Holly Springs, Mississippi—The ASPCA arrived at the scene to find more than 95 severely underweight dogs living in feces-encrusted pens. The degree of neglect was shocking—skin disease, rotted teeth, malnutrition and infection were widespread. Several dead dogs and puppies were discovered on the property. Others, like Binah, were barely alive.
Binah was one of the many victims found living in squalor at the Holly Springs puppy mill. She was dirty, skinny and unable to walk due to a congenital defect made worse by spending years in a tiny, overcrowded cage. Binah was forced, with little regard to her health or well-being, to produce puppies assembly-line style.
"Mother dogs like Binah are considered a cash crop—the more puppies they can crank out, the more money the mills make,” says Cori Menkin, ASPCA Senior Director of Legislative Initiatives. “When they can no longer produce, they are deemed worthless, just like broken equipment."
Special Update Thanks to you, our team was able to rescue Binah and countless other dogs like her. After spending months recuperating at ASPCA Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital, Binah made a full recovery and is now thriving with her new forever family. She enjoys the comfort of a warm bed, hearty meals, and all the love and attention she spent so many years without.
As the South and Midwest have struggled to cope with severe weather and the devastation it leaves in its wake, we’ve been keeping you informed about where we’re deployed and how we’re helping animals across the regions.
But, some of you have rightly asked, what are we doing to help Alabama’s animals as the state recovers from the worst tornado outbreak in U.S. history?
Here are a few highlights of our work for Alabama’s animals.
Grants One ASPCA grant awarded in Alabama went to the state’s largest animal welfare organization. After receiving the $128,000 grant, the Greater Birmingham Humane Society (GBHS) was able to obtain an adoption and transport rig so it can better assist the state.
The rig will help GBHS head to other parts of Alabama—including hard-hit Tuscaloosa—to provide disaster relief. It will include space for animal transport cages, an on-board veterinary work space and room for the storage of pet care supplies.
“This rig will help us reach even more animals in need as we work to help the pets who have been affected by these devastating storms,” says GBHS Strategic Communications Officer Laura Golden.
Sheltering Collaborating with our partnership network, the ASPCA has helped bring staff to Alabama’s overburdened shelter. In Tuscaloosa, the Saranac Technical Rescue Team has five responders at Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter, and the Washington Animal Rescue League (WARL) has also sent a team.
In addition to assisting with shelter management and daily care, WARL has taken animals back to Washington, D.C., for adoption, lessening the burden on Tuscaloosa.
Supplies From our innovative distribution center located in Memphis, we supplied Alabama with pet food, crates, carriers, large fans, litter boxes and more. ASPCA volunteers and partners drove trucks to the state and unloaded supplies quickly, helping shelters in Alabama care for their animals in the aftermath of the tornadoes.
Stay tuned to ASPCA.org for more news on how we’re responding to this crisis in Alabama and elsewhere.
The devastation is heartbreaking. Homes have been reduced to rubble, streets transformed into flowing rivers, hundreds have lost their lives—and it’s far from over.
"We see entire communities flooded—animals are stranded on dog houses, in trees and other small patches of dry space," says Tim Rickey, ASPCA Senior Director of Field Investigations and Response. "For many of these victims, rescue is their only hope."
As emergency responders work to help countless families evacuated from their homes due to severe storms, teams of ASPCA responders have been deployed to Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee to rescue and care for animals who have been displaced, stranded and even abandoned.
“Our team is specially trained in water rescue and emergency sheltering for animals in crisis,” says Rickey. “We are doing everything we can to help, and hope families find comfort in knowing their pets are safe.”
Take Action! To date, the ASPCA has assisted nearly 4,000 animals in these affected areas—but we can’t do it alone. Please help us make sure that no animal is left behind.
It´s time to treat the lawn, spray the trees and, of course, plant the garden. If you're a pet parent, please read this before you begin exercising your green thumb.
Every year the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) receives tens of thousands of calls involving animal companions who’ve been exposed to potentially deadly garden hazards.
The same products that produce vibrant lawns can cause serious health problems for our companions. In fact, many common plants can be poisonous, while fertilizers, weed killers and pesticides also pose serious hazards if not handled correctly.
We’ve all heard of spring, summer, winter and fall, but are you familiar with kitten season? Sounds cute, but this time of year can be devastating for shelters across the country. Every year, between the months of March and November, animal shelters experience a flood of homeless cats and newborn kittens in need of care and fostering.
Becoming a foster parent is a vital way you can make a life-saving difference. Volunteers provide temporary care for pets in their own homes—receiving all necessary food, supplies and veterinary care.
"The more kittens who get into foster homes, the more space there is at the shelter," says Senior Manager of the ASPCA Adoption Center Diane Wilkerson. “By offering your home to a kitten in need, you are saving lives.”
Without loving homes or resources to support the influx of newborn felines, many shelters are often forced to make the difficult choice to euthanize. But you can help. Become a foster parent and ensure that all animals get the loving homes they deserve—we simply can’t do it alone!