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.
Fan or not, we’ve got to give credit to The Daily Show for tackling the serious issue of puppy mill reform in America, especially given the current debate over the passage of Proposition B in Missouri. Sure, the majority of Missourians voted in favor of tougher state regulations for puppy millsbut opposition to the new set of rules remains fierce, if not also a bit misinformed.
In last week’s Daily Show segment, correspondent Olivia Munn visits Missouri to see firsthand how residents are reacting to the passing of Prop B. Munn speaks with animal welfare leaders, even Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan, who throws his opinion in the ring. But the most startling interview is with Anita Andrews, Director of the Alliance for Truthan organization that heavily opposes the new puppy mill law.
“They’re expecting all the breeders to sit there and pay for exorbitant amounts of care that are not neededlike adequate food, adequate water, and adequate space,” explains Andrews.
With its well-known satiric flare, The Daily Show gets to the heart of the matterpuppy mill reform is needed and those who oppose it…well, we’ll just let you come to your own conclusions.
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…
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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.