Tallahassee-Leon Community Animal Service Center saved more than 1,000 animals during the $100K Challenge.
We are very excited to announce that Tallahassee-Leon Community Animal Service Center (TLCASC) in Tallahassee, FL, a municipal agency that cares for 11,000 animals annually, has won the ASPCA Community Engagement Award and a $25,000 grant! The award is part of the $100K Challenge, a national contest designed to inspire animal shelters across the country to save more lives.
The ASPCA selected TLCASC for the Community Engagement Award because of its creative and comprehensive “Reach for the Stars” communications campaign, which recruited dozens of local officials and celebrities to act as “agents” for animals in need of new homes. The campaign included an all-night adopt-a-thon and celebrity-themed video segments.
During the Challenge, TLCASC was everywhere from local fairs to college campuses, and kept the community in-the-know with fun blog posts from Daisy, canine reporter, who shared individual animal successes as well as exciting milestones. Together, staff, volunteers and the TLCASC community saved 1,288 animals from August 1 through October 31—an increase of 335 lives saved over the same time period in 2009.
Congratulations to the staff and volunteers of TLCASC, and thank you for creating such an amazing model of community engagement to save more lives!
Want to see all of TLCASC’s incredible community outreach? Visit the $100K Challenge blog! Next week, we're hitting the road to celebrate with Tallahassee, so stay tuned for reports from sunny Florida. And don’t forget to check out aspca.org/blog tomorrow when we’ll reveal the grand prize winner of the ASPCA $100K Challenge!
Last week, the ASPCA helped remove 120 dogs and puppies from an overcrowded and unsanitary “sanctuary” in Pope County, Arkansas. The Field Investigations and Response Team was on the scene to help bring the dogs much-needed relief, and we have exclusive photos of the rescue. Check out the slideshow below, and stay tuned to aspca.org for more on this developing story.
We are very pleased to announce the six winners of the ASPCA $100K Challenge Photo & Story Contest! With nearly 9,000 votes cast, it was a tough race, but whether they represent fosters, adoptions, volunteers or RTOs (return-to-owners), the winning entries all embody the very essence of this Challenge. For never losing faith in the end goal to save more lives and inspire others to do the same, these six submissions secured $1,000 grants—and our deep appreciation—for their local Challengers.
Congrats to all the finalists! Stay tuned for another announcement tomorrow, when we crown the winner of the ASPCA Community Engagement Award! And on Wednesday, we’re bringing you the BIG reveal—check out aspca.org/blog to find out which Challenge contestant saved the most animals’ lives to take home the $100,000 grand prize!
Friends, family and feasts—the main ingredients for holiday fun can actually result in distress for pets. Not only can too many table scraps set furry tummies a-rumble, but many animals get anxious at the change in household routine.
The following tips will help guarantee a safe and fulfilling Thanksgiving for you and your companions:
Talkin’ Turkey If you decide to feed your pet a little nibble of turkey, make sure it’s boneless and well-cooked. Don't offer her raw or undercooked turkey, which may contain salmonella bacteria.
Sage Advice: This peppery herb makes stuffing taste delish, but also contains essential oils and resins that can cause pets to suffer stomach upset and possible depression of the central nervous system.
No Bread Dough Don't spoil your pet’s holiday by giving him raw bread dough. According to ASPCA experts, when raw bread dough is ingested, an animal's body heat causes the dough to rise in his stomach. As it expands, the pet may experience vomiting, severe abdominal pain and bloating, which could become a life-threatening emergency, requiring surgery.
There’s no debating it, animals have sex. With unwanted litters coming in as the leading cause of pet overpopulation, it should go without saying that spaying or neutering make the top of every pet-parent’s to-do list. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. That’s why HelpJoey.com has introduced the Pet Purity Collar. Say what?
Forget about ShamWow or the Snuggiethe latest fad to hit the infomercial market is the Pet Purity Collar. Sure infomercials notoriously feature over-the-top salespeople, peddling questionable productsbut who could doubt the good intent of the Pet Purity Collar?
“These stylish bands represent your pet’s promise to resist their animal urges and to abstain from doing the freaky-deaky,” explains Joey. “Discover the hottest trend in pet fashion that will also get them to stopchasingtail.”
Okay, so it’s a spoofthe Pet Purity Collar doesn’t really exist. But let’s hand it to Joey for producing yet another amusing webisode, one with a great message!
To find a low-cost spay/neuter services in your area, please visit www.ASPCASpay.com. And be sure to check out HelpJoey.com to see for yourself what the buzz is all about.