It won’t be long before much of the country is buried under a blanket of white. This is the time of year when negligent animal care can turn into serious, life-threatening emergencies—especially for animals kept outdoors.
When local governments are faced with having to seize a large number of animals, including cats, dogs and horses neglected or abandoned during the winter months, they often turn to the ASPCA for assistance. Through grants and in-person staff deployments, the ASPCA helps sheriff’s offices, shelters and animal control agencies carry out these critical rescue missions.
Agencies around the country rely on the ASPCA’s help an expertise. We have already given 21 large-scale seizure/rehabilitation support grants (total $139,500) to equine rescue groups around the country. We expect these requests to skyrocket as the mercury dips, and winter rescues present unique challenges that can cause expenses to soar.
As you budget your holiday spending and pick out the perfect gifts for everyone on your list, remember the animals who are out there in the cold. Please consider making a donation today to help save at-risk animals this winter and all year long.
Did you know one of the easiest ways you can help support animals might be sitting in your backyard?
When you donate an old or unwanted car, truck, RV or other vehicle to the ASPCA’s Vehicle Donation Program, you’re not only helping save animals from cruelty, but also you’ll get a tax deduction at the same time. Plus, proceeds from every vehicle donated will go towards helping find loving, permanent homes for homeless animals and support the life-saving programs and services we offer millions of animals nationwide.
We accept all vehicles in any condition, from cars, trucks and motorcycles to heavier vehicles like boats, airplanes, farm machinery and equipment. We’ll even arrange free pickup from anywhere in the United States. Once your vehicle is sold, you will receive a tax receipt within days of the sale.
Donating is quick and easy. To get started, enter your vehicle’s information using our Vehicle Donation web form or call us at 877-999-8322 to speak to a representative.
It’s an all around win-win opportunity to help create more happy endings for lives touched by cruelty! But please act soon—the deadline to qualify for the 2014 tax break is December 31.
Ozzie was just six months old when she was abandoned after Hurricane Sandy. Found in a box with a sign that said, “Help me, I’m handicapped,” the tiny kitty was quickly diagnosed with cerebellar hypoplasia—a neurological disorder that affects balance. She was placed into a foster home with many other cats, which is where Jami DeAngelis, Senior Director of Internal Audit at the ASPCA, first met her.
“Although I was there to see another cat, Ozzie spent the entire visit trying so hard to be near me,” Jami recalls. “She was extremely dirty from constant falls in her litter, so I finally sat her on my lap and brushed the filth away.” Jami decided to bring Ozzie home as a temporary foster to see if she could help manage her needs, but Ozzie’s sweet, positive nature quickly won Jami’s heart. Ozzie became a permanent member of her family in June 2013.
“Nothing gets her down, she’s just always happy,” Jami says. “She falls all the time and just gets back up—she doesn’t know that there’s anything different about her.” In fact, Ozzie is such a special girl that we couldn’t wait to share her story in the 2015 ASPCA calendar. Take a look at this touching behind-the-scenes video of Ozzie and Jami’s photo shoot.
Have you received your 2015 calendar? Want another one for friends and family? Donate $25 or more to the ASPCA, and we’ll send you our 2015 calendar today. Thank you, as always, for your support. It makes stories like Ozzie’s possible.
Love to wear your support for animals and the ASPCA on your sleeve? Well, we have exciting news! We’ve recently revamped the ASPCA Online Store with a whole new look that’s sure to make shopping more fun, friendly and easier than ever to find the perfect gifts for the pet lovers in your life.
Looking for someone in particular? We’ve got you covered. Our new gift section makes finding the perfect present for your special guy or lucky lady a breeze. Or shop a wide range of pet-themed gifts like mugs or necklaces for the cat or dog enthusiast. You can even find products hand-selected specifically for ASPCA supporters to show the world they’re proud advocates for animals. Plus, every item you purchase supports the ASPCA’s life-saving work for animals nationwide.
We’re so excited by the new look that we’re offering a special discount to ASPCA Blog readers: Enter ASPCA15 at checkout to save 15% off your purchase! And when you spend $50 or more, you’ll receive free shipping on your order.