Last weekend, we were delighted to attend the 8thAnnual Loews Surf Dog Competition, Unleashed by Petco. Thousands of spectators and hundreds of dogs gathered at sunny Imperial Beach in southern California to catch some righteous waves and help fight animal cruelty.
More than 40 dogs waxed their boards and carved up some waves, while their adoring fans met cute adoptable animals from the Humane Society of San Diego. The event raised more than $20,000 for the ASPCA.
YouTube sensation Tillman the English Bulldog took first place in the large dog category. Who knew his skills extended beyond skateboarding!? Talk about a dog of all trades!
We commend the New York State Legislature for passing a bill that gives local governments better tools to regulate puppy mills and pet stores. Passed last week in the final hours of the state's 2013 session, the bill, A.740-A/S.3753-A, now moves to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s desk for his signature.
New York State’s “pet dealer” laws regulate commercial pet breeders andpet stores that sell live animals. These laws are quite weak, allowing these pet dealers to house animals inhumanely and sell sick animals to unsuspecting consumers.
Many local governments across the state want to stand up for dogs suffering in puppy mills and pet stores by enacting stronger regulations—but bizarrely, current state law expressly prohibits them from doing so. In fact, New York appears to be the only state where this is not permitted. If approved by the governor, A.740-A/S.3753-A will fix this problem by allowing local governments to exercise their home rule authority to regulate pet dealers.
If you live in New York, you can help! Visit the ASPCA Advocacy Center to quickly and easily contact Governor Cuomo to urge him to sign this legislation into state law.
We work hard to find homes for loveable dogs around the country, doing everything from hosting adoption events to tweeting our tails off. But sometimes these precious pups just need a ride!
That’s why we’re thrilled to announce the successful completion of our work with The Carroll Petrie Foundation Dog Rescue Project, a $1 million initiative to fund much-needed services for over 16,000 shelter dogs and puppies at local shelters across the country. Last weekend, we celebrated this milestone with a “Bon Voyage” event, as the final transport departed Miami-Dade Animal Services with more than 30 dogs and puppies bound for Long Island’s Precious Pups Rescue in Calverton, New York. Visit our photo album to see the adorable pups on their way to brighter futures.
Thanks to the Petrie Project, thousands of dogs got a lift from overcrowded shelters—in states from Florida to California—to areas of the country where they have a better chance at finding forever homes.
“Seeing the assistance we’ve been able to provide to shelters across the country thanks to The Carroll Petrie Foundation Dog Rescue Project has been truly inspiring,” says ASPCA President & CEO Matt Bershadker. “Through this generous donation, shelters were able to provide 16,600 dogs with the life-saving services they needed to get that second chance at finding loving homes.”
Jack F. has accomplished a great deal for animals in his lifetime, and he is just in middle school! Over the past three years, this dedicated young animal-lover has worked to raise money for the ASPCA’s life-saving mission by hosting a lemonade and brownie stand each May, and has raised more than $600 for our cause. This past winter he also organized a towel drive—a much-needed supply at our Adoption Center in Manhattan!
We can’t express how much we appreciate Jack’s commitment to helping animals. His efforts are truly inspirational!
These dogs’ lives were very different just one year ago. On June 21, 2012, we found them living in the dark, dirty basement of a six-story apartment building complete with a makeshift fighting arena, dog treadmills and a shopping cart full of raw chicken parts.
For months, ASPCA responders provided the dogs with extensive socialization, a healthy diet, medical care and exercise at a temporary shelter. Our goal was to prepare the dogs for adoption into loving homes, and give them a second chance to enjoy the rest of their lives free of pain and suffering. We’ve told you some of their stories. Watch the whole story and an interview with Unicorn’s adoring pet parents:
The Bronx dogs’ owner, Raul Sanchez, who pleaded guilty to dog fighting earlier this year, was sentenced to one to three years for animal fighting, one year for animal cruelty and one year for criminal possession of a weapon.