It wasn't what you would think of as a typical 911 call. Terrified her horse was drowning in the Umpqua River, an Oregon woman called 911 for help. She had been with her horse at the county fairgrounds when her horse spooked and jumped into the fast-moving current of the river. Frantic, the woman tried to swim after her but couldn't catch up. She returned to shore and called for help. This particular story has a happy ending—Douglas County Animal Control Deputy Lee Bartholomew responded with a swift water rescue team and the horse was saved.
Shortly before the dramatic river rescue, local responders had taken a large animal rescue training course funded in part with a grant from the ASPCA. Strawberry Mountain Mustangs, an Oregon nonprofit that rescues and rehabilitates equines, applied for an ASPCA grant to help train law enforcement, fire departments and animal control agencies in the rescue of large animals. Because state and county governments had drastically cut budgets, most of the participants could not have attended the training program without financial assistance.
Could Your Local Shelter Use a Grant? During the first half of 2012, the ASPCA made 828 grants, totaling over $7.6 million. Our robust grant program helps save animals across the country, and we are always grateful when our recipients let us know how the funds have helped. If you know of an organization that could use financial assistance, please visit our Grants section.
On Sunday, ASPCA responders headed to Gloversville, New York, to assist 296 neglected dogs, cats, birds and farm animals—including goats and horses—housed in an overcrowded sanctuary called Kelly’s Haven for Friends Animal Rescue.
At the request of Fulton County authorities, ASPCA Northeast Director of Field Investigations and Response Jeff Eyre and his team helped collect evidence for criminal charges while ASPCA veterinary professionals provided the surrendered animals with emergency care.
What’s the Next Step? Helping these animals get a second chance at forever homes.
“Once we assessed all the animals, we contacted our shelter response partners to quickly find placement for them,” Eyre says, adding that many organizations immediately stepped up to the plate to “help a community with severely limited resources.”
Arriving at a Shelter Near You? Some of the rescued animals will be placed in Gloversville’s surrounding area, but others will be hitting the road to various ports of call around the Northeast and Midwest, where rescue groups are waiting with open arms. Here are some of the stops the transport vehicle is making:
Mohawk and Hudson River Humane Society (Menands, New York)
New Rochelle Humane Society (New Rochelle, New York)
Noah’s Ark Animal Welfare Association (Ledgewood, New Jersey)
Washington Animal Rescue League (Washington, D.C.)
Finger Lakes SPCA (Bath, New York)
Allen County SPCA (Fort Wayne, Indiana)
Central Vermont Humane Society (East Montpelier, Vermont)
It's true. We don't think Michael Vick would make a good doggie parent. The NFL superstar recently claimed on Piers Morgan Tonight that he's interested in getting a dog. Call us crazy, but we don't think it's a good idea. Far from it.
Despite spending 19 months in prison for running an illegal interstate dog fighting business, Vick hasn't expressed a shred of empathy toward the dogs he brutalized and killed. And rather than talk about the horrors of dog fighting, he has consistently chosen to focus on the consequences of getting caught.
In a nutshell, his actions are self-serving. We've seen little remorse and even less compassion. And let's not forget, he caused unspeakable suffering to hundreds of innocent dogs. Frankly, the ASPCA has serious concerns about Vick's ability to be a responsible pet parent.
Your two U.S. senators and your U.S. representative will be home next month—don’t let this opportunity pass you by!
Every year, Congress takes the month of August off (pretty sweet job!). During the August recess, senators and representatives travel back to their home states and districts—after months spent in Washington, D.C., this is a time for them to reconnect with their constituents. This means you! Next month is going to offer great opportunities for you to meet with your congress members in-person, on your home turf, to advocate for animals.
Attending town hall meetings or scheduling time with your legislators in their state or district offices are great ways to advocate for animals. You can find out when town hall meetings are scheduled by contacting your legislators’ offices—before you go, you might want to read up on how to participate in town hall meetings). We also have some simple dos and don’ts for meeting with your legislators.
Speaking with your legislators face-to-face is the most effective thing you can do to promote animal welfare legislation! Look up your legislators’ information here and contact them today!
Cats across America are mad as hell. Why are they so angry? Just like us, cats are tired of the way their canine pals (yes, cats and dogs do get along!) are being treated in puppy mills. Cats are sensitive creatures, and they are sickened by the sight of puppy mill dogs living in tiny, cramped cages, suffering from malnutrition and neglect, and forced to bear litter after litter without a break.
So, what’s a cat to do? Our feline friends are wise: They’ve joined the ASPCA’s No Pet Store Puppies campaign! Cats have realized, along with over 100,000 people who have already signed theNo Pet Store Puppies pledge, that all pet owners have the ability to help us put an end to puppy mills. They know that most pet store puppies come from puppy mills, and they are throwing their support behind our pledge not to buy anything from pet stores that sell puppies. Cats are sending a clear message to humans everywhere—“go buy our toys and treats somewhere else!”
Join these smart cats today and support our efforts against puppy mills! Here’s what you can do:
After you’ve signed the pledge, share one of our new Cats Against Puppy Mills badges on your Facebook page, Pinterest board or other social media site.
Spread the word! Tell everyone you know to take the No Pet Store Puppies pledge, and Tweet your support by including the hashtag #CatsAgainstPuppyMills.
Finally, always make pet adoption your first option! Want a puppy? Visit your local shelter to meet your next furry friend, and be sure to buy your new companion’s treats, toys, food and other supplies at pet stores that don’t sell puppies!
Watch the video...and share it! Check out the No Pet Store Puppies' mascot as he schools customers in a pet store that sells puppies!
To learn more about the ASPCA’s work to end the inhumane practices of puppy mills, please visit nopetstorepuppies.com.