Drum roll, please! You nominated. You voted. You crossed your fingers. And now it’s the moment we’ve been waiting for: The winner of our first Founders Choice Grant Contest is The Toby Project!
But we couldn’t stop there. In fact, voting was so close that we’re awarding $5,000 grants to each of our top three finalists! Congratulations to The Toby Project, Hearts United for Animals and Becky’s Gift!
A special thank you to Founder’s Society member Mary Anne Rasmussen for nominating The Toby Project. This Founders Choice Grant will help save the lives of thousands of dogs and cats by helping The Toby Project spay and neuter 20 dogs and 39 cats!
Big thank yous also go out to Founder’s Society members Riki Shaw, for nominating Heart United for Animals, and John Ludlam, for his nomination of Becky’s Gift!
Hearts United for Animals will put its Founders Choice Grant to work providing feline leukemia/Feline Immunodeficiency Virus tests in their low-cost spay/neuter clinic. And Becky’s Gift will be using its Founders Choice Grant to purchase hay from area farms, grain from nearby feed stores, and services provided by local farriers and veterinarians.
Congratulations again to The Toby Project, Hearts United for Animals and Becky’s Gift! And thank you to all our Founders who helped make a difference for three wonderful organizations and for the animals of New York, Nebraska and New Hampshire!
Oh, it’s on! The 2012 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge is officially underway starting August 1—and, for the third year in a row, shelters around the country are in a race to save more animals’ lives.
What is the $100K Challenge, you ask? In a nutshell, 50 animal shelters will spend the next three months working tirelessly to increase the number of adoptions over last year. The winning shelter will receive a $100,000 grant from the ASPCA to continue its life-saving work—and other contestants will vie for a chance to bring home additional grant prizes.
Join Us for Kick-Off Weekend! Next weekend, we’ll be rooting for Challenge contestants as they host special kick-off adoption events! Follow @ASPCALiveas we bring you all the minute-by-minute action. Using the hashtag #100KChallenge, you’ll be able to join the conversation—and help your favorite shelter find homes for even more animals!
To find a kick-off event near you, please visit our 2012 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge events page!
After undergoing surgeries to treat not one but two types of cancer, Mystery was exhausted. And yet, each time this Shepherd mix saw her favorite person at ASPCA Animal Hospital, her big brown eyes lit up and her tail began to thump.
That’s typical behavior from this big-hearted dog. She’s friendly to everyone, and especially so to her special people.
“She has a great disposition,” says ASPCA licensed veterinary technician Carol Algarin. “She was always friendly, even when we knew she was uncomfortable.”
Mystery came to the ASPCA through our Humane Law Enforcement department, and we soon discovered she had a mammary gland tumor and a spindle cell tumor on her flank area. (Our vets believe the chance of recurrence is low.) But through her treatments, she maintained her sweet demeanor, good attitude and fondness for cuddling.
Carol isn’t Mystery’s only fan. Our Media team loved her so much that they brought her on the Nightly News with Chuck Scarborough on NBC! There, she demonstrated that she could Sit and Lie Down. (She’s a really smart girl.)
If you are looking for a dog with whom to form a very strong bond, Mystery is an excellent choice. We adore her here, but we want to see her in the loving home she deserves. Mystery can live with other dogs and children ages six and up.
To adopt Mystery, please call our Animal Placement department at (212) 876-7700, ext. 4900. And please share Mystery on Facebook and Twitter! Let’s get her the family she longs for.
The 2012 London Summer Games are officially upon us, and while it’s tempting to spend all day in front of the boob tube absorbing all the action, why not take advantage of the dog days of summer to engage in your own feats of strength and develop your athletic prowess?
Here’s a motivator—adding your pets into the mix makes exercise both more fun and more adorable.
We bet your pet would love a learning a new sport or trick with you! Whether it’s running, hiking, dog sports such as agility or just a vigorous game of fetch or hide-and-seek, exercise is great for pets’ health and keeps them mentally stimulated, balanced and happy.
So let the Summer Games inspire you and your four-legged teammates to get moving!
My favorite band once stated, “Time is on my side.” As I work toward completing nearly a decade with the ASPCA and reflect on all that we have achieved, I’ve decided it will soon be time to take on other challenges that have been on my to-do list. While this is not yet goodbye—I will remain in position until year’s end—I am ready to serve our field in another capacity that will help us reach our goals of ending homelessness and cruelty to animals.
Since becoming President and CEO, the ASPCA has dramatically stepped up the fight to save lives. Through collaboration and very hard work, we have created some of the most innovative programs—from our community partnerships, field investigations, rescue operations, and legislative initiatives, to our national transport and spay/neuter efforts. Together, we have saved many millions of animals.
It is my honor and pleasure to work with the many talented people at the ASPCA, and I have no doubt that with your enduring support, the ASPCA’s life-saving efforts will continue to make a vital difference. In the meantime, I remain dedicated to carrying forward our mission, collaborating with our hard-working team to increase protections for animals and save more lives every day.
Thank you all for all you do for animals every day.