In late March, the ASPCA assisted federal authorities in a three-state dog fighting raid and the removal of 100 canine victims. Tim Rickey, Vice President of the ASPCA’s Field Investigations & Response team, has been on the front lines of this operation since the beginning. Here's his report about the remarkable sheltering facility that has been created to care for the dogs involved in this case.
We're pleased to report that the dogs are being very well cared for while in the custody of the ASPCA. The ASPCA’s Animal Cruelty Behavior team has been in the field from day one to oversee the animals' enrichment, socialization and exercise to ensure that these dogs are receiving all the care and attention they deserve.
The dogs are housed individually in a pod system. The kennels surround a 20x20 exercise area that the dogs have access to based on a carefully designed plan by the exercise coordinator. The exercise coordinator works in tandem with the behavior program to ensure the dogs enjoy adequate time outside their kennels several times a day.
The environment is relaxed and quiet with a strong focus on enrichment. There is very little barking, a strong indication the animals are not feeling stressed during their recovery. Responders go in to provide daily human socialization and interaction, and provide them with enrichment items like toys, treats and lots of love.
Every effort is made to keep the dogs focused so they don't become bored, which can lead to destructive behavior. We have observed that the dogs are responding very well, becoming trained to enjoy their playtime, learning to cooperate, and adjusting to human contact.
Stay tuned to ASPCA.org for updates on this ongoing rescue.
Hey, New Yorkers: Let’s hear it for our state’s attorney general, Eric Schneiderman! Today he announced the Animal Protection Initiative, a new program that will use civil and criminal remedies to target allegations of animal cruelty and unscrupulous sales of pets and other animals in New York.
The initiative aims to protect both animals and people in the state by shutting down animal fighting rings, ensuring compliance with New York's Pet Lemon Law, charging those who abuse or neglect animals, and cracking down on puppy mills.
Our attorney general has long been a friend of the animals. In fact, today he announced that his office has reached a settlement with the owner of a Yonkers pet store that was keeping animals in unsafe and inhuman conditions, requiring him to take several actions to greatly improve animal care at his store. This outcome is just the latest in a string recent animal welfare victories the attorney general has won.
“We are thankful to Attorney General Schneiderman for his persistent leadership in combating some of the worst forms of animal cruelty and protecting both the animals and people of New York State,” says Stacy Wolf, Vice President and Chief Counsel of the ASPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement and Legal Advocacy departments. “The new Animal Protection Initiative sends a clear message that perpetrators who engage in animal cruelty will be held accountable for their actions.”
Thank you for standing up for animals, Attorney General Schneiderman!
Last weekend as part of the ASPCA Animal Relocation program, 68 lucky dogs took to the skies, leaving Southern California for the Pacific Northwest via plane and even helicopter. They were all headed to areas where we knew they’d be in great demand, giving them the best possible chance at adoption.
But that was only Part One of this transport project. Part Two came yesterday, when 113 dogs—and four raccoons S.T.A.R.T.’s driver happened to find—were loaded into transport vehicles. After dropping off the raccoons at a wildlife rescue, S.T.A.R.T. and the dogs headed for Oregon and Washington.
Riverside County Department of Animal Services waved good-bye to the 113 dogs, and S.T.A.R.T Rescue (Shelter Transport Animal Rescue Team) began the journey up the West Coast.
Today, the dogs arrived in Washington and Oregon, and we’re so excited for them to begin this new chapter of their lives. To see our photos of this transport, check out our Facebook album.
And if you live in Oregon or Washington, be on the lookout for Cali dogs at the following shelters:
Heartland Humane Society in Corvallis, OR
Luv A Bull in Eugene, OR
My Way Home Dog Rescue in Sandy, OR
Safe Haven Humane Society in Albany, OR
Smidget Rescue in Auburn, WA
Snipped in Coos Bay, OR
Willamette Humane Society in Salem, OR
Hopes Haven in Salem, OR
Puget Sound Rescue in Auburn, WA
R.A.I.N. (Rescuing Animals in Need) in Federal Way, WA
Dogs transported Saturday are settling in at Kitsap Humane Society and Seattle Humane Society. Thanks to everyone involved in the successful transport of these pups!
It’s been a little more than a year since Loretta W. met Jane, her new pup, at the ASPCA Adoption Center in Manhattan, but it didn’t take long for her to become a full-fledged dog lover and devoted pet parent. Loretta shared the following story with us about her time with Jane so far.
February was the one-year anniversary of the morning I saw Jane's face on Petfinder and brought her home four hours later from the ASPCA Adoption Center. I never imagined myself with a points card at a pet store, having to slap my own hand to stop me buying another dog sweater, chew toy, grooming tool or accessory—but that's me now. I didn't see myself brushing a dog's teeth, massaging her joints and muscles, kissing her head or staying vigilant about her personal hygiene either, and now it's routine.
Most importantly, just before I took Jane in to the vet for her wellness check-up in October 2012—where she got a clean bill of health—I read through the 20+ pages of her medical records from her two months at the ASPCA Animal Hospital. I was so grateful to see the absolute VIP medical treatment Jane received as she was treated for pneumonia, anemia, mammary tumors (including one malignancy), an umbilical hernia and dental issues, plus getting spayed. It's thanks to the scrupulous care she was given at the ASPCA that I was able to end up with the best dog anyone could ever want.
She's a lot of fun, a real character, and makes me laugh all the time. My apartment building in Brooklyn is dog crazy, most of them rescues. Jane, while fundamentally independent, has many friends among the residents and dogs in the building, as well as among the people and dogs in the neighborhood and park. She's a completely established member of the community. Jane is especially wonderful with puppies and young dogs of any size—she is confident, extremely patient, tolerant and sweet. She's a real city girl.
Got a special adoption story? Share it (or Jane’s story!) on social media using the hashtag #HappyTail.
By now, you’ve probably seen Tardar Sauce, aka “Grumpy Cat.” This famous feline took the Internet by storm in September 2012 thanks to her unique look. We’re big fans of Grumpy Cat, but never imagined there could be an even grumpier cat. That is, until we met Lex!
Lex might look a bit grumpy, but we knew he had plenty of love to give. It took him awhile, but we’re happy to report Lex has just found a home!
On Monday, Lex was adopted by a loving family and may even find his way to a cat-loving Internet near you soon! Who knows?
If you’re interested in finding your own grumpy cat—or just a feline friend—please visit our Adoption section. Already have a grumpy-looking feline? Tweet us a pic using hashtag #GrumpierCat.