- 1. Go Orange for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month!
- 2. ASPCA Happy Tails: Broken Embraces
- 3. Animal Action Grants Sponsored by DoSomething.org
- 4. Beware the Easter Lily! Download our Petoxins App
- 5. 73 Horses Seized in Upstate New York—ASPCA Reports from the Scene
1. Go Orange for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month!
This April, the ASPCA invites you to join millions of animal lovers across the country as we celebrate Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month. Starting four years ago as a small adoption event in New York City, the ASPCA’s April celebrations have mushroomed into a nationwide observance of the human-animal bond and our victories on behalf of animals. We encourage you to organize a pet parade in your neighborhood, get your town hall to light up in orange, or enter our Go Orange Photo Contest to show your love and support of the furry kind.
Last April was greatlet’s make this one even better! Join us for April’s “Go Orange for Animals” campaign, and together we can improve the lives of animals in every corner of the country. Here are some ways you can participate:
Snap a Photoand Win a Prize!
Send us photos of unique ways that you, family, friends and pets have gone orange for animals! Our top 10 favorites will receive a very special ASPCA Prize Pack and be featured on our website.
Throw a Party!
Become an ASPCA Ambassadorand create your own grassroots event, inviting friends and family to sponsor your efforts on behalf of the ASPCA.
Show Your Virtual Support
Dedicate your MySpace page, Facebook status or blog to the ASPCA during the month of April and encourage your friends to spread the word about our Go Orange campaign!
Support Your Local Animal Shelter
Coordinate a Go Orange for Animals event with your local animal welfare group or shelter and donate the proceeds. Remember to alert local media about your event!
Visit ASPCAApril.org for more ways to celebrate Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month, and have a happy April!
2. ASPCA Happy Tails: Broken Embraces
If ever there was a dog on a mission to disprove the old myth that shelter dogs are “damaged goods,” Spike is that dog. This energetic black-and-white Poodle mix arrived at the ASPCA in May 2006 with a broken hind leg that required extensive surgery. Yet his physical trials did little to diminish his sunny mood or his adopter’s unconditional affection.
Michael Alber of Manhattan met Spike two months after his arrival at the Adoption Center. “I discovered Spike online on a Saturday night, fell in love and rushed to the ASPCA to see him in person the following morning,” he says. “After an interview with his doctor, I took the two-year-old home with instructions to bring him back for a vet check two weeks later.”
During his follow-up visit, ASPCA veterinarians determined that Spike’s leg wasn’t healing properly. The little trooper required another operation to install a steel plate in his leg. It was no matter to Spike, who continued to stay positive and was thrilled when he finally went home with his new pet parent. Says Michael: “Two days after the surgery, I took him home with 17 stitches in his leg, a cone around his neck and a smile on his face.”
Spike’s challenges weren’t completely overhe and his pet parent endured physical therapy sessions four times a daybut the pup grew happier and happier with each passing week. “Throughout the healing process, the smile never left his face,” explains Michael. “Within six weeks, his limp was completely gone and he could run faster than anyone in the neighborhood, including me, a marathon runner!”
Nearly four years later, Spike is thriving. “He makes new friendsboth human and caninealmost every time we step outside,” Michael says. “Spike continues to be the happiest, friendliest animal I have ever known.”
3. Animal Action Grants Sponsored by DoSomething.org
Under 25 and passionate about animal welfare? Apply for an Animal Action Grant, sponsored by the ASPCA and DoSomething.org! Six grants will be awarded to project proposals that have the potential to increase adoptions, decrease the euthanasia of shelter animals and reunite more people with lost pets.
Visit DoSomething.org’s animal welfare section to learn more about the specific actions proven to help improve the lives of homeless animals across the country. Then submit your application by April 30! Two $1,000 and four $500 grants will be awarded, and the winners will be announced in May. Special consideration will be given to ideas that promote innovative solutions for returning lost pets to their forever homes.
All grants are open to citizens of the U.S. and Canada who are under age 25. DoSomething.org completes the initial screening for eligibility, and then forwards the applications to an ASPCA jury, which makes the final selection. For more information about our Animal Action Grants, please visit DoSomething.org.
4. Beware the Easter Lily! Download our Petoxins App
Whether you’re celebrating Easter, Passover or the arrival of daffodils, it’s time to show our pets some love by keeping them safe from one of the season’s most popularand poisonousplants, the Easter lily. Our feline friends are particularly vulnerable to this arresting flower, which can cause kidney failure within 36 to 72 hours of ingestion.
“All lilies belonging to the plant genus Lilium are highly toxic to cats,” explains Dr. Steven Hansen, Senior Vice President, ASPCA Animal Health Services. “Consuming even small amounts can cause a life-threatening situation.” Common lily varieties that are dangerous for cats include the Easter lily, tiger lily, rubrum lily, Japanese show lily and certain species of daylily.
Don’t know your lily from your laurel? Check out our new Petoxins app for all of your flower power know-how! Compatible with the iPhone and iPod touch, the app includes a searchable database of plants that are toxic to cats, dogs and horses. It’s now available in the iTunes Storedownload it today, and you’ll always have the life-saving information you need right at your fingertips!
For more information about harmful household flowers, check out our online guide to toxic plants. As always, if you suspect your pet has ingested something poisonous, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA’s 24-hour hotline at (888) 426-4435.
5. 73 Horses Seized in Upstate New York—ASPCA Reports from the Scene
On March 16, under the authority and request of the SPCA Serving Erie County, members of the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response Team were dispatched to assist in the sheltering management and care of 73 horses seized from a farm in East Aurora, NY (about 20 miles southeast of Buffalo). More than 100 animalsincluding 53 cats and four dogswere found living in extremely unsanitary conditions with little human interaction.
Jeff Eyre, the Northeast Director of the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response Team, is currently on the scene with other ASPCA staff skilled in horse handling. The group has been instrumental in helping to feed, water and clean the animals. For the horses' extended care, the ASPCA will grant $10,000 to the SPCA Serving Erie County and has provided a livestock trailer for transport.
“Our goal is to help the SPCA Serving Erie County rehabilitate these horses, both physically and behaviorally,” says Jeff. “We are glad to be able to provide support to the SPCA and the Erie County community.”
The ASPCA team on siteis providing updates on the horses' daily care. The following is the first in a series of field reports from Jeff on the ground in Erie County.
Field Report #1
Attended an early morning briefing with team leaders to set up a swing shift for the day-to-day operationsthis will cover the early morning feeding and medications. Our goal today is to finish barn and stall improvements, provide handling for a vet visit and move or separate the horses.
After the meeting, we provided food and water for the horses, improved the stalls and cleared an area for the intake of new supplies and equipment. Later, we unloaded two tractor trailers full of supplies. We also created a staff office and site command center for operations planning and evidence organization.
A special event…this afternoon we watched as ASPCA Logistics Manager Joel Lopez handled a newborn horse, moving him from one stall to anothergreat job!
More exclusive field reports from the Erie County operation are available on our blog.