Friday, July 22, 2016

Pokémon Go-ing for a walk with your dog? 5 steps to keep them safe

With the recent release of Pokémon Go, many people are spending more time outdoors, walking and exploring neighborhoods while playing the game. Some people are also using this as an opportunity to take their dogs for walks and bring them along on their Pokémon Go adventures. Shelters are even getting in on the act, asking Pokémon Go players to volunteer as dog walkers.

The American Veterinary Medical Association strongly encourages people to get outdoors and spend time with their dogs, as this is a great way to bond with pets and stay healthy. However, the AVMA would like to remind pet owners of some basic safety tips to keep their dogs safe while out capturing, battling, and training Pokémon:

Friday, July 15, 2016

Four military dogs receive inaugural K-9 Medal of Courage Award

A Czech German Shepherd who sniffed out improvised explosive devices while also coming under and surviving enemy fire in Afghanistan; an athletic black Labrador retriever who served four combat tours in Afghanistan where he detected explosives and provided emotional support for his human comrades; a brave Belgian Malinois who worked more than 50 combat missions, saving countless lives of U.S. troops; and a regal German Shepherd who safeguarded four-star Generals and political personnel, including the President of the United States, during their visits to troops overseas but who also lost a leg when a 120-pound bomb he detected exploded, have been chosen as recipients of the inaugural American Humane Lois Pope LIFE K-9 Medal of Courage.

The awards, presented at a Capitol Hill ceremony, are the nation's highest honor for military dogs for extraordinary valor and service to America. They were created under the aegis of the American Humane Association, which has worked with the U.S. military for 100 years, and internationally renowned philanthropist and veterans advocate Lois Pope. Nineteen members of Congress and more than 200 Congressional staffers attended the packed event.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

American Humane Rescue Team helps animals caught in historic West Virginia flooding

American Humane Association's renowned animal rescue team, first responders for animals in crisis for 100 years, has arrived in Charleston, W.V. with two of the organization's giant 50-foot rescue vehicles to help animal victims of the historic flooding affecting the area.

The deployment of the emergency vehicles, a team of 10 trained emergency responders and a veterinarian comes at the request of the Kanawha-Charleston Humane Association, which is being hard-pressed to find a solution for a growing problem: The shelter has a capacity for 240 animals and is completely full – with more coming in each day.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

ASPCA responders help animals displaced by devastating Dog Head Fire in New Mexico

At the request of the New Mexico Department of Agriculture and the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Management, the ASPCA arrived in Albuquerque on Monday to help shelter and care for the nearly 500 animals displaced by the devastating “Dog Head Fire” in New Mexico’s Manzano Mountains.

Hundreds of evacuated animals are being cared for at three locations in Bernalillo and Torrance County: Los Vecinos Community Center; Bernalillo County Animal Shelter; and Torrance County Estancia Emergency Animal Shelter. ASPCA responders have been dispatched to all three locations to support local agencies with shelter operations and daily care.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

American Humane Association announces new Humane Conservation program

American Humane Association has announced the launch of a global program dedicated to helping ensure the welfare and humane treatment of the remarkable, endangered and disappearing animals living in the world’s zoos and aquariums.

In the face of what scientists are calling a “Sixth Extinction” with species disappearing at a rate 8-100 times higher than expected since 1900, zoos and aquariums are playing an outsized role in preserving the vital web of life on Earth.

Serving as arks of hope for endangered animals and powerful ambassadors for conservation, these institutions are drawing more visitors each year than all sporting events combined. And as people become increasingly aware of and invested in the fate of the world’s creatures, more and more are rightly demanding that the millions of creatures who live in zoos, aquariums and conservation centers be afforded good treatment and welfare.