Sirens blared, thunder crashed and a state of emergency was declared following a series of tornados that tore through the state of Missouri. Due to severe flooding, many people were displaced from their homes—and so were hundreds of companion animals.
In response to the disaster, the ASPCA dispatched its Field Investigations and Response Team to assist the Caruthersville Humane Society, the city of Caruthersville and the county of Pemiscot with the emergency rescue and sheltering of displaced pets. So far, nearly 40 animals have been taken to the Caruthersville Humane Society, where they are being triaged, housed and reunited with their pet parents.
“We realize the stress of having to evacuate your home and leave your pet behind,” says Kyle Held, ASPCA Midwest Director of Field Investigations and Response. “We’re pleased to be able to offer our assistance to the Caruthersville Humane Society in caring for and reuniting local residents with their companions.”
The ASPCA's custom-built Animal Rescue Transport Trailer is currently en route to Caruthersville, bringing much-needed supplies for responders who are searching for animal victims.
“Staff and volunteers from the local shelter have been working around the clock,” reports Held, “and the ASPCA will continue to provide emergency supplies and support to the surrounding communities as long as we’re needed.”
Residents who wish to report lost pets or request rescue: Please contact the Caruthersville Humane Society at (573) 333-0100, or visit 500 E. Industrial Drive in Caruthersville, Missouri.
The ASPCA’s 2010 Kid of the Year kid has done it again! Eleven-year-old artist and author Olivia Bouler is on a new mission to help animals—and the ASPCA. Last year, Olivia raised thousands of dollars for the animals affected by the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf. She sent watercolor bird illustrations to those who donated to the Audubon Society in honor of the birds harmed by the spill.
In a new partnership with the company ArtStamps, Olivia is using her artistic talents to help animals once again. An imprint of her latest design of her pets, Quinn, and Clara, or any of her other art gallery images, are now available on more than 500 products offered by ArtStamps. And 25% of all sales from Olivia’s gallery will be donated to the ASPCA!
Get Involved! What do you love to do? Just like Olivia, you can use your favorite activities to help raise life-saving funds for homeless animals. Visit our Get Involved section for more ways you can make a difference!
A BIG thumbs down to Kage Games for its recent launch of a mobile dog fighting game called Dog Wars. The free smartphone app has caused outrage among animal lovers—and for good reason. Players actually feed, train and fight virtual dogs. They can even inject their dogs with steroids, bet virtual money and use a gun to fight the cops during a bust.
Dr. Randall Lockwood, Senior Vice President of ASPCA Forensic Sciences and Anti-Cruelty Projects notes, “Anything that in any way appears to promote or condone the serious, violent crime of dog fighting is cause for concern. This ‘game’ comes at a time when public outrage and law enforcement concern about dog fighting is at an all-time high, and the public should make this outrage known to those who promote it."
Dog fighting is not a game—and it is certainly no fun for the animals involved. Fighting dogs are often forced to spend their entire lives tethered to short, heavy chains. They receive inadequate care, little socialization and often go for days without access to quality food or clean water. During fights, many die of blood loss, shock and exhaustion. Others, those who are no longer deemed valuable, are simply killed.
Take Action! Dog fighting is a felony across all 50 states. Please visit our Blood Sports section to learn more about the cruelties associated with this barbaric “sport.” And ask your friends to boycott mobile apps like Dog Wars!
On the morning of Wednesday, April 20, a search warrant was executed for the confiscation of 41 dogs linked with multiple dog fighting operations in Halifax, Virginia. Working closely with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the United States Attorney’s Office, the ASPCA assisted in what is being dubbed one of the largest dog fighting busts the area has ever seen.
ASPCA responders have confirmed that many of the dogs exhibited scars consistent with fighting. The dogs were also denied access to clean water and appeared to be underweight. Skin infections and other medical conditions were apparent.
“Organized dog fighting is a brutal form of animal abuse where dogs are exploited and forced to fight as their owners profit from their torture,” says ASPCA Animal Fighting Specialist Terry Mills. “We are determined to protect our nation’s animals from this form of cruelty.”
All 41 dogs have been taken to an undisclosed location, where veterinarians will examine their medical conditions and temperaments.
In addition to removing the animals and collecting evidence for the prosecution of the criminal case, the ASPCA will collect DNA samples from the dogs and submit them to Canine CODIS (Combined DNA Index System), the nation’s first criminal dog-fighting DNA database.
Stay tuned for more breaking news as we continue to cover the case in Virginia.
With the close of tax season, returns are rolling in. But what to do with all that money? Well, before you indulge on something you could probably do without, have you thought about spending it in a way that would help animals?
Check out these great ways you can spend a little and make a big difference in the lives of animals!
Donate to the ASPCA! Your financial support could make a big impact for as little as 60 cents a day—what could be better than that?
Shop ‘Til You Drop. When you shop at We-Care’s more than 1,000 participating on-line shops, a portion of the purchase price will be donated to the ASPCA at no extra cost to you.
Let Your Garden Grow—Safely! Stay informed! With toxic plant information at your fingertips, this app is compatible with the iPhone and iPod Touch and is available for only $2.99. A portion of every sale is donated to the ASPCA.
Throw a Party. Organize an event for all your friends, and donate the proceeds to your favorite shelter. Any kind of social event—a dinner party, car wash or community yard sale—is a great way to make new friends and raise money.