UPDATE (7/8): While we initially reported more than 250 lives saved in this rescue operation, in the days following the raid that number has climbed to 300 victims. The animals are now receiving medical and emotional care in an off-site ASPCA facility. Your support is still urgently needed.
Update (7/1): View photos from our rescue efforts in Alabama on Tuesday, June 30 and Wednesday, July 1.
This post was originally published on June 30, 2015.
The ASPCA is on the ground assisting the Moulton Police Department in the removal of more than 250 animals from Lawrence County Animal Shelter in Alabama. At the scene, our responders discovered the animals—including dogs and cats of all breeds and ages—living in filthy, deplorable conditions.
Many of the animals were emaciated and appeared to be suffering from medical issues such as parvo, distemper and untreated wounds. Some of the animals were being housed in small wire crates and others in crowded enclosures where animals fought for resources and space.
The ASPCA’s Medical Animal Surgical Hospital—a custom-built, mobile animal hospital—will allow veterinarians to provide critical care to animals on-site. From there, we will transport the animals to a temporary shelter in an undisclosed location to provide them with additional medical treatment and behavior enrichment.
The Lawrence County Commission has terminated its contract with Lawrence County Animal Shelter following a complaint from a shelter volunteer citing animal abuse and mistreatment at the facility. ASPCA experts are collecting and analyzing forensic evidence and providing legal support to help strengthen the criminal case and ensure the best outcomes for the animals.
“This is a truly tragic situation,” says Tim Rickey, vice president for ASPCA Field Investigations and Response. “It was immediately clear upon entering the facility that these animals have been severely neglected. Our goal is to provide them with much-needed medical attention and socialization. Eventually, we hope to place them with responsible shelters that have the means to care for them and find them adoptive families.”
We’re grateful that these 250 animals will no longer suffer in secrecy. Unfortunately, our work is far from finished—we need your support so we can continue to provide care for these animals, and for countless others who are waiting to be rescued. Please consider making a donation to the ASPCA today.
The summer forecast at the ASPCA is cats, cats and more cats! Monday, June 1, not only kicks off Adopt a Shelter Cat Month—it also marks the height of kitten season, which is the time of year when felines breed. The ASPCA Animal Hospital and kitten nursery are are preparing for a massive influx of homeless and newborn cats, while the ASPCA Adoption Center is hoping to find more forever homes for felines than ever before. If you’re looking to make a difference for cats during this critical time of year, here are some ways you can get involved:
Adopt. Kitten season creates a tremendous population explosion, and animal shelters around the country will soon be flooded with cats in need of a home. You can make a major difference this season by adopting a new feline friend. At our Adoption Center in New York City, we are waiving adoption fees for cats over three years old, and we will waive one adoption fee for adopters who bring home two kittens. If you’re not in New York, you can use our handy database to find adoptable cats in your area.
Take our Pledge. In honor of Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, we also teamed up with Jackson Galaxy, host of Animal Planet’s My Cat from Hell and creator of the Jackson Galaxy Foundation, to promote the awesomeness of rescued kitties. You can help show the world how great rescued cats are by signing our pledge to make adoption your only option and sharing your cat’s most adorable or wacky photo on social media using the hashtag #MyRescueCat.
Make a Gift. Kitten season is one of the most dangerous times of year for homeless cats and kittens. During this season, resources like food, money and space are stretched to the brink and virtually overnight, the number of cats begins to outweigh the number of available homes. The ASPCA is determined to make a difference, but your most generous donation today can support our efforts to curb kitten season and find a home for every animal. To help us save lives during kitten season and all year long, please consider making a gift to the ASPCA today.
We need to reach this goal because there is still so much work to be done. In the first half of 2015, we launched major campaigns against dog fighting and farm animal cruelty, rescued more than 230 dogs in back-to-back raids of a puppy mill and an overrun shelter, facilitated over 1,100 animal adoptions—and that’s just scratching the surface.
But 500 is more than just a number. It represents a network of friends, supporters and animal-lovers who can come together and make a profound difference in the world. So please become a Guardian today. We—and the countless animals whose lives you will touch—will be forever grateful.
Lifestyle brand Alex and Ani and its charitable division, Charity by Design, have created a charm design in support of the ASPCA! Part of ALEX AND ANI | CHARITY BY DESIGN collection, the "Prints of Love" bangle features a paw print shaped charm and is available in both Rafaelian Silver and Rafaelian Gold. The ASPCA will receive 20% of the purchase price of each bangle sold through December 2015 to support our lifesaving work for animals across the country. ALEX AND ANI |CHARITY BY DESIGN is proud to support the ASPCA and its mission. ALEX AND ANI is dedicated every day to protecting animals all over the country through this support and is honored to be a part of a team so dedicated in animal welfare. To purchase the Prints of Love bangle, you may visit alexandani.com, Alex and Ani retail locations, or participating retail partners nationwide.
Grab your party hats! Friday, April 10, marks the ASPCA’s birthday and we’re thrilled to be celebrating 149 years of lifesaving work for animals across the country.
When ASPCA founder Henry Bergh first spoke up for animals, America was not a very animal-friendly place. But Bergh, a gifted orator with influential friends, rallied people to the cause and succeeded in getting the New York State Legislature to pass a charter officially incorporating the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) on April 10, 1866. Just nine days later, the first effective anti-cruelty law was passed and, with a team of three, the ASPCA went to work to enforce it. By the time Bergh died in 1888, 37 of the 38 states in the Union had passed anti-cruelty laws.
We’ve accomplished a great deal since then. From operating New York City’s first equine ambulance (two years before the City’s first ambulance for people) to our veterinary advancements during the 1920s to our recent accomplishments in Los Angeles, we have a proud history that continues today.
We’re honored to work every day to assist animals nationwide and we are proud of you, our supporters, for trusting and enabling us to do this important job. Thank you for fighting alongside us these 149 years!