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.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

ASPCA celebrates 150 years as nation's leading voice for animals

Via ASPCA.org - The ASPCA has announced the start of a months-long celebration of its 150th anniversary with ASPCA 150: Come to Their Rescue – a national campaign honoring the ASPCA's 150 years of animal rescue by inspiring public acts of compassion that will help save and protect dogs, cats, horses and farm animals from cruelty.

The Come to Their Rescue campaign will feature multiple large-scale animal welfare programs and events, including a public action campaign and nationwide contest, a video featuring celebrity supporters, and the premiere of the ASPCA's first-ever documentary.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Maddie's Fund offers grants to participate in National Shelter Animals Count

Via PRNewswire - Maddie's Fund, a national family foundation based in Pleasanton, California, is offering grants to boost participation in the national Shelter Animals Count database during the period of March 25 through April 30.

Every animal shelter and rescue organization that registers within this timeframe will receive $1,000, and currently participating organizations will receive $500 for each new member they refer.

Amy Weifang, Maddie's Fund Board Chairman and Executive Leadership Team said, "Shelter Animals Count provides an unprecedented opportunity to collect and share national shelter data, to improve decision-making and most importantly, to increase lifesaving."

"Hundreds of shelters today are participating in this important work. We hope our grant will encourage more shelters to sign up. More participants equals better data and insights and more lives we can save together."

Saturday, March 19, 2016

SeaWorld commits to ending orca breeding programs

Via HumaneSociety.org - In a dramatic shift that signals an eventual end to the practice of keeping captive orcas for public exhibition, SeaWorld announced it would cease all of its orca breeding programs for the company’s nearly 30 whales.

This action will make the current group the last generation of SeaWorld’s orcas. The Humane Society of the United States, which worked with SeaWorld on these new policies, praised its reforms as a major step forward toward a humane economy in which corporations respond and adapt to public concerns over animal welfare.

“These two organizations have been long-time adversaries, but we’re excited now to see the company transforming its operations for the better on animal welfare,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the HSUS.