Saturday, November 26, 2016

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium achieves humane certification for animal welfare

American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization and the world’s largest certifier of animal welfare, has announced that the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium achieved certification through its global American Humane Conservation program for animal welfare.

The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium passed a rigorous third-party audit to earn the prestigious American Humane Conservation seal of approval and is now among an elite group of only eight certified institutions worldwide.

American Humane launched the American Humane Conservation program in June as the world’s first-ever certification devoted solely to verifying the humane treatment of animals living in zoos, aquariums, and conservation centers across the globe.

Friday, November 18, 2016

ASPCA places remaining animals in Mass. animal cruelty case across 13 states

The ASPCA has spent the past few months working with its extensive network of animal welfare agencies to transport the remaining animals rescued in late July from a 70-acre property in Westport to rescue groups throughout the country.

At the request of the Westport Police Department, the ASPCA has been providing daily care for the more than 1,000 animals at its emergency shelter, and has deployed nearly 650 responders from 44 agencies to support its sheltering operation.

“We’ve been on the ground for nearly four months caring for these animals and it feels great knowing that so many of them are on their way to finding new homes,” said Tim Rickey, vice president of ASPCA Field Investigations and Response. “We’ve provided quality care and enrichment for animals at our temporary shelter, but nothing beats a safe and loving home.”

Saturday, November 5, 2016

ASPCA documentary "Second Chance Dogs" now available on Netflix

The ASPCA recently announced the digital release of its documentary Second Chance Dogs on Netflix.

The documentary takes viewers behind the scenes of the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center and follows six dogs rescued from cruel conditions and given new hope for happy lives.

Through innovative therapies and dedication to recovery, behavior experts at the ASPCA's Behavioral Rehabilitation Center help these vulnerable and victimized dogs become suitable for adoption.

“Animals traumatized and betrayed by abuse and neglect are still at risk when adoption is not yet appropriate, but programs like the Behavioral Rehabilitation Center help rebuild their trust so they can be placed in safe and loving homes,” said Matthew Bershadker, President and CEO of the ASPCA.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

PAWS: Share the Story campaign supports survivors of domestic violence

Each year, nearly one million animals are abused or killed in connection with domestic violence. Bayer Animal Health is making strides to help lower this statistic by raising awareness through PAWS: Share the Story.

This campaign supports domestic violence survivors through the donation of $60,000 to three domestic violence shelters across the country that support pets involved in domestic abuse.

Almost half of abused women say they are unable to escape abusive living situations, because they worry about what will happen to their pets should they leave. Abusers use pets as pawns, and survivors tend to remain in abusive relationships out of concern for the welfare and safety of their pets.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

ASPCA urges pet owners to reclaim animals lost in recent North Carolina flooding

After spending nearly a week rescuing North Carolina animals stranded by Hurricane Matthew, the ASPCA at the request of the county of Robeson, has established an emergency shelter to house the nearly 250 displaced pets – mostly dogs and cats – at the Robeson County Animal Control in St. Pauls.

To date, the ASPCA has assisted more than 1,200 animals in Georgia and the Carolinas through pre-evacuation measures, field rescue, transport and emergency sheltering.

“Our responders have been working tirelessly to reunite lost pets with their families, and so far, we’ve had approximately 30 pets claimed by their owners,” said Tim Rickey, vice president of the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response team.