We are excited to announce that the ASPCA is granting nearly $1 million to Los Angeles Animal Services and the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care & Control to facilitate life-saving adoptions of homeless pets in LA.
A portion of the funds will waive cat adoption fees for qualified adopters. This includes cats over four months of age in Los Angeles’ six city animal shelters, as well as all cats and kittens in the six county animal shelters.
The grant will also cover “make-ready” fees typically incurred by qualified rescue groups when they retrieve cats, kittens, pit bull type dogs and Chihuahuas from city and county shelters. These animals are most at-risk in the Los Angeles area, and this funding will improve their chances of finding safe and loving homes.
“Despite the best efforts of city and county shelters and rescue groups, the situation for cats in Los Angeles remains dire—over half of the cats who enter city and county shelters never come out,” said ASPCA President & CEO Matt Bershadker. “ASPCA research has shown that waiving cat adoption fees drives new and responsible prospective owners to shelters, dramatically impacting the lives of thousands of shelter cats whose futures are endangered.”
The funding, which will provide $520,000 to the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care & Control and $400,000 to the City of Los Angeles Animal Services, will go into effect immediately. While fees will be waived, all adoption policies and procedures remain in effect, including existing criteria for potential adopters.
We have exciting news: we are pleased to announce that the ASPCA has acquired Asheville, North Carolina-based Humane Alliance (HA), the nation’s leading training and education organization focusing on high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter—one of the most effective tools the animal welfare community has to combat homelessness and the needless euthanasia of dogs and cats.
HA operates the foremost national spay/neuter clinic training program as well as a unique national veterinary training and education program that teaches best practices to hundreds of veterinary students and private veterinarians every year. HA also operates a local spay/neuter clinic program in counties surrounding Asheville, where the organization plays an important role in local animal population control.
Humane Alliance, now a program of the ASPCA, will expand capacity for vet students and veterinarians and the number of spay/neuter clinics and practitioners trained nationwide. This will make it possible for veterinarians, shelters, and rescue operations to reach millions more at-risk animals with these critical services, dramatically reducing the number of homeless pets entering shelters across the country.
“From our animal sheltering work to field rescues to legislative advocacy, spay/neuter is an essential component of the ASPCA’s animal welfare efforts,” says ASPCA President and CEO Matt Bershadker. “We have long admired and supported Humane Alliance’s innovations in spay/neuter practice and training, and are excited to combine forces to end animal homelessness and suffering around the country.”
Earlier this year, the ASPCA announced its plan to build a permanent ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center in nearby Weaverville, North Carolina, following the success of its pilot program in New Jersey. The $9 million, 35,000-square-foot facility will be custom-fitted with individual kennels, outdoor pens and indoor treatment areas. There, experienced behaviorists and trainers will use specialized protocols to help dogs with behavioral challenges become suitable for adoption. The center is scheduled to open in 2017.
We look forward to the many positive changes these new initiatives will bring for millions of at-risk animals nationwide.
We are excited to announce that 145 shelter dogs, cats and kittens took flight on Thursday during a large-scale animal transport, and will now be available for adoption at partner shelters in Oregon and Washington state. The ASPCA teamed up with the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control, along with Wings of Rescue, to transport these animals from LA County shelters by plane in the hopes of giving them a second chance to find loving homes.
Since the ASPCA’s 2014 announcement of our $25 million, multi-year commitment to saving animals in Los Angeles, we have had the privilege of teaming up with many of LA’s most committed animal advocates to make a positive impact for thousands of cats and dogs in the area. One way in which we’re making a difference is by empowering community members to assist homeless pets in their own neighborhoods. Recently, two LA families did just that.
With guidance from the ASPCA’s Safety Net program, a collaboration with the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Control and the Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation, the Fernandez family welcomed three neonate kittens into their home earlier this summer. After one month of care, the tiny felines were strong enough to be placed in loving homes. The Fernandez family helped to find willing adopters for the kittens, and stayed in contact with them following the adoption process to make sure the kittens continued to thrive.
A Good Samaritan named Christina found two abandoned kittens in her neighborhood, who she named Vanilla and Cinnamon. Christina brought the kittens to the ASPCA, where we provided her with vouchers for spay/neuter procedures, cat food and a crate to get her started. Christina plans to care for Vanilla and Cinnamon until they are old enough to be spayed/neutered and find loving forever homes.
“We are in the midst of kitten season, the time of year when the number of kittens entering shelters in Los Angeles and across the country skyrockets,” says Bernice Osorto, Safety Net manager for the ASPCA. “Fostering kittens during this busy season can help free up space in crowded shelters and save lives.”
We are thankful to the Fernandez family, as well as Christina, for working toward positive change for animals in their communities.
The Fernandez family, pictured here, also adopted two dogs named Tbone and Nini.
The ASPCA and 9Lives® brand cat food have teamed up again to help feed hungry cats across the nation!
As part of their year-long Live Well & Prospurr campaign, 9Lives and Morris the Cat are on a mission to donate one million bowls* of cat food to the ASPCA—all of which will be distributed to non-profit organizations through the ASPCA Grants program.
The Live Well & Prospurr site, featuring Morris the Cat, is an online content hub dedicated to helping people look to their cats for inspiration. This year-long interactive campaign is rooted in universal cat behaviors (hanging out, playing, eating, sleeping and grooming) and is designed to teach cat parents how to "live well". Visitors can share how their cats remind them to “live well” and enter for a chance to win prizes. One bowl of dry cat food will be donated for every Tweet with the hashtag #Morrisfeeds, as well as for every entry during the qualifying Play and Groom promotions.
You can learn more about the Live Well & Prospurr campaign and help feed hungry kitties at prospurr.9Lives.com.
* One bowl of dry cat food = 1 cup; One million bowls = 205,200 lbs