In Animal News on April 12, 2010 at 8:54 pm
The ASPCA is counting on a competitive spirit to help increase adoptions from August through October. With the announcement of the “Save More Lives” $100K Challenge, shelters around the country can vie for the grand prize by finding creative and innovative ways to help save and find homes for shelter animals.
“We continue to [encourage] learning within all of our communities as well as looking for model programs in other communities,” says Julie Morris, vice president of community outreach for the ASPCA. “The $100K challenge, along with ASPCAPro.org, will act as a resource for both our partners and all shelters for do-it-yourself programs to save lives.”
The ASPCA launched the challenge on April 8th and will be accepting applications through June 30. The contest itself will begin on August 1st. To qualify for the grand prize, shelters must save a minimum of 300 more cats, dogs, kittens, and puppies during the three-month period than they had in 2009 during that same time frame. The winner will be the shelter that shows the greatest increase.
Aside from the $100,000, the ASPCA will also be rewarding one shelter with $25,000 for doing the most to inspire and engage its community to get involved in promoting pet adoptions and reuniting lost animals with their pet parents.
Winners will be announced in early December. —Brendan Quealy
In Animal News on July 20, 2009 at 8:49 pm
ASPCA President and CEO Ed Sayres has released a statement prompted by former NFL star and convicted dogfighter Michael Vick’s release today from federal custody.
Read the statement here.
Vick has intentions to work with the HSUS to promote anti-dogfighting campaigns. PETA had previously considered working the suspended NFL quarterback, but rescinded its offer late last year after Vick did not react to a request by the group to have a brain scan along with psychological evaluation.
Vick’s return to the NFL is dependent on commissioner Roger Goodell, who has said he would review Vick’s status after Vick completed his sentence.
In Health and Safety on June 30, 2009 at 3:30 pm
Keep Fido safe this 4th of July weekend! The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center offers the following tips:
*Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them. Alcoholic beverages have the potential to poison pets. If ingested, the animal could become very intoxicated and weak, severely depressed or could go into a coma. Death from respiratory failure is also a possibility in severe cases.
*Do not apply any sunscreen or insect repellent product to your pet that is not labeled specifically for use on animals. Ingestion of sunscreen products can result in drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst, and lethargy. The misuse of insect repellent that contains DEET can lead to neurological problems.
*Always keep matches and lighter fluid out of your pets’ reach. Certain types of matches contain chlorates, which could potentially damage blood cells and result in difficulty breathing—or even kidney disease in severe cases. Lighter fluid can be irritating to skin, and if ingested can produce gastrointestinal irritation and central nervous system depression. If lighter fluid is inhaled, aspiration pneumonia and breathing problems could develop.
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In Animal News, Contests and Promotions on June 18, 2009 at 3:43 pm
It’s time to nominate extraordinary pets and guardians for the 2009 ASPCA Humane Awards. Dogs or cats who have saved lives or have taken their instinct to a higher level deserve to be noticed. Animal lovers who have improved the lives of animals also need to be recognized. If you know a person or an animal with a remarkable trait; its time to nominate these heroes.
Nominations are being accepted until July 15, 2009. Winners will be invited to attend the Humane Awards Luncheon on Thursday, October 29, at the newly-renovated Pierre Hotel in New York City, where the awards will be presented.
For more information, visit ASPCA.org.
In Animal News, PUPPIES! on May 18, 2009 at 8:18 pm
The ASPCA has launched a database to search for inspection reports for breeding facilities across the country. The database lists violations from lack of medical care and unsanitary living conditions to inadequate record keeping. Also included in the database is information for pet stores located New York, Illinois, and Pennsylvania.
For more information, visit ASPCAPuppyFacts.org.
In Animal News on April 14, 2009 at 5:16 pm
The ASPCA has selected Oklahoma City as its newest partner in the fight to save animal lives.
Oklahoma City will join Charleston, NC; Austin, TX; Philadelphia, PA; Gulfport-Biloxi, MS; Spokane, WA; and Tampa, FL as ASPCA partners on its Mission: Orange campaign.
The Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Department and Central Oklahoma Humane Society are both included in the ASPCA partnership. This partnership means more monetary support, more staffing options, and other resources provided by the ASPCA.
Oklahoma City is noted to have a significant increase in Live Release Rates, a term that refers to the number of animals that leave shelters alive by means of return to guardian, adoption, or transport to anther animal group. The Oklahoma City Live Release Rate increased from 25 percent to 36 percent in a year.
In July, the partnership should be in full swing to increase the Live Release Rate to as high as possible over the next three years. In May, the Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Department and Central Oklahoma Humane Society will learn all about the ASPCA’s Meet Your Match: Canine-ality™. Meet Your Match is the first program of its kind; it scientifically helps place animals with humans by evaluating the animal’s interests and behavior, then matches it to a humans preferences.
For more information about ASPCA Mission: Orange, visit ASPCA.org/adoption/aspca-mission-orange. —Amanda Degard
In Uncategorized on February 26, 2009 at 8:03 pm
An equine sanctuary is certainly a good thing. Oversight of that sanctuary—helping people help horses—may be just as important, however. In recognition of this fact, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has announced its award of a $10,000 to the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) to support its Equine Sanctuary Site Inspection program. The program operates an accreditation process to ensure that horses receive appropriate care and that the sanctuaries uphold ethical and legal standards.
The grant will cover the cost of 10 GFAS accreditation visits.
In Just for Fun on February 11, 2009 at 4:49 pm
This Sunday at 8 pm EST, be sure to tune into PBS (or set your DVR). The channel will be airing an episode of their Nature series titled, “Why We Love Cats and Dogs.”
The episode will examine the close relationship we have with our pets.
It will include a segment about—you guessed it—adoption! Specifically, the ASPCA’s Meet Your Match adoption program, which helps shelters find the best pet for each potential pet parent using a color-coded system.
“We are thrilled to be a part of this upcoming episode of the Nature series,” says ASPCA President & CEO Ed Sayres. “One of the greatest gifts we can receive in life is the unconditional love from a pet, and we are proud to be a part of this project which celebrates that unique bond.”
Be sure to check it out!
Photo courtesy flickr user aprilziegler
In Animal News on February 2, 2009 at 5:07 pm
The ASPCA’s Meet Your Match program helped the four finalists in the Adopt-A-Bull contest find their perfect dog match. In February 2008, the ASPCA launched the Adopt-A-Bull contest, sponsored by the New York-based Animal Farm Foundation. Shelters and Pit Bull parents who used the Meet Your Match program to find a match participated in the contest. The ASPCA chose quarterly winners, but now the public gets to vote for the grand prize winner. Voting will take place until the end of February. The winner receives a professional photo shoot, a bronze of their dog, and an all expense paid trip to New York City to participate in the ASPCA’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month in April. The shelter of the winning pet pair receives a $5,000 grant.
To cast your vote for the perfect pet pair, visit ASPCA.org
In Animal News, Help the Animals on January 2, 2009 at 5:16 pm
Don’t put away your New Year’s party hats just yet—January 5 is National Bird Day!
The ASPCA and the Avian Welfare Coalition’s (AWC) are striving to expand shelter resources for exotic birds.
“Even when bred in captivity, birds are not considered domesticated animals, and their wild nature presents special challenges for traditional shelters that are already filled with homeless cats and dogs,” says ASPCA President and CEO Ed Sayres.
The ASPCA is offering shelters a guide called “Captive Exotic Bird Care: A Guide for Shelters” at a 20% discount when ordered from the ASPCA online store. The AWC also offers a hands-on training workshop for shelter staff and volunteers on the care of exotic birds upon request.
For more information and to see how you can get involved, visit NationalBirdDay.org.