It is not surprising to learn that Pit Bulls account for almost two-thirds of the dogs in NYC shelters—or that this is mainly due to pet overpopulation. When ASPCA’s Dr. Louise Murray, Vice President of Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital, began brainstorming for a way to encourage the spaying and neutering of Pit Bulls, she turned to her husband’s Fire Department for inspiration.
“My husband, a Captain in the FDNY, works with a lot of guys who aren’t exactly excited to see their dogs emasculated,” says Murray. “I wanted to present spaying and neutering in a way that wouldn’t be such a turn off—and the guys gave me two thumbs-up on the military-themed approach.”
Today, the success of Operation Pit cannot be overlooked. The program, not limited by income or place of residence, offers a free physical exam and free spay or neuter surgeries to all pit bulls, along with free Distemper/Parvovirus vaccinations and free microchips.
“In keeping with the theme, each dog also walks out with a camouflage bandanna and ‘Honorable Discharge’ papers for participating,” explains Murray.
Participation in Operation Pit is by appointment only—sorry, no walk-ins. Call (877) 900-PITS to find out more or to schedule your dog’s visit.
On your mark. Get set. Vote! Folks, we are thrilled to announce that 95 animal shelters—from Hawaii to the U.S. Virgin Islands—are competing in this year’s $100K Challenge qualifying heat!
So, what does that mean, exactly? Well, they need you to vote! The 50 shelters with the most votes will be the official contestants of the 2011 Challenge and compete for the $100,000 grand prize. To keep the competition fierce, you can cast one vote each day!
Our thoughts are with the people of Japan as the post-earthquake crisis continues to unfold. The severity of the situation and the possible threat of nuclear disaster highlight the fact that assistance is still urgently needed. As reports and footage of the devastation in Japan continue to come in, one video serves as a reminder that the catastrophe has many animal victims, too.
Japanese dog refuses to leave injured friend behind. CNN reports that these dogs have been located and are receiving care.
The ASPCA remains on standby ready to assist our animal welfare colleagues in Japan in any way necessary. Currently, we are in communication with our national and international partners through our membership in the National Animal Rescue and Sheltering Coalition (NARSC). For more information on NARSC's efforts, please visit their site.
Working with this coalition, we are coordinating efforts in order to provide the most efficient and effective use of resources to help animals affected by this disaster. Please stay tuned to ASPCA.org for more information on the ASPCA’s relief efforts.
It’s been over three months since we helped rescue more than 100 starving and neglected equines from a horse trader’s Arkansas property—and we’re still in the Natural State, devoting countless hours and supplies to care for the animals around the clock.
Before the rescue, the horses lacked sufficient access to food and clean water and suffered from various consequences of neglect, including parasitic infections and painful, overgrown hooves that made it difficult for them to walk. They’ve come a long way since then.
“We’ve been caring for these horses since early December, and with help from the local community and various agencies, we’ve provided the horses with much-needed relief,” says Kyle Held, Midwest Regional Director of ASPCA Field Investigations and Response. “Most of the horses have responded well to veterinary care and socialization, and many of them are ready to be placed in permanent homes.”
This case serves as an example of how the ASPCA often has to commit more funds and resources than initially expected when conducting investigations and raids. What initially was expected to be a month-long process has turned into a much longer, more demanding deployment. We’re still waiting for Arkansas authorities to give us the go-ahead for an adoption event, but we will continue to work tirelessly to care for the equines until we have placed every one.
Fortunately, we aren’t going it alone. Along with key partner the Humane Society of the United States, we’ve received help from organizations like the American Humane Association, Missouri Farriers Association, Code 3, Days End Farm Horse Rescue, Alder Hill Farm Rescue, PetSmart Charities, International Fund for Animal Welfare, Massachusetts SPCA and Williamson County Sheriff's Posse.
Held adds, “The welfare of these horses is our priority and we’re exploring all options, in hopes that we would be able to move forward with an adoption event soon.”
ASPCA animal rescue efforts, especially those that require unexpected resources and funds, are made possible thanks to the support of our members.
Recently, members of the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response Team were deployed to assist in the rescue of nearly 350 dogs from One More Chance Rescue and Adoption, a failed sanctuary near Springfield, Ohio.
The dogs—many of whom were in critical condition—were found living amongst garbage and feces inside rat-infested barns.