets from harmful substances.
We’ll also test your pet poison knowledge with a few trivia questions. Two participants will win ASPCA coolers, and one participant will win a T-shirt!
Catalina is a total love bug. When you bring her home, it won’t be long before this sweet girl is asking for lots of affection. In fact, Catalina has been known to flop over to show her belly and make the cutest kneading motion in the air with her paws!
Catalina isn’t afraid to ask for what she wants. This girl can be very chatty, especially for her favorite foods. Don’t be surprised if she lets everyone know she’s hungry when dinner time is near. Catalina would be happiest as the only cat in the household. Visit the ASPCA Adoption Center to say hello to Catalina today.
Catalina is available for adoption at the ASPCA Adoption Center. If you are interested in adopting her, please call our Adoptions Department in New York City at (212) 876-7700 ext. 4120. To learn more about Catalina, please visit her profile page.
Watch Catalina play with her favorite laser toy at the ASPCA Adoption Center.
This afternoon, most members of the North Carolina State Legislature publicly reaffirmed their commitment to catering to the interests of deep-pocketed factory farmers when they raced to pass H.B. 405, the dangerous ag-gag bill, for a second time. Although they succeeded by just eight votes in the House and a slender margin of four in the Senate, there is now no stopping this overreaching, wildly unpopular bill from becoming state law.
Today’s override vote in the House of Representatives was pre-scheduled—however, the subsequent “special session” vote in the Senate was unexpected and a complete adulteration of the political process; it was a move by state senators to dodge the same flood of citizen outcry that their colleagues in the House have withstood since Governor McCrory vetoed the bill on Friday and it became clear that an override campaign was imminent. Governor McCrory and North Carolina legislators received tens of thousands of calls and letters from constituents opposing this bill and the top five newspapers in the state all editorialized against H.B. 405, which will punish whistleblowers for exposing illegal or unethical activities at factory farms, puppy mills, nursing homes, daycares or any other businesses.
Although the tide of public opinion had little impact on the majority of the state’s governing body, we would like to extend a special thanks to Rep. Harrison, Rep. Carney, Rep. Martin and Senator Stein, all of whom spoke out against this bill—and of course, our thanks go out to Governor McCrory for his common sense in vetoing H.B. 405 last week. We are deeply grateful to all of our national coalition partners, the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, the AARP, the Wounded Warrior Project, North Carolina AFL-CIO, the N.C. Council for Women, the Domestic Violence Commission, the Parkinson Association of the Carolinas, and the many companion animal shelters and citizens across the state who stood with us in advocating against this insidious legislation.
Today’s events make it clear that we must remain ever-vigilant in the battle to protect the welfare of the most vulnerable among us by defeating ag-gag legislation—and we hope you will support our efforts.
“Cockfighters profit from and enjoy watching birds fight for their life,” says ASPCA Vice President of Field Investigations and Response Tim Rickey. “Not only is cockfighting cruel, it often brings other crimes to communities, such as illegal gambling and drug possession. We’re pleased to be in a position where we could step in and provide resources and expertise to assist local authorities in ending this violent criminal enterprise and holding the abusers accountable.”