All 50 state legislatures will meet this year, and almost all of them have hit the “reset” button on pending legislation: Any bills that didn’t pass in 2014 are dead, and the slate has been wiped clean. The same also applies to the 114th United States Congress, which convened on January 6 for the first of its two one-year sessions.
Here at the ASPCA, we’re already off and running: Meeting with new and returning legislators, helping to draft new animal-friendly legislation and garnering support for the reintroduction of our priority bills from last year.
On the federal side, we remain fiercely committed to passing legislation that would permanently ban horse slaughter within the U.S. as well as stop the export of American horses for that purpose. Other familiar federal bills we intend to revive include disaster planning for animals and protecting domestic violence survivors and their pets. Establishing quicker processes for re-homing animal victims of cruelty cases and working with the USDA to shape the organic animal welfare standards for chickens are just a few of the new issues we’ll tackle this year.
We also have an ambitious state-level agenda for 2015. Among other priorities, we’re working toward the day when all 50 states will regulate large-scale commercial dog breeders (puppy mills); making sure veterinarians can take action to help animals during disasters and rescues that occur outside their home states; and supporting animal shelters and law enforcement agencies that rescue and care for animal cruelty victims. We’ll also continue to battle insidious and dangerous ag-gag bills that aim to cover up animal cruelty on farms and other agricultural enterprises.
Input from constituents is often the tipping point in your elected officials’ voting decisions. It is up to you to let them know that you care deeply about protecting animals. Here are a few ways you can get involved in the legislative process and ensure that animals have the protections they deserve:
Participate in an ASPCA Voices for Animals Day to lobby at your state capitol, or join one of our online training sessions on citizen advocacy. After joining the Advocacy Brigade, watch your inbox for the ASPCA’s invitations to events in your area.
Make a New Year’s resolution to get involved and be a strong voice for animals!
Here at the ASPCA, we’ve hit the ground running in 2015. But as we move forward, we’d like to take a look back at some of the benchmarks we set in 2014. “We saved and protected an extraordinary number of animals in 2014, but couldn’t have done it without the backing of our supporters,” says ASPCA President and CEO, Matt Bershadker. “It inspires us to continue working hard to help even more animals, people and communities in the coming year and beyond.”
From coast to coast, we helped more animals than ever before. Here are a few of the highlights:
Our Behavior team calls Gary a “busy body,” and for good reason! Like many New Yorkers, this affectionate and friendly pup is happiest when he’s on the move. Gary is an energetic guy who loves to be out and about—he’d make the perfect sidekick on your afternoon run or walk through the park.
Gary shows interest in playing with other dogs and with some guidance, we think he could make a few canine friends! This sweet dog would be thrilled to go home with an experienced adopter who is willing to give him plenty of daily exercise and playtime. Gary would do best in a household with teens-and-up. Adopt Gary today!
Garyis available for adoption at the ASPCA Adoption Center. If you are interested in adopting, please call our Adoptions Department in New York City at (212) 876-7700 ext. 4120. To learn more about Gary please visit his profile page.
After receiving months of medical care and behavioral enrichment by ASPCA responders at a temporary shelter, a number of dogs surrendered to the ASPCA are one step closer to finding loving homes. The ASPCA stepped in to care for the dogs, who were surrendered in October 2014 by a self-described no-kill rescue group in Okeechobee, Florida, after a lack of sufficient resources and proper care led to the deterioration of the center and conditions of the dogs.
“This was a case where the no-kill shelter operator set out to save animals at risk of euthanasia, but did not have the capacity to meet their physical and mental needs or implement an effective adoption program, ” says Tim Rickey, vice president of ASPCA Field Investigations and Response. “It’s an unfortunate but not uncommon scenario.”
Throughout the month of January, the ASPCA transport vehicle will travel thousands of miles to deliver these dogs to the following animal shelters and rescue groups in 14 states, where they’ll continue to receive care until they are ready to be made available for adoption:
Animal Humane Society, Golden Valley, Minnesota
Animal Welfare League of Arlington, Arlington, Virginia
Atlanta Humane Society, Alpharetta, Georgia
Australian Cattle Dog Rescue Association, Homestead, Florida
Cedar Bend Humane Society, Waterloo, Iowa
Humane Society of Pinellas, Clearwater, Florida
Kansas Humane Society, Wichita, Kansas
Larimer Humane Society, Fort Collins, Colorado
McKamey Animal Center, Chattanooga, Tennessee
Monadnock Humane Society, Swanzey, New Hampshire
Providence Animal Rescue League, Providence, Rhode Island
Second Chance Rescue, New York, New York
Texas Humane Heroes, Leander, Texas
Wayside Waifs, Kansas City, Missouri
MSPCA Cape Cod, Centerville, Massachusetts
We’re so glad that these dogs will have a second chance to experience lives as beloved pets.
Just because two animals are bonded—or siblings, for that matter—doesn’t mean their personalities are the same. In fact, in the case of two brothers named Nathan and Troy, they couldn’t be any more different. But these kittens rely on each other, and fortunately, they found one loving home eager to take them both in. Here is their Happy Tail.
When Nathan and Troy came to the ASPCA at the tender age of five months, both were suffering from a severe case of ringworm. They had been transferred from the local city shelter and were admitted for treatment at the ASPCA Animal Hospital, where their distinct personalities quickly became clear. Orange tabby Nathan was shy and sensitive and preferred quiet, gentle attention, while grey tabby Troy was more of a show-off. Though they were opposites in many ways, these two tiny brothers stayed by each other’s side during their entire four-month stay in our Hospital. By September, the bonded duo was healthy and ready to find a forever home—provided they could find one together. Fortunately, adopters Matthew and Gina walked through our door on October 11.
Matthew and Gina came to the ASPCA after losing their beloved cat, Louis. His brother, Charlie, had passed two years before. The couple had adopted from us before and was eager to expand their feline-family. “We have always had cats in our lives,” Gina said. “If we could manage, we would adopt 10 or more!” As they toured the available animals at the ASPCA Adoption Center, they spotted Nathan and Troy and, in Gina’s words, “It was love at first sight.”
“We saw Nathan and Troy playing in their habitat,” Gina recalls. “Troy came over right away, Nathan was a little shy,” she adds, their personalities already shining. “But we knew they were the ones for us, and we were so happy to hear they were bonded.” The couple adopted both kitties that day and changed their names to King Harold and King Midas (Harry and Midey for short), and the foursome headed back to Brooklyn to begin their new life together.
Despite their differences, the inseparable kitties adjusted easily to their new home. “Harry and Midey are comfy-cozy and we’re all best of friends,” says Gina. “We feel like a big happy family all sleeping in the same bed.”
After a tough start to life—and a long stay in the hospital—we’re so glad that these baby brothers have found a home that fits them both. “They are so happy together,” says Gina. “Matthew and I are in love with them.” We think these two got more than just “kingly” names—they finally got the royal treatment they deserve.