5 Incredible Things Made Possible by People Like You!

April 11, 2024


We wanted to take a moment to say THANK YOU to everyone who took action and showed support on our first-ever ASPCA Giving Day! Without animal lovers like you, and the incredible ASPCA community, we wouldn’t be able to accomplish all that we do for animals every day. Their futures truly start with friends like you.

That’s why we want to take a minute to say a big thank you. Your support on Giving Day means the world to not just us, but the dogs, cats, horses and other animals we serve, too. So, if you need a reminder on why you should feel proud to support the ASPCA, here are five incredible things that are made possible by lifesaving donations. Your support will help us as we continue to reach more animals in need and will make more moments like these possible for animals in need of rescue, protection and care.

Beluga was found tied up in a cloth shopping bag and placed against the street curb with only her head sticking out. Luckily, a Good Samaritan called the NYPD and Officer Sean Ganley came to Beluga’s rescue. During an exam in our care, we found that Beluga was suffering from a multitude of fractures across her body and an embedded collar-type wound, possibly from a rope that had been tied around her neck. Thankfully, Beluga made a full recovery and found a loving home with Officer Ganley!

2. Through partnerships with local shelters and law enforcement, nearly 300 dogs were rescued across four states including New Jersey, Mississippi, New York and Florida in 30 days.

Top left, dogs in New Jersey. Top right, dogs in crates in Mississippi. Bottom left, dog at the ASPCA Animal Recovery Center after rescue in New York. Bottom right, dogs in Florida.

In late February, we assisted with the removal of more than 90 dogs in poor conditions from the property of a self-described animal rescue group. Just days later, we assisted in the removal of 11 dogs and two cats found living in filthy conditions in Rockaway, Queens. Soon after, our responders assisted with the rescue of more than 50 malnourished dogs in Mississippi who were living on the property of an overwhelmed pet owner. Lastly, in mid-March, we assisted with the rescue of 120 mistreated dogs and puppies from a property in Florida.

In early March, Congress narrowly avoided a government shutdown by passing the Minibus Appropriations Package — a bill that funds roughly half of all U.S. government agencies for the current fiscal year, including the Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of the Interior. This bill includes language that prevents horse slaughterhouses from operating within the United States for another year and calls for stronger enforcement of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA), a federal law that affords protections to animals, including dogs in puppy mills. The bill also allocated $3 million to the Protecting Animals With Shelter (PAWS) grant program, which provides resources that enable domestic violence survivors to shelter with their pets, and more.

4. The ASPCA Cruelty Recovery Center (CRC) is working to provide continued care and find loving homes for more than 100 dogs relocated in the aftermath of the Tustin Hangar Fire.


Last November, in response to an ongoing local state of emergency resulting from the North Hangar Fire in Tustin, California, we partnered with Orange County Animal Care to fly more than 100 shelter dogs to the CRC in Columbus, Ohio. To date, our dedicated staff continues to care for many of these remaining dogs while they wait to find homes, while others have already been adopted or have been transported to our amazing placement partners across the country. You can give one of these dogs a loving home by visiting their profiles!

Left, the herd together, photo courtesy of ASPCA. Right, Tiny Moo, photo courtesy of Carrie Dodson and Sarah Black.

Last August, the ASPCA assisted in the rescue of 150 dogs and puppies, as well as six cows, from a half-acre dirt lot in Ellis County, Texas. All six cows were fostered by ASPCA Vice President of Relocation and Placement, Lou Guyton, who found during a vet visit, that one of the cows (named Lena Horn) was pregnant. Lou reached out to Carrie Dodson, whom she’d formerly worked with, and found Carrie was eager for a small herd for her North Texas prairie pastures. Soon after Carrie adopted the herd, Lena Horn gave birth to an adorable bull calf now named Tiny Moo!