Saturday, August 29, 2015

As Erika approaches, American Humane Association offers tips to keep pets safe

Via AmericanHumane.org - With Tropical Storm Erika expected to make landfall somewhere along Florida’s Atlantic coast on Monday, American Humane Association and its Red Star Rescue team are issuing lifesaving tips to keep you, your family and your pets safe before, during and after the storm. 


Saturday, August 22, 2015

Animal responders train for next big storm on 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

In light of the ten-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, disaster response experts who led animal rescue efforts following Katrina are returning to Louisiana to train emergency responders on how to rescue animals in future disasters.

The week-long boot camp is part of ongoing efforts to ready the nation for another Katrina-sized disaster, and will be will be taught by leading experts from across the country.

Attendees will learn various aspects of animal disaster response, including water rescue, fire rescue, pet first aid, large animal rescue, animal sheltering, and decontamination of animals exposed to flood waters, oil and other hazardous substances.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Petco Foundation supports U.S. War Dogs Association and Search Dog Foundation

Via PR Newswire - The United States War Dogs Association has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the Petco Foundation to return, reunite and provide medical care for retiring military and contract working dogs serving overseas with their handlers.

Each year thousands of dogs serve at home and overseas in all branches of the Armed Forces with loyalty and honor. Currently these dogs may be retired in the country in which they are located and if overseas, they do not have access to military transport to return home. Proposed legislation will ensure that all military K9 handlers would be guaranteed the opportunity to be reunited with their canine partners.

Until that time the Petco Foundation, in recognition of the unique and special bond that forms between handlers and their dogs, is supporting the work of the United States War Dogs Association to assist returning soldiers who wish to adopt their dogs with transport home and ongoing medical care, and to help other war dogs that have served our country.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Major carriers urged to ban hunting trophy shipments

Via HumaneSociety.org - Some of the world’s largest air carriers, including UPS, FedEx and South African Airways, are under pressure from Humane Society International to adopt an immediate ban on the transport of hunting trophies, especially Africa’s “Big Five”: African elephants, rhinoceroses, African lions, leopards and Cape buffalo.

Airlines including DHL Express, Delta, Air Canada, United Airlines and American Airlines have implemented similar bans following the tragedy surrounding Cecil, who was killed by an American trophy hunter in Zimbabwe. As well as urgently calling on all 250 international airlines to ban wild trophy carriage, HSI is also urging parcel carriers to no longer be the get-away vehicle for the unethical trophy hunting.

This is the latest effort by the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International to combat the hunting of rare species and protect African lions and other wildlife following Cecil’s death. The groups petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2011 for improved protections for African lions and last week sent a letter urging the agency to finalize its proposed rule to protect African lions under the Endangered Species Act.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

ASPCA grants $200,000 to equine groups to assist retired racehorses

Via ASPCA.org - The ASPCA has announced that it has granted $200,000 to 26 equine rescue groups across the country in recognition of their efforts to assist retired racehorses.

The grants were awarded as part of the ASPCA Rescuing Racers Initiative, a major grants program that aids in the rescue and rehabilitation of retired racehorses to save them from slaughter. Now in its sixth year, the program gives retired racers a new lease on life by preparing them for lives off the track.

“Six years ago, the ASPCA received an anonymous donation to launch the Rescuing Racers Initiative, and with the help of our generous donors, we have been fortunate enough to continue providing much-needed grants to the dedicated equine rescue groups across the country who offer sanctuary and after-care to retired racers,” said Jacque Schultz, senior director of the ASPCA Equine Fund.