Saturday, September 9, 2017

ASPCA assists with pre-evacuation efforts in anticipation of Hurricane Irma

In anticipation of Hurricane Irma, the ASPCA is actively engaging with agencies throughout the southeastern United States to assist with pre-evacuation, relocation, and emergency sheltering efforts.

At the request of the Beaufort County Animal Services, the ASPCA has deployed a team of responders to relocate approximately 600 unowned shelter animals to a 40,000 square-foot emergency shelter established by the ASPCA in Duncan, South Carolina, which will serve as a safe space for displaced shelter animals as shelters and rescue groups prepare to make space for lost pets following the storm. The ASPCA is expecting to relocate and evacuate hundreds of unowned shelter animals from neighboring Jasper County to the ASPCA emergency shelter.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Operation Grey Muzzle transports shelter dogs from Puerto Rico to mainland U.S.

The Humane Society of the United States, with some incredible partners, is helping engineer the transport of more than 200 dogs in need from Puerto Rico to the mainland United States.

The transport has been dubbed “Operation Grey Muzzle” because of the large number of older dogs on board.

Next week, a group of dogs from overwhelmed Puerto Rico animal shelters will arrive at airports in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina.

Upon arrival, these lucky companion animals will continue their journey to shelters and rescue partners along the East Coast.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

August 15 is National Check the Chip Day, a reminder to update your pet's information

The American Veterinary Medical Association  and the American Animal Hospital Association are recognizing National Check the Chip Day on August 15 by encouraging pet owners to check their pets' microchip information to make sure it is up to date and accurate. The day also offers an opportunity for veterinarians to encourage their clients to microchip their pets if they aren't already.

"Microchipping your pet is vital," said Dr. Mike Topper, president of the AVMA. "But that's only the first step. If your pet's registration information isn't up to date, the microchip is all but useless. It takes less than two minutes to check and update your contact information, and this small act can make all the difference in the chance of a lost pet being reunited with its family."

Microchips are embedded under the skin using a hypodermic needle, similar to those used for vaccinations. No surgery or anesthesia is required – a microchip can be implanted during a routine veterinary office visit. After pets have been microchipped, contact information for the pet's owner is registered to the microchip's serial number in a database that veterinary or animal rescue staff can use to locate an animal's owner should the pet become lost.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Farewell to a hero

U.S. military hero dog Cena, a 9-year-old Black Labrador who served as a bomb detection dog in Afghanistan and saved the lives of his handler and uncounted other American warriors, ended his service to mankind after a battle he could not win with bone cancer. Cena died peacefully in the arms of his battle buddy, former United States Marine Corps Corporal Jeff DeYoung, in their hometown of Muskegon, Michigan.

The two first met during Improvised Detection Dog training in Virginia in July 2009. They were deployed to Afghanistan later that year and during their service together, the two were part of Operation Moshtarak in February 2010 that was the largest joint operation up to that point.

Corporal DeYoung and Cena typically led the way as U.S. troops trudged through the rugged and treacherous landscape of Afghanistan. Cena was trained to detect more than 300 different types of explosives and if he smelled something suspicious on patrol he alerted DeYoung, who would then call in an explosives technician to safely remove or detonate the bomb.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Seven courageous canines named finalists for 2017 American Humane Hero Dog Awards

America has spoken and following more than half a million votes cast by animal lovers across the country and a celebrity panel of dog lovers and experts, seven courageous canines have been named finalists in the 2017 American Humane Hero Dog Awards, sponsored by the Lois Pope LIFE Foundation.

These heroic canines each took top honors in their individual categories from a field of 188 initial nominees and now a combination of America's voters and a panel of celebrity judges will determine which dog will take home top honors as the 2017 American Hero Dog.

The public is invited to submit one vote per day through August 30 at www.herodogawards.org. The seven finalists will be flown to Los Angeles to take part in the star-studded Hero Dog Awards gala on September 16 at the Beverly Hilton, which will be broadcast as a two-hour special on Hallmark Channel this fall.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

American Humane delivers more than two tons of pet food to Fulton County Humane Society

American Humane and Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food have delivered 4,551 pounds of nutritious food and love to the animals served by the Fulton County Humane Society in Wauseon, Ohio.

The donation is part of an ambitious new national campaign called "Fill-a-Bowl…Feed-a-Soul" to help care for shelter pets waiting for their forever homes.

Together, American Humane and Chicken Soup for the Soul have distributed more than half a million meals of premium, all-natural Chicken Soup for the Soul Pet Food to U.S. shelters, which house and care for millions of animals each year, and the organizations are striving to reach a goal of one million meals.