The 2012 London Summer Games are officially upon us, and while it’s tempting to spend all day in front of the boob tube absorbing all the action, why not take advantage of the dog days of summer to engage in your own feats of strength and develop your athletic prowess?
Here’s a motivator—adding your pets into the mix makes exercise both more fun and more adorable.
We bet your pet would love a learning a new sport or trick with you! Whether it’s running, hiking, dog sports such as agility or just a vigorous game of fetch or hide-and-seek, exercise is great for pets’ health and keeps them mentally stimulated, balanced and happy.
So let the Summer Games inspire you and your four-legged teammates to get moving!
My favorite band once stated, “Time is on my side.” As I work toward completing nearly a decade with the ASPCA and reflect on all that we have achieved, I’ve decided it will soon be time to take on other challenges that have been on my to-do list. While this is not yet goodbye—I will remain in position until year’s end—I am ready to serve our field in another capacity that will help us reach our goals of ending homelessness and cruelty to animals.
Since becoming President and CEO, the ASPCA has dramatically stepped up the fight to save lives. Through collaboration and very hard work, we have created some of the most innovative programs—from our community partnerships, field investigations, rescue operations, and legislative initiatives, to our national transport and spay/neuter efforts. Together, we have saved many millions of animals.
It is my honor and pleasure to work with the many talented people at the ASPCA, and I have no doubt that with your enduring support, the ASPCA’s life-saving efforts will continue to make a vital difference. In the meantime, I remain dedicated to carrying forward our mission, collaborating with our hard-working team to increase protections for animals and save more lives every day.
Thank you all for all you do for animals every day.
Guest blogwritten byEd Sayres, ASPCA President & CEO.
Did you know that this month marks the two-year anniversary of Operation Pit? We started the Operation Pit program in July 2010 to encourage spay/neuter of Pit Bulls in New York City by offering free spay/neuter, microchipping and vaccinations to young Pit Bulls and Pit mixes.
Why did we start this program? The main reason was to help address the Pit Bull overpopulation issue. But maybe it’s also because we’ve got a soft spot for these guys and gals who often get an unfair bad rap. In recent years they’ve received negative media attention citing them as "inherently dangerous" to the public. And because Pit Bulls make up an overwhelming majority of homeless dogs found in shelters, there is a constant struggle to place these pups.
Enter Operation Pit! The only requirement for participation is that the dog be in good health and between three months and six years of age, and live in the five boroughs. There are no financial requirements and appointments are now available every Monday through Friday at Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital (BMAH) and select Sundays at the Spay/Neuter Clinic in Glendale. Every day is Operation Pit day on the mobile clinics, where Pit Bull surgeries have always been free of charge.
A big thank you goes out to everyone involved in this program, and happy anniversary to Operation Pit!
Was your cat rescued from an abusive situation, or found abandoned on the street? Perhaps your dog is a puppy mill survivor? Or was adopted from the local shelter? Whatever ordeal your beloved pet endured before finding you, your story of rescue and adoption is the best kind of happily-ever-after.
Please visit our new Storyboard and share your pet’s rescue story—it is the most wonderful way to encourage others to open their hearts to a pet in need, too.
It wasn't what you would think of as a typical 911 call. Terrified her horse was drowning in the Umpqua River, an Oregon woman called 911 for help. She had been with her horse at the county fairgrounds when her horse spooked and jumped into the fast-moving current of the river. Frantic, the woman tried to swim after her but couldn't catch up. She returned to shore and called for help. This particular story has a happy ending—Douglas County Animal Control Deputy Lee Bartholomew responded with a swift water rescue team and the horse was saved.
Shortly before the dramatic river rescue, local responders had taken a large animal rescue training course funded in part with a grant from the ASPCA. Strawberry Mountain Mustangs, an Oregon nonprofit that rescues and rehabilitates equines, applied for an ASPCA grant to help train law enforcement, fire departments and animal control agencies in the rescue of large animals. Because state and county governments had drastically cut budgets, most of the participants could not have attended the training program without financial assistance.
Could Your Local Shelter Use a Grant? During the first half of 2012, the ASPCA made 828 grants, totaling over $7.6 million. Our robust grant program helps save animals across the country, and we are always grateful when our recipients let us know how the funds have helped. If you know of an organization that could use financial assistance, please visit our Grants section.