For those of us on the East Coast, the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012 is still present and fresh on our minds. And most recently, persistent flooding in the Midwest has wreaked havoc on the lives of humans and pets alike. It’s important for pet parents in all parts of the country to be prepared to act in the face of a disaster—and that includes having an emergency plan in place for your pets.
That’s one of the reasons why we joined FEMA to recognize May 8 as National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day. We hope you’ll take this opportunity to learn more about the ways you can keep your furry friends safe in an emergency. Here are a few easy steps you can take:
1. Have a Plan. Your “all-family” plan needs to include how you will transport your animals in an evacuation, possible routes you will take and your destination/sheltering options. Practice that plan at least yearly and share it with your family and friends.
2. Build a Kit. Don’t forget a photo of your pet, medical records, vaccination records, and any special food or prescriptions.
3. Stay Informed. Keep an eye on the weather, follow a projected storm’s path and don’t get caught unprepared. Staying informed also means knowing which shelters house both people and pets, monitoring possible road closures and having alternate travel plans.
4. Know Your Neighbors. It’s best to form a relationship with your neighbors well in advance of a disaster situation.Develop a telephone tree and determine who is home and when. If a disaster occurs while you’re at work, your neighbor may be the only one who can reach your pets.
5. Vaccinate and Microchip. If you’re ever required to shelter your pets, you’ll want them protected against disease. And the single most important piece of advice we can offer is to microchip your pets. It is truly their ticket home.
Did you hear!? Kevin Spacey has a new, furry family member!
The actor recently adopted a puppy he named Boston in honor of the city. According to The Boston Herald, Spacey spent last week visiting with patients injured in the bombing at the Boston Marathon and officers at a police station. He shared photos of his new puppy on Twitter on Saturday, and revealed the pooch’s very special name.
Thank you, Kevin, for giving Boston his forever home! Are you interested in adding a fur baby to your family? Visit our Virtual Adoption Center!
It’s Be Kind to Animals Week, and we’re asking everyone to donate 10 minutes to help animals in need. In fact, you can do these four simple actions right from your seat!
Join the Advocacy Brigade Sign up for the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade to receive important alerts when we need your help lobbying for laws against animal cruelty.
Help Fight Puppy Mills Most pet store puppies come from puppy mills. Take the pledge that you'll never shop in a store that sells puppies—even if you're just buying food or toys. This simple action will help put puppy mills out of business for good!
Show Your Virtual Support Dedicate your Facebook status, Tweet or blog post to a homeless animal. And if you haven’t already, join us on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+ and Twitter to keep track of breaking animal welfare news!
Call Your Local Shelter Grab your cell phone and call your local animal shelter. From walking dogs to organizing fundraising events, shelters across the country could really use the help—even if you can’t make a long-term commitment.
Got more ideas? Tweet them using the hashtag #Kind2Animals!
Today, we’re excited to let you know that the very first six dogs from the case are being transferred to animal shelters for adoption! That means they’re one step closer to finding loving families.
Three of the dogs will go to Wayside Waifs in Kansas City, Missouri. Two are going to the Kansas Humane Society in Wichita, Kansas. And the Kansas-based Great Plains SPCA is receiving one dog. These ASPCA partner organizations each sent volunteers to help out at our temporary shelter, and these lucky dogs will be heading home with the volunteers.
For legal reasons, the rest of the dogs rescued in our three-state raid remain in our care at a state-of-the-art temporary shelter, where they’re receiving lots of love and care, too.