Friday, December 15, 2017

Senate unanimously passes animal cruelty bill

The U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act, S. 654, earning praise from the Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Legislative Fund.

As the first-ever general federal animal cruelty bill, the PACT Act builds on the federal animal crush video law enacted in 2010, which banned the creation, sale and distribution of obscene videos that show animals being crushed, burned, drowned, suffocated, impaled, or subjected to other forms of heinous cruelty.

The PACT Act, led by Sens. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., will prohibit those same extreme acts of animal cruelty when they occur in interstate or foreign commerce, regardless of whether a video is produced, and those convicted of such abuse will face federal felony charges, fines and up to seven years in prison. The measure also makes bestiality a federal criminal enterprise.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

American Humane delivers a ton of love to the Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County

American Humane, the country's first national humane organization, and Chicken Soup for the Soul worked together this week to literally deliver a ton of love in the form of 2,000 pounds of nutritious free food to the animals at the Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County in Lake Panasoffkee, Florida.

The donation is part of an ambitious 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 are distributing hundreds of thousands of 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.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Petco Foundation is making Holiday Wishes come true for animal welfare organizations

The Petco Foundation, in partnership with Petco, has revealed the names of 52 stories that have earned their animal welfare organizations a grant investment through the fifth annual Holiday Wishes campaign.

This year, the Petco Foundation will deliver a total of $765,000 in grant awards during Holiday Wishes celebrations from now until December 20– including one $100,000 grand prize, and a series of finalist awards ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 to support the tremendous lifesaving efforts carried out by these deserving organizations year-round.

Thousands of adopters from across the United States shared personal accounts of how their adopted pets changed their lives giving the animal welfare organizations they adopted from the chance to receive a Holiday Wishes grant. The adopters with the winning stories will each receive a Petco gift card of up to $1,000.

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.