In September, the Bradford County Humane Society (BCHS) got a call that an elderly man had passed away, leaving behind six Chihuahua mixes. The dogs had not received care in over a week and urgently needed help.
BCHS, located in rural Pennsylvania, dispatched its animal cruelty investigator right away. At the home, the investigator found the dogs to be in serious condition, and that they had likely suffered long-term neglect. The pups needed veterinary care immediately—and the nearest clinic was 45 minutes away.
The investigator faced a tough choice: All six dogs had an urgent need for care, but the only vehicle she had was an old Ford F-150 pick-up that couldn’t fit them all. She was forced to make two trips.
Fortunately, with extensive veterinary attention and lots of care from dedicated BCHS staff, all the dogs pulled through and eventually found loving homes. Still, one thing was clearer than ever to BCHS Executive Director Jennifer L. Spencer: Her shelter needed a transport vehicle that would allow it to more efficiently carry out its life-saving work and cause less stress to transported animals. She applied for an ASPCA grant.
Since its inception in 2008, the ASPCA Grants Department has quickly become a key player in animal welfare philanthropy, helping fund exciting animal welfare programs in every state. To date, the ASPCA has made nearly $55 million in grants!
Last week, the ASPCA made its 5,000th grant, awarding $31,500 to BCHS for a brand-new transport vehicle, and we’re thrilled about how many animals we know it will help. BCHS will use the vehicle for cruelty investigations, as well as to ferry shelter animals to a local veterinary clinic for spay/neuter surgeries.
The vehicle will also help BCHS greatly expand its trap-neuter-return program, which just began in October and is the first of its kind in the area. Currently, BCHS must transport humanely trapped cats in the pick-up. With the new van, Spencer says, BCHS will be able to transport cats to the vet in one trip, reducing costs and stress for the animals.
Spencer says she’s already seeing signs that the program is reducing the local cat population and saving lives: “Last year at this time we were already overloaded with kittens,” she notes, “and right now we have open cages. I can’t wait for a year or two to go by to see what this program can do.”
We can’t wait, either, and we want to offer our sincerest congratulations to BCHS on receiving our 5,000th grant!
This may not be the year of the rabbit, but we’re kicking off 2013 by helping bunnies! The ASPCA Angels In Top Hats grants council was established to give funding to organizations in need, and we’re just “hopping” with happiness to announce this year’s recipient—SaveABunny.
Founded in 1999, SaveABunny works with shelters in California to save bunnies that might otherwise be euthanized. This includes rabbits from hoarding situations, cruelty cases and those with serious medical issues.
“The rescue work we do is both heartbreaking and hopeful. We witness abuse and trauma no animal should have to endure,” says Marcy Schaaf, founder and executive director of SaveABunny. “However, given proper veterinary care, individualized attention, lots of love and a safe environment to heal, we accomplish miracles.”
Through the Angels in Top Hats program, SaveABunny has been awarded $25,000 to expand their operations through shelter upgrades, improved foster capabilities and more resources for special needs bunnies.
“We are grateful to the ASPCA for recognizing the plight of bunnies at high risk of euthanasia. This grant will allow us to provide an even deeper level of care for these highly intelligent, sensitive and often misunderstood companion animals,” Schaaf says.
We love connecting people with their local animal shelters—which is exactly why we love the HEART (Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers) program!
We awarded $50,000 in grants to HEART programs across the country to help students of all ages learn about human rights, animal protection and environmental ethics. One such program, at Stockton Elementary in Chicago, gave students a chance to participate in a service learning program focusing on animal issues.
The students organized two fundraisers to benefit the Chicago Canine Rescue and paid a visit to meet the animals they helped. A big shout out to the HEART students of Stockton Elementary for all their hard work! Great job, all!
For more information on the ASPCA Grants program and how you can get involved, visit the Grants page.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the ASPCA has been ensuring that animal shelters in some of the hardest-hit areas have the resources necessary to stay in operation.
One such shelter in need was the Monmouth County SPCA’s shelter in Eatontown, New Jersey, and its small adoption center in Freehold, New Jersey. After Sandy hit the area, the shelter lost power for a week. A combination of emergency power and a gas generator provided animals with heat, fresh water and light, and allowed the staff to continue to perform their regular duties.
But after operating at full capacity, the financial toll was staggering. To support the organization’s heroic efforts, the ASPCA awarded a $4,000 grant to the Monmouth County SPCA to ease that strain.
Was Your Local Shelter Affected By Sandy? Please tell them about our Emergency Grant Program! We are continuing to give grants for Hurricane Sandy response and recovery and highly encourage shelters to apply.
As the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast assess the devastating destruction of Hurricane Sandy, I hope that you are all safe and sound inside with your pets. The ASPCA is on the ground, ready to help animals trapped or in danger in the aftermath of the hurricane.
Yesterday I visited the ASPCA's Adoption Center in New York City to ensure our staff had everything they needed to care for the animals in our shelter. Our dedicated staffers are sleeping in cots at the shelter to make sure the animals are safe.
To help animals throughout the region, the ASPCA is setting up water rescue teams and a distribution center with PetSmart Charities in Syracuse, New York, where our sheltering supplies will be housed to assist local groups with supplies such as crates, food, food bowls, leashes and toys.
We encourage local animal shelters and rescue groups to contact us for help if you have financial needs as a result of caring for animals impacted by the hurricane. Our grants officers are ready to review all applications on an expedited basis. More information about our emergency and disaster grants can be found at: www.aspcapro.org/emergency-and-disaster-response-grants.php.
Please be safe, and remember, if your home is no longer safe for you, it is not safe for your pets.