We’re gearing up for St. Patrick’s Day this Sunday—what about you? We notice that shelters all over the country are having special St. Patrick’s Day adoption events, and we’re so excited for all the animals involved.
Are you the proud parent of the world’s cutest pet? Well, we want to see! Enter the ASPCA “I Heart My Pet” Pinterest Photo Contest, sponsored by Reeds Jewelers and David & Goliath. Follow the contest directions below for a chance to win an ASPCA Tender Voices® diamond pendant or a super-cute David & Goliath T-shirt:
1. Register to enter in the form below. 2. Follow the ASPCA on Pinterest. 3. Follow the ASPCA board “I Heart My Pet Contest.” 4. Create your own Pinterest board titled “ASPCA I Heart My Pet Contest.” 5. Upload your favorite photos of your pet(s)!
As long as you follow those steps, we’ll be able to find your Pinterest board and see your adorable photos! We’ll chooseone valid entry from each board and re-pin that photo to the ASPCA “I Heart My Pet Contest” board, where Pinterest users can then vote for their favorite. Each “like” your photo receives earns it one point, while each re-pin earns two points. Three winners, including one grand prize winner, will be chosen!
Contest registration begins March 15,2013, at 12:00 PM (EST), and the submission deadline is April 1, 2013, at 5:00 P.M. (EST). Voting for finalist photos will open to the public March 15, 2013, at 5:00 P.M. (EST) and close April 3, 2013, at 5:00 P.M. (EST). Winners will be officially announced April 4.
For more information and to view the contest rules, click here. Good luck, and happy pinning!
Did you hear the ASPCA’s amazing news? Well, it’s true: We’re incredibly excited to be opening the first-ever behavioral rehabilitation center for dogs who have survived animal cruelty but suffer from crippling fear as a result.
"People want their dog to be a friend, not afraid.
But sometimes, fear grips dogs so tightly they shake, cower, bite, growl or pee. It can be constant, painful and hard to overcome. Such dread can consume a dog when it's freed from a cage at a puppy mill or hoarder's home because that's the only life the dog has ever known.
Until now, it was up to animal shelters to ease the fears, knowing if they didn't, euthanasia was the likely alternative. But this week, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals opens its Behavioral Rehabilitation Center at St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center in Madison, N.J.”
We have so much more news to share with you about this thrilling new facility—and how we hope to use it to offer a lifeline to animals across the country—and we’ll bet you’ve got questions. We can’t wait to tell you everything, so stay tuned to ASPCA.org for all the details.
In 2012, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) in Urbana, Illinois, handled more than 180,000 cases about pets possibly exposed to poisonous substances—and some breeds seemed to make up a lot more of those calls than others.
Nearly 14,000 of APCC’s 2012 calls were from worried pet parents of Labradors. Domestic shorthair cats were involved in approximately 10,000 cases (the second-most popular breed involved in APCC calls). Mixed-breed dogs (8,000 cases), Chihuahuas (4,833 cases), Golden Retrievers (4,819 cases) and Yorkshire Terriers (3,800 cases) rounded out the top six.
No matter what kind of pets they had, thousands of pet parents called us about the same products last year. Here were the top five poisons that caused pet parents to call APCC for help in 2012:
1. Prescription Human Medications
APCC handled 25,000 cases regarding human prescription medications in 2012. The top three types of medications that animals were exposed to were: heart medications (blood pressure pills), antidepressants and pain medications (opioids and prescription non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs).
While just 11% of all calls to the APCC are about insecticides, more than 50% of the calls to APCC involving cats pertain to felines exposed to insecticides.
3. Over-the-Counter Human Medications
This group contains acetaminophen, ibuprofen and naproxen as well as herbal and nutraceutical products (fish oil, joint supplements).
4. Veterinary Products and Medications
Veterinary products made up nearly 6% of APCC’s case volume for 2012. Both OTC and prescription veterinary products are included in this group. Watch out for flavored tablets!
5. Household Products
APCC fielded more than 10,000 calls about household products in 2012. Household toxins can range from fire logs to cleaning products.
We’ve known for years that horse slaughter is an exceptionally cruel practice—whether it happens in the U.S. or elsewhere. Due to their biology and their psychology, horses cannot be slaughtered in a commercial setting without tremendous suffering and fear.
We also know that horse meat is not even safe to eat! Horses are fed de-wormers and other toxic drugs that can cause terrible reactions—including death—in people who eat their tainted meat. Consumers in the E.U. are just discovering the dangers they have unwittingly been exposed to, and the scandal grows daily.
In spite of this mountain of damning evidence, the USDA is currently processing an application for a horse slaughter operation here in the United States. Roswell, New Mexico, may soon become ground zero for horse suffering.
The ASPCA has worked closely with federal legislators and other advocacy groups to develop the SAFE Act. This bill will stop the pain and the suffering of equines caught up in this grisly business. Please visit the ASPCA Advocacy Center to take action nowto urge your U.S. senators and representative to cosponsor the SAFE Act.