Are you ready to make a difference for animals in need? Join Team ASPCA! Team ASPCA is a national endurance training and fundraising program dedicated to helping animal lovers walk, run, or cycle in support of the ASPCA’s life-saving programs. Members of Team ASPCA participate in world-renowned marathons, and right now we’re looking for fellow animal-lovers to join us in the 2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll Los Angeles Halloween Half Marathon on October 26!
As a member of the Team, you’ll run or walk the half marathon while raising funds that help fight animal abuse and homelessness—reaching your fitness goals, meeting like-minded people AND making a real difference for animals in need.
All Team ASPCA Rock 'n' Roll Los Angeles Participants Receive:
Free race entry into the half marathon
Half marathon training from professional coaches
Team ASPCA gear
Travel accommodations (at certain fundraising levels)
Access to Team ASPCA events
A personal online fundraising page to help you reach your goal
And most important: the opportunity to help homeless, abused, and injured animals!
If you’re interested in joining the team, visit the Team ASPCA page to register to attend a FREE Team ASPCA meeting near you.
Did you know that May is Membership Month at the ASPCA? We need to reach 500 new Guardians by the end of the month, and we hope we can count on you to help us get there!
We need to reach this goal because there is still so much work to be done. 2014 has already been a banner year for the ASPCA—we’ve announced partnerships with the NYPD and the city of Los Angeles, launched campaigns against factory farming and ag-gag laws, and rescued thousands of animals from dog fighting, cockfighting, and puppy mills. But we need Guardians to help us finish what we’ve started.
There are so many reasons to become an ASPCA Guardian. The true heart of our organization, Guardians provide a consistent, reliable income stream that allows us to focus more on saving lives and less on raising the necessary funds.
But 500 is more than just a number. It represents a network of friends, supporters, and animal lovers who can come together to 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.
You know what they say: kindness is contagious. That’s why we love Be Kind to Animals Week, which kicks off today! Be Kind to Animals Week is celebrated every year during the first week in May, and this year marks its 99th anniversary. And while we know that you’re kind to animals all year round, this week is a great excuse to get active. Here are four ways you can show your compassion for furry friends everywhere:
Join the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade: Sign up for the Advocacy Brigade to receive important alerts from the ASPCA. We’ll contact you when we need your help fighting for laws against animal cruelty.
Help Fight Puppy Mills: Most pet store puppies come from puppy mills—large, sub-standard breeding facilities. Help us put puppy mills out of business by pledging not to shop in stores that sell puppies (not even for food or toys!).
Show Your Virtual Support: Spread the word about Be Kind to Animals Week through Facebook, Twitter, or your blog! And if you haven’t already, join us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Google+ to keep track of breaking animal welfare news.
Volunteer: From walking dogs to fundraising, there are tons of ways you can get involved with your local animal shelter. Even if you can’t make a long-term commitment, consider lending a hand today! We can always use the help.
Now that spring is finally here, it’s time to pack away your sweaters and revisit your spring wardrobe. For those who’d like to do a bit of springtime shopping, you’re in luck—now through Sunday, April 27, clothing retailer Bevello will match all donations to the ASPCA at checkout. Plus, there’s no cap for matching donations, which can be made with online or in-store purchases.
If you bring a photo of your pet to a Bevello store on Saturday, April 26, you’ll receive a complimentary pet treat as well as 15% off your entire purchase. Bevello has more than 20 retail locations throughout the country. Visit the Bevello website to find a store near you.
At four years old, Taco seems like any other dog. He plays with toys, snuggles in bed, and runs around with fellow pups. But if you look closely, you’ll notice that Taco isn’t like most other dogs. He has a limp, a drag in his step that serves as a reminder of all he has been through.
Doctors at our hospital moved into action quickly, only to discover that much of the damage to Taco’s vertebrae was inoperable. Determined to help the 10-pound pup, they began a regimen of intensive care that involved painkillers and a full-body brace—keeping him safe and comfortable until he was strong enough to begin physical therapy.
During his stay at the hospital, Taco received love, attention, and unwavering care, possibly for the first time in his life. Slowly but surely, he regained his mobility. When he was ready, he transferred to our Adoption Center and was quickly adopted into a loving home. Though Taco will always have a limp, his new family tells us that “he is full of energy and life, and he never lets his gait hinder his stride.”