It’s heartbreaking: Every year, millions of cats and dogs become lost in the United States. Many are beloved pets who never make it home. In fact, research shows that only 10 to 30% of lost dogs and a mere 5% of lost cats are ever reunited with their families. It doesn’t have to be this way.
Taking the simple steps of microchipping and adding an ID tag to your pet can help improve these tragic odds. “It is as small as a grain of rice, but a microchip could mean the difference between life and death for your beloved companion,” explains Gail Buchwald, ASPCA Senior Vice President of the Adoption Center.
Visit your veterinarian and request a microchip. And be sure all of your animal companions—even indoor-only pets—wear a collar with an ID tag. After all, your pet is depending on you.
Great news: The Ohio exotics bill just passed the Senate! Ohio is one of only seven states where almost any animal can be kept by almost any person. Since the vast majority of people who try to keep exotic animals as pets don’t understand and cannot meet their needs, these animals often are caged, chained, beaten into submission, or mutilated via preemptive removal of their teeth and claws.
Last fall’s tragedy in Zanesville—where 56 privately owned big cats, primates, wolves and bears were released, and many were killed—showed the entire country what can happen when exotic and wild animals are kept in captivity.
We congratulate the Ohio Senate for passing Senate Bill 310 and hope the House will soon follow suit.
Hey you!Yep, you! Have you gone orange for animals yet? Well, good news—it’s not too late. Here are five easy ways you can celebrate Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month and help us end animal abuse.
Get Your Shop On! Yep, you heard us right. Shop at any one of nearly 2,000 participating merchants and the ASPCA automatically receives a donation. Download the ASPCA App—it takes less than a minute to set up, and it keeps on giving every time you shop!
Become an ASPCA Guardian For as little as 60 cents a day, you can help us rescue animals from cruelty and help us find them loving homes. Please consider becoming an ASPCA Guardian today.
Volunteer at Your Local Shelter Coordinate a ”Go Orange for Animals” event with your local animal shelter and donate the proceeds and/or supplies that you collect. Be sure to alert local media about your event! Learn more.
Show Your Virtual Support Dedicate your Facebook status, Twitter or blog to the ASPCA during the month of April and encourage people to spread the word about animal cruelty. And if you haven’t already, join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!
Join the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade Fight to get strong anti-cruelty laws passed on federal, state and local levels as a member of the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade.
Cagney and Lacy before receiving treatment at the ASPCA Animal Hospital
Who could starve two puppies? Apparently, Gillian Irving could. On April 20, ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement (HLE) Agent Ann Kelly arrested the 27-year-old Bronx woman for allegedly neglecting and starving her two seven-month-old Pit Bulls, Cagney and Lacey.
It was last February when HLE Agents first responded to a complaint that two skinny dogs were living inside Irving’s Bronx apartment. Upon arrival, Agents seized the two emaciated dogs and transported them to the ASPCA Animal Hospital for life-saving treatment. ASPCA veterinarians determined Cagney and Lacey had been starved—weighing only 16.4 and 15.2 pounds.
After receiving treatment, Cagney now weighs 27.1 pounds and Lacey weighs 26.9 pounds—a 65 and 77 percent increase, respectively. Both dogs are continuing their recovering at the hospital and will eventually be made available for adoption.
As a result of her actions, Irving was charged with two counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty. If convicted, she faces up to two years in jail and/or a $2,000 fine. Irving is due in Bronx Criminal Court on August 22.
Take Action! We need you on our side! If you suspect an animal may be the victim of neglect or abuse, please report it. Visit our Report Cruelty FAQ to learn how to report cruelty in your neighborhood. And consider becoming an ASPCA Guardian—together we can fight animal cruelty across the country.
This Sunday, more than one billion people will be celebrating Earth Day and taking a pledge to live green. But what does that mean for our pets? Actually…quite a bit. Many pet parents don’t realize just how much of an impact their companions make on our planet—but just think of all the cat litter! Throw the planet a bone and check out our top ways you can help lighten their carbon paw print.
Cutting Back is Going Green There are plenty of small ways to cut back on energy and materials. Cut down on paper products—clean up pet messes with rags or recycled paper towels.
The Power of Poop Scoop dog poop with biodegradable bags or those recycled from the grocery store. If you use kitty litter, opt for brands that are made of plant-based materials like wheat or from recycled newspapers or wood chips.
Spring Cleaning It’s time for spring cleaning, but before throwing your dusty treasures away, call your local shelter—they may need old towels, bedding, leashes and pet toys.
Save Lives and Trees Each year, members like you help us save those animals most in need, but did you know when you give online, you are also lowering your carbon footprint? Your online donation today will save lives and trees.