Animals transported to emergency shelter to receive medical attention, treatment
Kendall, Wis.—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), at the request of the Monroe County Humane Investigator and the Monroe County Sherriff’s Office, is assisting with evidence collection and managing the removal and sheltering of 15 dogs and a parakeet living in an overcrowded mobile home in rural Kendall, Wis. The animals were discovered living among feces, trash and rotting food in a poorly ventilated environment.
As a result of an investigation initiated by Monroe County Humane Investigator Bekah Weitz, a search warrant was executed Thursday morning for the removal of the animals.
“Animal hoarding is a complex issue that can encompass mental health, animal welfare and public safety concerns,” said Kyle Held, Midwest regional director of ASPCA Field Investigations and Response. “Many of the dogs were living in filth, and our immediate goal is to transport them to a safe place where they will receive care and treatment by our medical team.”
“We’re pleased to be able to work collaboratively with our Humane Investigator and the ASPCA to remove these animals from this overwhelming situation and help as many of them as possible,” added Detective Lieutenant Ron Rader with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.
The dogs—ranging from Chihuahuas to Pomeranians—were living in an overcrowded mobile home and exhibited signs of neglect. They also appeared to be suffering from dental disease and dehydration, among other medical issues. As is common in hoarding situations, most of the dogs were not spayed or neutered. ASPCA responders also discovered deceased animal remains on the property.
“The compromised conditions these animals were living in prompted us to take action,” said Monroe County Humane Investigator Bekah Weitz. “It was clear that intervention was needed to help both the owner and the animals. We couldn’t have done it without such great support from all the agencies involved.”
The dogs are being transported to a temporary shelter at an undisclosed location, where they will receive the care and medical attention they need. Agencies including Texas Humane Heroes in Leander, Texas, have deployed responders to assist the ASPCA with the removal and sheltering of the dogs. Additionally, PetSmart Charities® provided supplies, including pet crates and food to support the rescue operation.
The ASPCA will continue to care for the animals at the temporary shelter until suitable placement options are available.
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.
TPR NEWS Saturday, September 13, the 256th day of 2014. There are 109 days left in the year.
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RALEIGH, N.C. (September 10, 2014) – Susan M. Lilly, Certified Fund Raising Professional (CFRE), has been appointed CEO of the AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF). Founded in 1995, CHF is the leading organization devoted solely to canine health research, having funded more than $40 million in worthy scientific research and education to help dogs and their owners lead longer, healthier lives.
Ms. Lilly will oversee CHF operations at its headquarters in Raleigh, NC, supervising day-to-day activities, grant administration, financial management, and development. She succeeds Terry T. Warren, PhD, JD, who retired in June after six years in the position.
A native of Michigan, Ms. Lilly boasts a strong fundraising background. After holding development positions at Central Michigan University, she served as Director of Development at Michigan State University and, most recently, was Executive Director of the North Carolina State University Veterinary Health Foundation.
In announcing Ms. Lilly’s appointment, Dr. A. Duane Butherus, AKC Canine Health Foundation Board Chairman said, "She has proven herself to be an extremely productive fundraiser, able to connect the scientific community with pet-loving donors and to create an outstanding environment of philanthropy. CHF welcomes her expertise and enthusiastic approach as we strive to continue to enhance our outstanding programs."
As Ms. Lilly noted, “CHF has already instituted a valuable, international program of support for canine health. I look forward to building on this history and growing initiatives to further our exceptional mission. When we help our pets, we also enrich our own lives.”
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The AKC Canine Health Foundation (CHF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping dogs live longer, healthier lives by funding research that helps prevent, treat, and cure canine disease. Established in 1995, CHF’s mission is to advance the health of all dogs and their owners by funding sound, scientific research and supporting the dissemination of canine health information. Through the generous support of the American Kennel Club, Nestlé Purina PetCare, Zoetis (formerly Pfizer Animal Health), dog clubs, and dog owners worldwide, CHF has dedicated more than $40 million to canine health research projects and education programs. Visit CHF online at http://www.akcchf.org/ for more information.
SmartyKat® Launches Into the World of ‘As Seen On TV’ with Feather Whirl™ Electronic Motion Toy
San Rafael, CA (May 28, 2014) – SmartyKat is building their brand and educating consumers on the many benefits of SmartyKat products by entering the world of “As Seen On TV” with its popular Feather Whirl electronic motion cat toy. The Feather Whirl spot will air in the fourth quarter to leverage the holiday gift giving season for pets.
“We’re looking forward to a very successful campaign.” said Kevin Fick, CEO of Worldwise, the makers of the SmartyKat Feather Whirl, “We anticipate a substantial in-store sales lift on the Feather Whirl and increased demand for our electronic SmartyKat and Petlinks cat toys across all channels of distribution as a result of our TV offering.”
The Feather Whirl has a whisper quiet motor and weighted base which together create erratic swooping and swirling movements that provide cats with hours of entertainment and exercise. The included teaser feather wand is securely attached to the base to prevent it from detaching during play. Consumers will also be able to purchase interchangeable wands that provide cats with playtime variety.
Worldwise has designed a variety of in-store displays with strong brand messaging and the familiar “As Seen On TV” logo. These point-of-purchase displays will support retailers during the TV campaign and allow them to share in the increased consumer demand that the Feather Whirl spot is anticipated to generate for this and all electronic SmartyKat and Petlinks cat toys.
About the company
SmartyKat is a leading brand of consumer pet products. By developing unique, high-quality products made from natural, recycled, reclaimed and certified organic material, and distributing them through the nation’s largest retailers, SmartyKat is changing consumer beliefs about the look, feel, price and performance of environmentally-responsible products. www.smartykat.com.
(Washington, D.C., August 6, 2014) The Cerulean Warbler—one of the Americas’ fastest-declining migratory birds—now has more protected wintering habitat in Ecuador, thanks to a cooperative effort by Fundación Jocotoco, American Bird Conservancy, March Conservation Fund, and World Land Trust that safeguards rain forest at elevations preferred by the species.
Ecuador’s Narupa Reserve now totals 1,871 acres, including a new 117-acre parcel within the reserve in addition to a recently acquired 90-acre adjacent property.
Situated in the province of Napo at elevations ranging from 3,300 to 5,250 feet, the reserve includes Andean foothill rain forest with a remarkable convergence of lowland and highland wildlife species. Narupa Reserve, which is named for an elegant species of palm, is in the buffer zone of the Sumaco Napo-Galeras National Park and Antisana Ecological Reserve, which together protect 833,000 acres ranging from humid foothill forest to high Andean grasslands.
“It was absolutely a team effort,” said Rocio Merino, Executive Director of Fundación Jocotoco. “With the generous help of our excellent partners, we can now celebrate another milestone in our efforts to grow this reserve that provides such a needed haven for birds and other wildlife.”
Dr. George Fenwick, President of ABC, added: “It has been an eight-year effort and much like Rome was not built in a day, neither is a great reserve. It takes time and perseverance. The progress our collaboration has been making gives us hope that the birds and other wildlife we are trying to protect will continue to be here for future generations.”
“Partnership is essential for lasting conservation success, and I am delighted that World Land Trust has played its part in this concerted effort to extend Narupa Reserve,” said John Burton, World Land Trust Chief Executive.
Fenwick added: “The value of this reserve lies in its connection to forests at higher and lower elevations, which will allow animals, including the Cerulean Warbler, to move freely up and down slope as forests cope with climate change.”
Flagship Species: The Cerulean Warbler
The flagship species for the reserve, the Cerulean Warbler, is among the most threatened migratory land birds wintering in South America. It was formerly one of the most abundant breeding warblers in the Ohio and Mississippi River Valleys. Overall, Cerulean Warbler numbers have plummeted by almost 70 percent since 1966. This elusive bird winters in the northern Andes, while it breeds from the Great Lakes region to Georgia, and west to Wisconsin and Louisiana, with concentrations in the Appalachians and Central Hardwoods region.
Both the Cerulean’s breeding and wintering habitat are being lost. The eastern slope of the Andes, where Narupa Reserve lies, is one of the most important wintering areas for the species in Ecuador. During the winter of 2010-11, surveys in the reserve revealed that Cerulean Warblers are present at higher densities than is normally the case for this typically scarce bird. Identification of this warbler’s core habitat on the wintering grounds is a major focus of ABC’s Migratory Bird Program and will lead to additional conservation activities such as this acquisition at Narupa Reserve.
While numerous threats have been documented within the warbler’s breeding range, it was not until 2003 that threats to its limited wintering grounds were highlighted by “Grupo Ceruleo,” a coalition of avian experts. Contrary to the traditional assumption that wintering habitat was widely available, the coalition discovered that the Cerulean Warbler is a habitat specialist, relying on a narrow belt of subtropical forests between 2,500-5,500 feet in sheltered river basins of inter-montane Andean valleys, and that deforestation has cleared many important areas for the species. What little subtropical forest survives remains at risk, particularly from the conversion of traditional coffee plantations that provided suitable warbler habitat to “sun coffee” plantations, devoid of the shade trees on which the birds rely.
Within the reserve, more than 300 bird species have been recorded, and the list is still increasing. In addition to the Cerulean Warbler, other migratory birds that travel between the United States and South America’s humid forests include Canada Warbler, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Western and Eastern Wood-Pewees, Swainson’s Thrush, and Blackburnian Warbler. Several threatened species are also found in the reserve, including Black Tinamou, Military Macaw, Coppery-chested Jacamar, and Foothill Elaenia.
Narupa: Protecting Precious Forests
Fundación Jocotoco (FJ) established Narupa Reserve at an initial size of 250 acres in 2006. FJ has managed and expanded the reserve since that time with support from March Conservation Fund and American Bird Conservancy. In 2012, ABC funded mapping work for Narupa that guided the present land acquisition.
FJ also completed construction of a guard house and camping platforms in 2013 through a grant from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act. Additional support from FWS, Amos Butler Audubon Society, Elisha Mitchell Audubon Society, and Southern Wings (Missouri and Indiana Departments of Natural Resources) will fund forest guards to patrol the forest and monitor regeneration on recently acquired lands that were previously pasture or farmland.
The reserve was established to protect a large block of eastern Andean foothill forest that bridges the large national parks, Sumaco Napo-Galeras and Antisana, one of the largest expanses of protected land in this part of Ecuador. These forests are globally threatened and have been the focus of extensive deforestation, as the elevation is optimal for development and agriculture. As a result, mid-elevation forests are globally under-represented in protected area systems in all Andean countries.
A nearby road was recently paved, increasing the economic factors that drive deforestation. Among the greatest concerns is cultivation of naranjilla, a plant that exhausts forest soils within a few years, leading to that plot’s abandonment and more forest clearing.
Exploring a Surprising Reserve
Because Narupa Reserve is fairly new, much of it is still poorly explored. New and surprising findings occur regularly, and a final list of birds using the reserve may yet grow to nearly 400 species. The variety of tanagers, tyrant flycatchers, and hummingbirds found on the reserve is also remarkable. A notable rarity is the Orange-breasted Falcon, a pair of which has bred for some years on a cliff immediately adjacent to the reserve; this represents the only known nesting in Ecuador for this globally threatened falcon.
Through camera trapping and analysis of tracks, several large mammals of note have been detected including puma, ocelot, and Brazilian tapir.
In addition to the variety of birds, the reserve features an expanding network of trails, and a new footbridge over the Río Hollín now provides access to primary forest at higher elevations. A few feeders are also being established. The river itself, complete with an area for swimming, provides a welcome retreat from the forest and offers a unique experience among FJ reserves.
American Bird Conservancy is the Western Hemisphere's bird conservation specialist—the only organization with a single and steadfast commitment to achieving conservation results for native birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. With a focus on efficiency and working in partnership, we take on the toughest problems facing birds today, innovating and building on sound science to halt extinctions, protect habitats, eliminate threats, and build capacity for bird conservation.
Fundación Jocotoco was established in 1998 to protect the habitat of globally threatened species of birds in the Andes of Ecuador, together with all associated biodiversity. It also carries out habitat restoration of deforested areas for this purpose, and to date has planted well over 800,000 native trees and shrubs.
World Land Trust (WLT) is an international conservation charity, which protects the world’s most biologically important and threatened habitats acre by acre. Since its foundation in 1989, World Land Trust and its overseas project partners have been instrumental in the purchase and protection of over 500,000 acres of tropical forest and other threatened lands. WLT celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2014.
Hotel Resident Feline’s Annual Celebration This Year Benefits
Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals
NEW YORK (July 16, 2014) -- “Matilda & FURiends Salute Broadway” brings new meaning to the word catwalk, as The Algonquin’s famous house feline Matilda hosts her annual summer celebration with a cat fashion show and animal adoption event, benefitting the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals.
On Saturday, August 2, the MEWdels will be dressed to the nines (one for each of their lives). The hotel will also welcome special feline guests Tara the Hero Cat, famous this year for defending her human family’s son from an attacking neighborhood dog in Bakersfield, California (see viral video); and Vito Vincent, animal actor who starred last year in the role of “Cat” in the Broadway show, Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Just outside the hotel’s front doors, the Mayor’s Alliance Adoption Van will be on site from 3:00pm-7:00pm for some very deserving kitties to find their forever homes.
A reception and Feline Fashions by Ada Nieves for Pets will take place from 5:00pm-7:30pm. For entry, a minimum $40 donation is requested for the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC Animals.
Matilda & FURiends Salute Broadway
CATurday, August 2, 2014
The Algonquin Hotel -- 59 West 44th Street, New York City
3:00pm-7:00pm Mayor’s Alliance Adoption Van on Site
5:00pm-7:30pm Reception & Feline Fashions by Ada Nieves for Pets ($40 donation)
Facebook: Matilda – The Algonquin Cat Twitter: @Algonqueen
About Matilda: The longstanding tradition of having a “house feline” at The Algonquin began in the 1930s, when hotel owner Frank Case took in a stray. The first seven Algonquin cats were males, all named Hamlet, while subsequent felines have been females, all named Matilda. The current Matilda has reigned since December 2010, welcoming guests at the Front Desk, while still maintaining her modest if slightly haughty style. She is a beautiful Ragdoll adult cat who never reveals her age.
Special thanks to event sponsors: jetBlue, QPG (Quaker Pet Group), CAT FANCY, Sergeant’s, Sturdi Products.
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