UPDATE (7/8): While we initially reported more than 250 lives saved in this rescue operation, in the days following the raid that number has climbed to 300 victims. The animals are now receiving medical and emotional care in an off-site ASPCA facility. Your support is still urgently needed.
Update (7/1): View photos from our rescue efforts in Alabama on Tuesday, June 30 and Wednesday, July 1.
This post was originally published on June 30, 2015.
The ASPCA is on the ground assisting the Moulton Police Department in the removal of more than 250 animals from Lawrence County Animal Shelter in Alabama. At the scene, our responders discovered the animals—including dogs and cats of all breeds and ages—living in filthy, deplorable conditions.
Many of the animals were emaciated and appeared to be suffering from medical issues such as parvo, distemper and untreated wounds. Some of the animals were being housed in small wire crates and others in crowded enclosures where animals fought for resources and space.
The ASPCA’s Medical Animal Surgical Hospital—a custom-built, mobile animal hospital—will allow veterinarians to provide critical care to animals on-site. From there, we will transport the animals to a temporary shelter in an undisclosed location to provide them with additional medical treatment and behavior enrichment.
The Lawrence County Commission has terminated its contract with Lawrence County Animal Shelter following a complaint from a shelter volunteer citing animal abuse and mistreatment at the facility. ASPCA experts are collecting and analyzing forensic evidence and providing legal support to help strengthen the criminal case and ensure the best outcomes for the animals.
“This is a truly tragic situation,” says Tim Rickey, vice president for ASPCA Field Investigations and Response. “It was immediately clear upon entering the facility that these animals have been severely neglected. Our goal is to provide them with much-needed medical attention and socialization. Eventually, we hope to place them with responsible shelters that have the means to care for them and find them adoptive families.”
We’re grateful that these 250 animals will no longer suffer in secrecy. Unfortunately, our work is far from finished—we need your support so we can continue to provide care for these animals, and for countless others who are waiting to be rescued. Please consider making a donation to the ASPCA today.
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!
Nothing says “Independence Day” like sunshine, fireworks and barbecues. But while it may seem like a great idea to include your pets in these fun festivities, it’s important for all pet parents to beware of potential dangers caused by this holiday. In fact, lots of common picnic foods are toxic to animals, and nearly one in five lost pets goes missing after being scared by the sound of fireworks!
To help you and your four-legged friends have a petriotic Fourth, we’ve put together some key tips to ensure a safe holiday:
Should your pet go missing on the Fourth or any time of year,the ASPCA mobile app is here to help. Utilizing the latest field research, this free tool provides a personalized pet recovery kit, including step-by-step instructions on how to search for a lost animal in a variety of circumstances. Pet parents can also use the app to access critical advice, store vital medical records and build a “lost pet” digital flyer for instant sharing.
Matthew is a big, playful guy who isn’t your typical cat. This funny feline will keep you laughing with canine-like antics, like greeting you at the door and standing on his hind legs. In fact, his foster dad says he even loves going on afternoon strolls! Matthew’s not shy about letting you know what he wants. If he’s hungry for a favorite treat, he’ll guide you over to his food bowl with some gentle meows. Oh, and keep the plush and wand toys handy—Matthew loves to play, especially with toys he can chase and pounce on.
Matthewis available for adoption at the ASPCA Adoption Center. If you are interested in adopting him, please call our Adoptions Department in New York City at (212) 876-7700 ext. 4120. To learn more about Matthew, visit his profile page.
Check out the video below to watch Matthew play with his friend at the ASPCA Adoption Center.
Animal Planet has helped find loving homes for over 2,000 pets through a 17-city partnership with the ASPCA and animal shelters across America. As the culmination of these efforts, we teamed up with Animal Planet and PAWS Chicago to host the “Woofstock: Road to Puppy Bowl” Festival at Chicago’s Soldier Field on Saturday, June 27. Attendees visited the ASPCA booth throughout the day to sign our Adoption Pledge and download the new ASPCA app. The event featured dozens of adoptable animals from PAWS Chicago, and we were thrilled to see more than 60 of them found forever homes!