When Alexis Earlbaum received Team ASPCA membership as a graduation gift from a friend, she knew she had received the perfect inspiration to train for and complete her first ever half marathon.
“The mission of the ASPCA is something that I live and breathe for,” Alexis says. “Every animal deserves to have the same protection and rights that we do. They are living beings and they feel and have a soul and they deserve to be loved.”
Alexis’s dedication to animals began as a child when she watched her grandmother rescue animals including cats, dogs, turtles and birds. Alexis says she has always had pets, and currently has two cats named Riley and Attica. Her longstanding love for animals inspired her as she began her Team ASPCA journey.
Alexis also set her sights on her weight loss goals. Although she had not been a runner before joining Team ASPCA, with the help of Team ASPCA’s resources, such as endurance training, fitness clinics, online videos, access to our coaches and more, Alexis accomplished her goals and established a healthier lifestyle.
“Knowing what at-risk animals go through pushed me to work even harder to reach my goals and to push myself to make it,” Alexis says. “Race days for me are pure adrenaline, excitement and amazement all wrapped into one. To see all the orange come together is very empowering. We push ourselves to reach each milestone, and when we’re finally about to cross that finish line—that’s a great feeling.”
Reaching her personal health goals and helping animals in the process was a win-win for Alexis.
“I achieved my goal and I was able to help make a difference in the lives of animals in need,” she says. “My Team ASPCA experience has been amazing, and something that I think everyone should experience at least once. I know that once someone does experience it, they will be hooked like me. The camaraderie that is built with the team members is unlike anything I have experienced before.”
Team ASPCAis currently looking for participants for the 2015 Rock ‘n’ Roll Los Angeles Halloween Half Marathon. If you are ready to reach your fitness goals and make a real difference in animals’ lives, learn how you can join Team ASPCA and get started today!
Today is National Running Day, celebrating one of the best ways to get healthy and stay in shape. Although many people prefer to run solo, you might have an eager running buddy right in your own home! Besides keeping your pet in good shape, a healthy dose of daily exercise also helps prevent behavioral issues in dogs such as chewing, hyperactivity, and rough playing. Going for a brisk walk or run is also a great way to bond with your pup, and there are even 5Ks that cater to the canine fitness crowd!
Here are a few of our top tips for bringing your dog along on your next morning run:
1.Young pups on the run: While energetic young dogs might seem to be the perfect running partner, dogs under 18 months of age should not participate in sustained periods of jogging or running since their bones are still growing.
2.Prevent chronic pain: Rule out any health or joint issues with your vet before taking your dog on the road or trail, and keep an eye out for any signs of soreness or discomfort both before and after an exercise session.
3.Conditioning for canines: Just like humans, dogs need to work their way up to longer runs, too! Start off slow, adding an extra few minutes each week to build up your pup’s endurance.
4.Keep it cool: Consider the weather before taking your pooch out for a run. Sunny sidewalks can scorch your pet’s feet and hot, humid days prove an extra challenge since dogs can’t sweat to stay cool. Bring a portable water bowl for your dog and move your run to early morning or after dusk hours on hotter days.
5.Stay safe & in control: Dogs should always wear a collar with identification and stay on a leash when on a run. Additionally, giving your dog a few minutes at the beginning of your workout to sniff and explore for a bit helps him warm up and will help you avoid having to stop at a tree every minute along the way!
Having a canine companion on your workout can turn that dreaded dose of cardio into a fun bonding activity for you and your dog that you’ll be sure to commit to. Learn more about the benefits of exercise for your dog and find out how you can help other pets in need while running for Team ASPCA.
We’ve got big news for anyone looking to get more involved in the ASPCA’s life-saving work: It is now easier than ever to raise money for homeless, abused and neglected animals through Team ASPCA! In 2014, we launched the all new aspca.org/teamaspca to help animal-lovers create personal fundraising pages in honor of a special person, pet or event. Here are three of the many new ways you can fundraise for the ASPCA:
1. Fundraiser Events. Help save more lives by putting your talents to work to raise money for the ASPCA. From bingo night to bake sales, wine-tasting parties to neighborhood dog walks, you can host whatever type of fundraiser works for you. Every dollar you raise furthers the ASPCA’s groundbreaking work and helps build a more humane country for animals in need.
2. Online Campaigns. Now you can help save lives from the comfort of your own home. The ASPCA has custom pages for Birthdays, Weddings, Memorials and more to help you celebrate milestones or remember the life of a beloved person or pet. And if you don’t want to wait for a special occasion, you can simply start a Rock Star Pets campaign to honor the “rock star” pet in your life! There is no fundraising minimum—a gift of any amount is much appreciated and goes a long way in helping our animal friends.
3. Team ASPCA Athletic Events. Join Team ASPCA for one of our signature athletic events across the country to walk or run toward helping the ASPCA provide life-saving programs and services to millions of animals nationwide. Team ASPCA participates in world-renowned marathons, half-marathons and other major athletic events. By joining us, you’ll reach your fitness goals AND make a real difference for animals in need. Already have your entry in a local race or walk? You can still join Team ASPCA by becoming an athletic ambassador and receive an ASPCA shirt by reaching the fundraising milestone.
When you fundraise for the ASPCA, you are not only raising crucial funds to support our life-saving programs and initiatives, you are also spreading awareness of our mission to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. Visit aspca.org/teamaspca to learn more.