The holiday season is upon usbut for some, celebration does not come easy. With the devastating effects of the economic downturn, struggling families across our nation are forced to face one of the most difficult decisions of their lifeabandoning their beloved pet.
As millions continue to file for unemployment, many families find they can no longer afford the costs of pet care, while others become evicted from their homes and are unable locate pet-friendly housing. The unlucky ones are left to the streets, but even those in shelters face difficult odds. The harsh reality is, with shelter intake rates on the rise, countless numbers of companion animals face euthanasia in overcrowded sheltersbut we are here to help.
This past year, we were able to provide low cost medical care to more than 144,000 animals, assist in the adoption of over 63,000 homeless pets, and provide more than five million in grant funding to organizations in need. But we’re not done…
Get Involved Today
With your help, the ASPCA can continue to make a difference for the thousands of families at risk of losing their beloved companions, and together we can keep families at home, together.
Get your motors running, animal lovers! This holiday season, Subaru is once again giving back with the Subaru Share the Love Event. That means you could be helping homeless pets while driving a brand new set of wheels. For every vehicle sold or leased between November 20 and January 3, Subaru will donate $250 to the owner’s charity of choice—one of which is the ASPCA!
It’s no surprise that Subaru owners love their dogs! For the 3rd year in a row, the ASPCA has been selected as one of five charities to participate in the dealership’s holiday year end sales event—raising more than $2.5 million in total donations.
To do our part, we have united Subaru dealers with local animal welfare agencies across the country to jointly host pet adopt-a-thons, collection drives, even holiday photos with Santa Claws. Last year, thanks to these special events, more than 350 animals found forever homes and $28,000 in donations were raised for local animal agencies!
Since there’s no limit to the amount that Subaru is willing to donate, car buyers can help the ASPCA receive upwards of a million dollars (or more!)—with all donations directly impacting our efforts to fight animal cruelty. So, even if you’re not thinking about getting a new car, tell a friend, tell a loved one—tell anyone shopping around that Subaru is worth checking out!
There has never been a better time, a better season or a better reason to buy a Subaru. Visit Subaru today for more information.
So, it’s been several weeks now of watching wacky pet crusader Joey Henry of HelpJoey.com use comedy to raise awareness of pet overpopulation. If you haven’t checked him out yet, Joey’s on a mission to stop cats and dogs from having sex! Sound a little weird? We know!
Sure we had our doubts that Joey’s “stop chasing tail” campaign would actually make a mark in our battle to end pet overpopulation, but people really seem be enjoying it. With a little help, his series of slapstick video escapades could spark a strong online movement to spread the spay/neuter message far and wide! Seeing the impact this lone pet-crusader has made so far, we decided to reach out and offer him our full support.
“I had just stopped two lust-driven labs from doing the sex, when I got the call from the ASPCA—I was so psyched and frankly, surprised, maybe I’m not as crazy as I thought,” says Joey. “Now with the ASPCA’s help, I’ll have the support I need to get a whole army of folks out there helping me stop the humping. With them in our corner, we'll be able to help so many cats and dogs.”
The ASPCA is excited to announce our new partnership with HelpJoey.com and are eager to offer the spay/neuter tools and resources needed to bring this creative campaign to a whole new level.
Be sure to check out Joey’s latest video escapade, at HelpJoey.com—and see for yourself what the buzz is all about.
Fed up with their state’s well-deserved reputation as the Puppy Mill Capital of America, Missourians hit the polls on Election Day to declare that enough is enough! Last night, voters in the Show Me State passed the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act, which appeared on their ballots as Proposition B, by a margin of approximately 60,000 votes. It is an incredible victory, and one we hope will send a strong message to the governments of other states—namely, that the public wants better conditions and more compassion for puppy mill dogs.
The new Missouri law, which becomes effective in one year, ensures that dogs who spend their entire lives breeding puppies at these large-scale facilities receive basic, humane care. It requires dogs to be provided with sufficient food and clean water, regular veterinary care, adequate housing and space, and access to regular exercise. Temperature parameters for kennels will be established to ensure that dogs are warm in the winter and cool in the summer, and female dogs will get adequate resting time between breeding cycles. And with passage of Proposition B, Missouri becomes the fifth state—joining Louisiana, Oregon, Virginia and Washington—to create a limit on the number of intact, adult breeder dogs a commercial dog breeder may keep.
In no other state were the stakes higher for puppy mill dogs. Missouri’s weak, confusing laws regulating commercial kennels have made it a haven for substandard breeders. The ASPCA has participated in many raids and rescues at Missouri puppy mills, and we have seen firsthand the unspeakably heartbreaking and inferior conditions to which these dogs are subjected.
Home to one-third of all the commercial dog breeding facilities in the U.S. (no other state even comes close), Missouri supplies more than 40 percent of all dogs sold in pet stores nationwide. No matter where you live, there’s a good chance that the puppies in the window of your local pet store came from a Missouri puppy mill. Implementation of the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act will provide welcome relief to tens of thousands of adult breeding dogs—not to mention the approximately one million puppies born in Missouri kennels every year.
“Yesterday’s passage of Proposition B reflects a landmark achievement in the ongoing fight against animal cruelty,” says ASPCA President & CEO Ed Sayres. “We are proud to have worked diligently on this campaign, and we celebrate this victory alongside the caring citizens of Missouri. The ASPCA is committed to working with local animal welfare groups to help breeders transition to the new humane standards and find loving homes for any displaced Missouri breeding dogs.”
On Thursday, October 21, a federal judge ruled against the ASPCA when he declined to issue an injunction preventing the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from continuing its inhumane and illegal roundup of wild horses from Colorado's North Piceance herd area. The ASPCA, along with Habitat for Horses, the Cloud Foundation, Dr. Don Moore and Toni Moore, brought the case against U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and other officials. The suit alleged that the BLM's actions violate the National Environmental Protection Act and the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971.
In spite of his ultimate decision, U.S. District Judge William H. Pauley did acknowledge that Dr. Don Moore, a Colorado veterinarian who has known the Piceance-North Douglas Herd for decades, and Toni Moore would suffer irreparable harm from the roundup of the herd.
"While we are disappointed by Thursday's ruling, we are encouraged by the Court's acknowledgment that the removal of these iconic horses impacts all Americans," says Matt Bershadker, Senior Vice President of ASPCA Anti-Cruelty. Jerry Finch, founder and president of Habitat for Horses, elaborates: "Although we did not get the win that we were aiming for, we stood fast and got the court to agree that damage is done to American citizens when the BLM pulls our wild mustangs from their rightful land. That is huge."
The day after the ruling, the BLM announced that it had completed the contested Colorado roundup and gathered 73 wild horses, most of whom will be up for adoption.
For more information on the BLM's mismanagement of America's wild horses, please visit ASPCA.org.