Meet Waffle. This charming Chihuahua spends her days playing with toys, snuggling into warm blankets, and running around with fellow dogs. But that wasn’t always the case. Waffle first came to the ASPCA as one of a hundred dogs rescued from an animal hoarder. Her life at that point had been defined by loneliness and neglect, and the traumatic experience left her with an extreme distrust of humans. When we met her, she was anxious, timid, and very, very afraid.
Waffle spent more than two months working closely with the staff at the Behavioral Rehabilitation Center. Through our comprehensive treatment plan, she was able to tackle her fears and transform into the sweet-as-syrup pup she is today. She is now an official “graduate” of the Center, and she’s ready to take on the next chapter of her life.
When you donate to the ASPCA, you are supporting projects like the Behavioral Rehabilitation Center. With its combined mission of welfare and research, the Center is at the forefront of progress in its field. But it can’t run on good intentions alone. With your support, we can continue to give dogs like Waffle a chance to heal, and, more importantly, a second chance at life.
If you live in or near New Jersey and are interested in adopting Waffle, please contact Second Chance Pet Adoption League at email@example.com. Waffle is looking for a home with another friendly dog!
Nearly 100 lost and stray dogs brought to Louisville Metro Animal Services (LMAS) in Kentucky each month find their way back to their pet parents, thanks in part to the efforts of a new lost and found coordinator funded by the ASPCA.
“That’s a 40% increase over what we’ve had in previous years,” says Margaret Brosko, senior manager of special initiatives and communications for LMAS. “But the data doesn’t even begin to tell the story.”
LMAS is one of three partner agencies (along with the Kentucky Humane Society and Alley Cat Advocates) comprising the ASPCA Partnership in Louisville. Last July, with a grant from the ASPCA, LMAS hired Lost and Found Coordinator Megan Fox, a former customer service representative, who once dreamed of becoming a large animal veterinarian.
Since Fox’s hiring, the abundance of happy endings and reunions have been bringing tears of joy to pet parents, LMAS shelter staff and volunteers alike.
There was the Boxer, Rocky, from Jeffersonville, Indiana, who ended up at LMAS 10 days after disappearing on July 4, 2013. Fox spotted a posting for a lost Boxer on Craigslist, and days later noticed Rocky in LMAS’s kennels.
“When I contacted Rocky’s owner, he was hesitant to come in because of the distance; he figured his dog was gone forever,” she said. “But it was him!” When she spoke with the owner recently, he said Rocky is “fat, happy and crazy.”
There was a Husky, Sheba, who had been missing for two years. On November 1, 2013, she arrived at LMAS as a stray. Her microchip enabled shelter workers to trace her back to her pet parent, who picked her up that very day.
The LMAS website allows citizens not only to register lost and found pets, but also to view the latest lost and found pet entries. The public is also encouraged to call or visit the shelter if their pet is lost.
“We’re lucky to have several really good resources for lost and found pets in our area,” adds Fox. “The people are dedicated and post sightings of lost or found pets. I’m in daily communication with them and try to be the keeper of that information.”
With the spring and summer months ahead, LMAS is bracing for a high intake of strays. But Brosko is hopeful. “We’re lucky to have so many people who care about getting them back home. Our entire team helps people fill out reports, walk through our kennels and share information. We are continually evolving and improving—and people really feel like they’re part of the process.”
That’s especially true for Fox: “I absolutely love being a part of this team of amazing, compassionate, dedicated people, and I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to help animals every day!”
Today, March 21, is National Puppy Day! This adorable holiday was created to celebrate the unconditional love of puppies, as well as to educate the public about the cruel puppy mill industry. Here are our top tips for celebrating National Puppy Day, whether you’re looking to add a new furry family member or not!
1. Figure out if you’re ready to become a puppy parent
Puppies need a lot of attention to ensure they grow up to be happy, confident dogs. If you’re able to take on this responsibility, you’ll be rewarded with a loyal canine companion for life. Learn more about preparing for a puppy here—and considering giving an adult dog a second chance through adoption, too.
2. Learn the truth about pet store puppies
While that puppy in the store window may be hard to resist, purchasing a puppy from a pet shop supports the cruel puppy mill industry. These large-scale dog breeding facilities prioritize profit over the well-being of the dogs, cramming them into overcrowded, stacked cages where they may never know the feeling of grass beneath their feet or a loving touch from a human. Even though the puppies may get to leave the mill, their parents are stuck there for years breeding more puppies in these terrible conditions. Want to take action against puppy mills? Take our pledge to never buy anything from a pet store that sells puppies.
3. Adopt, don’t shop
Turn to your local shelter first when looking for a pet. Many shelters have young dogs in need of homes. If you’re looking for a specific breed, there are dedicated rescues for every different breed across the country, and websites like Petfinder allow you to search specifically for your breed of choice. Consider opening your home to a mixed-breed pup as well—they have just as much love to give!
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We love to hear success stories from ASPCA grant recipients who are able to make a great impact on the lives of animals. A recent and inspiring update comes from Humane Alliance, an organization that focuses on remedying pet overpopulation through high-quality, low-cost spay/neuter services. The ASPCA pledged more than $2.5 million, along with support from PetSmart Charities, to Humane Alliance over a five-year period to help expand the organization’s services.
Founded a decade ago as a small clinic in Asheville, North Carolina, Humane Alliance performs spay/neuter operations on an average of 120 pets day. Humane Alliance’s transport program works with shelters and animal control organizations across 20 counties to arrange pickups for both shelter animals and owned pets. The organization performs spay/neuter surgeries and returns the pets to the same location the next day.
Looking to expand beyond Asheville, Humane Alliance developed a mentorship program to replicate their success and open new clinics across the country. With help from the ASPCA, Humane Alliance has opened 127 clinics across 40 states, providing spay/neuter services to 3.8 million animals. Communities such as Springfield, Illinois have already seen decreased intake at local shelters, due in part to Humane Alliance’s spay/neuter efforts.
Humane Alliance also offers continuing education classes for veterinarians to help them improve their surgical techniques and provide better patient care. The organization also operates an externship program to provide veterinary students hands-on instruction and offer them valuable real-world surgical experience.
Over the past year, we’ve shared their stories with you, including recent Rehabilitation Center graduates Peanut Butter and Jelly, a group of dachshunds rescued from a hoarding situation, and Zack, a puppy mill survivor. This week, we’d like to tell Bubba’s story.
Bubba came to the Rehabilitation Center in mid-November 2013 from an overwhelmed shelter. He was scared and undersocialized, and he needed intensive rehabilitation to prepare him to join a new home.
ASPCA Anti-Cruelty behaviorists, with support from behavior and care experts at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, worked with Bubba every day for several weeks to reduce his fear and anxiety. We are thrilled to report that Bubba successfully graduated from the Rehabilitation Center and was transferred to St. Hubert’s to find a loving home. It didn’t take long—soon, Bubba found his perfect match. He is now thriving with his adopter, and we couldn’t be more pleased by the happy ending to Bubba’s story.