Janet, Chrissy and Jack were rescued by the NYPD in early May. The three Shih Tzus were malnourished and their coats were so matted that their vision was impaired. They were rushed to the ASPCA Animal Hospital where our expert staff provided medical care, grooming and a gradual feeding schedule to help the dogs gain weight safely. While this trio is making good progress, it is still too early to discuss their availability for adoption.
“We often care for victims of extreme matting—the impacts of which go far beyond the cosmetic,” says Howard Lawrence, Senior Director of the ASPCA’s Anti-Cruelty Group. “Severe matting can lead to skin infections, decreased mobility and even cut off circulation to the point of limb amputation. We’re thankful that in the course of a narcotics arrest the NYPD investigators were able to recognize animals in need and bring them to the ASPCA for care.”
We are optimistic that Janet, Chrissy and Jack will continue to improve under our care.
“This case exemplifies why the partnership is so important for this city’s most vulnerable animals, and we thank the Special Narcotics Prosecutor's Office for seeking justice in this case,” says Lawrence.
Guest blog by Brianne Goutal, a highly respected top international equestrian on the United States show jumping team. She represents Cloverleaf Farm, Remarkable Farm and her own stable, Brianne Goutal LLC. She is currently ranked 10th in the United States and 54thin the world and is the only rider to have won all four coveted equitation finals for junior riders, the crown being the ASPCA Maclay National Championship in 2006. Brianne is from New York City and has served as an ASPCA Equine Welfare Ambassador since 2008, speaking out against horse slaughter and other forms of equine abuse.
Like many Americans (and people worldwide) this weekend, I watched with my heart in my throat to see the outcome of this weekend’s famous annual horse race. We all witnessed an amazing day in history as American Pharoah became the first horse since 1978 to win the seemingly unattainable title of Triple Crown champion.
But as I watched, I was wrought with guilt knowing the horrors these horses may face once their careers are over. Every day hundreds of American horses are shipped in unimaginable conditions to slaughterhouses in Mexico and Canada where they will be killed for human consumption. Over the course of this year alone, roughly 150,000 horses will face this terrifying experience.
It is nightmarish to think no horse is safe from ending up at a slaughterhouse. Not even American Pharoah is more than one bad sale away from this horrendous fate until horse slaughter is banned for good.
Rather than discuss the grisly details of this sad finality, I want to shine a light on a root cause of this problem: irresponsible breeding.
The racing industry, the western show industry and even my industry of show jumping—as well as many more—are guilty of irresponsible breeding practices. Breeding champions is a numbers game: the more you breed, the better your chances of breeding a star. As long as it remains legal to sell horses to slaughter, there are no real ramifications for irresponsible breeding.
Breeders can take responsibility for the horses they breed, starting now, without waiting for Congress to act. As an ASPCA Equine Welfare Ambassador, I call for an end to the slaughter of American horses for human consumption and ask all horse industries to adopt responsible breeding practices including:
Breeding horses purposefully and intentionally with specific good homes in mind.
Reclaiming a horse if he or she is at risk of abuse, neglect or slaughter.
Including a clause in every sales contract that gives you the first option to buy back the horse you are selling.
Pledging to never send a horse to auction where is no way to control who will buy him or her and for what purpose.
I want to applaud those breeders who already have publicly pledged to abide by these principles. I do not have a perfect solution, but I know these steps can make serious advances in prioritizing responsible breeding in the horse industry.
I urge everyone who cares for horses to think about this problem. Please join the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade for updates on critical animal welfare legislation, including horse-slaughter-related legislation, and opportunities to lend your voice quickly and easily.
If you are a barn owner or run an equine business or organization, please sign the ASPCA Endorsement Form to let us know you support a ban on horse slaughter.
Whatever American Pharoah’s future may hold, I hope our awareness about equine welfare can take just one step closer to a goal of protecting the horses we rely on and who, in turn, rely on us. I truly believe that together we can find a solution. We are responsible for the horses we breed. Their fate depends on us. We are their voice.
We are excited to announce that the ASPCA will provide $1 million in grant funding over four years to pave the way for Emancipet, a Texas-based animal welfare organization, to rapidly expand its low cost spay/neuter and preventive veterinary services in the city’s underserved neighborhoods.
Emancipet celebrated the opening of its new healthy pet clinic on Saturday, June 6, which was made possible by the ASPCA grant funding. ASPCA President & CEO Matt Bershadker traveled to Houston to make the announcement.
“Emancipet is not just helping animals, but helping owners keep and care for their pets, and that’s critical,” says Bershadker. “I commend Emancipet and the city of Houston for thinking big and outside the box for the sake of the community and its animals, who deserve nothing less.”
To date, the ASPCA has given Emancipet more than $1.25 million in grants, starting in 2007 with funding for the organization’s first donor database, to funding all of the equipment for its Killeen clinic and the customized 48-foot trailer that now houses Emancipet Houston’s first clinic.
“The ASPCA has helped to transform Emancipet from a small grassroots mobile clinic into the organization we’ve become,” says Emancipet CEO Amy Mills.
Emancipet Houston will spay/neuter 7,000-8,000 animals per year and provide approximately 10,000 preventive care visits. After six to nine months of operation, the organization will move into a brick-and-mortar space in the same neighborhood and move the semi-permanent trailer to a new location. By 2017, Emancipet plans to have three permanent locations in underserved areas of Houston.
We look forward to seeing Emancipet’s continued progress for thousands of animals in need in Houston!
Summer is finally here, but do you know which popular warm weather items could be poisonous to your pets? Common hazardous household items include insect repellent, alcohol, sunscreen and glow sticks—the culprits may be surprising!
In preparation for the upcoming summer months, we are hosting a live Twitter chat with Dr. Tina Wismer, Medical Director of the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, and Dr. Justine Lee, board-certified emergency critical care specialist and toxicologist. Join us on Wednesday, June 10 from 3:00 to 4:00 P.M. ET as Dr. Wismer and Dr. Lee answer all of your questions related to protecting your pets from harmful substances.
We’ll also test your pet poison knowledge with a few trivia questions. Two participants will win ASPCA coolers, and one participant will win a T-shirt!
Catalina is a total love bug. When you bring her home, it won’t be long before this sweet girl is asking for lots of affection. In fact, Catalina has been known to flop over to show her belly and make the cutest kneading motion in the air with her paws!
Catalina isn’t afraid to ask for what she wants. This girl can be very chatty, especially for her favorite foods. Don’t be surprised if she lets everyone know she’s hungry when dinner time is near. Catalina would be happiest as the only cat in the household. Visit the ASPCA Adoption Center to say hello to Catalina today.
Catalina is available for adoption at the ASPCA Adoption Center. If you are interested in adopting her, please call our Adoptions Department in New York City at (212) 876-7700 ext. 4120. To learn more about Catalina, please visit her profile page.
Watch Catalina play with her favorite laser toy at the ASPCA Adoption Center.