As part of its support, Febreze is working to help eliminate a significant barrier to pet adoption: pet odors. Febreze will be distributing free Noseblind Prevention Kits to pet adopters through participating shelters in ASPCA partner communities nationwide. Instagram star and rescue dog Toast Meets World has joined up with Febreze to help share the news with pet lovers everywhere, and to promote pet adoption.
Update: The response to our petition to end Greyhound racing in the U.S. has exceeded our expectations—it garnered 100,000 signatures within its first week and is officially one of the top 100 petitions in the history of Change.org. Please help us keep the momentum going for these suffering dogs: add your name and let’s hit 200,000 signatures!
This post was originally published on February 11, 2015.
The ASPCA and Greyhound-protection group GREY2K USA yesterday released “High Stakes,” the first-ever national report to comprehensively document the current state of the Greyhound racing industry in the United States.
The eye-opening report [PDF] includes devastating data on the number of deaths (909) and injuries (11,000) suffered by racing Greyhounds from 2008 to 2014—however, these are just the verifiable, reported figures. Along with Alabama, Florida, which is home to more than half of the nation’s active dog racing tracks, does not require Greyhound injuries to be reported at all.
"People don't realize how treacherous the life of a racing Greyhound dog is—broken legs, skulls, backs, severed toes, electrocution, even cardiac arrest because of the stress," says Nancy Perry, Senior Vice President of ASPCA Government Relations. "We want people to understand these aren’t dogs playing in a dog park—they are literally running for their lives."
Once their racing days are over, some dogs are killed, others are put into breeding programs, and a relatively small percentage are fortunate enough to be placed for adoption—but no one knows where the vast majority of the estimated 80,000 Greyhounds born into dog racing have ended up.
Due to declining attendance as the public grows increasingly outraged by this “sport,” gaming operations are losing tens of millions of dollars by operating racetracks. States are losing money, too, because it costs more to regulate Greyhound racing than it generates in tax revenue. “This cruel ‘sport’ continues to exploit Greyhounds despite public outcry and overwhelming financial losses,” says Perry. The seven states with active tracks are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Iowa, Texas and West Virginia. By contrast, 39 states have passed outright bans on dog racing.
In conjunction with the release of High Stakes, the ASPCA and GREY2K USA are urging state legislators to bring an end to this inherently cruel sport.
You can help—please visit www.change.org/highstakes to sign our petition to the governors of the seven racing states asking them to support an end to dog racing.
Fluffa is a sweet and sensitive cat. She may be shy at first, but don’t let that fool you—this pretty feline has a playful side, especially when you bring out her favorite wand and feather toys.
This special girl likes gentle attention from her human friends, but she prefers to take things slow. Let Fluffa sniff your hand before petting her and, before long, she’ll happily let you scratch her head and face. Fluffa would like to have your attention all to herself and would do best as the only cat in a quiet household with an experienced adopter. Adopt Fluffa today!
Fluffa is available for adoption at the ASPCA Adoption Center. If you are interested in adopting, please call our Adoptions Department in New York City at (212) 876-7700 ext. 4120. To learn more about Fluffa, please visit her profile page.
Watch Fluffa in action at our Adoption Center by checking out the video below!
In September 2014, a bill was introduced in the New York City Council to require full-service animal shelters be built in Queens and the Bronx, the two boroughs that don’t have them. This morning the bill, Intro 485, had its first Council hearing before the nine-member Committee on Health, and the ASPCA was there to provide support.
Our President, Matt Bershadker, testified on behalf of the bill and urged the City Council to pass and properly fund Intro 485 on a continuing basis, as well as to pick locations for the new shelters that are conveniently accessible to residents.
Queens and the Bronx (combined population: approximately 3.6 million) currently have only animal “receiving centers”—as a result, stray or surrendered animals is these boroughs must be transported to shelters in other boroughs. The Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island shelters already operate at maximum capacity and are out of reach for many residents of Queens and the Bronx who may be searching for beloved lost pets or interested in adopting.
“The current set-up is not just inefficient, but absolutely life-threatening to homeless dogs and cats,” said Bershadker. “The key to saving lives is not just housing these animals, but more importantly, re-homing them. Yet the receiving centers in these boroughs don’t serve that cause. The ASPCA stands ready to work with Animal Care and Control and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to support the city during this substantial, but necessary change.”
Intro 485 has the support of nearly every City Council member representing Queens and the Bronx; 33 of the Council’s 51 members have cosponsored the bill. Please stay tuned to aspca.org for more news on this effort as it develops.
Intro 485's sponsor Council Member Paul Vallone, ASPCA President Matt Bershadker, and Council Member Corey Johnson appeared at a press conference for the bill in lower Manhattan this morning.
Update: We appreciate the outpouring of support and inquiries about this dog, now named Fraggle (pictured right). Fraggle was in very serious condition when he came to us, and ongoing, life-saving medical treatment was necessary to address his extreme malnutrition and several other issues that arose from his compromised health. Progress has been slow, but Fraggle is showing signs of recovery at the ASPCA Animal Hospital He has begun to eat on his own and can even walk short distances unaided. The ASPCA is still offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case, in addition to the $2,000 being offered by NYPD Crime Stoppers. Anyone with information is asked to contact the NYPD Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-577-TIPS or going online to submit a tip to Crime Stoppers’ website. NYPD Crime Stoppers accepts anonymous tips.
This post was originally published on January 26, 2015.
Last week, a malnourished pit bull mix was found zipped inside a suitcase in the south Bronx by New York City Police Department (NYPD) officers. Thanks to a generous benefactor, the ASPCA is able to offer a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this horrific cruelty case.
The approximately three-year-old male dog was abandoned behind a housing complex. The NYPD transferred the dog to the care of the ASPCA. He is currently being examined for evidence and receiving life-saving medical treatment.
If you have information about this case, please contact the NYPD Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-577-TIPS or going online to submit a tip to via Crime Stoppers' website. NYPD Crime Stoppers accepts anonymous tips.