ASPCA aims to keep Midwest pets safe during disasters through grants to local groups

New York, N.Y.—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced the first grant recipients as part of its Midwest Disaster Resiliency Program—a program that provides much-needed funding, training, and expertise to local communities to better serve and assist animals and pet owners during and after disasters.

The Midwest Disaster Resiliency Program enables the ASPCA to work with communities in disaster-prone areas to enhance their ability to respond to animals and pet owners affected by disasters. The program assists animal welfare organizations and government agencies in Midwestern states, which experience a high frequency of disasters yet garner little attention or support.  

“Animals are often overlooked when it comes to disaster planning,” said Elizabeth Dominguez, ASPCA disaster response manager. “Communities must be prepared to rescue, shelter and provide emergency care for pets, as we’ve seen pet owners put their own lives in jeopardy if the local community doesn’t have a system in place to assist or accommodate their pets. This is especially important in vulnerable areas like the Midwest, which experience higher rates of natural disasters.”

Through the Midwest Disaster Resiliency Program, the ASPCA is providing more than $50,000 to the below groups:

  • Animal Rescue League Of Iowa (Des Moines, Iowa) for water rescue equipment and water rescue training.
  • Beadle County Humane Society (Huron, S.D.) for rescue supplies and kennels to increase sheltering capacity.
  • Benton Animal Control and Adoption Center (Benton, Ark.) for disaster sheltering equipment.
  • Butler County Kansas Animal Response Team (Augusta, Kan.) for emergency response equipment.
  • City of Sherwood Department of Humane Animal Services (Sherwood, Ark.) for disaster sheltering equipment.
  • City of St. Cloud, Minn. for disaster preparedness equipment.
  • Enid SPCA (Enid, Okla.) for funds to create a Garfield County Animal Response Team (CART).
  • Faulkner County Animal Response Team (Conway, Ark.) for disaster sheltering equipment.
  • Johnson County Animal Response Team (Lenexa, Kan.) for emergency trailer and rescue equipment.
  • Kingman Pratt Area Animal Response Team (Cheney, Kan.) for emergency storage trailer.
  • Kansas SART, Inc. (Wichita, Kan.) for animal rescue courses instructed by ASPCA experts and registration costs for emergency response exercises.
  • Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association and Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps (St. Paul, Minn.) for the creation of a Minnesota State Animal Response Team (SART).
  • Nebraska Humane Society (Omaha, Neb.) for large animal handling training for emergency responders in Omaha, Neb., Lincoln, Neb. and Council Bluffs, Iowa.
  • Springfield-Greene County Community Emergency Response Team (Springfield, Mo.) for sheltering equipment, trailers and computers.

In addition to launching the ASPCA Midwest Disaster Resiliency Program, the ASPCA has been working with PetSmart Charities, Inc. to support animal welfare organizations across the country by providing the equipment and supplies necessary to respond to large-scale disasters. PetSmart Charities has provided its first cache grant of $6,550 to Nebraska Humane Society for disaster response equipment including crates and other sheltering supplies that will allow them to board and care for an increased number of animals in the event of a disaster.

The ASPCA Field Investigations and Response team frequently responds to natural disasters around the country, including Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and the Joplin tornado in 2011, in addition to being called upon by state and municipal governments and other animal welfare partners to lend expertise during large-scale animal rescue operations.

Organizations interested in applying for funding or assistance through the program should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Organizations outside of the Midwest seeking disaster response funding should visit: http://www.aspcapro.org/resource/grants/aspca-grant-application-process

About the ASPCA® Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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New ‘Help a Horse Day’ contest and other initiatives fueled awareness and advocacy of equine protection

NEW YORK— The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced that in 2014 its Equine Fund awarded over $1.1 million in grants to support 169 equine rescues and sanctuaries across the country. The grant money supported several areas of equine welfare including emergency food grants, training scholarships, a new nationwide contest held on ASPCA Help a Horse Day, and the Rescuing Racers Initiative, which aids in the rescue and rehabilitation of retired racehorses to save them from slaughter.

“Racehorses are just as susceptible as other horses to being sent to livestock auctions and then on to the slaughterhouse, when their racing days are over,” said Jacque Schultz, senior director of the ASPCA Equine Fund. “The ASPCA is grateful to our special supporters who enable us to keep these horses safe by providing assistance to equine rescues who transition ex-racers out of the racing stable and into new homes in someone’s show barn or farm paddock.”

In 2014, more than 80 equine rescue groups held events across 32 states to raise awareness about equine protection for ASPCA Help a Horse Day, celebrated annually on April 26 – a date chosen for its significance to the ASPCA’s long history of horse protection. In 1866, ASPCA founder Henry Bergh stopped a cart driver from beating his horse, resulting in the first successful arrest for horse mistreatment on April 26 of that year. The protection of horses has remained a core part of the ASPCA’s mission ever since, including legislation, advocacy, rescue and targeted grants.

“We were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and creativity of the equine rescue groups that participated in the first ASPCA Help a Horse Day celebration contest,” said Schultz. “We continue to be inspired by their year-round commitment to equine welfare and we can’t wait to see what new ideas they come up with in 2015 to further protect horses.”

California, the state with the largest number of equine rescues and sanctuaries, as well as some of the nation’s highest hay costs, led the ASPCA Equine Fund grant recipients with 35 grants. New York followed in second place with 11 grants, while Oregon, Florida and Kentucky were all tied with 10 grants each.

The ASPCA Equine Fund provides grants to non-profit, U.S. equine welfare organizations who work to rescue and protect horses. The grants benefit equine organizations striving to achieve best practices both in nonprofit management and equine care.
To learn more about the ASPCA Equine Fund and 2014 grantees, visit www.aspcapro.org.

About the ASPCA® Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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“Everyone knows that season four of Scandal is set to premiere tonight on ABC – and that everyone is desperate to know where Olivia Pope jetted off to. But there’s an even bigger scandal out there that the ASPCA wants to uncover: pet homelessness. In fact, the biggest scandal of all is that there are millions of pets in shelters across this country who just want a loving home. Well, the ASPCA wants to fix that.

By creating these six e-cards featuring famous lines from the show with animals available for adoption right now at the ASPCA Adoption Center, the organization would like to remind everyone to make pet adoption their first option and help get a handle on the number of homeless animals waiting in shelters for loving homes.”

www.aspca.org

 

 

 

 

April is National Adopt- a-Greyhound Month

Thousands of Greyhounds In Need of Permanent Homes

Framingham, MA-A 40 mile per hour couch potato is just waiting to be adopted into a loving and permanent home. What better time than National Adopt-a-Greyhound month to welcome a beautiful, graceful and gentle greyhound into your family.

April is National Adopt-a-Greyhound month and the need to place surplus racing greyhounds has never been greater. The Greyhound Project is spreading the message of greyhound adoption awareness to ensure that 100 percent of these greyhounds find caring homes.

Although many greyhound tracks have closed in recent years, the need to find homes for retired racing greyhounds has not diminished.  Greyhounds retiring from the 22 remaining tracks located in seven states around the country still number in the thousands. These wonderful, elegant dogs are being cared for by adoption groups across the country as they wait to be adopted into their permanent homes.

“Greyhounds make great pets and companions,” said President of The Greyhound Project Melissa Cook. “They are graceful, gentle and can be a great addition to any dog-loving family. Many believe that regional race track closings have lessened the need to adopt these greyhounds into homes. That misperception results in a flood of retired racing greyhounds waiting to go to their permanent homes, particularly in regions with active tracks.”

“The need to move these dogs to non-racing states is critical and costs associated with accomplishing this present a real challenge. National Adopt-a-Greyhound month is a great time to welcome these wonderful Greyhounds into loving and permanent homes.”

The Greyhound Project works to support over 300 greyhound adoption groups nationwide. The charity also publishes Celebrating Greyhounds, an award-winning quarterly magazine written for greyhound adopters, owners, and supporters.

About The Greyhound Project

Founded in 1992, The Greyhound Project is a volunteer, non-profit organization. The mission of The Greyhound Project is to promote the welfare and adoption of greyhounds by providing support and information to adoption organizations, adopters, and the public. Please visit www.adopt-a-greyhound.org for more information.

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A-Team For Wildlife hosts the International A-Team of conservation prodigies from around the world.  This group consists of amazing young people doing record-breaking things to help endangered animals.  Our International A-Team of young champions provide inspiration and set examples for all children to emulate. We facilitate the formation of Local A-Teams and introduce kids to youth leadership and change-making.  School Assembly Programs on Endangered Species is another one of our services, which also introduces students to forming Local A-Teams.  Our amazing "Wild Life Website", soon to be released, provides education and support to Local A-Team members and their fund-raising campaigns. To those who demonstrate exceptional activity and leadership we offer "Exciting Educational Wildlife Experiences" - free trips to zoos, preserves, and even overseas safaris.  In short, we are developing the next generation of professional conservationists and their supporters.

While the entire A-TeamForWildlife approach is unique and of interest to any child who loves animals - and that means nearly all kids - I think our International A-Team of conservation prodigies is especially newsworthy.  Never before have outstanding youth achievers come together in one organization to deliver an animal-friendly message to all children.  Never before has an organization of adult professionals pledged to support these youth champions and facilitate the development of their young careers in conservation.  And each of our 15  young people (from ages 9 to 18) has an absolutely amazing and inspiring story of success to share.

Our Story



Hi, I’m Sarah, the founder and CEO of LoveAnimals.org.

My passion in life has always been to help animals and prevent their suffering. I wasn’t passionate about solving one issue or helping one particular species. I wanted to help all animals on a grand scale, by doing something that could move the needle in the right direction for animals everywhere.

I began my career as an attorney in the UK, with the hope that I could impact animal welfare through the law. I realized however that the law was not enough - I wanted to do something more proactive that would help animals right now. Upon moving to the U.S in 2008 (my husband Scott is Colorado born and bred), I began working as the Program Officer for the Animal Assistance Foundation, one of the largest foundations exclusively funding animal welfare initiatives in America. For three and a half years I oversaw the charitable distribution of $1.2 million annually. $1.2 million sounds like a lot of money, but it was a drop in the bucket. I saw hard working non-profits doing fantastic work to help animals every day but they all needed access to more resources.

When I began learning about websites like DonorsChoose.org and Kiva.org, a friend and I asked the obvious question - why is there no website like this for animal welfare and wildlife conservation? And so Love Animals was born. After months of research and hard work we incorporated a non-profit in January 2012 and help our first board meeting. Next came more hard work – convincing the world that we needed LoveAnimals.org AND the money to get it off the ground. We were joined by many people who helped us raise enough to build the website and organization. In August 2012 software development began. The rest is…well…you’re on our website so you can see the rest! LoveAnimals.org was launched in Spring 2013. Check out our launch press release.

Through Love Animals I can fulfill my personal life's mission to have real impact to improve the lives of animals everywhere. Please consider joining me in this mission - follow our progress as we launch this new non-profit, tell your friends about LoveAnimals.org and please consider making a donation to help us grow.

Thank you
Sarah 



Love Animals Culture and Values
1.We care about change and always work to make the world better
2.We want to excel in our field. We have pride in our work and always strive to be the best
3.We consider our people to be our greatest resource
4.We value what our people have to say and we listen when they speak
5.We trust that our people are honest and always do their best
6.We do our best work in a fun and relaxed environment, where creativity and innovation flourish
7.We are always respectful and respected in our interactions
8.We provide impeccable service to the non-profits and donors we serve
9.We Love Animals
10.We know you Love Animals


Thanksgiving is near. For many, the holiday is filled with the joy of family, friends and good food. For those of us fortunate enough to have companion animals (our furry children), the holiday gives us one more thing for which to be thankful.

 

Unfortunately, for homeless animals on the street and in shelters, Thanksgiving is just another day of being cold, hungry, afraid and unloved.  With your help we can change that.

 

Operation Blankets of Love (OBOL) is a unique nonprofit animal welfare organization. Our mission is to improve the well-being of homeless animals and increase their chances for survival and adoption - with the ultimate goal of eliminating animal homelessness.

 

For more information about OBOL life-saving work and humane educational programs, please go to our website: www.operationblanketsoflove.org

 

Operation Blankets of Love website

Every day we see suffering animals and hear endless stories of how they came to be homeless.  But  OBOL works tirelessly to change those sad stories into stories of adoption, love and forever homes.

 

OBOL is the only non-profit of its kind in the country that donates--free of charge--care and aid items like blankets, pet beds, food, treats, toys, towels, carriers, grooming supplies and more.

 

Shelters (that have no budget for bedding and towels) and most rescue groups (with very  limited funds), depend on OBOL to provide those necessary items for the care and comfort of the animals they have rescued.

 

We are so thankful to have supporters like you so we can continue our life-saving work.  Because of your financial support, OBOL is able to help over 1,000 animals each month.  We hear many stories of  sick, abused and neglected animals, left on the street like garbage or dumped into the shelters that, with some love and attention and comfort items provided by OBOL, have found their forever loving homes.  Those are the stories we love to share.

Here is just one of those stories.

Liam, the One-Eyed Wonder Dog

 

Sachi Animal Rescue

is a Boxer rescue that takes the dogs other rescues don't want. Like Liam, the one-eyed wonder dog. People think that animals that are "special" (i.e., missing an eye or a leg), don't have much life left in them. Actually, it's just the opposite.  As a society, we can learn so much from these "special" animals.

 

liam close up
Help stop the abuse.  No animal should suffer like Liam did.

Liam is an amazing boy. Seized from a Pit Bull fighting ring in San Bernardino where he was used as a bait dog (to train other dogs barbaric fighting techniques), Andi Pickett from Sachi Animal Rescue saved him from imminent death at the Devore shelter.  He was in bad shape. After nearly $1,600 in veterinary care, the vet was unable to save his eye but was able to save his life.

 

Andi tells everyone not to let this one-eyed wonder dog fool them as he is amazing with people and other dogs.  He's always ready to play and loves to swipe his friends' toys.  Operation Blankets of Love donated a special soft blanket, food, treats, toys and more for Liam and the other rescues at Sachi--all free of charge.

Liam with new owner
Liam getting all the love he deserves.

 

And lucky Liam?  He has found his forever loving home.  It's success stories like Liam's that make all of the hard work worth it.

 

OBOL is deeply committed and continues to promote the well-being and survival of shelter homeless animals with the goal to end their suffering.

You can help us today. Your financial contribution will be used right here in your own neighborhood.

 

Each dollar you contribute allows us to provide comfort to one dog or cat in a shelter.  We know that comfort items increase an animal's chance at adoption.  This saves lives!  How many can you help today?

 

THE NEED NEVER STOPS AND NEITHER DO WE!!

 

A little kitty comfort.

Through your tax deductible gift of $25 you can help comfort 25 homeless animals. Please send the most generous gift you can today of $200, $100, $50 or more.  Let's make it a thankful holiday for as many homeless animals as we can.  Together we can do it!

 

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Please click the donate button to donate by PayPal.  Or, send your check payable to Operation Blankets of Love to:

 

Operation Blankets of Love

16911 San Fernando Mission Road PMB 187

Granada Hills, CA 91344

 

Without your generous financial support our life-saving work can't continue. The homeless animals depend on you, dogs like Liam.  Please help us help them.

 

Yours for the homeless pets,

Eileen and Brad Smulson

Co-Founders

 

P.S. Show your love and concern today by making a monetary contribution to give homeless animals in shelters like Liam a second chance in life. Let's work together to stop the pain and misery.

 

Happy Thanksgiving
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Operation Blankets of Love! --Ginger, OBOL Public Relations Director and Goodwill Ambassador

 

 

PR firms are all about promoting their clients, but today, they’re helping one of their own.  When local resident and publicist, Tana Johnson’s 3 year daughter Teeja was diagnosed with an incredibly aggressive and malignant form of cancer she was terrified.  In one day this seemingly normal Sarasota family’s world had been turned upside down.

 

Tana quickly went from being just an employee to a client.  This team of media gurus came up with a plan on how to help support this family who now travels from Sarasota to New York City every month to undergo aggressive cancer treatment at one of the nation’s top Neuroblastoma hospitals.  This treatment has been happening for a year and will continue to happen for the next two.  The firm decided to do something it had never done before.  The firm’s VP reached out to its entire client base and asked for help in a silent auction where 100% of the proceeds would go to the Johnson family.

 

"Within moments of hitting send on the email asking clients to just simply consider helping this family, we were getting responses like 'Yes! Count us in!' 'Of course, anything you need. How many would you like?’ It was just incredible," added the firm’s VP. "I was getting choked up sitting in my office."  The auction started yesterday and will run through this coming Monday.  The items being auctioned off with starting bids at just $8.00 range from things like gourmet rotisserie ovens, all the way to beautiful pieces of jewelry, to baby and pet products and everything in-between.  We don’t want press for our PR firm.  We are really trying to get the word out about the auction though so as many people as possible can enter bids.   With the holidays right around the corner, this auction is a perfect way to “stock” up on gifts and feel good at the same time knowing 100% of the proceeds are going to help a local little girl battling a disease she’s determined to win!  Here’s a link to the silent auction: http://www.32auctions.com/bigheartsforlittleteeja

 


NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), at the request of Central Oklahoma Humane Society (OK Humane) in Oklahoma City, Okla., has dispatched its disaster response team to assist with shelter operations as the facility experiences an influx of animals affected by the devastating tornado that hit Moore, Okla. on May 20. The ASPCA and OK Humane are also coordinating the distribution of pet food to impacted areas.

The ASPCA has also enlisted the assistance of the following agencies for this joint disaster relief effort: IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) of Yarmouth Port, Mass.; Code 3 Associates Animal Disaster Response of Longmont, Colo.; and RedRover of Sacramento, Calif. Representatives from SAWA (Society of Animal Welfare Administrators) are also en route to Oklahoma Humane to lend their support.

Since the tornado, local animal control officers with the City of Oklahoma City have brought 110 lost, stray, injured or displaced pets to OK Humane where they are being assessed and cared for; that number could rise in the coming days. OK Humane has also reunited 46 pets so far with their families.

“OK Humane is very fortunate to have the ASPCA as a partner,” said Christy Counts, president and executive director of OK Humane. “We feel confident that with their assistance and support during this critical time, we will be able to provide excellent disaster response to this tragic situation.”

“We’re happy to lend a hand to Central Oklahoma Humane by providing staffing to handle the influx of animals affected by this disaster,” said Dick Green, director of disaster response for the ASPCA’s Field Investigations and Response team. “Our goal is to help make sure things run smoothly, and to see that the animals are comfortable and find their way back to their families as soon as possible.”

“In the face of overwhelming loss, IFAW is proud to be there for families separated from their beloved pets during the tornado,” said Shannon Walajtys, IFAW manager for disaster response. “We are assigning teams to help care for animals at the shelter and assist with reunifications.”

“Code 3 Associates is helping to provide care and logistical support to the animals located at OK Humane’s dedicated animal housing facility,” said Eric Thompson, director of emergency services for Code 3.  “We stand ready with additional staff and assets to provide further assistance should additional needs be identified.”

“We at RedRover are heartbroken about the devastation this tornado brought to Oklahoma. We will be assisting with the process to reunite people with their pets," said Beth Gammie, RedRover emergency services manager. "For families who have lost so much, knowing that their pets are safe means everything.”

For more information about how you can help the pets and people of Oklahoma, please visit OK Humane. Moore-area pet owners who are searching for a lost cat or dog, please visits www.okclostpets.com.


About Central Oklahoma Humane Society
The Central Oklahoma Humane Society was founded in 2007 and works in close partnership with the Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division (OKC Animal Shelter). Its primary focus is to eliminate the needless euthanasia of healthy, adoptable animals in Oklahoma City. Since its beginning in 2007, it has found homes for over 11,000 cats and dogs and spayed and neutered about 50,000 pets. For more information, please visit www.okhumane.org.

About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

About IFAW (the International Fund for Animal Welfare)
Founded in 1969, IFAW saves animals in crisis around the world. With projects in more than 40 countries, IFAW rescues individual animals, works to prevent cruelty to animals, and advocates for the protection of wildlife and habitats. For more information, visit www.ifaw.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Code 3 Associates, Inc.
Code 3 Associates, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is dedicated to providing professional animal disaster response and resources to communities, as well as providing professional training to individuals and agencies involved in animal related law enforcement and emergency response. Our mission is accomplished through hands-on animal rescue and care operations during disaster events in the United States and Canada, and through our certified animal welfare training seminars which include animal cruelty training for investigators. For more information, please visit www.code3associates.org

About RedRover
Founded in 1987, the mission of RedRover is to bring animals out of crisis and strengthen the bond between people and animals through emergency sheltering, disaster relief services, financial assistance and education. RedRover accomplishes its mission by engaging volunteers and supporters, collaborating with others and maximizing the use of online technology. For more information, please visit www.redrover.org.

About Society of Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA)
The Society of Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA) is a non-profit individual membership organization of international professionals in animal welfare, care & control, dedicated to the growth and prestige of our industry. SAWA strives to advocate humane ideals through professional advancement of members. Animal welfare leaders network with peers, establish mentor relationships, share best practices, form successful collaborations, and advance the field. For more information, visit www.sawanetwork.org.

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Orange County Florida: Save Rufus!

By Julie W.
Orlando, Florida

Rufus is a friendly, one-year-old Beagle pup who has been sentenced to death by Orange County FL Animal Services because of an accident that occurred in the pup's home. His owners don't want him destroyed and we need your help because he could be put down any day now!

Rufus' family is doing everything in their power to stop him from being put down after he bit their four year old child. I'm a friend of Rufus' family and I know that Rufus is not at all an aggressive dog - he was just excited about his new food (he had never had wet dog food before) and their son startled the puppy from behind while he was eating. But the county says that because the boy needed a few stitches, they have to kill Rufus and took the puppy from the family.

The child is not traumatized, the family loves the dog and wants him to live, and is willing to give up their beloved dog to another home with no children. So why would the county be so heartless to not even consider that option?


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