The ASPCA’s Field Investigations and Response Team (FIR) hit the road in the Lone Star State this week to showcase the new mobile command center’s disaster response equipment and demonstrate how we can help support Texas communities and animals in the wake of natural disasters.
Throughout the week, the Personnel Support Trailer (PST) made special stops at Fort Sam in Houston, followed by visits to the Texas Animal Health Commission, Texas A&M University and San Antonio Animal Services to discuss collaborative efforts between the ASPCA and Texas animal agencies in emergency situations.
FIR responders travel across the country to assist animals in situation such as natural disasters, puppy mill raids and dog fighting busts. In the aftermath of disasters, it can often be difficult for FIR team members to find housing near where their help is needed most. The new Personnel Support Trailer offers FIR responders a comfortable, secure place to stay while in the field and greatly enhances our ability to respond to emergencies while helping lower the costs of longer deployments.
Made possible by the generous support of the Joanie Bernard Foundation and the John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold Foundation, the trailer consists of a 53-foot 2012 Western Star Tractor with an attached 12-foot Command Post equipped with state-of-the-art communication capabilities, providing FIR responders with a vital communications portal and secure planning space. The new trailer has space for 12 team members and includes fully functional bathrooms, a kitchen area, an expandable living space and two generators, allowing responders to be completely self-contained for up to one week.
Bruno, pictured right, was rescued by the ASPCA in March 2014
Who could forget the magical movie moment when Little Orphan Annie fell in love with street pooch, Sandy? Many of us fell in love with that scruffy dog, too! We have some good news animal lovers and movie fans: On December 19, Sony's Columbia Pictures will release its contemporary remake of the classic movie-musical “Annie,” in which Sandy is portrayed by a shelter dog! The adorable tan-colored pooch named Marti was actually rescued by an animal welfare organization in Armonk, New York.
To show their continued support for shelter pets, Sony has teamed up with BarkBox, a lifestyle site for dog parents, and the ASPCA to help combat pet homelessness. For every picture posted to Instagram with the hashtag #ImARescueToo and the tag @AnnieMovie, BarkBox, in partnership with Sony, will donate $1 to the ASPCA. You can grab your phone, snap a photo of your favorite rescued pet, post it to Instagram and help raise critical funds for homeless pets! Thanks for supporting animals in need.
More than 120 cats and dogs braved chilly temperatures for free vaccines and microchips during a “Community Pet Party” hosted by the ASPCA and the NYPD’s 49th Precinct on Saturday, November 15 at Bronx Park East in the Bronx, New York.
Longtime Bronx resident Ceferino Miranda was one of the first in line with his Westie, Chiquita, one of three dogs he brought. He found Chiquita in the streets and now cares for five dogs. “I was going to get all their vaccines earlier this month,” said the Vietnam veteran, “but I fell short.”
Pets also received free ID tags, ASPCA fleece blankets, and Halo pet food provided by Freekibble. Some residents also received dog houses.
“For many animal owners, getting basic resources for their pets can be difficult, so we want to do all we can to help, especially as winter approaches,” said Colleen Doherty, manager of the ASPCA’s Cruelty Intervention Advocacy team, which staffed and promoted the event. New York City’s Office of Emergency Management gave out free flashlights and information on including pets in emergency preparedness plans.
Detective Victor DiPierro of the 49th Precinct said he was glad to see people “taking advantage of these free services.”
One of them, Althea Hall, sat with Dynasty, a nine-year-old Rottweiler with a glistening coat. “She used to be my daughter’s,” said Althea, explaining how she once cared for Dynasty and got attached. “She’s mine now, and I want to do right by her.”
Nearby, Shadow, a five-year-old black cat, poked her head through the top of her carrier, blinking and soaking in the fall sunshine, before hunkering back down. When it was time for her vaccines, siblings Starlyza and Ricco Medina carried Shadow into the ASPCA vehicle designated for cats.
For the seventh year in a row, the ASPCA has been selected to participate in the Subaru “Share the Love” event, which kicks off today, November 20, and runs through January 2, 2015. For every new vehicle sold or leased between November 20, 2014 and January 2, 2015, Subaru will donate $250 to the purchaser’s choice among four national charity partners or local Hometown Charity selected by participating retailers, with a minimum guaranteed donation of $250,000 to each national charity.
Since 2008, Subaru has donated more than $9 million to the ASPCA through this event, thanks to all the Subaru customers and ASPCA supporters, like you, who chose the ASPCA when they purchased or leased a new vehicle. Now, you have the chance to support and spread the word for us once again this year!
Please help us spread the word about the ASPCA’s participation in the annual Subaru “Share the Love” event! Bring a friend along to an adoption event near you, tweet a photo of you and your pet using the hashtag #aspcaSTL, and be sure to tag @aspca and @Subaru_usa.
November is Senior Pet Month at the ASPCA! To celebrate, we’ll be featuring some of our favorite senior pets.
Olivia is a sweet and social cat who would love to be your new best friend. This pretty lady loves attention from her favorite people, but prefers it on her own terms—let her sniff your hand, and once you’re friends, she’ll happily let you scratch her head and face.
It may take Olivia some time to adjust to her new home, but with the help of some yummy treats and her favorite toys, she’ll start to relax in no time. Although she likes affection, Olivia prefers not be picked up and is sensitive to touch around her stomach and tail. This sweet girl would like to be the only cat in the household and would do best with an experienced adopter familiar with feline body language. Adopt Olivia today!
Olivia is available for adoption at the ASPCA Adoption Center. If you are interested in adopting, please call our Adoptions Department in New York City at (212) 876-7700 ext. 4120. To learn more about Olivia, please visit her profile page.