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.
Sometimes using a creative approach to pet adoptions makes all the difference in the world. In a recent life-changing trip, 36 lucky dogs and puppies from an ASPCA partner community agency, the Asheville Humane Society, received new chances to find loving forever homes. These sweet pups were transported by plane from North Carolina to Florida in an “Airlift of Love,” during the annual Pilots n Paws event.
Over the course of the event, 300 dogs were flown to parts of the country where there are plenty of willing adopters waiting to open their homes to shelter pets. This impressive event could be considered the largest canine rescue in American history!
Check out the video to follow these sweet dogs, including one special pup named Betty, on their exciting journey toward adoption.
Oliver the kitten didn’t have the most auspicious start in life: An animal control officer from the Tallahassee Leon County Animal Service Center rescued the orange tabby from a flooded sewer drain and took him to the shelter, where Oliver hissed at everyone who passed by his cage until the cat foster coordinator for the Leon County Humane Society (LCHS) pulled him from the shelter. She worked with Oliver until he was purring and even playing with dogs.
When LCHS learned that a woman’s dying wish was to hold a kitten and watch him play, they knew Oliver was the perfect cat for the role. Oliver loved the dying woman until she passed away with him curled up next to her. He was adopted by the woman’s granddaughter who today can’t imagine life without him.
Oliver never would have made it out of that storm drain to comfort a dying woman and to be placed into a loving home had it not been for dedicated people from different organizations working together to save lives. Tallahassee is one of the ASPCA’s partner communities, and Oliver’s story is testament to the work being done there by animal welfare agencies teaming up to get animals out of shelters and into homes.
Collaboration is an integral element in the ASPCA’s formula for saving homeless dogs and cats. We talk about the importance of collaboration so much that it has become our mantra. Communities are listening, and as a result, more dogs and cats are being saved. The ASPCA has built a collaborative life-saving model that we are replicating in various partner communities throughout the country. Hundreds of thousands of animals have been saved since we started our partner community program in 2007.
Our goal is an ambitious one—to end the killing of healthy or treatable dogs and cats in animal shelters. We won’t pretend this is easy, but we are always mindful that animals like Oliver need our help.