Great news! We’re excited to announce that the ASPCA has teamed up with Best Friends Animal Society to help save more shelter animals’ lives in Los Angeles this holiday season.
The ASPCA has pledged $70,000 and Best Friends has contributed $50,000 to offset Los Angeles shelter costs including vaccinations, micro-chipping and spay/neuter procedures through the end of 2013. As a result, these animal welfare groups will have increased capacity to bring in, care for and adopt out animals from overcrowded city shelters.
Our contribution will cover fees for LA Animal Services’ New Hope Partners, qualified 501(c)(3) organizations that meet a basic set of standards set by the City of Los Angeles Animal Services. Best Friends will cover fees for those New Hope Partners that are also partners in the No Kill Los Angeles (NKLA) Coalition, a Best Friends’ initiative launched in 2012.
It is our goal to help find forever homes for many more cats and dogs in Los Angeles in the coming months, and we’re excited to be a part of this innovative collaboration.
When Benny’s pet parent brought him to Blue Pearl, a New York City veterinary clinic that provides overnight emergency animal care, he was in rough shape. This poor Brooklyn pup had serious injuries, and it seemed likely he had been hit by a car. The owners were going through a difficult time financially and could not afford the cost of the emergency care. They were heartbroken and appealed to Blue Pearl for assistance. Blue Pearl was able to provide subsidized care for Benny overnight, and called the ASPCA in the morning to see if we could help cover the rest of Benny’s medical needs.
With the help of the ASPCA Partners in Caring (PIC) grant, a program that assists low-income pet owners with emergency medical care by providing grants directly to veterinary clinic partners, we were able to provide Benny with the attention he so desperately needed. This brave pup pulled through, and is now recovering at home with his family. We’re so glad we were able to be there for Benny, and that his story has a happy ending.
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It was a heartbreaking sight. Equines left to fend for themselves—bone skinny, and braving harsh summer elements without access to food or water.
The ASPCA Equine Fund recently stepped in to provide an emergency grant of $13,000 to help provide care for 21 donkeys and five Arabian Mares who were abused and abandoned earlier this summer. To make matters more tragic, all five of the Arabian Mares and ten of the donkeys were pregnant, with one donkey actually birthing a foal during their rescue.
“Unfortunately, equine neglect and abuse is widespread in this country,” says Jacque Schultz, ASPCA Senior Director of Community Outreach. “Rescue groups are struggling with increasing calls for help and shrinking budgets. That’s where the ASPCA Equine Fund comes in.”
The funds granted by the ASPCA in this case will be used to rehabilitate the rescued equines and cover expenses for medical treatment, food, transport, and training.
“The ASPCA Equine Fund is vital when it comes to saving lives,” says Floss Blackburn, president of Denkai Animal Sanctuary, the organization that took the animals in. “Without their help, many equine organizations would not be able to fund such large rescue efforts.”
These organizations will put their grant funds to good use, utilizing them for purposes such as transport costs for 111 puppies or 37 adult dogs, a Rescue-Rehab-Rehome program that removes animals at risk of euthanasia from over-crowded shelters, and spay/neuter procedures for cats and dogs of low-income pet parents.
Can we say road trip? While vacationers across the county hit the road last week in search of grand adventures, one very lucky group of dogs also embarked on the trip of a lifetime.
As part of our national transport program, the ASPCA helped relocate 121 dogs from Southern California to shelters in Oregon and Washington. In partnership with the Shelter Transport Animal Rescue Team (START), we pulled the homeless pets from overcrowded shelters and transported them to partners in the Pacific Northwest, where they are more likely to be adopted.
“Without these life-saving transports, the majority of these dogs would be euthanized,” says Kristen Limbert, Director of the ASPCA’s Animal Relocation program. “Thanks to START’s tremendous efforts in their community, we have no doubt that this group of canines will find loving homes—and we sure are happy to help give them that chance.”
Special thanks go out to Live Oak Bank for providing the funding to be used over the course of this year for select animal transports across the country. If you are interested in adopting one of these transport pups, check out this list of participating shelters.