Our New Year’s Resolution for Animals

Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 9:15am
ASPCA staffer holds kitten

Guest blog by Ann Church, ASPCA Vice President of State Affairs

With state legislatures gathering in state capitals around the country to start their 2014 legislative sessions, the ASPCA is looking forward to another year of productive lawmaking for animals. Last year we helped secure 86 state-level legislative victories, increasing protections for millions of animals and stopping abuse before it could begin. Our New Year’s resolution is to replicate this success—and we need your help to make that happen!

We have an ambitious agenda for 2014: We want to help pass the first state law in the nation banning the sale of puppy mill dogs in retail pet shops; strengthen cruelty laws; enhance publicly funded spay/neuter; and eliminate the horrors of dog fighting and cockfighting, Greyhound racing, horse slaughter for human consumption and fox penning (to name just a few of our goals). There will also be bad bills that we’ll need to defeat. Defeating ag-gag bills in 11 states kept us busy in 2013, and unfortunately 2014 is already shaping up to be similarly challenging.

Your state delegates/representatives and state senators will cast their votes on legislation based on what you, their constituents, want. The states have a great deal of authority to act on direct care of animals, and some issues can only be addressed at the state level. It is up to you to let them know that you care deeply about how animals are protected.

Here are a few simple steps you can take to get more involved in the legislative process and ensure that animals have the legal protections they deserve:

  • Find out the dates of your state’s legislative session—most begin within the next few weeks.
  • Look up who represents you. Post their contact information on your fridge so you can easily call them to express your support for bills to protect animals or opposition to legislation that would roll back protections for animals.
  • Join the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade! We will email you when legislation in your area needs your action.
  • Participate in a lobby day at your state capitol or a training session on citizen advocacy. Once you’ve joined the Advocacy Brigade (see above), watch your inbox for the ASPCA’s invitations to events in your area!

The fate of your state’s animals will be decided through the legislative process. We’ve made it our New Year’s resolution to protect them by passing strong state laws, and we hope that you will join us. Resolve to get involved, and be the voice these animals need in state capitols across the country.

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As someone who grew up with a great rescue dog, I moved to manhattan and had many years of school and work. One lonely Sunday in the summer in ny, as most people race to the beaches, I was on call. , I walked by a certain pet place. Not sure I can say the name. Came home with the most beautiful buff, lady and the tramp cocker spaniel. It was earl 1990 and I actually paid almost 2000$ dollars. Loved that dog with all my heart but she was work. Best dog in all NYC, actually swam an entertained the tourists at the boathouse in Central Park. Traveled with me everywhere, but what we had was not a deep dark secret after time to family and friends,
When she got tired she got extremely agressive to the point of even biting. We had to move several times, would not desert, but it was hard. Lost friends and my boyfriend at the time
Every behaviorist I brought in said she is a puppy mill dog. So the rest of our time together was good but I always had to be guarded
Anyway, three cocker spaniel rescue dogs later,who have all been the heart of my heart, we have to stop this insanity. I will take in any dog, as I grew up with but I have rescued the cockers that were about to be put down. They were beyond great dogs and companions, one even became a service dog because she was able to identify seizure activity in a family member and got to fly first class
This is just the result of what happens to the puppy's that make it out of those hell holes. Most do not, especially the ones bred. We have had dogs that had so many litters at three years of age, were rescued and did not know how to walk off of grating, they lived all of their lives pregnant in a cage, not even a crate
Anyway, I am glad I am able to be a monthly supporter, I wish I could give more
What I can not give more in money is to share with others my experience. Then to hopefully get laws changed to stop the horror that these sweet loving creatures endure
Thank you for all you do
Thank you for giving me the soap box


Rather than give money to the SPCA, which already has many millions, I would visit my local shelter and rescue groups, see what they do, how the animals are treated and donate locally to one them. National organizations have millions of dollars and do not really have shelters. Give wisely where it is needed most.


Thanks Marla, I do exactly that as well. Every other pup we have adopted have been from local Florida shelters. These are the heros that go in and take these lovely cats and dogs home daily, on the day of execution. I do support them as well as ASPCA because we need these organizations to help change the rules. I also support going into seniors or people homes who are ill and need some temporary or long term help in walking and caring for their pets. They are the ones that so frequently end up lost or abandoned, both pet and parent benefit so much in this care