When the ASPCA arrived at a puppy mill in Holly Springs, Mississippi, we found 100 underweight dogs living in their own feces. The amount of neglect was shocking: Skin disease, rotted teeth, malnutrition and infection were widespread.
One victim named Binah was dirty, skinny and unable to walk due to years spent in a tiny, overcrowded cage. She was a mother dog, forced to breed, with little regard for her health and well-being. When puppy mill moms like Binah can no longer produce, they are deemed worthless and discarded. Fortunately for Binah, the ASPCA arrived just in time—but in puppy mills across America, other dogs like her still need our help.
Few causes are able to unite people such as Lorenzo Borghese from ABC’s The Bachelor, actors Bo Derek and John Corbett, school children and animal welfare organizations, but all of them got together last week to participate in the “Horses on the Hill” event on Capitol Hill. The ASPCA was proud to co-host with the Animal Welfare Institute and The Humane Society of the United States publicly urge legislators to stop our nation’s horses from being slaughtered at home or abroad.
The ASPCA’s very special guest at Horses on the Hill, nine-year-old Declan Gregg of New Hampshire, has created an organization and blog called Children 4 Horses. Declan spoke eloquently about the urgency of protecting our horses. He was joined by Senators Mary Landrieu and Scott Brown as well as Representatives Jim Moran, Ed Whitfield and David Rivera—all of whom spoke strongly to the need for passing a ban on horse slaughter.
Killing American horses for human consumption is simply not acceptable. The ASPCA’s founder, Henry Bergh, loved all animals, but initially focused his efforts on stopping horse abuse. Mr. Bergh would not have been surprised by the people who turned out in D.C. to help horses because he believed animal protection was an issue that crossed party lines and class boundaries. More than 140 years have passed since Mr. Bergh founded the ASPCA, but our commitment to horse protection remains steadfast.
Horses in this country are in grave danger, and they need your help! You can make a difference by contacting your Congress members to request that they cosponsor and support the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act.
In honor of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month, we put out a call for photos of pets that YOU helped rescue. Well, the winners are in! And if this furry bunch doesn't melt your heart (and have you wanting to rescue a pet), nothing will.
Shame on Chris Brown. The Grammy-award winning artist has turned to the internet to sell eight Pit Bull puppies for $1,000 a pop through a website called CB Breeds. Needless to say we are SUPER disappointed that Breezy allowed his two dogs to breed, contributing to our nation's extreme pet overpopulation problem.
Chris, don't you know that countless homeless pets are sitting in shelters right now? By spaying and neutering your animals, you'll make sure you are not contributing to this problem.
Take Action Hey folks, please make sure your pet is spayed or neutered. Visit our Spay/Neuter Database to see who in your community offers low-cost programs. Already done the deed? Great! Take your activism to the next level, create flyers promoting the organizations that offer discounts, and pass them out at central locations in your community!
Guest blog written by Beverly Pietrucha, ASPCA Volunteer Coordinator.
I discovered Agility about 20 years ago when my very young pup, Ginger, and I were taking a series of obedience classes. We signed up for an introductory class—and that was the beginning of the end. Ginger was an absolute natural on the obstacles: up the A-frame, over the dog walk, through the tunnel—all with no hesitation.
“This should be easy,” I thought. Well, was I wrong!
In Agility, dog and handler must work as a team to negotiate obstacles—in their numbered order. Well, sometimes Ginger would have another idea and get the "zoomies," much to the delight of the spectators. Frustrating for the handler? Perhaps. Lots of fun for the dog? You bet!
And so Ginger and I embarked on what would be an almost 15-year Agility journey, andthe bond that developed between us cannot be described.When you are negotiating an agility course without a leash, or food or treats in hand you become connected in a way that is very special.
What About Shy Dogs? Not sure if your dog is up to the task? Two years ago I adopted Charlie, who was very shy and lacking in confidence. I enrolled him in an agility class thinking that would perhaps build his esteem a bit. In that first class, he would barely go over a very low jump. I was told by the instructor that I should forget about doing agility with him. Well, we persevered—and Charlie is now competing.
If you’re interested: Signing up for good training classes with competent instructors is essential, even if you don't want to compete but just want to have a bit of fun with your dog. But be forewarned: Dog Agility can be addictive!