Here at the ASPCA, we’re always inspired when we see people taking a stand for animal welfare. We’re extra inspired, though, when some of our youngest supporters speak up for animals! Pennsylvania fourth- and third- grade animal enthusiasts Veronica J. and Kamryn V.
With so many political issues facing our country, it’s more important than ever to make your voice heard at the ballot box today—but Election Day isn’t the only time your family can take action for animals. There are still plenty of ways you and your family can get involved in the legislative process and make a difference for animals all year long. In honor of Election Day, we’ve come up with someone fun and easy ways the little animal lovers in your life can help improve the lives of our furry friends, today and all year long!
Talking to kids about pet store puppies and puppy mills is no easy task. The last thing parents want to expose their children to is the harsh reality of painful cages, overcrowded conditions, diseases and emotional abuse. To help children understand why they can’t have “that puppy in the window” of your neighborhood pet store, we’ve put together some kid-friendly talking points for tough questions.
We have exciting news for middle school students in New York City! The ASPCA has provided a $12,500 grant to Unleashed—a non-profit group that works to build confidence and purpose in young girls—to launch after-school programs to empower young animal advocates.
We were so proud to hear that 9-year-old Abby V. of Los Angeles, California, decided to dress as an ASPCA responder for Halloween, and her outfit took first prize in a costume contest!
Abby’s mom, Christine, shared some photos of her daughter’s award-winning costume, and told us a bit about her commitment to animals.
“Abby came up with the idea on her own. When I asked her why she decided to wear the ASPCA costume, she told me, ‘Mom, we have to be a voice for animals, and this will show people that I love animals very much,’” Christine says.
We’ve been in love with Melissa Joan Hart since her days on “Clarissa Explains It All” and “Sabrina the Teenage Witch.” These days, the “Melissa and Joey” actress and author of the forthcoming "Melissa Explains It All: Tales from My Abnormally Normal Life" is all grown up, a mom of three and a serious pet lover. We asked her what life is like around her house.
Tell us about your pets! What do they mean to you and your family?