We applaud the United States House of Representatives for the passage of the Veterans Dog Training Therapy Act. This innovative bill, introduced by U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm (D-NY), would establish a program where service members suffering from PTSD could train shelter dogs to be service dogs for disabled veterans.
“When more and more servicemen and women are returning from overseas with PTSD and other injuries, this bill will allow for our veterans to get the therapy and assistance they need and will give some worthy shelter dogs very good homes,” says Nancy Perry, Senior Vice President of ASPCA Government Relations.
The Veterans Dog Training Therapy Act was one of six bills that address veterans’ health issues to pass unanimously in the House this week. The ASPCA thanks Rep. Grimm, himself a veteran, for his leadership on this important legislation to support our nation’s veterans and shelter dogs.
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Animal cruelty is a crime in every state. And one of the most important actions you can take is to report suspicious behavior. But who do you call? Great question. The police department that covers your city is required to investigate complaints of animal cruelty. There may also be an animal control agency or humane society who conducts these investigations. But regardless of who handles the case, chances are without your phone call the abuse will go unreported.
"By making a complaint to the police or humane society in your area—you can even do so anonymously—you are making sure that animals in need are rescued and that perpetrators are brought to justice," says ASPCA Special Agent Joann Sandano.
If you live in New York City, you can file your complaints directly with the ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement department, at (212) 876-7700, ext. 4450, or email@example.com. To find contact information for your local shelter, visit the ASPCA's searchable shelter database.
Say it Loud, Wear it Proud. You don't have to be a cop or humane agent to help fight animal cruelty, all you need is the courage to call them. Help spread the word with this 911 shirt—and speak for those who can’t.
We’re at it again! The ASPCA’s Field Investigations and Response Team is on the ground in Kentucky assisting in the evidence collection, sheltering and placement of 118 dogs seized last Thursday during a puppy mill investigation. The dogs—mainly small breeds such as Papillons, Dachshunds and Poodles—were living in deplorable conditions on the property.
In puppy mills across the country, breeder dogs like those rescued in Kentucky often suffer with little to no medical care, inadequate food and no break from misery. They are treated as puppy‐making machines. And when they can no longer breed, they are simply discarded.
"Simply put, these dogs are considered a cash crop—the more puppies they can crank out, the more money the mills can make,” says Cori Menkin ASPCA Senior Director, Puppy Mills Campaign. “When the dogs can no longer produce, they are deemed worthless, just like broken equipment."
With your help, the ASPCA remains at the forefront of ending the cruelties associated with puppy mills. Stay tuned to aspca.org for more information as this story develops.
Many people imagine a puppy when they think about adopting a dog. Who can blame them? Puppies are adorable little bundles of joy. But you have to admit, they’re not the only ones looking for homes. Older dogs need love, too. And here are three great reasons to adopt a golden oldie.
They’re open books. From the start, you’ll know important things like their size, personality and grooming requirements. All this information will make it easier to pick the right dog and forge an instant love connection that will last a lifetime.
They like to take it easy. Not that older dogs don’t require exercise—they do—but they’re not going to need, or want, to run a marathon every day.
Older dogs are often the last to be adopted and the first to be euthanized. Saving an animal’s life offers an unparalleled emotional return on your investment, and you’ll feel the rewards every day you spend together.
Come on, Missouri, where’s the puppy love? A newly proposed tax by the state's Department of Agriculture would require all nonprofit animal shelters and rescues to pay the same fees and taxes as for-profit puppy mills. Well, our foot is down. That's just not fair, and we’re doing our best to set the state straight.
Along with The HSUS and Best Friends Animal Society, the ASPCA is demanding the Missouri Department of Agriculture abolish the Shelter Adoption Tax. Not only do these animal rescue organizations often clean up after the problems created by puppy mills, but the fees could cost groups as much as $2,500 per year.
"The new adoption tax could not come at a worse time," says Randy Grim of Stray Rescue in St. Louis, Missouri. "We are working tirelessly to solve the problem of homeless pets. We are performing a service for our community and we should not be lumped into the same category as commercial puppy mills."
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