Oh, it’s on! The 2012 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge is officially underway starting August 1—and, for the third year in a row, shelters around the country are in a race to save more animals’ lives.
What is the $100K Challenge, you ask? In a nutshell, 50 animal shelters will spend the next three months working tirelessly to increase the number of adoptions over last year. The winning shelter will receive a $100,000 grant from the ASPCA to continue its life-saving work—and other contestants will vie for a chance to bring home additional grant prizes.
Join Us for Kick-Off Weekend! Next weekend, we’ll be rooting for Challenge contestants as they host special kick-off adoption events! Follow @ASPCALiveas we bring you all the minute-by-minute action. Using the hashtag #100KChallenge, you’ll be able to join the conversation—and help your favorite shelter find homes for even more animals!
To find a kick-off event near you, please visit our 2012 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge events page!
After undergoing surgeries to treat not one but two types of cancer, Mystery was exhausted. And yet, each time this Shepherd mix saw her favorite person at ASPCA Animal Hospital, her big brown eyes lit up and her tail began to thump.
That’s typical behavior from this big-hearted dog. She’s friendly to everyone, and especially so to her special people.
“She has a great disposition,” says ASPCA licensed veterinary technician Carol Algarin. “She was always friendly, even when we knew she was uncomfortable.”
Mystery came to the ASPCA through our Humane Law Enforcement department, and we soon discovered she had a mammary gland tumor and a spindle cell tumor on her flank area. (Our vets believe the chance of recurrence is low.) But through her treatments, she maintained her sweet demeanor, good attitude and fondness for cuddling.
Carol isn’t Mystery’s only fan. Our Media team loved her so much that they brought her on the Nightly News with Chuck Scarborough on NBC! There, she demonstrated that she could Sit and Lie Down. (She’s a really smart girl.)
If you are looking for a dog with whom to form a very strong bond, Mystery is an excellent choice. We adore her here, but we want to see her in the loving home she deserves. Mystery can live with other dogs and children ages six and up.
To adopt Mystery, please call our Animal Placement department at (212) 876-7700, ext. 4900. And please share Mystery on Facebook and Twitter! Let’s get her the family she longs for.
The 2012 London Summer Games are officially upon us, and while it’s tempting to spend all day in front of the boob tube absorbing all the action, why not take advantage of the dog days of summer to engage in your own feats of strength and develop your athletic prowess?
Here’s a motivator—adding your pets into the mix makes exercise both more fun and more adorable.
We bet your pet would love a learning a new sport or trick with you! Whether it’s running, hiking, dog sports such as agility or just a vigorous game of fetch or hide-and-seek, exercise is great for pets’ health and keeps them mentally stimulated, balanced and happy.
So let the Summer Games inspire you and your four-legged teammates to get moving!
My favorite band once stated, “Time is on my side.” As I work toward completing nearly a decade with the ASPCA and reflect on all that we have achieved, I’ve decided it will soon be time to take on other challenges that have been on my to-do list. While this is not yet goodbye—I will remain in position until year’s end—I am ready to serve our field in another capacity that will help us reach our goals of ending homelessness and cruelty to animals.
Since becoming President and CEO, the ASPCA has dramatically stepped up the fight to save lives. Through collaboration and very hard work, we have created some of the most innovative programs—from our community partnerships, field investigations, rescue operations, and legislative initiatives, to our national transport and spay/neuter efforts. Together, we have saved many millions of animals.
It is my honor and pleasure to work with the many talented people at the ASPCA, and I have no doubt that with your enduring support, the ASPCA’s life-saving efforts will continue to make a vital difference. In the meantime, I remain dedicated to carrying forward our mission, collaborating with our hard-working team to increase protections for animals and save more lives every day.
Thank you all for all you do for animals every day.
Guest blogwritten byEd Sayres, ASPCA President & CEO.
Did you know that this month marks the two-year anniversary of Operation Pit? We started the Operation Pit program in July 2010 to encourage spay/neuter of Pit Bulls in New York City by offering free spay/neuter, microchipping and vaccinations to young Pit Bulls and Pit mixes.
Why did we start this program? The main reason was to help address the Pit Bull overpopulation issue. But maybe it’s also because we’ve got a soft spot for these guys and gals who often get an unfair bad rap. In recent years they’ve received negative media attention citing them as "inherently dangerous" to the public. And because Pit Bulls make up an overwhelming majority of homeless dogs found in shelters, there is a constant struggle to place these pups.
Enter Operation Pit! The only requirement for participation is that the dog be in good health and between three months and six years of age, and live in the five boroughs. There are no financial requirements and appointments are now available every Monday through Friday at Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital (BMAH) and select Sundays at the Spay/Neuter Clinic in Glendale. Every day is Operation Pit day on the mobile clinics, where Pit Bull surgeries have always been free of charge.
A big thank you goes out to everyone involved in this program, and happy anniversary to Operation Pit!