Saturday, May 28, 2016

Ainsworth Pet Nutrition provides help for cats rescued from hoarding situation

Ainsworth Pet Nutrition, manufacturer of the Rachael Ray Nutrish line of super premium pet food, announced that it has stepped in to help nearly 40 displaced cats suffering from severe malnutrition after they were rescued from an animal hoarding case in Brookline, Pennsylvania.

The company will donate a year's supply of Rachael Ray Nutrish Cat Food to each family that adopts one of the rescued cats, which were taken to two local animal shelters: the Homeless Cat Management Team in Tarentum and Animal Friends, 10 minutes north of Pittsburgh. Several of the cats are also being cared for by foster families affiliated with the Homeless Cat Management Team.

The company will also donate more than 900 pounds of cat food to the Homeless Cat Management Team to provide for the 32 cats in their care, including those in foster homes that are awaiting adoption. Ainsworth also currently donates Rachael Ray Nutrish pet food to Animal Friends through an exclusive feeding program that has been in place for several years.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Celebrating a century of compassion: 100 years of animal rescue

For 100 years, one name has been synonymous with animal rescue in this country and around the world: American Humane Association.

This year, America's first national humane organization is celebrating a century of rescuing animals from war, hurricanes, floods, wild fires and other disasters. To commemorate the occasion, they have released a historic timeline with remarkable photos capturing 100 years of American Humane Association's animal rescue work.

American Humane Association's animal rescue program was born on the battlefields of World War I Europe in 1916 when the U.S. Secretary of War asked the organization to save war horses. During that time, they rescued and cared for 68,000 wounded horses a month and since the Great War they have been part of virtually every major disaster response. Over just the past ten years American Humane Association has saved, helped and sheltered more than 80,000 animals.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Tips to stay safe during National Dog Bite Prevention Week and all year round

Every year more than 4.5 million Americans, more than half of them children, are bitten by dogs. As part of the National Dog Bite Prevention Week Coalition, American Humane Association encourages adults to teach children how to avoid dog bites and learn the importance of pet owner responsibility.

"Dogs are our best friends, providing love, comfort and protection," says Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane Association. "But it's up to us humans to be good friends to them as well by protecting everyone around us – ourselves, our kids, and our dogs – from the dangers and consequences of dog bites."

Dogs can bite for many reasons, including improper care and/or a lack of socialization. All dogs, even well trained gentle dogs, are capable of biting when provoked, especially when eating, sleeping or caring for puppies. Thus, even when a bite is superficial or classified as "provoked," dogs may be abandoned or euthanized. Therefore, it's vitally important to keep both children and dogs safe by preventing dog bites wherever possible.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Maddie's Fund offers incentive grants to participate in Million Cat Challenge

Maddie's Fund is offering grants to every qualifying animal shelter that joins the Million Cat Challenge between April 29 and May 31. Every U.S. animal shelter that registers within this timeframe will receive $1,000, and current Challengers will receive $500 for each new qualified organization they refer.

The Million Cat Challenge is a 5-year campaign to save the lives of 1 million cats in North America by offering every animal shelter in every community practical choices to reduce euthanasia and increase live outcomes.

"The lifesaving work of the Million Cat Challenge and the mind-shift they are creating is extraordinary," said Amy Zeifang, Maddie's Fund Board Chair and Executive Leadership Team. "Through the efforts of their participants, more than 500,000 lives have been saved so far. We hope our incentive will bring more shelters on board to more quickly reach our collective goal of a million lives saved."

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Celebrate kindness by taking American Humane Association's Kindness 100 pledge

Via AmericanHumane.org - For generations of Americans, May has always been associated with kindness. Millions of people around the country young and old are joining American Humane Association to celebrate the start of the second century of "Be Kind to Animals Week" (May 1-7), the longest-running, most successful humane education campaign in American history.

This May, "Be Kind to Animals Week" takes on even more significance as American Humane Association commemorates 100 years of rescuing animals from cruelty and disasters.

American Humane Association's animal rescue services program was created in May 1916 at the request of the U.S. Secretary of War to save war horses on the battlefields of World War I Europe. Since then the organization has been involved in virtually every major disaster relief effort. Over just the past ten years American Humane Association has saved, helped and sheltered more than 80,000 animals.