As Internet-savvy folks, you’re surely familiar with some form of online advocacy (hopefully as members of the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade!). Emailing your elected officials is fast, inexpensive and easy—but in this digital era, there’s something especially powerful about real, honest-to-goodness MAIL. That’s why we’re thrilled to announce the launch of a new application on the ASPCA’s facebook page that enables you to send actual postcards to your legislators!
For the month of January, we’ve created New Year-themed postcards for you to send to your representative in the U.S. House. Pick the image you like best, then enter your zip code. Based on your address, our system will determine who represents you. Your 4″x6″ color postcard gets printed and mailed at no cost to you, and in a few days, your rep will hold a tangible reminder to make animal welfare a priority in 2012. After you’ve sent your postcard, please share it with your friends on facebook!
Visit our Facebook page to send a real postcard and have a real impact.
January is in full swing, which means many of us are trying to get our homes—and our lives—in order. Well, what better way to greet the new year than by cleaning house? As they say, “out with the old and in with the new.” And did we mention your unwanted loot can help animals, too?
It can! We've just teamed up with WebThriftStore.com to launch an online thrift store dedicated to the animals we serve. Simply donate your unwanted goods, and when they get sold, the proceeds will help the animals we serve.
Is shopping more your thing? Check out the collection of goods already available for sale.
In the final days of 2011, the White House issued an official response to the online petition asking President Obama to crack down on puppy mills. The petition focused on the loophole in the federal Animal Welfare Act that allows high-volume breeders who sell puppies online and directly to the public to avoid inspections and basic oversight. The response, signed by Rebecca Blue, United States Department of Agriculture Deputy Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs, outlines the USDA’s plans to improve oversight of commercial dog breeders and to issue new rules to regulate those who sell puppies over the Internet.
“The existing regulations were drafted pre-Internet. They allow many commercial breeders to operate without a license and without any inspections—meaning they are not accountable to anyone for their breeding and care standards,” says Cori Menkin, Senior Director of the ASPCA’s Puppy Mills Campaign. “The ASPCA is encouraged that the USDA has committed to help end the suffering of millions of breeding dogs and protect consumers by finally closing this loophole.”
The petition was posted in September 2011 by The Humane Society of the United States, The Humane Society Legislative Fund and the ASPCA. More than 32,000 Americans signed on, making it one of the most popular petitions on the White House’s We the People website.
We may celebrate different traditions during the holiday season, but most of us share the desire to connect with family and friends at this time of year. And by “family and friends,” I certainly include all of our beloved animal companions.
The ASPCA has an adoption center in New York City where our dedicated staff works to find homes for thousands of dogs and cats each year. I love hearing “happy tails” about abandoned animals who find their forever homes.
One of these “happy tails” involves Cee Cee, who was adopted as a puppy and then returned to the ASPCA Adoption Center when she was 1.5-years-old. Cee Cee’s siblings, Marvel and Bubbles, were also adopted as puppies. Sadly, Bubbles was returned to the shelter just as Cee Cee had been. Marvel, however, lucked out—when his adoptive family found out that his sister, Bubbles, had been returned to the shelter, they made room for her and reunited her with Marvel.
When Marvel and Bubbles’ parents learned that Cee Cee had also been returned, they vowed to find a home for her. After all, family is family. They contacted a relative who lived in Texas who agreed to fly to New York to adopt Cee Cee. Now Cee Cee lives on a big ranch in Texas with two dog friends.
Puppies like Cee Cee, Marvel and Bubbles deserve only the best. Animal shelters and rescue groups are full of dogs, cats and other animals who are looking for similar “happy tails.” Let’s hope that they find one in 2012.