We shudder to think about it. But according to the National Fire Protection Association, each year more than 1,000 house fires are accidentally started by pets. As part of National Preparedness Month, we suggest you take a minute to pet proof your home against potential fire hazards—it could mean the difference between life and death for your four-legged friends.
Secure wires and cords. Cats are especially interested in playing with anything that looks like string. Keep electrical wires and power cords secured and out of your pet’s reach.
Blow it out. Don't leave lit candles unattended. Pets may burn themselves or cause a fire if they knock the candles over. Be sure to use appropriate candle holders placed on a stable surface. Want to be really safe? Consider using only flameless candles.
Cover it up. Pets are naturally curious and will investigate almost anything that has a scent. This includes your oven. Be sure to remove stove knobs or protect them with covers before leaving the house. Believe it or not, exploring stove tops is the number one way your pet can accidently start a fire.
Go crazy with the detectors. There is no such thing as too many smoke detectors. In fact, you should have at least one on each floor of your home. Out a lot? Consider using monitored smoke detectors. These systems send an immediate alert to a call center letting them know smoke has been detected.
Stick ‘em up. In the event of an emergency, our pet rescue sticker alerts rescue personnel that animals are inside your home. Write down the number of pets inside and attach the sticker to a front window or door.
This Sunday, millions of people from around the world will unite in commemorating the anniversary of 9/11. In tribute, the ASPCA would also like to honor the working dogs who risked their own lives to help on that tragic day.
“In the wake of the attacks, more than 100 search and rescue dogs along with their handlers, bravely searched the debris of Ground Zero,” says ASPCA President & CEO Ed Sayres. “Their courage led to the recovery of countless survivors.”
A new portrait series and book, Retrieved by Charlotte Dumas, honors 15 of the canine heroes. Covering more than a dozen states, Dumas photographed the retired rescue dogs as they spend their golden years in their preferred places—home.
As soon as we heard that 32 horses were living without adequate food or shelter due to Tropical Storm Irene, our team stepped in to help. The ASPCA, in conjunction with the Humane Society of the United States, just gave $5,000 in financial support to Rivers Edge Horse Rescue and Sanctuary in Newton, New Jersey.
In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene, residual flooding of nearby marshes and streams of the Delaware River severely impacted the East Coast equine sanctuary. The barn and adjoining paddocks were left unusable, with much of the fencing washed away. The horses, who had to be moved through three feet of water to get to higher ground, were left without proper shelter.
“I would like to thank so many people for their help during this difficult time, especially HSUS and the ASPCA, for the financial assistance they have provided for our horses,” says Diane Romano-Potacki, founder of Rivers Edge Horse Rescue and Sanctuary.
For more information on keeping yourself and your pets safe in the event of an emergency, please read our list of Disaster Readiness tips.
With kids across the country going back to school this month, you may see a few (not-so-welcome) behavior changes in your pets. But, really, who can blame them? They miss you. With the house back to being empty all day, our companions are forced to find new ways to entertain themselves—like excessive barking or meowing, chewing on shoes, raiding the garbage and scratching furniture. What to do? These top treats will help lessen their anxiety and occupy their time till the kids get home!
After a state of emergency was declared in the area, the ASPCA deployed to Schoharie County, New York, to assist with the emergency rescue and sheltering of animals stranded by severe flooding. Small towns are engulfed by water, and roads and bridges have been closed across the county.
“We’re providing emergency water rescues for pets trapped inside flooded homes,” says Tim Rickey, ASPCA Senior Director of Field Investigations and Response. “People can’t get home; the damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene is just devastating.”
Rescued animals will be taken to the Animal Shelter of Schoharie Valley where they will be triaged and housed until they can be reunited with their families. PetSmart Charities has supplied much-needed provisions such as crates, blankets and bowls.
“We’re committed to helping families and pets impacted by Tropical Storm Irene,” says Rickey. “We’ll be here for as long as they need us.”
Schoharie County residents looking to rescue or shelter their pets or wishing to report lost pets should contact Animal Services at the Schoharie County Emergency Operations Center at (518) 231-2718.
Stay tuned to ASPCA.org for more on this breaking story.