When the ASPCA rescues animals from puppy mills, hoarding situations, dog fighting rings, natural disasters and other emergencies, we rely on animal shelters and rescue groups nationwide to assist with the placement of rescued dogs and cats for adoption. These ASPCA Response Partners provide former victims of cruelty with the opportunity to experience lives as beloved pets, and without their help, our capacity to assist animals across the country would be diminished.
Over the past year, five of our Response Partners went above and beyond in answering our call to help cruelty victims in need. In recognition of their efforts, we would like to acknowledge the following organizations for their outstanding work in recent sheltering and rescue operations:
Montgomery Humane Society of Montgomery, Alabama
Cedar Bend Humane Society of Waterloo, Iowa
Margaret B. Mitchell Spay/Neuter Clinic of Bristol, Virginia
Quincy Humane Society of Quincy, Illinois
Angels of Assisi of Roanoke, Virginia
Thank you to these five organizations—and to all of our amazing Response Partners nationwide! We are grateful to these organizations for making hundreds of animal adoptions possible.
During today’s markup of the 2016 agriculture spending bill, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee approved the anti-horse slaughter amendment offered by Senators Tom Udall (D-NM) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) and co-sponsored by Senators Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Chris Coons (D-DE). The Udall-Kirk Amendment would prevent the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) from using taxpayer dollars to inspect horse slaughter facilities; without such inspections, the horse slaughter industry cannot resume in the United States.
“Horses are a symbol of the West, and they are an important part of our nation's history and our way of life today,” said Senator Udall. “Not only is the idea of horse slaughter for human consumption abhorrent to most Americans, but USDA is already stretched too thin and doesn't have the resources to properly oversee the industry. The practice is unnecessarily cruel and has a record of gruesome pollution and terrible conditions. New Mexicans write to me regularly to say that horse slaughter has no place in the United States. I agree and was pleased to offer this bipartisan amendment on their behalf."
“Taxpayer dollars should not be used to fund the inspection of facilities that contribute to the brutal slaughter of our horses,” added Senator Kirk. “Illinois banned the practice of horse slaughter in 2007, and this amendment ensures that these inhumane facilities are not opened again on U.S. soil.”
Horse slaughter is inherently cruel, environmentally and economically devastating to local communities and unsafe for foreign consumers. The ASPCA thanks the Senate Appropriations Committee for recognizing that it is irresponsible and wasteful to use taxpayer dollars to fund this brutal practice. The House Appropriations Committee vote, one week ago, was a tie and did not allow the language to be inserted into the larger legislation, so having the Senate take this action is particularly encouraging.
In addition to banning funds for horse slaughter inspections, the Committee also approved a provision to improve the animal welfare policy at U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC) and other federally operated agricultural research centers. Following a similar measure in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Committee’s report requires USDA to ensure that the agency’s research is adhering to the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), including the necessary inspection and reporting requirements.
The 2016 appropriations bill now moves to the Senate Floor. The ASPCA will work steadfastly to make sure this language is retained in the final version of the bill passed by Congress.
This year’s Calendar Cover Pet contest came down to a real “photo finish!” Thanks to nearly 25,000 votes from animal-lovers nationwide, we now know which adorable adopted companion will be gracing the cover of our 2016 calendar: Dharma the pit bull!
Dharma was found on a roadside with a prolapsed uterus, having just given birth. The puppies were not there and she had clearly been abused. After her rescue and adoption, Dharma proved to be a perfect pet who enjoys road trips, hiking and being a loving, loyal companion.
Thanks to everyone who voted. Together, we can ensure that adopted animals are celebrated 365 days a year.
We have good news to report in the aftermath of our recent rescue operation in Alabama, where we removed more than 300 dogs and cats from filthy, deplorable conditions at the Lawrence County Animal Shelter. Several victims from this raid have been reunited with their families after the ASPCA began urging those with missing pets to visit our temporary shelter.
Jared A. and his family were overjoyed to be reunited with their pit bull, Rusty, who went missing over a year ago. When Rusty disappeared, Jared put up “missing” posters around the neighborhood and posted pleas on social media to no avail. After the ASPCA shared news of the rescue operation on Facebook, Jared spotted a photo of Rusty. He contacted us, and we were able to quickly reunite Jared with his beloved pet. He then took Rusty home and posted a heartwarming video of his son JC, being reunited with Rusty for the first time.
We’re so glad to see Rusty and other animals rescued in this operation back in happy, loving homes.
Meet Junior: This bright-eyed goofball is ready to bring lots of fun and energy to his new home! Junior is a very playful cat, and would be happiest in a home with an adopter that won’t mind giving him a little bit of extra one-on-one playtime every day. This affectionate little guy loves to be pet, and although he occasionally expresses his excitement with gentle nips, he will stop if ignored for a few minutes.
Junior would do best in a home with kids 12 or older, and would love to have pet siblings who are as energetic as he is! Adopt Junior today!