Gee, that sure is a lot of candles on our cake. Yep, today marks the 146th birthday of the ASPCA, the oldest humane organization in the Western Hemisphere (but we’ve been told we don’t look a day over 100!).
When our founder Henry Bergh first spoke up for animals in Civil War-era New York, America was not a very animal-friendly place—but Bergh rallied people to the cause and succeeded in getting the New York State Legislature to pass a charter incorporating the ASPCA on April 10, 1866. Nine days later, the first anti-cruelty law was passed and, with a team of three, the ASPCA began working to enforce it.
Within five years, SPCAs had sprung up in cities including Boston, Buffalo and San Francisco. By 1888, 37 of the 38 states in the Union had passed anti-cruelty laws! We’re proud of the ASPCA’s role in changing the way people think about animals, and even prouder of you, our supporters, for helping us do such great work. In celebration, please join us this month in going orange for animals!
Want to Donate Your Birthday to the ASPCA? Henry Bergh spent his life helping to fight animal cruelty—think of how proud he would be if you donated your birthday to help animals. It’s easy. Just set up your own special ASPCA birthday page and watch as your family and friends donate critical funds to animals in your honor.
Talk about teamwork! More than 200 animal welfare groups from 53 communities found homes for 6,144 animals during the first-ever ASPCA Mega Match-a-thon, held March 30 to April 1.
“It really was inspiring to watch the collaboration among the different rescue organizations,” says ASPCA President & CEO Ed Sayres. “They reached out to their local media, spread the word to their supporters through social media, and showcased the amazing animals they have up for adoption. And over the three-day event, they got together and saved a record number of lives.”
In total, the ASPCA granted $492,250 to support the nationwide adoption event. A portion of the funds came as a result of the ASPCA’s participation in the fourth annual Subaru “Share the Love” event. The ASPCA received $1.4 million in funding from Subaru of America—62% has already been earmarked for the ASPCA’s “Share the Love” Grant Program. So far, approximately $884,000 has been distributed to local shelters.
Was your cat rescued from an abusive situation, or found abandoned on the street? Perhaps your dog is a puppy mill survivor? Or a former racing Greyhound? Whatever ordeal your beloved pet endured before finding you, his rescue and adoption is the best kind of happily-ever-after.
In honor of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month (that’s April!), we’re pleased to announce our 2012 “I Saved My Pet!” Photo Contest. Furry, finned or feathered—all rescued or adopted animals can compete.
The top five winners—selected by ASPCA staff—will receive an ASPCA Fight Cruelty Kit and be featured on our website. Winners will be announced April 30. We can’t wait to see your pet’s prize-winning photo!
Decorations can be dangerous, especially Easter tinsel. Kitties love to nibble colorful plastic grass, which can lead to an obstructed digestive tract, severe vomiting and dehydration.
Baby chicks and rabbits are not Easter gifts. While these festive babies are adorable, resist the urge to buy; they grow up fast and often require specialized care! Thousands of ex-Easter bunnies and chicks are abandoned each year when their novelty wears off.
Guest blog post from Suzanne McMillan, ASPCA Director of Farm Animal Welfare
On March 22, a federal judge ruled that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must address the overuse of antibiotics in farm animals. The fact is, factory farms feed drugs like those in the penicillin family to animals even when they’re not sick. The drugs are used to speed up the animals’ growth and compensate for their unsanitary and overcrowded conditions, which are major breeding grounds for illnesses. Indeed, the same drugs that we take when we are sick are routinely fed to healthy animals!
The FDA Fails to Protect More than 30 years ago, the FDA first discovered the overuse of antibiotics creates drug-resistant bacteria that can spread to humans and cause hard-to-treat illnesses. So far, the FDA has failed to follow through on its findings. This new ruling will now require the FDA to withdraw its existing approvals for routinely using penicillins and tetracyclines on farm animals unless the farming industry provides evidence that their use does not threaten human health.
Did You Know…? Almost 80% of all antibiotics sold in the U.S. are fed to food animals. In addition to its impact on animal welfare, the misuse of antibiotics also affects our own lives. If we want to keep antibiotics working for us, we must keep industrial farms from abusing them. The ASPCA applauds this recent court decision—not only for human health, but also in hopes that it will help ensure cleaner, more humane living conditions for animals on farms.