In his song “Savin’ Up” Bruce Springsteen sings, “You better start savin’ up for the things that money can’t buy.” The Boss has a point.
I thought about Springsteen’s message last weekend when I was in Los Angeles attending the Rock ’N’ Roll Half-Marathon in Los Angeles benefitting the ASPCA. Approximately 8,000 runners participated, many of whom were there to support causes important to them. They did not just give up a Sunday to run. Instead, most of them had trained for months or longer in order to promote their causes, improve their health, lose weight or simply to prove that they could do it. None of these outcomes could have been bought, which made them more special.
I was there to cheer the hundreds of people who comprised Team ASPCA, a group running to benefit animals. Going into the race, some of our runners were nervous because they had never run such a long distance. In fact, some members of Team ASPCA had never been runners at all before they committed themselves to training for this race. But these same people who had shared their concerns with me before the race crossed the finish line with huge smiles because they had not only achieved a tremendous personal accomplishment, they had also promoted a cause in which they believe.
As part of the ASPCA’s involvement in the half-marathon, we distributed $280,000 in grants to Los Angeles-area animal shelters and rescue groups. Some of the fans who cheered on Team ASPCA from the sidelines (or the nearby Bark Park) were homeless dogs from Bark Avenue Foundation. Rock star Bret Michaels, an animal lover who was performing at the event, met some of the dogs up for adoption and even named one “Little Bret”.
I’ve never run a marathon, so I didn’t know what to expect at the event. I came away inspired by the participants. If you think that you might like to participate in a Team ASPCA event, please go to www.jointeamaspca.org for more information.
Congratulations to Donna Foley of St. Louis, Missouri. Out of thousands of contest entries, Donna’s name was randomly selected to win our grand prize. We couldn’t wait to call our lucky recipient to fill her in on the good news.
“I can’t believe I won!” exclaimed an overjoyed Donna. “I never thought it would be me, I am just so excited.”
As the lucky winner, Donna will receive:
Two round-trip tickets to NYC
Two tickets to attend the ASPCA Humane Awards Luncheon on November 17
A guided tour of the ASPCA Adoption Center
Plus,a $10,000 shelter grant!
Stay tuned for coverage of Donna’s visit to NYC—and the announcement of the lucky shelter to receive the $10,000 grant!
To be honest, it's not always easy. While the elderly tend to be more at risk, animal hoarders range in age and can be men or women. The one commonality between all hoarders is their failure to grasp the severity of their situation.
Here are several signs that may indicate someone is an animal hoarder:
The individual has numerous animals and may not know the total number of animals in his or her care.
The person’s home is vastly unkempt with dirty windows, broken furniture, holes in wall and floor or extreme clutter.
There is a strong smell of ammonia, and floors may be covered with dried feces, urine, vomit, etc.
Animals are emaciated, lethargic and not well socialized.
Fleas and vermin are present.
The individual is isolated from his or her community and appears to be neglecting him or herself.
The individual insists all of his or her animals are happy and healthy—even when there are clear signs of distress and illness.
If you think you know an animal hoarder, please pick up the phone and call your local police department, animal shelter or veterinarian to ask for help. A phone call may be the first step to get a suspected hoarder and the animals the help they need.
For more information about animal hoarding, see our Hoarding FAQ.
Yesterday, pop star Katy Perry celebrated her 27th birthday by helping animals in need. Katy asked her friends, family and fans to donate to the ASPCA in honor of her special day, and we couldn’t be more thankful! The funds raised by Katy’s generous birthday wish will directly impact the lives of countless animals.
Want to Donate Your Birthday, Too? Have you ever thought about helping animals for your birthday? Well, they sure could use the support. Every year millions of pets suffer from neglect, abuse and homelessness. By donating your birthday to the ASPCA, you will directly help our life-saving efforts and join our fight to end animal cruelty.
It’s easy to get started—and quite rewarding, too. Just set up your own special ASPCA birthday page and watch as your family and friends donate critical funds for animals in your honor. So go ahead—try something a little different this year and launch your own ASPCA Birthday Campaign.
The ASPCA issued the following statement today after a carriage horse tragically collapsed and died en route to Central Park in Midtown Manhattan:
"The ASPCA was made aware of an incident this morning during which a carriage horse heading to Central Park collapsed and died on the street," says Stacy Wolf, Vice President & Chief Legal Counsel of ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement. "At present, the findings are inconclusive, but the ASPCA is investigating the cause of death. The horse is in the ASPCA's custody and is being transported to Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine for a necropsy. We at the ASPCA express our sadness and concern at this tragic incident. The life of a carriage horse on New York City streets is extremely difficult and life threatening and the ASPCA has long believed that carriage horses were never meant to live and work in today's urban setting."