The ASPCA, along with horse-lovers from near and far, headed out to Bridgehampton, New York, this week for the prestigious and star-studded 40th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show.
For the ninth consecutive year, the ASPCA partnered with this iconic week-long show to promote animal adoption and raise awareness of critical equine cruelty issues with two special ASPCA-hosted events.
Things kicked off on Monday with our annual ASPCA Adoption and Animal Welfare Day, during which spectators got the opportunity to meet rescue horses face-to-face, hear their rescuers’ stories and learn ways they can make a difference for equines. Several local animal shelters and rescue groups were on site throughout the day to find loving homes for adorable, adoptable animals, including dogs, cats and, of course, horses. Even some formerly wild mustangs made an appearance!
Attendees were invited to the ASPCA Equine Town Hall just days later to hear experts from the ASPCA’s Government Relations department and Our Farm Equine Rescue discuss critical issues impacting horses today, like horse slaughter, homelessness and neglect, and how to rescue, rehab and re-home horses from the slaughter lot.
To make the events even more special, the ASPCA Equine Welfare Ambassadors team of top international riders, including Georgina Bloomberg, Brianne Goutal, Hayley Barnhill, Stacia Madden and our newest ambassador, Jennifer Gates, were on site during the week to answer questions and greet show-goers. Network correspondent and animal advocate Jill Rappaport, who is also an ASPCA Equine Welfare Ambassador, hosted Monday’s event.
The protection of horses has been a core part of the ASPCA mission since our founding nearly 150 years ago. The Hampton Classic allows us and our Welfare Ambassadors to share that passion with the equine community and spectators of the show, and to encourage them to serve as a voice for animals.
Do you know a young animal lover who has made a big difference for our furry friends this year? We want to know!
The ASPCA is currently accepting nominations for animal heroes under the age of 14 who have helped make the world a kinder place for animals to receive our 2015 ASPCA “Tommy P. Monahan” Kid of the Year award. The award is presented as part of the ASPCA’s annual Humane Awards, an annual event which honors individuals who have been a voice for animals in crisis, as well as cats and dogs whose experiences represent the urgency behind our mission.
During the “Clear the Shelters” adoption event on Saturday, August 15, four hundred animal shelters around the country reduced or completely waived adoption fees to help connect adoptable dogs and cats with loving families. Now the numbers are in, and we are thrilled to announce that more than 18,000 cats and dogs found homes during this nationwide event!
The ASPCA granted $134,000 to 16 participating organizations for “Clear the Shelters,” which was sponsored by the NBCUniversal-Owned Television Stations division of NBCUniversal and Telemundo. Shelters also got a boost from their local NBC and Telemundo stations to promote their events.
At the ASPCA Adoption Center on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, a line stretched halfway down the block. To handle the heavy influx of adopters, staff set up hospitality stations and even a children’s activity table where kids colored pictures of dogs and cats as their parents waited patiently to look at available pets.
Irving, age 3, colored dogs and cats while his family waited to look at available dogs.
“It was an amazing day,” said Gail Buchwald, Senior Vice President of the ASPCA’s Adoption Center, which placed 76 cats and five dogs in new homes. Across the New York tri-state area, 1,046 dogs and cats were adopted.
At the Animal Care Centers of NYC (AC&C), 148 adoptions took place, and the organization is extending the promotion for 60 days for anyone who came Saturday but didn't find their perfect match.
For Morgan Castilla, 21, a student at the Fashion Institute in New York City, the perfect match came in the form of a cat. “I dreamed last night that I would come home with an orange kitten,” said Morgan, who adopted an orange, two-month-old tabby that she named Harvey.
Morgan and the newly-named Harvey.
Vaughn Moore of the Bronx visited the ASPCA with his wife Marcia and daughters Brianna, 8, and Anyah, 10. They chose two long-haired kittens in memory of their 15-year-old cat, Muff Muff, a Turkish Angora who recently passed away after battling cancer. “We were crushed at her death,” Vaughn said, but matching grey tabbies Cobey and Coffee helped ease their grief.
The Moore family of the Bronx adopted two long-haired kittens, Cobey and Coffee.
“It feels like a dream come true,” said Corey Price, manager of Irving Animal Services who conceived and hosted ‘Empty The Shelter’ events in the past in North Texas. “I never thought I would see empty kennels,” she confessed. “I’m thankful so many caring and dedicated people were willing to take a chance on a crazy idea.”
Dallas/Fort Worth ranked No. 1 across the country with 3,045 total adoptions, followed closely by Los Angeles with 2,360 adoptions.
Nancy Turner and her daughter, Nicole, 10, of the Bronx, had been thinking about adopting a cat when they decided to visit the ASPCA on Saturday. They waited patiently for four hours before leaving with a solid gray, three-month-old kitten whom Nicole named Mr. Boots.
Nicole, 10, of the Bronx, with her newly-named kitten Mr. Boots.
“It wasn’t just about being free,” said Nancy. “At the end of the day, what matters is you’re saving a life.
The lives of Los Angeles shelter pets just got much happier thanks to some very generous community members!
This past Saturday, August 8, the ASPCA and California Assemblyman David Hadley (R-South Bay) joined forces to raise awareness about local shelters with a special donation drive and pet adoption event benefitting shelter animals in Southern California.
The event asked community members to support the efforts of the Carson Animal Care Center (ACC), a high-intake shelter in Los Angeles County, with donations of pet food, water bowls, toys, litter and other much-needed resources that help the shelter care for the animals that come through their doors. Attendees were encouraged to bring their own furry friends to the event, and the Carson ACC was on-site with adoptable cats, dogs and even two rabbits hoping to meet their forever families.
With nearly 300 people in attendance, the shelter quickly surpassed their goals, finding loving homes for 26 pets and ending the day with a couple truckloads of new supplies.
“We’re proud to team up with Assemblyman Hadley to promote the great work that shelters do to care for animals in need throughout the community,” said Kevin O’Neill, Senior State Director of ASPCA Government Relations for the Western region. “Californians are passionate about animal welfare and we’re excited to honor that with an event providing local residents a way to directly help the homeless animals in their neighborhood.”
During the event, attendees also had the opportunity to speak directly with Assemblyman Hadley and representatives from the ASPCA to discuss ways citizens can help strengthen animal welfare legislation in California.
We want to thank Assemblyman Hadley and all of our supporters in California who were able to make it out to this meaningful event!
When most people think about animal rescues, they probably visualize professional responders and advocates coming to the aid of dogs, cats, and other animals in desperate and sometimes abusive situations. But this equation leaves out a third party that’s absolutely crucial to saving lives: The community.
Participation by local residents is critical to complete the full cycle of animal rescue—from initial intervention to sheltering and care, and finally adoption. We don’t always get to witness this full cycle in a single endeavor, which makes our recent operation in Moulton, Alabama stand out.
The case began in late June, when we assisted the Moulton Police Department in removing more than 300 animals—including dogs and cats of all breeds and ages—living in filthy and overcrowded conditions at the Lawrence County Animal Shelter.
When we arrived, we found several dead animals among live ones throughout the property, including puppies who’d died from untreated parvovirus. We also rushed a number of animals to an emergency clinic. Other animals were emaciated and suffering from medical issues including parvovirus, distemper and untreated wounds. Some were housed in small wire crates, and others in crowded enclosures where animals fought for limited resources and space.
On July 25 and 26, we held a two-day adoption event for the animals, which was attended by well over 900 people from as far away as Tennessee and Georgia.
All adoptable animals were vaccinated and micro-chipped prior to the event, and the ASPCA made provisions for them to be spayed or neutered as well, at no expense to their new owners. The ASPCA is also helping to cover other veterinary expenses, including treatment for heartworm-positive dogs.
For the adoption event, the ASPCA also instituted a formal process, developed by animal behaviorists and shelter experts, to help ensure animals were going to safe new homes. The process included a detailed application form and mandatory meetings with adoption counselors to assess prospective owners’ home environments as well as their capability to care for an animal, especially ones with special needs.
With each appropriate and successful match, an “adoption bell” was rung to share the good news.
By the end of the weekend, 202 animals—including all of the cats—were adopted. The remaining dogs will be transported and placed with rescue organizations across the country to be made available for adoption. Some will be transferred to the ASPCA's Behavioral Rehabilitation Center, located in Madison, New Jersey, to treat the extreme psychological damage they endured.
This adoption event was a vital part of the overall effort in Moulton, and its success clearly hinged on the participation of community residents ready to demonstrate their capacity for compassion.
We were not surprised by the enthusiastic turnout. In fact, there are compassionate people like this across the country, and it’s critical to connect their compassion to causes that save and protect animal lives. Some people are already inspired and active; others are just waiting for a local event like this to capture their concern.
So what does such an active community look like? On Saturday we saw plenty of outstanding examples:
Moulton residents Brandon and Lindsey Myers, alongside their daughter Rayleigh, 14, and seven-month-old son Crimson, adopted two kittens—one orange-and-white, the other black. “We wanted to rescue an animal from this situation,” Brandon told us. “I reckon my wife and daughter each picked one out… I guess we’ve got big hearts.”
Baxter, a gray Lab mix puppy, was found in critical condition during the rescue and was rushed to the Moulton Veterinary Hospital. There he was treated for canine distemper, a contagious and dangerous viral disease. Baxter was adopted by Dan Mobley and Kristie Oldaker from Huntsville, Alabama, along with their sons Matthew, 11, and Noah, 10.
Sloan Kirby, a nurse and mother from Trinity, Alabama adopted Chloe, a tabby kitten. Chloe was one of more than 40 cats and kittens found in a filthy outdoor pen filled with overflowing litter boxes and surrounded by chicken wire.
Bambi, a lab/hound mix, was adopted by Anna and Stephen McCollum and their daughter, Maddie, 3, of Trinity, Alabama. “We saw the news story and it touched our hearts,” said Anna. “We wanted to do something to help these innocent animals.” After Maddie rang the adoption bell, she gave Bambi this welcoming hug.
This was a busy month in Moulton. But we were constantly motivated not only by the humane work we were committed to doing, but by the many hundreds of average people who showed up—and stepped up—to help us do it.