Last year the historic Homeless Animal Prevention and Care Fund was created by the Massachusetts Legislature. When you file your 2012 taxes this spring, Bay Staters, you’ll have your first chance to donate to this Fund!
Contributions to the Homeless Animal Prevention and Care Fund help shelters and animal control facilities provide services such as spaying, neutering and vaccinations. The Fund also assists Massachusetts families who are facing challenges meeting the cost of these essential services and provides training for animal control officers.
Donating is easy! All you have to do write the dollar amount of your donation on Line 32f of your Massachusetts state tax return:
Not only will your contribution assist homeless dogs and cats, it will also help ease costs borne by your shelter and local government for housing and sheltering these animals. This frees up dollars to put toward other animal programs, like adoption initiatives and veterinary care. So don’t forget to give yourself a reason to smile this tax season!
It’s about time. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced its intention to ban the slaughter of veal calves who are too sick, injured or weak to stand.
Many experts believe “downer” adult cattle are at higher risk of having Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), also known as mad cow disease. For that reason, the USDA has already banned the slaughter of adult downer cattle, requiring that they be promptly and humanely euthanized. However, downercalves may be kept alive indefinitely in slaughter facility pens, leaving them vulnerable to cruel mistreatment.
“This decision should close a loophole that has allowed sick calves to be roughly handled, neglected and left to suffer,” says Suzanne McMillan, ASPCA Director of Farm Animal Welfare.“We hope the agency will enact these changes quickly to protect calves and consumers.”
Nearly 700,000 veal calves are slaughtered annually in the U.S.—many are under three weeks of age.
While the USDA has committed to changing its policy on downer calf slaughter, the agency still needs to issue a new rule to formalize the change and put it into effect.
Take Action! Please tell the USDA to prioritize protecting calves from cruelty. Email U.S. Agriculture Secretary Vilsack and Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) Administrator Almanza today and urge them to change regulations on downer calves immediately.
The ASPCA is currently on the ground in multiple states assisting the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the United States Attorney’s Office in a federal dog fighting raid spanning Texas, Missouri and Kansas. Nearly 100 dogs have been transported to a temporary shelter in an undisclosed location, where they are receiving veterinary care.
A search warrant was executed Saturday night in Kansas, after the FBI raided a contract dog fight in north Texas. Two additional warrants were served Sunday morning for the removal of the dogs in Missouri.
Ashley Bell, the star of the new horror thriller “The Last Exorcism Part II,” recently took some time from her busy schedule to tour the ASPCA Adoption Center in New York City. A lifelong animal lover, Ashley grew up with 11 rescued pets and is the proud pet parent of Harrison—a sweet kitty who was once abandoned on someone’s doorstep.
During her visit, Ashley just couldn’t get enough of our adorable, adoptable pets—she snuggled with a Husky named Skylar and shared kisses with Roxie, a Pit Bull puppy.
“I just love how the ASPCA provides an intermediary home and care for these rescued pets. The facility here is impeccable, and the staff provides great treatment for the animals,” says Bell.
While affectionately interacting with some seriously cute pooches, Ashley talked about the importance of families spaying and neutering their furry companions and encouraged potential parents to make adoption their first option. “Puppy mills are crowded and cruel places. Consider rescuing a purebred, but remember that [these adorable] mutts need homes, too.”
We absolutely loved having Ashley at our Adoption Center, and we hope she continues to spread her passion for pet adoption and animal welfare.