Attention, fans of fashion and antiques: On Friday, October 16, and Saturday, October 17, a collection of more than 1,000 beaded handbags will be auctioned off to benefit the ASPCA’s life-saving work for animals!
The beautiful bags will be among many vintage couture items at the auction, which will take place in New Hope, Pennsylvania, and online. The ASPCA inherited the handbags from the estate of animal lover and ASPCA supporter Carol Irene Bird, who was a collector of vintage bags. Some of the bags in her collection appear to be more than 100 years old.
Read on for details about the auction:
What: Couture, Vintage Fashion, Textiles & Jewelry Auction hosted by the Charles A. Whitaker Auction Company When: Previews will take place on Thursday, October 15, from noon to 6:00 P.M. and on Friday and Saturday, October 16-17, from 8:00 to 10:00 A.M. The auction will take place on Friday, October 16, and Saturday, October 17, beginning at 10:00 A.M. Where: New Hope Eagle Fire Co. 46 N. Sugan Road New Hope, Pennsylvania 18938 Please note: Friday’s sale will be in-person only. Saturday’s sale will take place in-person and online at whitakerauction.com. More Info: Please visit whitakerauction.com
Update 9/22: The ASPCA has been in Northern California since September 13, providing emergency assistance in the midst of devastating wildfires. Our team has conducted field rescues and home searches, as well as provided critical aid to badly burned animals and inundated shelters.
Here is an important update on our ongoing intervention and rescue efforts:
203 animals, including dogs, cats, goats, pigs and horses, have been rescued and brought to safety
37 animals have been reunited with their families after being separated during emergency evacuations
700 phone calls have been fielded by our ground team, including calls from pet parents searching for their animals.
This post was originally published on September 13, 2015.
ASPCA responders are working to help rescue displaced animals in the aftermath of a devastating wildfire in Lake County, California. We stepped in at the request of the Lake County Animal Care & Control and its animal disaster response team, deploying to conduct field rescues to save badly burned animals, as well as check individual residences for pets and livestock left behind. The ASPCA will also house displaced animals in its 30-foot disaster response trailer, which is customized to shelter animals in emergency situations.
The unforgiving Valley fire swept through and burned 67,000 acres, destroying nearly 600 homes and leaving approximately 13,000 people displaced in the community. Pet owners were ordered to evacuate immediately by local officials as the fire spread quickly throughout the area, which resulted in many pets and livestock being left behind. Reports indicate that local authorities are now escorting residents to their homes in certain areas, allowing them to retrieve or feed the animals.
“We’re pleased to be working alongside the Lake Evacuation & Animal Protection team to help pet owners and displaced animals in the community, as well as support local agencies identify resource needs,” says Dick Green, ASPCA Senior Director of Disaster Response. “The destruction caused by the fire is indescribable, and our hearts go out to everyone who has been affected by this disaster—people and pets alike.”
Animals rescued in this operation are being examined and treated by veterinarians at the Lake County Animal Care & Control at 4949 Helbush in Lakeport. Pet owners looking to report lost pets or rescue needs should contact the Lake County Animal Care & Control at (707) 263-0278.
The words “horse auction” may not mean much to you, but for thousands of American equines, they are a death sentence. At these weekly events, horses are auctioned off to buyers who can use them for any purpose, which means that kill buyers—those who make money selling horses for their meat—are lurking around every corner. Many owners who take their horses to auctions have no idea that they might meet this awful fate.
While investigating a recent rural horse auction, Stacy Segal, Director of Equine Initiatives at the ASPCA, spotted a young chestnut horse. He engaged her with playful nuzzles, and that’s when she noticed the unusual marking on his head: a white heart. When his number came up, Stacy was devastated to see that kill buyers were among those doing the bidding. She couldn’t bear to see him sent to death, and—thanks to some fast action and the assistance of a horse rescue organization—was able to intervene and help save Heart’s life.
Today, Heart is happy, safe and loved. His life was spared that day, but hundreds of other horses weren’t so fortunate. For them, the horse auction was a death sentence. But saving one horse at a time is not that solution—and that’s why we need you to get involved right now.
When you make a donation to the ASPCA today, you can support our life-saving efforts, including those focused on ending horse slaughter once and for all. Your gift can help us continue to fight for legislation that will prevent horse slaughter from returning to the U.S. and ban the export of our horses for slaughter abroad, and can also help us continue to provide grants and hands-on assistance to rescues and sanctuaries all around the country.
Nearly 50 cats were removed from overcrowded conditions in mid-August at a private residence in Guymon, Oklahoma. The ASPCA stepped in to help at the request of a terminally ill pet parent who could no longer adequately care for her animals.
ASPCA responders, along with responders from the Humane Society of Tulsa, removed the cats from the trailer home and transported them to the Humane Society of Tulsa where they were medically assessed and cared for.
“When we visited the residence, we saw that urgent intervention was needed,” says Adam Leath, Southeast regional director of ASPCA Field Investigations and Response. “It was truly a dire situation where the individual recognized that she had too many cats in her household and needed help removing and rehoming them so she can focus on getting help for herself.”
We are grateful to the Humane Society of Tulsa for their assistance in this rescue.
While summer may be drawing to a close, there’s still time to take advantage of summer savings in the ASPCA Online Store! For a limited time, stock up on items for your entire family—including your pets—and receive 40% off your purchase when you use the code ASPCA40 at checkout.
Plus, when you make a purchase in our Online Store, you’ll make a positive difference for animals in need nationwide. Now is the perfect time to find special gifts for your cats, dogs and the animal lovers in your life. Shop for a cause today!