As we approach the six-year anniversary of Michael Vick’s arrest, we’re reminded of just how much work we still have to do to stamp out dog fighting forever. For the dogs still trapped in fighting rings, our work to end blood sports has never been so urgent.
Here are just some of the realities of life as a dog-fighting victim:
• Tethered to short, heavy chains or locked away in tiny cages, the dogs often receive inadequate care and little socialization. • They can go for days without food or clean water. • When dog-fighting dogs are old enough to fight, many die of blood loss, shock and exhaustion. • Losing dogs are sometimes killed right on the spot for their failure to secure a win for their owners. • Even when they’re lucky enough to be rescued, dog-fighting victims face a difficult path to physical and emotional recovery. Despite the best efforts of expert rehabilitators, not all dogs rescued from fighting will heal.
Show your compassion for animals on your next jeans-and-a-tee-shirt day. Now through this casual Friday, shop our wide selection of stylish tees in the ASPCA Online Store and take 20% off by using the code Tees20. You’ll be a voice for animals every time you sport shirts that profess your love for cats,dogs and horses.
All net proceeds from your purchase will help us continue our life-saving efforts for animals across the country. Shop the Online Store today, and support animals nationwide!
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! With just a little more than two weeks to go, get ready to celebrate the holiday with those you love— with both two and four legs. When you shop the ASPCA Online Store, you’ll find gifts that sparkle and show the wearer’s compassion for animals. Our Tender Voices licensed jewelry collection is perfect for all of the stylish animal lovers in your life.
And don’t forget your furry friends! Get them ready for this love fest with fanciful heart-themed collars and collar charms. Or, show them how much you love them with some extra yummy treats. There’s still plenty of time to pick out that perfect Valentine’s Day gift that will help save animals all over the country.
If you’re looking for a way to make your charitable donations work harder in 2013, we’ve got a great idea: Join our rock-star monthly donors, the ASPCA Guardians.
Guardians are a pretty big deal at the ASPCA. In fact, they're the backbone that sustains our work. These generous folks are also practical thinkers: They know that giving monthly allows us to spend less time fundraising and more time rescuing animals—and that's what this program is all about.
Ready to make 12 gifts in 12 months to save lives? Here's all you have to do to become a Guardian:
1. Take three minutes to sign up. 2. Watch as your 12 automatic gifts help animals all year. 3. Smile to yourself every time you hear the ASPCA rescued an animal from a puppy mill, dog fighting ring or natural disaster, knowing you played a role.
Because of you, we were able to accomplish so much for abused and homeless animals this year. From shutting down dog fighting rings and puppy mills to deploying widespread disaster relief, your support has allowed us to improve the lives of countless animals across the country.
We are grateful for and humbled by your unwavering commitment to animals. This short video is a thank you for all of the work you make possible—please enjoy it.
From our family to yours, have a healthy, happy new year.