We are excited to announce that the ASPCA is granting nearly $1 million to Los Angeles Animal Services and the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care & Control to facilitate life-saving adoptions of homeless pets in LA.
A portion of the funds will waive cat adoption fees for qualified adopters. This includes cats over four months of age in Los Angeles’ six city animal shelters, as well as all cats and kittens in the six county animal shelters.
The grant will also cover “make-ready” fees typically incurred by qualified rescue groups when they retrieve cats, kittens, pit bull type dogs and Chihuahuas from city and county shelters. These animals are most at-risk in the Los Angeles area, and this funding will improve their chances of finding safe and loving homes.
“Despite the best efforts of city and county shelters and rescue groups, the situation for cats in Los Angeles remains dire—over half of the cats who enter city and county shelters never come out,” said ASPCA President & CEO Matt Bershadker. “ASPCA research has shown that waiving cat adoption fees drives new and responsible prospective owners to shelters, dramatically impacting the lives of thousands of shelter cats whose futures are endangered.”
The funding, which will provide $520,000 to the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care & Control and $400,000 to the City of Los Angeles Animal Services, will go into effect immediately. While fees will be waived, all adoption policies and procedures remain in effect, including existing criteria for potential adopters.
Disaster can strike at any time, so it’s important to be prepared to take action at a moment’s notice. But have you considered what to do with your pet? September is Disaster Preparedness Month, and we’re taking this opportunity to make sure that pet parents are ready to respond if necessary.
Here are three ways to make sure your family is prepared to handle any emergency:
Welcome to The Paw Print! In this recurring feature, we highlight the latest news affecting animals and animal-lovers around the country. Here are some of the top stories right now:
Panda Babies in Intensive Care: Twin Giant Pandas were born at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., on Saturday. The tiny babies require round-the-clock attention, but their mother, Mei Xiang, is struggling to care for both cubs at once. Zookeepers and veterinarians are currently providing intensive care to help save these special animals. [The New York Times]
Stray Dog Saves Tourist: While vacationing in Greece, 25-year-old Georgia Bradley was threatened by two men on a secluded beach—until a stray dog jumped in to protect her. Georgina adopted the dog, now named Pepper, who later gave birth to six puppies. [The Huffington Post]
Go, Tigers? An Ohio high school known for featuring a live tiger cub as its mascot is currently under fire from animal welfare organizations. Although the tigers are well cared for during their stints as mascots, the school has been asked to prove that they will live at an accredited facility when they’ve outgrown their jobs, and that they’ll be cared for throughout their lives. [The New York Times]
Army Dog Reunited with Handler: US Army Specialist Tyler Roberts spent a year in Afghanistan with a Tactical Explosive Detective Dog named Donna. They were separated in 2011, but Roberts spent the last four years searching for her. He recently found her abandoned at a kennel in Virginia and adopted her. “I owe her my life, and I intend to spoil her for the remainder of hers,” he said. [USA Today]
Blind Shelter Cat Has His Very Own Seeing-Eye Kitten: At a South Carolina SPCA, a blind cat named Blinkin was having trouble getting around. Fortunately, a fuzzy black kitten named Hefty was eager to help, and Hefty now guides Blinkin wherever he needs to go. The new best friends are currently looking for a home together. [The Dodo]
Craft Beer Goes to the Dogs: A craft beer brewery in Indianapolis has launched the first ever “dog brew,” a non-alcoholic beer made especially for dogs. Made with meat bones and vegetables, the non-carbonated beverage is now on tap—and all proceeds will go to local animal shelters. [USA Today]
The ASPCA, along with horse-lovers from near and far, headed out to Bridgehampton, New York, this week for the prestigious and star-studded 40th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show.
For the ninth consecutive year, the ASPCA partnered with this iconic week-long show to promote animal adoption and raise awareness of critical equine cruelty issues with two special ASPCA-hosted events.
Things kicked off on Monday with our annual ASPCA Adoption and Animal Welfare Day, during which spectators got the opportunity to meet rescue horses face-to-face, hear their rescuers’ stories and learn ways they can make a difference for equines. Several local animal shelters and rescue groups were on site throughout the day to find loving homes for adorable, adoptable animals, including dogs, cats and, of course, horses. Even some formerly wild mustangs made an appearance!
Attendees were invited to the ASPCA Equine Town Hall just days later to hear experts from the ASPCA’s Government Relations department and Our Farm Equine Rescue discuss critical issues impacting horses today, like horse slaughter, homelessness and neglect, and how to rescue, rehab and re-home horses from the slaughter lot.
To make the events even more special, the ASPCA Equine Welfare Ambassadors team of top international riders, including Georgina Bloomberg, Brianne Goutal, Hayley Barnhill, Stacia Madden and our newest ambassador, Jennifer Gates, were on site during the week to answer questions and greet show-goers. Network correspondent and animal advocate Jill Rappaport, who is also an ASPCA Equine Welfare Ambassador, hosted Monday’s event.
The protection of horses has been a core part of the ASPCA mission since our founding nearly 150 years ago. The Hampton Classic allows us and our Welfare Ambassadors to share that passion with the equine community and spectators of the show, and to encourage them to serve as a voice for animals.
Alicia is a spirited and affectionate cat who is looking for a loving home. Although Alicia suffered head trauma that led to some trust issues and behavioral challenges, her distinctive personality, signature “chirping” sounds and ability to persevere through her challenges have made her a staff favorite. She’s curious, quirky, and loves to be the center of attention!
Our Behavior team has worked to identify some of the things that make Alicia uncomfortable, such as unfamiliar spaces or having her paws handled, and can work with an adopter on ways to help her navigate those discomforts and acclimate comfortably to her to her new home.
Alicia is not a climber or a jumper, in part due to impaired coordination. This means she prefers to avoid stairs and doesn’t jump on furniture or perch on window sills. As such, her food, toys and water should remain at ground level. She would do best in an adults-only home with an experienced, cat-savvy adopter. Adopt Alicia today!