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Helping Pets Before They're in Harm's Way

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 05.01.2015 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

The ASPCA's Cruelty Intervention Advocacy is a holistic intervention approach that takes into account how the societal challenges that pet owners often face -- including poverty, housing restrictions, lack of transportation, and limited resources -- profoundly affect the animals under their care. I'd like to share why this uncommon approach is so necessary to keep animals alive.

Affording Fido: A Cost Checklist for a New Pet

Jason Alderman | Posted 04.20.2015 | Money
Jason Alderman

Pet ownership can be one of the great pleasures in life but a big financial surprise for those who don't research and plan for everyday and emergency costs. Before taking on the new addition, do your homework and create a budget.

It's Time to Get Tough(er) on Dog Fighting

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 04.09.2015 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

Even if you've never heard about a dog fight, that doesn't mean they're not happening nearby. We also can't relax simply because animal fighting is illegal. I've witnessed enough horrific crime scenes to know that animal fights can take place anywhere, and that they represent the absolute worst of human nature.

Giving Michael Vick's Former Dogs a 'Fighting' Chance Changed the Face of Animal Welfare

Jacqueline Johnson | Posted 04.08.2015 | Green
Jacqueline Johnson

The Bad Newz Kennels bust captured the attention of dog lovers all across the country. Eight years later, these 48 dogs have proven, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that fighting was something that was forced on them -- not something they were born to do. Once they had the opportunity to become companions, they took it and ran with it.

Dog Fighting Is A Huge Problem, And Cops Agree We Need To Do More About It

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 04.07.2015 | Green

A recent survey by the ASPCA found that most law enforcement officers think dog fighting is a severe crime. However, fewer than a quarter agree their ...

4 Missing Cats Found in Aftermath of East Village Explosion, At least 4 Cats, 1 Dog Still Missing

Cathryn Swan | Posted 04.06.2015 | New York
Cathryn Swan

Four cats have now been found that were missing at 125 Second Avenue. There are additional animals missing from that building and other buildings nearby.

2 Women Reunite With Their Beloved Cats After East Village Building Explosion

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 04.03.2015 | Good News

Updated on April 3, 2015: 10:25 a.m. EDT Two women have found relief after a difficult week when they were reunited with their lost cats on Wednesd...

Let's #OpentheBarns to Transparency

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 03.30.2015 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

As Big Ag continues its efforts to conceal the truth about how animals suffer on factory farms, the ASPCA and advocates continue our counterattack to protect the public's right to know what goes on there.

Better Than Bunnies This Easter

Amanda Gregory | Posted 04.07.2015 | Parents
Amanda Gregory

What does it say about love, caring and responsibility if you abandon your new pet to a shelter within a year? Living creatures are not disposable.

Astoria Characters: The Cat Guy

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 03.24.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

The cats didn't do it. Paul Santell wants that to be perfectly clear before he bares his left arm.

Give All NYC Animals the Shelters They Deserve

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 03.06.2015 | New York
Matthew Bershadker

While Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Staten Island have their own vital full-service municipal shelters, Queens and the Bronx only have inadequate "animal receiving centers." These centers do not provide shelter, medical, or adoption services for homeless animals. Instead, dogs and cats brought to these centers are transported to already overtaxed shelters in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

Give Spay/Neuter Options to Those Who Need Them Most

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 04.25.2015 | Los Angeles
Matthew Bershadker

Could you imagine having to give up your pet because you couldn't afford to spay or neuter it? Sadly, in underserved communities in and around the greater L.A. area, the biggest obstacles to spaying and neutering pets -- which is critical to preventing animal homelessness, suffering, and unnecessary euthanasia -- come down primarily to issues of economics and geography.

The 'Best' We Can Do for Homeless Animals

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 04.20.2015 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

Created and hosted by journalist and animal advocate Jill Rappaport, Best in Shelter With Jill Rappaport documents her year-long search for remarkable shelter dog contestants, focusing on hard-to-adopt animals such as pit pulls, older animals, and animals with disabilities. While the program ultimately declares "winners," all the selected animals find loving homes.

It's (Way Past) Time to End Greyhound Racing in America

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 04.14.2015 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

It's always appalling to see animals abused and betrayed for profit, especially when the activity is legal and defended as a "sport." That's the reality of greyhound racing, but the reasons this detestable industry still exists defy not just our humane values, but common sense as well.

For the Love of Animals

Marc Joseph | Posted 04.04.2015 | Impact
Marc Joseph

This "Love Your Pet Day," donate to animal shelters and organizations to help care for these innocent animals. Volunteer at your local shelter to help the animals cope with being alone. No one wants to be alone, and your simple act of kindness goes a long way for animals that don't have anyone.

Beaten Puppy Buried Alive In Snow Rescued; Owner Arrested

AP | Posted 02.01.2015 | Crime

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City man is facing animal cruelty charges after police say neighbors witnessed him beat his puppy and bury the dog alive ...

USDA's Meat Animal Research Center: An American Horror Story

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 03.25.2015 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

This week, The New York Times published a comprehensive investigation into deplorable animal treatment at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC). It's appalling that such activities -- conducted with the goal of helping a private-sector industry turn a higher profit -- are subsidized by U.S. taxpayers.

Gov. Christie, Protect NJ Pets!

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 03.14.2015 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

If pet stores are legally allowed to use unethical and inhumane breeders and brokers and to keep those sources secret, consumers have no way of making informed decisions when they bring a new pet into their family.

A Pivotal Law for NYC Pets

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 02.21.2015 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

While these laws won't keep all puppy mill puppies out of New York City pet stores, it's a critical step in the right direction. Taken together they will deeply impact the lives of dogs in puppy mills across the nation, and further New York City's reputation as a leader in animal welfare and safety.

Why We Support Ending Carriage Horse Rides on NYC Streets

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 02.17.2015 | New York
Matthew Bershadker

Naturally, retiring this industry will have financial repercussions, but the mayor's bill reflects a strong intent to offset those consequences with workforce training programs and resources available not only to drivers, but to owners, license holders, and horse stable employees.

How a Pet Store Trip Can Teach Your Kids About Cruelty

Joel Schwartzberg | Posted 02.02.2015 | Parents
Joel Schwartzberg

As we talked, a large family entered the puppy store, their eyes wide with excitement and anticipation. If we'd stayed, chances are good we would have seen them leave with two things: a tiny, furry animal, fresh off the conveyor belt; and a piece of paper describing an idyllic Dogville from which it came.

Reconsider Senior Pets

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 01.26.2015 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

Older shelter animals are just as loving, loyal and delightful as young ones. Also, senior animals are typically the last to be adopted and the first to be euthanized.

Arin Greenwood

These Dogs Were Rescued From A Massive Fighting Ring. They Are Loving Their Freedom.

HuffingtonPost.com | Arin Greenwood | Posted 11.25.2014 | Green

They're called the 367 dogs, because that's how many of them were taken in on August 23, 2013 -- the first day of what would turn out to be the countr...

Honoring Those Who Make a Difference for Animals

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 01.17.2015 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

Last week, we recognized some of the most remarkable people and animals on the front lines of that effort by bestowing our annual ASPCA Humane Awards.

Arin Greenwood

69 Dogs Rescued From A Fighting Ring May Finally Get A Chance At The Good Life

HuffingtonPost.com | Arin Greenwood | Posted 11.04.2014 | Green

Sixty-nine dogs rescued from a suspected dog fighting operation are getting a well-deserved second chance. It's a happy change of fate for these do...