It’s been an exciting week at the ASPCA, since we just announced the 50 finalists of the 2012 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge. These 50 groups, all animal welfare organizations, now move on to the next round of our competition. Every contestant is ultimately a winner because every group will be working to save more animals’ lives. Those competitors who have the biggest increases in lives saved over the same time period last year—as well as those that do the best job of engaging their communities—will be eligible to share in the more than $500,000 in prize grants we are awarding for their life-saving work.
Shelters in every region of the country are entered in the challenge, and they need your support. Wouldn’t it be nice if the shelter where you adopted your dog and cat won lots of money to save more pets like yours? Even if you won’t be able to adopt a dog or cat this year, you can help by promoting your favorite shelter through social media during the competition or by telling your friends to consider adopting their next pet from that shelter. I hope you all will pick a shelter to support. You can find out more at www.aspca.org/100K.
Good luck to all of the 2012 $100K Challenge contestants!
What would happen to my pet if something happened to me? That thought has crossed most pet parents’ minds, but most of us never have to learn the answer.
Tammy’s dad wasn’t so lucky.
Tammy was adopted from the ASPCA in 2007 when she was a kitten. Over the next three years, she grew very close to her dad, but their time together turned out to be too short. Tammy’s dad suddenly became gravely ill and unable to care for his beloved cat, and he had to return her to the ASPCA.
Tammy is safe and well-cared for at our Adoption Center, but shelter life just doesn’t suit her. She’s a girl who needs to be in a home, and today she marks her 630th consecutive day in our care.
Why do adopters pass Tammy by? Though she’s gorgeous, with bright eyes and one ear that’s missing a chunk, many people are put off by her age (five) and the prospect of buying her prescription food. (It costs about $35 a month, and Tammy needs it to keep her kidneys healthy.)
And though Tammy is very social, friendly and loving, she’s a bit shy at first. In fact, sometimes when adopters come to meet her, she hides her little face in her kitty bed. She just needs time to make a connection.
Though we’ve done everything in our power to make Tammy comfortable—including giving her a stay in office foster care—only one thing would really make her happy: being part of a loving family again.
Might you be the person who sees past Tammy’s initial shyness and notices the beautiful kitty soul that she is? If you live in a 10-and-up home that’s a bit on the quiet side, consider calling our Animal Placement department in New York City at (212) 876-7700, ext. 4900, about Tammy.
And please share her with your network. She’s been waiting so long!
Thanks to a generous grant from PetArmor®, every contribution you make to the ASPCA before May 31 is matched dollar for dollar, up to $50,000! Better yet, for the month of April, PetArmor® will match $2 for every one dollar.
As the exclusive flea and tick sponsor of the ASPCA, PetArmor® is used on dogs and cats at the ASPCA’s Adoption Center and Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital in New York City. The ASPCA also uses PetArmor® to protect pets during its Field Investigations and Response work.
Right now, all donations made through this program will be shared with participating shelters across the country. So go ahead—double your donation, double your impact and help save twice as many animals nationwide!
Please consider a gift of $10, $20, $50 and rest assured that even the smallest sum will make a big difference for animals in need.
Act fast, this challenge is scheduled to run from now until May 31—or until $50,000 in matching donations has been reached.
For 146 years, our members have been getting active for animals. In honor of National Volunteer Week, we want to take a moment and thank YOU for all that you do for animals. From assisting in the care and placement of shelter animals to educating the public on animal welfare issues, the work you do saves lives!
To help keep you motivated, we’ve come up with a few easy volunteer tips that pack a big punch!
Volunteer at your local shelter or animal rescue organization. Shelters across the country are in desperate need of volunteers to help out with tasks as diverse as walking dogs, organizing fundraising events, and fostering abused or frightened animals. Check out our top ways to help your local shelter.
Guest blog post from Suzanne McMillan, ASPCA Director of Farm Animal Welfare
As many of you know, animals raised on factory farms often receive antibiotics in order to remain healthy in an otherwise harmful environment as well as to promote growth. But there are dangers involved for both humans and animals! Antibiotic resistance in humans is a very big concern, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been under increasing pressure to do something about it.
Last week the FDA finally responded, releasing three documents addressing the use of antibiotics in livestock. While it’s great that the FDA is acknowledging a problem, these documents are extremely disappointing. Producers are simply asked to voluntarily curb their use of antibiotics, and pharmaceutical companies are asked to voluntarily stop labeling certain antibiotics as useful for livestock growth. All of this despite a federal court ruling just last month that ordered FDA to stop relying on voluntary programs to curb the use of certain antibiotics. Further, these programs focus only on using antibiotics for growth promotion—not on the similarly common practice of feeding animals antibiotics to prop up their already weak immune systems.
The coalition Keep Antibiotics Working, of which the ASPCA is a member, calls the FDA’s new plan an “inadequate response” and urges it to, at the very least, establish “an enforcement mechanism and timeline” for achieving the voluntary protocols it proposes.