After driving more than 900 miles from our starting point, the team made its first stop at the Humane Society of Tulsa in Oklahoma, where we delivered two dogs, Nightwing and Valentino, to be made ready for adoption. Nightwing was a bit nervous upon arrival, but once our team placed him in the shelter’s play area, it was clear that he felt right at home. Valentino also settled in just fine.
If you’re in the Tulsa area and are interested in adopting Nightwing or Valentino, please contact the Humane Society of Tulsa. Nightwing would love to be your wingman for the day or night and won’t leave your side. He’s known to be a skilled snuggler. Valentino has a kind heart and adopters are sure to fall in love with him! He’s been trained to sit, lay, roll over and spin in circles.
Next, the team drove 250 miles to the Great Plains SPCA’s campus in Independence, Missouri, where Mabel will wait to find her new home. Mabel was thrilled to arrive at Great Plains SPCA, and rolled around in the grass to show her excitement. Our team reports that Mabel is a petite and friendly dog who loves attention. If you’re interested in adopting Mabel, please contact Great Plains SPCA.
We’ve still got two stops to go on our transport! You can follow the journey on the ASPCA Blog, our Instagram feed and by searching the hashtag #FreedomDogs on your social media channels.
Once delivered to these receiving shelters, all six dogs will be made available for adoption. We’re so excited that these dogs will have the chance to begin new lives as beloved pets. Stay tuned for more news to come as the ASPCA team continues on the ultimate summer road trip to save animals’ lives. In addition to the ASPCA Blog, you can check out our Instagram account and follow the hashtag #FreedomDogs for photos and updates from the road.
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As the nation’s second-largest animal welfare grantmaker, the ASPCA is constantly on the lookout for innovative, inspiring, and admirable programs that can benefit from our support. When we first heard about our latest grantee, Operation Blankets of Love, we knew we had found one such program.
Based in Los Angeles, Operation Blankets of Love (OBOL) is a grassroots organization that connects human services to animal welfare in a very unique way. Recognizing that many homeless people have the same love, dedication, and commitment to their pets’ well-being as more fortunate people do, OBOL’s current project—Homeless People’s Pets Community Outreach Project—will provided critical services to homeless people and their pets who are living in shelters or on the streets of L.A.
“Our program’s primary goal is to provide basic supplies and services to keep pets of the homeless happy and healthy, so that they can stay with their loving human companions rather than being relinquished to crowded city and county animals shelters with high euthanasia rates,” says Eileen Smulson, Founder & President of OBOL.
Tessa Madden, Development Coordinator at PATH (People Assisting the Homeless) has worked with Operation Blankets of Love for over three years. “They actively donate care, comfort and pet items that the residents need for their pets,” she says. “This includes necessary pet items they need to keep their dog or cat healthy and happy—food, treats, pet beds, blankets, towels, leashes, collars, toys, grooming supplies, and more.” In addition to these comfort/care items, OBOL also raises funds to provide spay and neuter surgeries for animals in need.
An ASPCA grant of $5,000 will help OBOL deliver needed items and resources to pet families living at eight shelters and social service centers or on the street, and in collaboration with organizations serving the homeless. While OBOL is able to procure much of their supplies through generous in-kind donations from corporations, foundations, and the public, the ASPCA grant will help defray delivery, transportation, and other operational costs to get the pet food and comfort/care items to where they’re needed most.
In honor of Lil BUB’s third birthday this Saturday, we’d like to share another story about how Lil BUB’s Big FUND for the ASPCAhelps special needs cats across the country. Our grant to Tabby’s Place in Ringoes, New Jersey came just in time to help an amazing cat named Casper.
Sweet kitty Casper was born to a feral mom and was part of a well cared-for outdoor cat community. When he failed to show up for breakfast one February morning, his caretakers feared the worst. They searched for him and found poor Casper paralyzed, unable to even lift his head. He was rushed to an emergency vet, where it was determined that Casper’s paralysis wasn’t caused by trauma, but rather something in his spine.
Due to the location of that “something,” a biopsy would have been too risky, but neurologists were sadly confident that the problem was caused by spinal cancer. Despite this often fatal diagnosis, a cat sanctuary called Tabby’s Place in New Jersey took Casper in and started a variety of treatments to help him. Under the care of their veterinary team, he received physical therapy, steroid treatment, acupuncture, pain medication and antibiotics in case his condition had been caused by an infection.
With a lot of love and hard work, Casper slowly began his miraculous recovery. First he lifted his head, then sat up straight, then moved one leg after another. One day, beyond the wildest dreams of the Tabby’s Place team, he walked. Now this brave cat steps confidently around their lobby all day in search of affection and tasty treats. He’s even taken on new challenges, like jumping onto a cat-sized couch!
While some may have given up hope in light of Casper’s case, Tabby’s Place truly gave this cat a second chance at life. Development Director Angela Townsend tells us that volunteers of all ages love to curl up across from him and gaze into his gentle eyes. We’re glad we can help special needs pets receive the specialized care they need to live happy lives. As Angela puts it, “In all he does, Casper makes it clear that he was built to last—and to love. “
This spring, more than 80 equine rescue groups held events across 32 states in conjunction with the ASPCA Help a Horse Day Celebration Contest on April 26. Contestants were judged on the creativity of their events, as well as success engaging their local communities. Today, we are excited to announce the winners of the Help a Horse Day Contest, each of which will receive $10,000 in ASPCA grant funding to support their work for horses:
Begin Again Horse Rescue of Lima, New York
EARTHEART of Southern California
Equine Outreach of Bend, Oregon
Mylestone Equine Rescue of Phillipsburg, New Jersey