The Inauguration Is Here, and the ASPCA Is on the Scene!

Monday, January 21, 2013 - 1:00pm
Tim Rickey with horse

Oh, the excitement! The Inaugural Parade is getting started in just moments, and the ASPCA is in D.C. to help.

The D.C. Department of Health asked the ASPCA to assist with today’s parade, and we were proud to accept the responsibility. Field Investigations & Response Team members are attending to any animal-related cold weather issues or concerns, and they're stationed along the parade route in case an animal emergency should occur—particularly with any of the more than 200 horses in the parade.

The parade is set to start at 2:36, but those horses—and 40 dogs scheduled to appear on a float—arrived at the staging area hours before their big moment in the spotlight. ASPCA staffers have been with them all day to ensure that they stay happy and healthy.

“I am so happy that the D.C. Department of Health recognizes the importance of providing a safe environment for the animals in the Inauguration Parade, and I’m honored that the ASPCA was asked to take part in this historic event,” Field Investigations and Response VP Tim Rickey told us.

If you'd like to watch, check out friend-of-the-ASPCA Dan Harris' livestream of the inaugural events here.