Wake up, America, there's a whole lot of happy going on—it’s National Donut Day! Started by the Salvation Army in 1938, this mini-holiday honors the Army’s “Donut Lassies,” who served treats to soldiers during World War I.
Frosted? Cream-filled? Covered with sprinkles? No matter how you like them, there is no denying they’re yummy. And your dog thinks so, too!
Our special doughnut-shaped dog treats are made of 100% all-natural ingredients with absolutely no preservatives. Not only will your dog think they are delicious, these treats are actually good for pups, too!
Best of all, all proceeds from your purchases go to support our life-saving programs all over the country. So go ahead and eat a donut—but don’t forget your pooch!
Guest blogpost from Suzanne McMillan, ASPCA Director of Farm Animal Welfare.
Last week, I attended a meeting of the National Organic Standards Board—the body that advises the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)on organic standards—to suggest stronger protections for animals living on organic farms. Animals who are raised organically are not necessarily raised humanely. In fact, many organic farms are still factory farms, often confining animals indoors using severe devices for most of their lives.
My efforts focused on the welfare of chickens, turkeys and ducks. Specifically, I asked the board to urge the USDA to adopt rules addressing some of the worst industry practices, including beak trimming, force feeding, crowding, failing to maintain clean air and unnaturally accelerating animals’ growth rates. Along with detailed written recommendations, I delivered a three-minute oral summary of our suggestions, which you can watch here:
We need your help! Due to the wording of the federal Animal Welfare Act—passed 40 years ago—only breeders who sell dogs to pet stores or to puppy brokers are required to be licensed and inspected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
That basically means no one is checking up on puppy mills who sell puppies directly to consumers over the Internet. As the ASPCA has seen firsthand, the photos of happy, healthy puppies posted on a breeder’s website often totally misrepresent what conditions are really like for these puppies and their parents.
Take Action! The USDA released a proposed rule to close this loophole. Please visit the ASPCA Advocacy Center and let the USDA know that you support the proposed rule to close the loophole that has caused untold thousands of dogs to suffer inhumane treatment without any federal or public oversight. Visit aspca.org/USDA today!
Disaster can strike at any time. Are you prepared? With hurricane season upon us, we want to help you create an emergency evacuation plan to keep your family together. Even if you don't live in an area known for dangerous weather, the best thing you can do for yourself and your pet is be prepared.
• Have an Evacuation Plan in Place Store an emergency kit and leashes as close to an exit as possible, make sure all your pets are wearing proper identification and consider your evacuation route ahead of time.
• Arrange a Safe Haven Don't leave your pet behind if you’re forced to evacuate. Find out if there are emergency animal shelters in your area.
• Make Sure Pets Have Current ID Your pet's ID tag should contain his name, current telephone number and any urgent medical needs. ASPCA experts also encourage getting your pets microchipped.
• Get an ASPCA Rescue Alert Sticker This easy-to-use sticker will let people know that pets are inside your home. If you must evacuate with your pets, and if time allows, write "EVACUATED" across the stickers.
Guest blog post from Suzanne McMillan, ASPCA Director of Farm Animal Welfare
Nine out of 10 land animals killed for food in the U.S. are poultry. Unfortunately these chickens, turkeys and other birds have no protection under federal animal welfare laws—not even during slaughter.
Now the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) wants to allow faster line speeds in poultry slaughterhouses. From an animal welfare perspective, this raises red flags: We all know that when you rush, mistakes happen. Workers need to be as careful as possible when handling live birds to ensure proper procedures are followed.