The ASPCA works year-round to distribute much-needed funds to animal welfare organizations nationwide, and we’re always thrilled to hear success stories made possible by these grants. A happy update recently arrived in our inbox from the Coalition to Unchain Dogs, a Durham, North Carolina-based organization that works to improve the welfare of dogs living in under-served communities, as well as dogs who are frequently chained outdoors, by offering information and free services including wellness care, spay/neuter, vaccinations and fences.
The Coalition to Unchain Dogs utilized ASPCA grant funds to cover the cost of fencing, wellness supplies, leashes, collars, indoor crates and more, paving the way for success stories:
Neno: When a nine-year-old Pekingese mix named Neno was attacked and injured by a stray dog, his pet parent called Animal Services. Upon arrival, Animal Services issued the pet parent a citation to obtain veterinary care for Neno's injuries within 24 hours. He knew he lacked the funds to take Neno to the vet and feared his only option was to surrender him to the shelter. Fortunately, he called the Coalition, who covered Neno’s veterinary costs. ASPCA grant funds allowed Neno to stay with his family who loves him dearly.
Biscuit: When Ilene’s puppy, Biscuit, destroyed two sets of window blinds while she was at work, her landlord insisted that the dog could no longer live in his building. With ASPCA grant funding, the Coalition was able to provide Ilene with a crate for Biscuit along with a new collar and leash. With the new collar and leash, Ilene walks Biscuit twice a day, and his crate provides a place for him to stay while she's at work. Biscuit was allowed to stay in Ilene’s apartment, and today, he is happy and healthy.
Fat Boy: When Patricia’s dog, Fat Boy, developed a severe skin infection, she didn't have the money or the transportation to take him to the veterinarian. She tried giving him allergy medications and cold baths, but Fat Boy was continually chewing and scratching. Using ASPCA grant funds, the Coalition covered the cost of a veterinary appointment for Fat Boy. With prescription medication, Fat Boy’s skin healed within two weeks and he is feeling so much better.
Sheba: When a 14-year-old named Marcus found a puppy roaming the street, he brought her home and named her Sheba. For the rest of the summer, Marcus and Sheba were inseparable, but when Marcus headed back to school in the fall, his mom requested that he tether Sheba in the backyard during the day. Even though Marcus purchased a dog house and put Sheba’s favorite toys and bed inside it, he worried about her. He was afraid someone would steal her, or other dogs would come into the yard and hurt her. The Coalition met Marcus, and he and his mom were so happy to learn the organization could cover the cost of a spay procedure, vaccinations and a fence for the backyard. Thanks to ASPCA grant funding, Sheba is in a safe, fenced-in area while Marcus is at school.
We’re so pleased the ASPCA grant funding has been put to such great use in the Durham, North Carolina community. Keep up the great work!
Pictured are dogs and pet parents assisted by the Coalition to Unchain Dogs.
During the weekend of April 24-26, more than 100 equine rescue groups held events in 33 states in conjunction with the ASPCA “Help a Horse Day” Contest—a nationwide grant competition for equine rescues and sanctuaries to raise awareness about the work they do to save and care for at-risk horses.
Today, we are excited to announce the winners of the Help a Horse Day Contest, each of which will receive a grant in the amount of $5,000 or $10,000 to support their ongoing efforts to protect equines. The winning groups include:
$10,000 Grand Prize Winners:
All About Equine Animal Rescue – El Dorado Hills, CA
Horses of Tir Na Nog – San Diego, CA
The Pegasus Project – Ben Wheeler, TX
$5,000 Prize Winners:
Freedom Hill Horse Rescue – Owings, MD
Horse Haven of Tennessee – Knoxville, TN
Livestock and Equine Awareness Network (LEARN) – Meggett, SC
RVR Horse Rescue – Riverview, FL
Contestants were judged on the creativity of their events, as well as success engaging their local communities. This year’s winning events included a Ponypalooza event for families with games and prizes, which also featured members of the U.S. Air Force and local Boy Scout Troops engaging in a shelter construction project; a family carnival with pony rides and a “Muggin’ with the Mule” photo booth; the creation of a Help a Horse Posse and Sponsorship Program that allowed community members to sponsor horses; and Dancing for the Horses, which paired local celebrities with professional dancers to compete in honor of a rescued horse. One group even hosted an aviation festival in keeping with their theme of giving rescue horses their wings. Participating rescues also worked to recruit new volunteers, expand their support base, collect donated supplies and find homes for adoptable horses.
Thanks to all of this year’s participants for making a difference for equines nationwide!
We are excited to announce that the ASPCA will provide $1 million in grant funding over four years to pave the way for Emancipet, a Texas-based animal welfare organization, to rapidly expand its low cost spay/neuter and preventive veterinary services in the city’s underserved neighborhoods.
Emancipet celebrated the opening of its new healthy pet clinic on Saturday, June 6, which was made possible by the ASPCA grant funding. ASPCA President & CEO Matt Bershadker traveled to Houston to make the announcement.
“Emancipet is not just helping animals, but helping owners keep and care for their pets, and that’s critical,” says Bershadker. “I commend Emancipet and the city of Houston for thinking big and outside the box for the sake of the community and its animals, who deserve nothing less.”
To date, the ASPCA has given Emancipet more than $1.25 million in grants, starting in 2007 with funding for the organization’s first donor database, to funding all of the equipment for its Killeen clinic and the customized 48-foot trailer that now houses Emancipet Houston’s first clinic.
“The ASPCA has helped to transform Emancipet from a small grassroots mobile clinic into the organization we’ve become,” says Emancipet CEO Amy Mills.
Emancipet Houston will spay/neuter 7,000-8,000 animals per year and provide approximately 10,000 preventive care visits. After six to nine months of operation, the organization will move into a brick-and-mortar space in the same neighborhood and move the semi-permanent trailer to a new location. By 2017, Emancipet plans to have three permanent locations in underserved areas of Houston.
We look forward to seeing Emancipet’s continued progress for thousands of animals in need in Houston!
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.