Looking to rack up some good karma today? How about using social media to spread the word about an older or special needs dog at your local shelter?
In fact, please share Lady, an energetic, dog who adores hugs and kisses, playing tug-of-war, and—it’s true—sitting in your lap!
Lady could really use a boost, because those great qualities aren’t what a lot of people see when they look at this staff favorite—they see an older Pit mix with special needs.
Before being rescued by ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement Agents, seven-year-old Lady had been left to suffer painful osteoarthritis in her hind legs, with no end in sight. But with daily medication she’s happy and healthy, and she now loves brisk walks!
There’s something extra-special about the bond you form with an older dog. They’re calmer, wiser and maybe even a little more appreciative of your kindness. But it can take them a little longer to find their forever homes; they could really use your help.
And if you can get yourself to NYC and meet our sweet Lady, please do! She needs a special adopter who sees her as perfect just the way she is. Is that adopter you? If you live in a teens-and-up household and have a little dog experience, please call our Animal Placement department in New York City at (212) 876-7700, ext. 4120.
The truth is, every 10 seconds an animal is neglected or abused. While this statistic might be hard to swallow, it's a reality we face every single day. And…we’re counting on you to help us out.
Learn Where to Report Animal Cruelty.In some areas, the police department investigates animal cruelty; in others, that job falls to local animal control. Find out who's in charge in your area.
Build a Team.Get to know the animals in your neighborhood and invite your friends and neighbors to do the same. Together you can keep an eye out for any suspicious behavior, lost pets or other concerns.
Pay Attention!Is a bad situation getting worse? Have you seen a blatant act of animal cruelty? Are pets disappearing from your neighborhood? Don't turn your back. Rally your team and call the local authorities immediately.
Make the Call.Without phone calls from concerned citizens who report cruelty in their neighborhoods, we wouldn't know about most instances of animal abuse. It all comes from the public—and it all starts with you. Thank you for taking action for animals.
Simply put, it's not easy. Feral cats endure weather extremes such as cold and snow, heat and rain. They also face starvation, infection and attacks by other animals. And if allthat weren’t bad enough, these kitties also face dangers from humans. Poison, gassing and steel leg-hold traps are just some of the ways people, including several animal control and other government agencies, try to kill off feral cat populations. Whew! Needless to say, these felines sure could use some help.
Colony Caretakers Rock! Despite all their potential hardships, some feral cats live comfortable lives. Colony caretakers provide food and water for the cats, making their lives a little easier. They also make sure the cats have proper shelter, and they work with local vets to have them spayed/neutered. We told you, colony caretakers rock!
Want to learn more about feral cats or find out how you can become a colony caretaker? Visit our Feral Cat FAQ.
Did you know that almost 80% of all antibiotics sold in the U.S. are fed to food animals? Factory farms use these drugs on animals constantly, even when they’re not sick, to accelerate their growth and compensate for unsanitary and overcrowded conditions. This overuse creates antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can spread to humans and cause hard-to-treat illnesses. If we want to keep antibiotics working for us, we have to stop allowing industrial farms to abuse them.
Any petition that garners 25,000 digital signatures within 30 days of being posted is reviewed by White House officials, who issue an official email response to all signatories. The deadline to sign the antibiotic petition is March 16, and we have a long way to go to reach 25,000 signatures, so please add your name today! You will need to create an account and verify your email on the petition website, but the process is simple:
Step 1 – Visit WhiteHouse.gov to register. Step 2 – You will receive a confirmation email; click the link in the email to confirm your registration. Step 3 – Visit the antibiotics petition at http://wh.gov/0si and click “Sign This Petition.”
Thank you for taking the time to help farm animals and protect human health!
Last month, disturbing video footage of workers viciously abusing turkeys at a North Carolina Butterball facility was released by the group Mercy for Animals. Five workers now face criminal charges for the alleged animal cruelty. Without such investigations, the mistreatment of farmed animals would rarely be exposed—and that is exactly what factory farms are hoping for.
They are known as “ag-gag” bills, and they are popping up in state legislatures across the nation. Most ag-gag bills seek to criminalize taking unauthorized photos or videos on farms. Some of the bills would even criminalize the possession and/or distribution of such materials. Furthermore, ag-gag laws could be used to penalize whistleblowers—including employees—for exposing other illegal and unethical practices at factory farms, such as sexual harassment and employment and environmental violations.
Public Says “No” to Ag-Gag Legislation A recent poll conducted by Lake Research Partners reveals that 71 percent of Americans support undercover investigative efforts by animal welfare organizations to expose animal abuse on factory farms—with half strongly opposing legislative efforts to criminalize farm investigations.
“We are very encouraged that the public recognizes the importance of these investigations and the threats that ag-gag bills pose,” says Suzanne McMillan, Director of the ASPCA’s Farm Animal Welfare Campaign. “Americans deserve to know where their food comes from and how it is produced, and the industry should welcome that transparency.”
Take Action With your help, the ASPCA lobbied hard to prohibit ag-gag provisions from passing in Florida, Iowa, Minnesota and New York last year. Unfortunately, similar legislation is currently being considered in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York and Utah. Please join the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade to help us fight these harmful bills.