Need a running buddy? Look no further than Deb! An energetic dog with lots of love to give, Deb is the perfect companion to your springtime adventures. She’s looking for an active adopter who will give her plenty of playtime and exercise to keep her busy, happy and healthy. She also enjoys playing with other dogs, but needs to meet them one-on-one to play with good manners.
This smart girl already knows Sit and Lay Down, and she’d love to have you teach her a few more tricks, too—especially if her favorite treats are involved! Deb’s a sweet pup who loves every person she meets, and would do best in an adults-only home with an adopter who’ll spend time training her. Adopt Deb today!
Deb is available for adoption at the ASPCA Adoption Center. If you are interested in adopting, please call our Adoptions department in New York City at (212) 876-7700 ext. 4120. To learn more about Deb, please visit her page.
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The demand for organic products seems to be growing by the day. But what does the “organic” label on meat, dairy and egg products mean for farm animals? And what do Americans think it means?
To find out, the ASPCA did some polling to determine whether people's perceptions of how animals are treated on organic farms measure up with reality. We found some striking discrepancies—for instance, 67% of people who buy animal products labeled “organic” believe that animals on organic farms have significantly more space to move than those raised on non-organic farms. The truth? The government’s organic standards do not require a minimum amount of space per animal.
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Where would we be without our mothers? They give us life, raise us right, and teach us everything we know. We’re so grateful for these amazing women, and that’s why, in honor of Mother’s Day this Sunday, we’re bringing you the story of one very amazing mama named Lulu.
Lulu is not your average mother. A seven-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Lulu spent most of her life in a sub-standard dog breeding facility, also known as a puppy mill. For years, she was forced to breed litter after litter of puppies with little recovery time in between. Her life was cold, lonely, and often painful; her body was perpetually sore and swollen and her teeth were rotting from neglect.
Fortunately, on December 15, 2013, Lulu’s life changed forever. Along with over fifty other dogs, Lulu was rescued from the puppy mill by National Mill Dog Rescue. For the first time in her life, she was held in loving arms, given a clean, comfortable bed and a good meal. And as fate would have it, her photograph ended up on NMDR’s Facebook page, where a woman named Melanie H. spotted it.
“I knew I loved her the minute I saw her picture,” recalls Melanie. She immediately contacted the rescue, but was told that Lulu needed to undergo medical treatment before she could be adopted. Over the next two weeks, the small dog had two hernia operations and fifteen teeth pulled. When the time finally came, Melanie made the drive from her Texas home to the Colorado rescue to adopt the sweet dog.
This Sunday will mark Melanie and Lulu’s first Mother’s Day together. Instead of being bred, the mama-dog will spend the day basking in the love of her own new mother. Melanie says, “I can’t imagine the life she had before, but I know the life she has now and will always have until her last breath: nothing but LOVE.” It is truly the greatest Mother’s Day gift that Lulu could have received, and we wish them both a wonderful holiday.
This Mother’s Day, please take a moment to think of all the mama dogs like Lulu who are still living in puppy mills. With your help, maybe one day, no mothers will have to endure this fate. For more information on puppy mills, and what you can do to help dogs like Lulu, please visit our No Pet Store Puppies page.
At the request of the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (Virginia ABC), the ASPCA is assisting with the forensic evidence collection, removal, transport and sheltering of more than 550 birds, many allegedly used for fighting, from three properties near Pound, Virginia.
The seizure was the result of a comprehensive investigation on the illegal manufacture, transportation and distribution of untaxed distilled spirits, illegal cockfighting, and cruelty to animals, according to the Virginia ABC, which set the investigation in motion.
“Cockfighting is a violent blood sport that results in a tragic outcome for these victimized birds,” said Tim Rickey, Vice President of the ASPCA’s Field Investigations & Response Team. “We’re grateful to the local authorities for pursuing this case and sending a message that cockfighting will not be tolerated in our country.”
A search warrant was executed over the weekend to remove the birds from the three properties, and the ASPCA established a temporary shelter at an undisclosed location, where the birds will be cared for and housed by veterinarians and skilled animal handlers. More than 80 ASPCA responders are working to support state, local and federal law enforcement agencies with the operation.
Cockfighting is illegal in all 50 states. In Virginia, cockfighting, possession of a fighting bird, attending a cockfight, and possession of cockfighting paraphernalia may be punishable as felonies, with each charge carrying a maximum penalty of five years in jail and a maximum fine of $2,500.
We’re excited to announce today that the ASPCA has dedicated $25 million to assist animals in need in Los Angeles, California in a multi-year effort. Like many communities, Los Angeles faces immense challenges related to homeless animals—roughly half of the animals that enter L.A. area shelters do not find homes. We plan to build on the strong foundation created by Los Angeles’ animal welfare community, working closely with local groups to provide critical services to save lives and help keep families and their pets together.
The ASPCA’s efforts in L.A. will include five key programs:
Spay/neuter: The ASPCA will operate a spay/neuter facility for animals owned by South L.A. residents, as well as animals sheltered at the South Los Angeles Animal Care Center–Chesterfield Square facility. Procedures performed at the facility will be fully subsidized.
Subsidies for local rescue groups: We’ll provide funding to subsidize fees incurred by local rescue groups when transferring animals from the Los Angeles County and Los Angeles City shelter system into their facilities or networks.
Animal relocation: The ASPCA will kick start a relocation program to move animals from L.A. metropolitan area shelters to communities where they’ll have better chances of being adopted.
Safety net programs: These programs are designed to keep animals in their homes by addressing the needs of pet parents with scarce resources and limited access to critical services.
ASPCA grant funding: We’ll provide funding annually to local partners for intervention programs, spay/neuter programs and medical care for animals in low income areas.
In addition to Los Angeles City Animal Services and Los Angeles County Animal Control, the ASPCA is collaborating with Best Friends Animal Society in support of their No-Kill Los Angeles initiative and local animal welfare organizations including Downtown Dog Rescue, The Amanda Foundation, Stray Cat Alliance, Fix Nation, The Jason Debus Heigl Foundation, Found Animals Foundation, Bark Avenue and others.
We’re looking forward to this exciting new venture on the West Coast, and we can’t wait to help countless animals in need in the L.A. area.