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).
After receiving months of medical care and behavioral enrichment by ASPCA responders at a temporary shelter, a number of dogs surrendered to the ASPCA are one step closer to finding loving homes. The ASPCA stepped in to care for the dogs, who were surrendered in October 2014 by a self-described no-kill rescue group in Okeechobee, Florida, after a lack of sufficient resources and proper care led to the deterioration of the center and conditions of the dogs.
“This was a case where the no-kill shelter operator set out to save animals at risk of euthanasia, but did not have the capacity to meet their physical and mental needs or implement an effective adoption program, ” says Tim Rickey, vice president of ASPCA Field Investigations and Response. “It’s an unfortunate but not uncommon scenario.”
Throughout the month of January, the ASPCA transport vehicle will travel thousands of miles to deliver these dogs to the following animal shelters and rescue groups in 15 states, where they’ll continue to receive care until they are ready to be made available for adoption:
Animal Humane Society, Golden Valley, Minnesota
Animal Welfare League of Arlington, Arlington, Virginia
Atlanta Humane Society, Alpharetta, Georgia
Australian Cattle Dog Rescue Association, Homestead, Florida
Cedar Bend Humane Society, Waterloo, Iowa
Humane Society of Pinellas, Clearwater, Florida
Kansas Humane Society, Wichita, Kansas
Larimer Humane Society, Fort Collins, Colorado
McKamey Animal Center, Chattanooga, Tennessee
Monadnock Humane Society, Swanzey, New Hampshire
Providence Animal Rescue League, Providence, Rhode Island
Second Chance Rescue, New York, New York
Texas Humane Heroes, Leander, Texas
Toledo Area Humane Society, Maumee, Ohio
Wayside Waifs, Kansas City, Missouri
MSPCA Cape Cod, Centerville, Massachusetts
We’re so glad that these dogs will have a second chance to experience lives as beloved pets.
In July, we told you the story of Peppah, a Chihuahua who was separated from her family in the wake of domestic violence. Today we have a happy update on Peppah’s story.
In the fall of 2013, Maria*, 34, escaped domestic violence with her children but couldn’t find a single shelter in New York City that was willing to accept her dog, Peppah. She turned to Urban Resources Institute (URI), a non-profit agency that provides shelter for domestic violence survivors and their pets. The creation of its PALS Program (People and Animals Living Safely) established New York City’s first and only domestic violence shelter that allows pets.
But Maria and Peppah’s story didn’t end there. When the time came for the family to move out of URI and into transitional housing, Maria was unable to bring Peppah with her. For eight long months, she and her children were separated from their dog, who was sent to live in a foster home. They visited Peppah twice during their time apart, but ached for a more permanent reunion. “We always spoke about Peppah as if she were here—even though she wasn’t,” said Maria. “She was never far from our minds.”
On Friday, December 12, Maria and her children were joyfully reunited with Peppah. Dara Ruiz and Colleen Doherty, of the ASPCA’s CIA (Cruelty Intervention Advocacy) team, facilitated the reunion by driving Peppah to the five-story walk-up where Maria waited.
“Where’s my baby?!” she squealed as Peppah, clad in a red sweater, squealed back before leaping into Maria’s arms and licking her face. Inside the apartment, Maria’s children couldn’t contain their excitement, either. They smiled and laughed at the arrival of their beloved pet and took turns cuddling her. Peppah lapped it up, climbing onto their shoulders and bounding on and off the lower bunk bed, her tail wagging non-stop.
“I’m so overly grateful, I’ve been crying all week,” said Maria, brushing aside tears. “All we wanted for Christmas was our dog, and now she’s here.”
Colleen and Dara left dog food, treats and other items for Peppah, and the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals paid the pet deposit fee for the family’s new apartment.
On Monday, December 15, Maria and her children—both two- and four-legged—were together again, packed up in their car and off to a new home, just in time for the holidays.
We have great news for New York City’s neediest animals: Thanks to a grant from The John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold Foundation, the ASPCA Cruelty Intervention Advocacy Program (CIA) has received a new vehicle for the transport of animals rescued from hoarding or other harmful situations to the ASPCA Animal Hospital and our partner veterinary clinics for emergency care. The CIA Program is also utilizing this vehicle to move animal cruelty victims who are seized by the New York Police Department (NYPD) and taken to partner emergency hospital Blue Pearl, whose emergency clinics are located in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, to transport animals the ASPCA Animal Hospital for further care and case investigation. Safe, humane transport is needed to ensure that animals receive prompt medical attention and cruelty cases are addressed as quickly as possible.
The sprinter van provides ample space to accommodate pet carriers and cages and animal rescue supplies. The vehicle includes many state-of-the-art features, including a constant monitoring camera mounted in the rear area of the vehicle to provide surveillance of the animals by the driver and passenger.