Saturday, November 11, 2017

ASPCA and Cloud Nine Rescue Flights partner to fly animals displaced by Hurricane Maria

The ASPCA and Cloud Nine Rescue Flights are joining forces to transport homeless animals displaced by Hurricane Maria to animal shelters in Florida and New York where they will be made available for adoption.

A total of 56 homeless animals – 47 dogs and 9 cats – will be transported and placed with four animal shelters, including Cat Depot, Humane Society of Broward County, Halifax Humane Society, and the ASPCA’s Adoption Center in New York City.

The animals will be transported from an emergency shelter established by the ASPCA in September where more than 300 animals displaced by Hurricane Maria have received care to date.

The cats and dogs will be transported out of St. Croix on November 11 and 12 by Cloud Nine Rescue Flights, arriving at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and continuing to the Florida and New York-based shelters to find safe and loving homes.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Keeping Halloween fun for your pets: Safety tips for families with animals

Halloween is in just a few days, which means frightening family fun—from costume contests to trick-or-treating—is right around the corner.

Although Halloween is filled with light-hearted tricks and treats, it's important to keep safety in mind for every member of the family—including your pets. 

Halloween can pose a number of potential safety hazards for pets, who tend to experience high levels of stress due to the hustle and bustle of the holiday.

Here are a few tips from American Humane to keep you and your four-legged family members safe and happy this Halloween:

Saturday, October 21, 2017

HSUS and Emancipet provide free services to animals affected by Hurricane Harvey

Generous funding from the Alex and Elisabeth Lewyt Trust has enabled the Humane Society of the United States to collaborate with Emancipet, a nonprofit veterinary clinic operating in Houston's East End, to offer free veterinary services to owned animals impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

Through December 9, fees for veterinary services at Emancipet Houston will be waived for all pet owners.

In the program's first month, 1,705 pets received examinations and more than 1,500 owners scheduled spay and neuter procedures. On the clinic's busiest day, veterinarians saw 173 pets. The HSUS is sending staff, veterinarians, and veterinary technicians on a rotation schedule to work on-site with the Emancipet team.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

California becomes first state in U.S. to ban sale of puppy mill dogs in pet stores

Local and national animal welfare organizations commend CA Governor Jerry Brown for signing into law legislation that will prevent the sale of commercially raised dogs, cats, and rabbits in pet stores across the state of California. The law also encourages partnerships that promote the adoption of homeless pets.

Authored by Assembly member Patrick O'Donnell (D-Long Beach), Assembly Bill 485 protects animals and consumers, and sets an important precedent for the rest of nation. The bill passed the CA legislature September 14.

To date, 36 jurisdictions in California – including the cities of Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, and San Francisco – have enacted similar ordinances, and the signing of AB 485 makes California the first state in the nation to enact a statewide prohibition on pet store sales of dogs from puppy mills.