We’re excited to announce that A Fair Shake For Youth, a nonprofit group that offers underserved middle schoolers the opportunity to work with therapy and rescue dogs, is expanding its educational program thanks to a $10,000 grant from the ASPCA. The program helps children learn respect for animals, empathy and self-esteem by forming relationships with dogs and practicing positive reinforcement training.
Program participants interact and build relationships with various therapy and rescue dogs on a weekly basis. As the program progresses, the children learn compassion and appreciation for animals while forming the social and emotional skills necessary for building relationships with animals and humans alike. Each week, the children learn to train the dogs with positive reinforcement, starting with basic commands and building up to agility games. The children also learn about animal welfare issues, such as animal homelessness, and tour the ASPCA Adoption Center.
“The connection between some forms of animal cruelty, domestic violence, and child abuse is clear,” says Stacy Wolf, Senior Vice President of the ASPCA’s Anti-Cruelty Group. “Learning to care for animals and treat them with respect reduces the likelihood of cruelty and neglect and also sets the framework for positive relationships with people and the community.”
The ASPCA has donated a total of $30,000 to A Fair Shake for Youth since 2013, helping the program reach over 700 children in 26 public schools throughout the New York City area. The organization has also supplied therapy dog programs for children at domestic violence shelters.
We can’t wait hear about the children and animals who will benefit as a result of this exciting program expansion.
You probably know her as the world’s cutest Internet star (and as our former Cat Executive Officer!), but Lil BUB also works very hard to make a difference for cats in need. On May 28, the ASPCA and Lil BUB announced an additional 29 recipients of grant funding through Lil BUB’ BIG Fund for the ASPCA.
The 29 organizations, spanning 17 states, received a total of $57,190. The latest grantees from Lil BUB’s BIG Fund for the ASPCA are:
Angels of Assisi (Roanoke, VA) Animal Shelter Volunteers of Texas, Inc. (Montgomery, TX) Seattle Area Feline Rescue (Shoreline, WA) Animal Welfare League of Arlington, Inc. (Arlington,VA) Animalkind, Inc. (Hudson, NY) Austin Pets Alive! (Austin, TX) Beaver County Humane Society (Aliquippa, PA) Cat Matchers (Dallas, TX) Fancy Cats Rescue Team (Herndon, VA) Five Acres Animal Shelter (Saint Charles, MO) Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic (Fort Collins, CO) Heartland Humane Society of Missouri (O'Fallon, MO) High Desert Humane Society (Silver City, NM) BrightSide Animal Center (Redmond, OR) Humane Society of Truckee Tahoe, Inc. (Truckee, CA) Humane Society of Warren County, Inc. (Front Royal, VA) Lexington Humane Society (Lexington, KY) New England Society for Abandoned Animals, Inc. (Osterville, MA) Northwoods Humane Society (Wyoming, MN) Ohio Alleycat Resource & Spay Neuter Clinic, Inc. (Cincinnati, OH) Partners for Animal Welfare Society, Inc. (Greenfield, IN) Peninsula SPCA (Newport News, VA) Preston County Animal Shelter (Kingwood, WV) SAFE Haven for Cats (Raleigh, NC) Second Chance Pet Adoptions, Inc. (Raleigh, NC) Southern Colorado Spay & Neuter Association (Pueblo, CO) Tabby Town-Friends for Felines, Inc. (Blasdell, NY) The Foundation of Animal Care and Education (FACE) (San Diego, CA) Tickled Pink Weimaraner Rescue (Albuquerque, NM)
One hundred percent of donations collected for Lil BUB’s BIG Fund for the ASPCA are distributed to animal welfare organizations to support homeless pets that need special care or extra help getting adopted, due to conditions such as: physical deformity, birth defects, developmental disability, mobility impairment, blindness, deafness, wounds suffered from a disaster, accident or abuse, any permanent diseases or chronic illnesses and old age. Since the fund started in 2014, over $132,000 has been distributed to 67 organizations nationwide.
More than 600 animals received free vaccines at ASPCA clinic events in South Los Angeles.
More than 1,800 dogs and cats avoided entering Los Angeles County shelters thanks to the ASPCA Safety Net program, which provides services to help keep pets in their homes and out of shelters.
More than 1,500 animals were transported from overcrowded shelters to communities where they have a better chance of being adopted.
More than $1.4 million in grants was distributed to local animal welfare organizations and partners for initiatives such as intervention programs, spay/neuter programs and medical care for animals in low-income areas.
We’re proud of what we’ve accomplished thus far. As the calendar rolls over to year two of this multi-year commitment, we’ll continue our journey to reduce the number of dogs and cats at risk in the Greater Los Angeles Metropolitan Area.
Want a first-hand look at our work in L.A.? Watch our video below to see our Safety Net program in action.
Great news for Midwestern pets! The ASPCA announced the first grant recipients of our newly-launched Midwest Disaster Resiliency Program to provide much-needed funding, training and expertise to local communities to better serve and assist animals and pet parents during and after disasters.
Animals are often overlooked when it comes to disaster planning, and communities—especially those in areas like the Midwest, which experience higher rates of natural disasters—must be prepared to rescue, shelter, and provide emergency care for pets in the event of a crisis.
While the ASPCA Field and Investigations and Response (FIR) team frequently responds to natural disasters around the country, the Midwest Disaster Resiliency Program allows the ASPCA to work with communities, animal welfare organizations and government agencies in Midwestern states to better enhance their ability to respond to animals and pet guardians affected by emergencies.
Through the program, the ASPCA is providing more than $50,000 to the below groups for emergency response training, equipment and disaster preparedness:
Animal Rescue League Of Iowa (Des Moines, IA)
Beadle County Humane Society (Huron, SD)
Benton Animal Control and Adoption Center (Benton, AR)
Butler County Kansas Animal Response Team (Augusta, KS)
City of Sherwood Department of Humane Animal Services (Sherwood, AR)
City of St. Cloud, MN
Enid SPCA (Enid, OK)
Faulkner County Animal Response Team (Conway, AR)
Johnson County Animal Response Team (Lenexa, KS)
Kingman Pratt Area Animal Response Team (Cheney, KS)
Kansas SART, Inc. (Wichita, KS)
Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association and Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps (St. Paul, MN)
Nebraska Humane Society (Omaha, NE)
Springfield-Greene County Community Emergency Response Team (Springfield, MO)
Emergencies come in many forms and the best thing communities can do for their citizens and pets is to be prepared. The ASPCA is also working with PetSmart Charities, Inc. to provide animal welfare organizations across the country with the equipment and supplies necessary to respond to and care for an increased number of animals in large-scale emergencies.
We are so excited to help local communities keep more families and pets together during disasters.
Assisted more than 1,200 animals through the ASPCA Safety Net program, designed to keep pets in their homes and out of shelters by providing services to pet owners at risk of giving up their pets.
Relocated more than 500 animals from overcrowded Los Angeles County shelters to communities where they have a better chance of being adopted.
Distributed more than $1.3 million in grants to local animal welfare organizations and partners.
We’ve also worked to form relationships with Los Angeles pet parents, ensuring that they are aware of our services:
At a neighborhood event, ASPCA Community Advocate Elizabeth Gamboa met Carmen and her 11-year-old son. Elizabeth learned that the family’s four-year-old terrier mix, Chico, was not neutered, soon a follow-up visit to Carmen’s home, she provided a voucher for a free neuter, as well as a free ID tag, collar and leash. Chico was neutered at the ASPCA spay/neuter clinic. The family is now an ambassador for the ASPCA.
Maria brought her Chihuahua, Fanny, to our Baldwin Park shelter on a hunch that Fanny was ill. Maria could not afford veterinary services but loves 10-year-old Fanny, whom she’s had since she was a puppy. Erica Macias, the ASPCA’s Baldwin Park Safety Net manager, provided a voucher for a check-up for Fanny at a nearby clinic. The ASPCA covered her veterinary bill, which included treatment and medication for ear and skin infections, as well as vaccines.
We can’t wait to help more animals like Chico and Fanny in 2015! We plan to add staff and increase surgeries performed at our spay/neuter clinic, expand our Safety Net initiative and increase the capacity of our transport program. Stay tuned for more updates to come as we continue our work in Los Angeles!
Thank you to our partners on the ground in Los Angeles, including Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation, L.A. Animal Services, County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care & Control, Downtown Dog Rescue, The Amanda Foundation, Stray Cat Alliance, Fix Nation, The Jason Debus Heigl Foundation, Found Animals Foundation, and the Spay Neuter Project of Los Angeles (SNP LA).