Imagine your dog having to spend his entire life in a barren cage with no companionship, little to no medical attention, and no relief from suffering? A place where the stench of urine hangs heavy in the air and the constant barking of dogs creates a sense of chaos. This is the only life many puppy mill dogs will ever knowand thousands are fighting to see that change is made.
Veterinarians and responsible dog breeders from across Missouri have teamed up with animal lovers in support of Proposition B. This common-sense measure on the November 2 state ballot aims to stop the most heinous of puppy mill abuses by establishing more humane standards of care for dogs housed in large-scale breeding facilities.
“In truth, current laws are just not strong enough to prevent abuses at Missouri puppy mills dogs are typically crowded into small and filthy cages, denied veterinary care, exposed to extremes of heat and cold, and given no exercise or affection,” says Tim Rickey, ASPCA Senior Director of Field Investigations and Response. “This is why many responsible dog breeders, along with Missouri veterinarians and vet clinics support the changes called for by Prop B.”
If you're a Missouri citizen, please vote YES! on Prop B on November 2 and transform your state from the “Puppy Mill Capital of America” to a national leader in puppy mill reform. Also, be sure to catch Tim Rickey, ASPCA Senior Director of Field Investigations and Response, on the radio this weekend. Tim will be on 97.1 KAYQ-FM Saturday Oct. 23 at 9:30am discussing Prop B and the impact it will have on dogs across the state.
Don't live in Missouri, but still want to help? You can make a difference in the lives of countless dogs by contributing a donation to support Prop B. Visit www.yesonpropb.com to donate today!
Pet overpopulation—we've all heard the numbers, and simply put, they’re devastating. With millions of cats and dogs being unnecessarily euthanized each year, we couldn’t be happier to see so many innovative spay/neuter campaigns sprouting up across the country. That said, the ASPCA has never—ever—seen anyone tackle this serious issue quite like Joey Henry, of HelpJoey.com.
What makes him different? Plain and simple, Joey is on a one-man mission to stop animals from having sex—literally! Toss out the notion that volunteering at your local spay/neuter clinic is the way to go—this guy’s got other plans. With a cameraman in tow, Joey—in full Bulldog regalia—is doing his part by scouring local neighborhoods and busting kitties in the act of…gulp…doing it. Is this guy for real? It’s all a bit nutty if you ask us.
Through a series of slapstick video escapades, Joey is trying to spread his “stop chasing tail” campaign far and wide—and truly make a difference for animals. But is he? Sure, he may be breaking all the rules with his risqué comedy—but when it comes down to it, we’re just not sold. You be the judge, check out Joey’s latest video escapade on his Facebook page—and see for yourself what this wacky pet-crusader is up to.
With the November 2 voting day quickly approaching, the ASPCA is currently on the ground in Missouri educating voters on Prop B—and working hard to get the vote out! Also known as the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act, Prop B aims to raise the standard of care for dogs in Missouri’s commercial breeding facilities. If passed, this landmark legislation would have revolutionary implications on puppy mill operations across the country.
“For years, the ASPCA has been at the forefront of preventing the many atrocities associated with the puppy mill industry,” says Tim Rickey, ASPCA Senior Director of Field Investigations and Response. “From our life-saving investigations, to introducing ground-breaking legislation, we work hard every single day to see that these dogs get the justice they deserve.”
“With over 20 years of investigating puppy mills, I have seen some of the worst conditions in Missouri puppy mills,” adds Rickey. “Infections and disease run rampant, living conditions are often bare and squalid—these dogs deserve better, and we are here to help them get it.”
We need your help! If you're a Missouri citizen, please vote YES! on Prop B on November 2 and transform your state from the “Puppy Mill Capital of America” to a national leader in puppy mill reform.
Don't live in Missouri, but still want to help? Please help us by posting this video on your Facebook page or blog, tweet this article, and visit www.yesonpropb.com to see how you can support the cause.
On September 24, at the request of Days End Farm Horse Rescue in Howard County, MD, members of the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response Team were dispatched to assist in the care of eight critically ill and neglected horses originally seized from an equine rescue group in West Virginia. The horses, all Thoroughbreds, are retired from the racing industry.
Kristen Limbert, Manager of Field Operations for the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response Team, is currently on scene with other ASPCA team members skilled in horse handling. The following is from a series of field reports from Kristen on the ground in Howard County.
Field Report 3 The horses have continued to improve over the last two days. Disco, Casanova, Aaron, Buttercup and Felicity even had the chance to go outside. Feeding and medications are still needed around the clock—but because overall health is improving, we have moved to every three hours instead of every two. That's a big step forward for this group—I'm sure more improvements will come over the next few days.
Unfortunately, Zodiac and Yogi are still too frail to do much. Zodiac is still in his sling, and will be for a while longer. They do however, have good appetites! That said, Yogi is very picky—We still water down their food, but if there is one drop too much, she will not eat. Zodiac, on the other hand, will take all the water you put in his food—he makes the funniest slurpy sound as he sucks it up.
It truly amazes me, that after working in the horse racing industry for so many years these animals could be treated with such disregard. Yet, despite all of their hardships, they continue to respond positively to love and affection. They are such trusting, beautiful creatures—and truly deserve much better than the cards they've been dealt. The staff and volunteers here at Days End are so dedicated to the horses well-being, it is a wonderful place for them to get a second chance at a new life.
Stay tuned to the ASPCA Blog for more exclusive field reports from the scene in Howard County. To learn more about the ASPCA's efforts to end horse cruelty, visit our Equine Section.
Although it may be tempting and convenient to order your pet’s medications online, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning to pet parents about unregulated online pharmacies that sell expired or counterfeit drugs without a prescription. According to the FDA, foreign and domestic web pharmacies may ask pet parents to fill out an online form and then falsely claim that a veterinarian will evaluate the pet’s condition to prescribe the appropriate treatment.
“Some of the Internet sites that sell pet drugs represent legitimate, reputable pharmacies,” says Martine Hartogensis, D.V.M., deputy director of the Office of Surveillance and Compliance in the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM). “But others are fronts for unscrupulous businesses operating against the law.”
The ASPCA does not recommend that pet parents forgo purchasing pet drugs on the Internet altogether, but encourages the active participation of your veterinarian in any decision to medicate your pet. “All pet drugs should be prescribed by a veterinarian after an in-person physical exam, and should either be purchased from that veterinarian or outsourced to a reputable pharmacy, whether on- or off-line,” says Dr. Camille DeClementi, ASPCA Senior Director of Medical Records.
Dr. DeClementi also recommends that pet parents avoid purchasing nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)—one of the most common types of drugs dispensed online without a prescription—to treat their pet’s pain without consulting a veterinarian to determine the underlying cause of the pain. NSAIDs can be dangerous if not dispensed properly, and pets who are taking these drugs should be monitored closely.
If you do decide to purchase your pet’s medications online, please follow these smart practices:
Bring your pet to a veterinarian for a physical exam and obtain a written prescription for any necessary medications.
Ask your veterinarian if he or she uses an online pharmacy service. These services are state-licensed and require the active participation of a reputable doctor.
Only purchase medication from websites that are Vet-VIPPS (Veterinary-Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites) accredited. Check to see whether the online pharmacy you’re considering is accredited at www.nabp.net.
Mail or fax your veterinarian’s written prescription to a Vet-VIPPS accredited pharmacy.