It is here, people! August 1 is the official kickoff of the 2012 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge, when shelters across the country will engage in a friendly, three-month competition to save more animals’ lives.
This weekend, the 50 shelter contestants are pulling out all the stops to get the party started right. From all-night adoption parties to special promotions (hello, free cats!), these events are sure to get the public pumped up to adopt a pet and help their local shelters find more pets more homes.
And don’t forget to follow @ASPCALive as we bring you all the minute-by-minute kick-off action this weekend. Join the conversation by using the hashtag #100KChallenge and help your favorite shelter find homes for even more animals!
Guest blog written by Cori Menkin, Senior Director of the ASPCA's Puppy Mills Campaign.
Lambriar, Inc., one of the largest puppy brokers in the United States, has announced that it is closing its kennel doors for good. Puppy brokers like Lambriar are middlemen, buying dogs from puppy mills and distributing them to pet stores throughout the country. Brokers are an important cog in the wheel of the cruel and inhumane puppy mill industry.
When asked why Lambriar is closing its doors, owner Roger Lambert told Kansas newspaper The Belleville Telescope “When you couple the bad economy with increasing rules and regulations and increased pressure from animal rights activists, well, it just got too hard.”
We have been working hard to shed light on the link between puppy mills and pet store puppies, and it seems to be working! As more and more people take our No Pet Store Puppies pledge not to buy anything in stores that sell puppies, the industry will continue to feel the ripple effects and be forced to make changes.
If you haven’t taken the No Pet Store Puppies pledge yet, please do! And please be sure to share it with your friends so that one day, puppy mill cruelty will be a distant memory.
July 31 has gone to the dogs—and for good reason. It’s Mutts Day! That’s right, a whole day dedicated to embracing, saving and celebrating mixed-breed dogs. We can’t think of a more deserving crew.
With the desire for designer dogs still going strong, one-of-a-kind pups are often left with the short end of the stick. What gives? Mutts rock!
They can be well-behaved and loyal family members, they’re just as talented as their purebred counterparts, and do we really need to point out how ridiculously cute they are?
If you’re the proud pet parent of a mixed breed, we hope you’re celebrating Mutts Day by spending time with your furry companion! And if you’re thinking about adding a new pet to the family, please consider giving a mixed breed a chance.
Thanks to all for making pet adoption your first option!TM
We never get used to it. No matter how many cases of cruelty our team investigates, the brutality of it still hits us hard in the heart. This case was no exception. In mid-July our Humane Law Enforcement department received a call from an eyewitness who saw a father and son beating their cat to death with a stick. We jumped into action.
Quickly finding the deceased cat in a garbage bag on the side of the road, our Agents subsequently obtained a search warrant for the home. A search uncovered a broken stick encrusted with cat fibers and blood in the attic. Jean Rog Murat, 60, and his son, Robenson Murat, 29, were arrested and taken into custody.
The Kings County District Attorney indicted the duo on charges of aggravated cruelty to animals; overdriving, torturing and injuring animals; and failure to provide proper sustenance for animals. If convicted, the defendants will face a maximum of two years of incarceration.
“This was a heinous act on an innocent animal and a clear case of violent abuse,” says Stacy Wolf, Vice President and Chief Counsel of the ASPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement department. “We praise the district attorney for his commitment to hold these perpetrators accountable for their cruel and callous acts.”
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!