We commend the New York State Legislature for passing a bill that gives local governments better tools to regulate puppy mills and pet stores. Passed last week in the final hours of the state's 2013 session, the bill, A.740-A/S.3753-A, now moves to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s desk for his signature.
New York State’s “pet dealer” laws regulate commercial pet breeders andpet stores that sell live animals. These laws are quite weak, allowing these pet dealers to house animals inhumanely and sell sick animals to unsuspecting consumers.
Many local governments across the state want to stand up for dogs suffering in puppy mills and pet stores by enacting stronger regulations—but bizarrely, current state law expressly prohibits them from doing so. In fact, New York appears to be the only state where this is not permitted. If approved by the governor, A.740-A/S.3753-A will fix this problem by allowing local governments to exercise their home rule authority to regulate pet dealers.
If you live in New York, you can help! Visit the ASPCA Advocacy Center to quickly and easily contact Governor Cuomo to urge him to sign this legislation into state law.
We work hard to find homes for loveable dogs around the country, doing everything from hosting adoption events to tweeting our tails off. But sometimes these precious pups just need a ride!
That’s why we’re thrilled to announce the successful completion of our work with The Carroll Petrie Foundation Dog Rescue Project, a $1 million initiative to fund much-needed services for over 16,000 shelter dogs and puppies at local shelters across the country. Last weekend, we celebrated this milestone with a “Bon Voyage” event, as the final transport departed Miami-Dade Animal Services with more than 30 dogs and puppies bound for Long Island’s Precious Pups Rescue in Calverton, New York. Visit our photo album to see the adorable pups on their way to brighter futures.
Thanks to the Petrie Project, thousands of dogs got a lift from overcrowded shelters—in states from Florida to California—to areas of the country where they have a better chance at finding forever homes.
“Seeing the assistance we’ve been able to provide to shelters across the country thanks to The Carroll Petrie Foundation Dog Rescue Project has been truly inspiring,” says ASPCA President & CEO Matt Bershadker. “Through this generous donation, shelters were able to provide 16,600 dogs with the life-saving services they needed to get that second chance at finding loving homes.”
Jack F. has accomplished a great deal for animals in his lifetime, and he is just in middle school! Over the past three years, this dedicated young animal-lover has worked to raise money for the ASPCA’s life-saving mission by hosting a lemonade and brownie stand each May, and has raised more than $600 for our cause. This past winter he also organized a towel drive—a much-needed supply at our Adoption Center in Manhattan!
We can’t express how much we appreciate Jack’s commitment to helping animals. His efforts are truly inspirational!
These dogs’ lives were very different just one year ago. On June 21, 2012, we found them living in the dark, dirty basement of a six-story apartment building complete with a makeshift fighting arena, dog treadmills and a shopping cart full of raw chicken parts.
For months, ASPCA responders provided the dogs with extensive socialization, a healthy diet, medical care and exercise at a temporary shelter. Our goal was to prepare the dogs for adoption into loving homes, and give them a second chance to enjoy the rest of their lives free of pain and suffering. We’ve told you some of their stories. Watch the whole story and an interview with Unicorn’s adoring pet parents:
The Bronx dogs’ owner, Raul Sanchez, who pleaded guilty to dog fighting earlier this year, was sentenced to one to three years for animal fighting, one year for animal cruelty and one year for criminal possession of a weapon.
We can’t wait to see the parade of pooches that will walk through our office doors. If your workplace is participating in this fur-filled occasion, we hope you’ll join the fun and consider bringing your pup along with you. But, before you head to work, take a look at these tips for preparing your dog for the 9 to 5 workaday:
1. Dog-proof your workspace. Make sure there are no loose cords hanging from your desk, and that you stow any potentially toxic substances such as plants, markers, and other office supplies. It’s also a good idea to empty any trash cans near your desk so your pooch won’t attempt to sniff out any tasty leftovers from yesterday’s lunch.
2. Brush up on manners. Go over Sit, Stay and Come, and you should be off to a great start. Check out the ASPCA Animal Behavior Center for a full list of training tips.
3. Pack your bags. Bring food, treats, bowls, a leash, and paper towels to clean up any accidents. You might also want to bring a dog bed or blanket and your dog’s favorite chew toys. If you’ll be away from your pup at any point; you may wish to bring an ex-pen or baby gate for your doggie area. And as always, make sure your four-legged intern is wearing a sturdy collar with an ID tag.
4. Take it easy. Keep in mind that even the best-behaved dog might feel overwhelmed by the new environment of your office, or by your co-worker’s furry friends. Ease your dog into the workday by keeping him close to your desk, and by taking a few ten-minute breaks to give your dog some fresh air and exercise.
5. Get your cameras ready! If you bring your dog to work tomorrow, snap plenty of photos—we’d love to see them! Tweet us your pictures @ASPCA using the hashtag #takeyourdog, and we’ll share our favorites!