Connecticut State Representative Brenda Kupchick (right) speaks at Voices for Animals Day.
When Brenda Kupchick’s son was nine years old, he begged her for a puppy. Eventually, she gave in and purchased a female beagle at a pet shop. “Over the next 12 years, that dog cost us $16,000 in vet bills,” admits Kupchick, now a Connecticut state representative. “Not only did she cost us a lot of money, but a lot of heartache, as well.”
Rep. Kupchick, along with Rep. Auden Grogins, spoke at the ASPCA’s Connecticut Voices for Animals Day in Hartford on February 21, using the forum to renew their support for a state law that would address the inhumane treatment of dogs in the commercial breeding facilities—commonly known as puppy mills—that supply animals to Connecticut pet shops.
ASPCA-sponsored lobby days like Connecticut Voices for Animals Day give animal lovers like you the chance to meet your elected officials and tell them, in person, that you support animal protection and oppose laws that would allow animals to be hurt and exploited. Of the 31 animal advocates in attendance at Connecticut Voices for Animals Day, many were lobbying for their first time. Lisa King felt the trip was “absolutely worth it.”
“I had a nice conversation with an aide to my state senator,” Lisa said. She also left behind a personal note for Senator Cathy Osten. “It’s important for them to realize that people who vote for them have these concerns.”
Stacey Doan of Protectors of Animals, Inc., Maya, a Chow Chow up for adoption, and Rep. Brenda Kupchick welcome a group of seventh and eighth graders from Cesar A. Batalla School in Bridgeport to Connecticut Voices for Animals Day.
Do you know which pet poisons are lurking in your home? Each year, thousands of pets accidentally ingest dangerous but common household items. Onions, grapes, gardening mulch—the culprits are surprising! In honor of National Poison Awareness Month, we’re holding a live Twitter chat Wednesday, March 5 with Dr. Tina Wismer, Medical Director of the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center.
Dr. Wismer will be on hand March 5 at 2:00 P.M. (EST) to answer all your questions about protecting pets from harmful substances.
We’ll also test your pet-poison knowledge with a few trivia questions. Three guests will receive ASPCA swag bags—and one grand-prize winner will receive an Emergency Ready Deluxe Pet First Aid Kit!
The state-of-the-art adoptions vehicle will enable AC&C to bring adoptable animals to previously unreachable New Yorkers throughout the City’s five boroughs. The vehicle was purchased with the help of a $60,000 grant from the ASPCA and a $60,000 donation from Fenwick Keats Real Estate.
AC&C’s three full-service Care Centers in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island are open for adoptions seven days a week, but its facilities in the Bronx and Queens are Pet Receiving Centers and do not serve adopters. With approximately 30,000 cats, dogs and other animals in need coming to AC&C each year, this new Mobile Adoption Center will play a vital role in increasing adoptions as well as raising awareness of shelter pets in need.
We’re excited to be part of this important initiative for animals in New York City. If you’re in the area, please join us for the AC&C Mobile Adoption Center’s unveiling and a special adoption event this Sunday, February 9 at 11:00 A.M. in the Union Square Park North Plaza (East 17th Street between Broadway and Park Ave.). We hope to see you there!
AC&C honors ASPCA partners (right) as “New York’s Kindest”
Animal Care & Control of NYC (AC&C) celebrated “New York’s Kindest” in a gala at the National Arts Club on Friday, December 6. Among those honored at the ceremony were four of the ASPCA’s own: Julie Morris, Gail Buchwald, Michelle Villagomez and Heidi Miller.
Julie Morris, the ASPCA’s SVP of Community Outreach, oversees all ASPCA financial support to AC&C, both directly and through the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals. Gail Buchwald, SVP of the ASPCA Adoption Center, which transfers and finds homes for animals from AC&C, is a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals. Michelle Villagomez is the ASPCA’s NYC Legislative Director. In 2011, she spearheaded a lobbying effort in support of Local Law 59, legislation that increased the City’s annual budget for animal sheltering and services by 77 percent—to more than $12 million. Heidi Miller is Senior Director of Fundraising Strategies. Heidi was the grants officer, chief writer/editor and designer of AC&C’s 24,000-piece mailing that helped acquire new donors, increase adoptions, raise awareness and further grow the volunteer and foster programs.
The ASPCA and AC&C have been partners for over a decade, working together to rescue, rehabilitate and find loving homes for over 30,000 homeless and abandoned animals in New York City each year.
If you’re interested in supporting the AC&C, please consider donating to their Holiday Wish List.
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Scamp (pictured right) is available for adoption at the ASPCA.
Given the popularity of purebred dogs, mixed breeds often get the short end of the stick. But these one-of-a-kind pups have just as much love to give. Today is National Mutt Day, which aims to celebrate and raise awareness about these special dogs. Besides making excellent companions, mixed-breed dogs also serve society as bomb-sniffing dogs, guide dogs, and even actors! Did you know that the beloved Benji was a mixed breed?
If you’re the proud pet parent of a mixed breed, we hope you’re celebrating National Mutt Day by spending time with your furry friend! If you or someone you know plans to add a canine to the family, look outside the breed box and open your heart to a mutt. You might find love in a shape or size you didn’t expect!
Show Us Your Mutt! Today we’ll be highlighting mixed breed dogs across our social media channels. To participate simply share your photo with us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using hashtag #NationalMuttDay!
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