Those of us who live in colder climates are used to taking all sorts of precautions to prepare for winter, from putting on snow tires to breaking our warmest togs out of moth balls. But don’t forget that winter also poses challenges for our pets!With their protection in mind, the ASPCA hasteamed up with Morton Salt’s Safe-T-Pet® ice melt to raise awareness about winter hazards for pets. Be sure to take note of the following tips:
Keep anti-freeze stored on high shelves in sealed containers, and quickly clean any spills or leakage.
Use a pet-friendly (salt-free and chloride-free) ice melter such as Morton® Safe-T-Pet® in areas where pets walk.
Limit outdoor time for pets when temperatures drop below freezing.
Check warm spots on cars, such as hoods, where animals might seek shelter from the cold, before starting the engine.
Keep pets on a leash, especially dogs, as they can become disoriented or lost when once-familiar surroundings are covered in ice and snow.
Wipe paws clean after walking on ice and snow.
Make sure pets are wearing ID tags and proper outerwear as needed.
Easy Winter Action!
In addition to sharing important winter safety tips, Morton is raising funds for the ASPCA! For every "like" they receive on their Facebook page through January 31, 2012, Morton will donate $1 to the ASPCA. So get clicking—and thanks!
Stuck for a holiday present? Bored with the latest gadgets and gift certificates? Why not give the gift that keeps on giving—to animals!? An ASPCA gift membership is a great way to say you care, not only for the recipient but also for the millions of pets who’ll benefit from your generosity. Our online form makes it easy—just log on and help us build a humane community one membership at a time.
In return for your gift of $25 or more, the recipient will receive a membership card, an ASPCA calendar, a free subscription to ASPCA Action, and an ASPCA wristband. ASPCA gift memberships of $50 or more include a limited edition Harley.
So hurry and get clickin’, and have a happy, humane holiday from the ASPCA!
We worked with our Shelter Partners to find space for these brave little pups, and organizations in Arkansas, New York, New Jersey and Washington, D.C., stepped up to the plate. Today, we packed up our Animal Transport Trailers and hit the road.
Here’s where these brave little pups are being welcomed with open arms:
Twenty dogs stayed close to home with Arkansas’ Stop Animal Cruelty in Hot Spring County.
St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, New Jersey, is taking in 30 dogs.
Animal Welfare Association in Voorhees, New Jersey, has accepted 20 dogs.
Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA in Hudson, New York, will find homes for 10 dogs.
And Washington Animal Rescue League in Washington, D.C., will welcome 100 dogs!!
A huge thank you to our Shelter Partners for giving these former victims of a cruelty a second chance at finding love and companionship.
For the first time in her life, this sweet hound is spending the holidays surrounded by love. To see her now, it’s hard to believe that she was once the victim of hoarding.
Scared, sick and hungry, Aurora was one of 84 dogs found living in filthy conditions on a property in rural Tennessee. But thanks to the support of our members, ASPCA responders were able to rescue the animals, bringing them to safety.
"It was clear that the dogs were in dire need of help, and our mission was to get them triaged by a veterinary team and into a safe environment," says Kyle Held, the ASPCA’s Midwest Director of Field Investigations and Response.
With your help, our team nursed Aurora back to health, we helped her conquer her fears and we found her a loving forever family. We're so grateful for your support—without it, dogs like Aurora wouldn't be home for the holidays.
Guest blog post by Nancy Perry, Senior Vice President of ASPCA Government Relations.
Recently, we received word of a tragic story from Oregon in which a family’s beloved dog was strangled to death by a heavy-duty trap left by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services division. This little-known federal agency uses tax dollars to kill wildlife species that homeowners and ranchers consider to be problematic or nuisances. Unattended traps and poisons—and even helicopter hunting—are all routine features of Wildlife Services’ campaign to kill wildlife. Their work is often carried out without oversight or public notification, and as the event in Oregon shows, can have heartbreaking results.
Doug and Denise McCurtain found their seven-year old Border Collie, Maggie, caught in a Conibear trap set by Wildlife Services to kill nutria (a small, non-native wild animal) in their neighborhood. This trap, which is designed to break the neck and strangle an animal, was placed less than 50 feet from their backyard, near a pond where children and pets often play. The McCurtains’ homeowners’ association notified them that traps would be set, but the McCurtains were not informed that such a dangerous trap would be used on land, or that an unmarked trap would be placed so close to their home.
Unfortunately, Maggie’s case isn’t the first time a family pet has been killed by Wildlife Services. Tragedies like this happen all too often. Earlier this year, a beloved family dog in Texas named Bella was poisoned by an unmarked explosive device left by Wildlife Services containing sodium cyanide.
U.S. Wildlife Services must do more to prevent tragedies like these. Better notification of the dangers in the community could have spared Maggie’s life. As long as Wildlife Services continues to use lethal means to manage wildlife, the agency places our pets at risk and causes terrible suffering and death to thousands of wild animals each year. If this disturbs you, we urge you to contact your U.S. senators and representative and ask them to stop spending your tax dollars on dangerous programs to kill wildlife.