Pop a candle in your dessert, give your pet a hug and join us in celebrating the birthday of ASPCA founder Henry Bergh! Born in 1813, Bergh dedicated his life to advocating for the protection of animals and in 1866 founded the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. How great is that?
In honor of Bergh’s 200th birthday, tell us in the comments below how you have helped prevent animal cruelty—and if you haven’t already, sign our Fight Animal Cruelty Pledge!
Believe it or not, back-to-school time can be dangerous for your pets! Every September our amazing team at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) sees an increase in calls related to pets getting into backpacks.
Why should you keep your pets away from your kids’ backpacks?
Well, backpacks often contain items that can spell big trouble for the health of your furry family members, such as gum (which may contain xylitol), medications and inhalers.
So as your kids head back to school, please be sure to stash backpacks and lunch boxes out of your pets’ reach. And since we can’t watch our pets ALL the time, remember that the APCC is available 24/7/365 at (888) 426-4435. Keep that number handy by requesting a free ASPCA Pet Safety Pack, which contains a refrigerator magnet with the APCC's contact info!
As many of you know, last weekend the ASPCA and responders from The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) removed more than 360 dogs from dog fighting properties in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and Texas. Many are emaciated, with scars and wounds consistent with dog fighting. They’re spending their first days learning what it’s like to receive adequate care.
The dogs and puppies are safe now. They’ll never suffer in extreme heat without access to water. They’ll never be chained to cinder blocks and car tires again. And they’ll never be forced to fight.
Right now, the ASPCA is providing shelter, veterinary care, healthy food and much-needed attention and affection to hundreds of dogs and puppies. Our work is far from over. It’s a massive undertaking that will require months of food and supplies and man hours to ensure these dogs get the best possible care. Veterinary professionals, behavior professionals and so many others will be involved.
Please take a moment to watch and share our rescue video. You’ll see some of the dogs we rescued, as well as the real conditions these dogs were forced to endure.
In their childhood homes, Anastasia A. and her husband always had cats and dogs around. After moving from Italy to New York City, they decided it was time to add a furry friend to their family once again.
They first adopted Susi, a cat Anastasia says quickly became “queen of the house.” Two years later, they decided it was time to find Susi a companion. They visited the ASPCA Adoption Center in Manhattan and settled on a quiet, black-and-white kitty named Kookie.
“The adoption process was nice and easy,” Anastasia says. “You get to see and spend time with a lot of cats, but in a smart way, thanks to the questionnaire they give you at the beginning.”
Anastasia hoped Kookie would be the perfect match for Susi, and although she turned out to be a bit more active than Anastasia expected, the two felines hit it off.
“We were worried about Susi not liking Kookie, but thanks to all the advice they gave us at the Adoption Center, it worked out more than fine,” Anastasia says. “They started to sleep and spend time together. The cats play a lot, and it is a good workout for Susi!”
Kookie, who was a victim of High-Rise Syndrome when she came to the ASPCA, has made a smooth and peaceful transition into Anastasia’s home and family.
“I like the ASPCA because I like the idea of giving a second chance to all the dogs and cats there, and you can see how much people there care about them,” Anastasia says.
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We’re happy to report that these dogs are undergoing veterinary care and behavioral assessments, and for the first time, will begin to experience life without being forced to fight.
The atrocities of dog fighting are never easy for us to stomach. Many of the dogs we rescued in the raid had been forced to wear heavy collars. As ASPCA responders worked to remove the collars, they came to an especially tiny pup. The metal buckle on his collar had rusted and could not be undone. Even bolt cutters could not cut through the metal, and eventually, the collar had to be gently cut open with a knife. Finally, this small pup was free from the burden of the rusted collar that he should never have been forced to wear.
With your support, we’ll continue to provide the rescued dogs with the extensive attention they so desperately need. Stay tuned to aspcarescue.org for more news to come. Follow the conversation on Twitter using hashtag #367rescue.