We did it! One million people now ‘like’ us on Facebook. Humbled. Amazed. Grateful. We have only one thing to say: We ‘like’ you, too! Together we have fought for tougher laws to protect animals, shared vital pet care tips with friends, pledged to end animal cruelty…and of course, found homes for thousands of homeless pets.
You’ve given so much to the animals, and now we want to give a little something back. Through November 1, everyone can take 10% off the ASPCA Online Store with coupon code 1MIL10. We’re also inviting folks to enter a special Facebook contest.
The winner will receive:
Two round-trip tickets to NYC (November 16 to November 18)
But that’s not all! It wouldn’t be fair—and we certainly wouldn’t be us—if we didn’t include our furry friends. That’s why we’re offering the grand-prize winner a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to improve the lives of animals: If you win,we’ll award $10,000 to your favorite shelter!
The ASPCA has awarded a $5,000 grant to the St. Martin Parish Animal Services in St. Martinville, Louisiana. The funds will be used to purchase materials to assist with emergency sheltering for homeless animals as well as owned pets. St. Martin Parish Animal Services will also be using a portion of the grant to educate the public about establishing a disaster preparedness and evacuation plan.
In a recent research study conducted by Lake Research Partners and commissioned by the ASPCA, more than one-third of pet owners admitted they don’t have an emergency plan.
"Louisiana is especially vulnerable to natural disasters such as hurricanes, tropical storms and flash floods, and the best thing pet owners can do is to be prepared," says Kathryn Destreza, Southeast Regional and Investigations Director of ASPCA Field Investigations and Response.
"The funds that the ASPCA has generously granted to our disaster preparedness and education initiative will make it possible for the citizens of St. Martin Parish to include their pets in emergency plans," adds Dana Fontenot, animal services agent for St. Martin Parish Animal Services. "Education is key to disaster preparedness. We now have the ability to assist with that education and the necessary preparations for people to safely evacuate with their animal companions."
The ASPCA is on track to award more than 10 million dollars in grant money to worthy animal welfare groups across the U.S. this year. To learn more, including how your organization can apply for an ASPCA Grant, please visit ASPCApro.org.
It seems like a no-brainer: Smoking around your pet is bad news. But just how dangerous is it? Truth be told, it can be downright deadly.
A study conducted by the Tufts College of Veterinary Medicine shows that cats living in homes with smokers have a greater chance of being diagnosed with mouth cancer. Because of their grooming habits, cats continually lick and ingest cancer-causing carcinogens that build up on their fur. They are also twice as likely to develop malignant lymphoma—a cancer that occurs in the lymph nodes and is often fatal.
What about dogs? Well, research shows that dogs living in a smoking household are at a much greater risk of developing cancers of the nose and sinus area. Dogs with nasal cancer typically survive less than one year.
Make a Change The best thing for a pet parent to do is designate an area outside the home to smoke…or better yet, give up the habit. Smoking is bad for you, too.
Fairytales do come true. In June, 2010 ASPCA responders deployed to rural Tennessee, to assist with a critical hoarding intervention. The scene was heartbreaking. More than 80 dogs were found living among trash and debris. Some were housed in overcrowded pens and some were chained to posts, while others roamed the property. One dog stood alone.
Emaciated, pregnant and suffering from severe mange, her spirit was clearly broken. Never had a dog looked so sad. But that all changed the day we arrived. Our team provided the emergency care and love she needed.
Having gone from rags to riches, we named her Cinderella. It didn't take long for a family to fall in love with this little survivor, and Cinderella found a home. But it wasn't until a trip to a local dog park that this fairytale came full circle…
One afternoon, Cinderella, who usually stayed close to her family, began playing with another dog named Mufasa. In fact, they were inseparable. Then it happened. Cinderella's guardian suddenly recalled seeing Mufasa at the ASPCA Adoption Center. He was one of the dogs rescued in Tennessee with Cinderella!
In a very big city, these two had found each other. And the moment was magical. To this day, they remain the best of friends. After surviving the unthinkable, they were given a second chance. Others are not so lucky—countless others are still waiting to be rescued. Learn how you can help!
A few years ago, Julien Roohani of Portland, Oregon, was at work when her roommates spontaneously decided to go on a hike. Not wanting to exclude Julien’s six-month-old Shepherd/Border Collie mix, Niña, they threw her into the back of their pickup truck and set off for an adventure.
Niña had never been in a truck bed before. Whether she was scared or just spotted something of interest, she managed to jump out during the drive. Panicking, the roommates called Julien, who rushed Niña to an emergency veterinary clinic where she was diagnosed with a broken spine and other severe injuries. Julien had no choice but to allow her young pup to be humanely euthanized.
Unfortunately, stories like Niña’s are all too common. It is never safe to drive with an unrestrained pet—especially with that pet in an open truck bed.
“When you drive with a loose dog in the back of your truck, you’re taking a huge risk and placing your dog and other motorists in danger,” says Chuck Mai, a vice president with AAA Oklahoma. “Even if a dog is trained, we’re talking about an animal who responds to stimuli on impulse. This irresponsible decision can start a deadly chain reaction on the road.”
Is It Legal? Transporting unrestrained dogs in low-sided truck beds has been banned in a handful of states, including California and New Hampshire, and municipalities including Indianapolis, Cheyenne and Miami-Dade. However, in the vast majority of jurisdictions, it’s not even illegal to transport children in this manner, so we must rely on common sense and education to protect children and pets alike.
How You Can Help One can feel terribly helpless witnessing a loose dog in a pickup truck. The best course of action is to try to get the vehicle’s license number (if you can do so while remaining safe) and call the local police. Rather than dialing 911, Jill Buckley, ASPCA Senior Director of Government Relations, suggests storing your police precinct’s phone number in your cell phone.