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If You Want To Stop Violence Against People, Stop Violence Against Animals

The Huffington Post | Lynne Peeples | Posted 10.08.2015 | Politics

Denise asked the animal service officers if she could look in the green bag. They told her she really didn't want to do that. In the bag were the rema...

Who Is Helping the Animals Near You? Likely Not the ASPCA

Ken White | Posted 09.11.2015 | San Francisco
Ken White

As the saying goes, it's déjà vu all over again. This weekend I received two letters from the New York City-based ASPCA. The letters were identical, although they came with different envelope stuffers. Why does this seem familiar?

What Dogs REALLY Mean When They Smile, Yawn Or Stare At You

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 09.01.2015 | HuffPost Home

You come home from work, and your dog's tail is a helicopter of excitement. It's obvious that he's happy to see you. But then, he settles into a deep...

The Lessons in Katrina's Legacy

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 08.27.2015 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

Simple, inexpensive preparations can keep owners from having to choose between their pets' lives and their own. What are some of the most important tips?

Emergency Responses To Pets Have Improved After Katrina, Make For More Happy Endings

AP | Sally Lauckner | Posted 08.20.2015 | Good News

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Outside the nearly 2,000 human fatalities from Hurricane Katrina, the disaster displaced or killed hundreds of thousands of ...

If You're Looking to Adopt a Cat, Choose an Older One

Alice Carey | Posted 08.04.2015 | New York
Alice Carey

Even today, this is the fate of older shelter cats because potential adopters tend to choose kittens over adult cats. How can they not? Kittens are cuddly tabla rasas that meow sweetly and have blue eyes.

Shot Labrador Goes From Celebrity to Pound

Caurie Putnam | Posted 08.03.2015 | Media
Caurie Putnam

Longshot was once a celebrity. The four-year-old yellow Labrador Retriever riddled with gunshot wounds and left for dead in Virginia in December 2014 made national news. But now things have changed.

The Partner Animal Rescue Can't Do Without

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 07.30.2015 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

There are compassionate people like this across the country, and it's critical to connect their compassion to causes that save and protect animal lives. Some people are already inspired and active; others are just waiting for a local event like this to capture their concern.

HSUS and ASPCA Are Not Your Local Animal Shelter (and Likely Not Helping the Animals in Your Local Animal Shelter)

Ken White | Posted 07.28.2015 | San Francisco
Ken White

I won't and I don't criticize the work done by these national organizations. You should take the time to form your own opinions about the programs and services of any charitable organization you are thinking about supporting. What I do take exception to is those organizations making statements about their work designed to lead to questionable conclusions.

NYC's New Crime-Stopping Approach to Animal Cruelty

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 07.23.2015 | New York
Matthew Bershadker

In our efforts to stop animal cruelty, we're making great advances toward all of these goals. This week, we're adding another milestone to that list.

The Decision That Could Kill Your Pet

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 07.16.2015 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

Mild weather can seem deceptively safe, but it is not. In less than 30 minutes, the temperature inside a car can rise more than 30 degrees higher than the temperature outside. This is true even if car windows are cracked open or the car is parked in the shade. Dogs can't cool themselves down as easily as we can, and once they overheat, they can suffer serious organ damage and die.

U.S. Horses Deserve Lasting Protection

Matthew Bershadker | Posted 06.22.2015 | Green
Matthew Bershadker

Prohibiting slaughterhouse inspections is a start, but more comprehensive equine protection is a necessary finish. Our horses deserve it, and our humanity should demand it.

Arin Greenwood

The Unstoppable Rise Of Shelter Pets | Arin Greenwood | Posted 05.08.2015 | Good News

In cooperation with our longstanding partner Crowdrise, The Huffington Post is celebrating its 10 year anniversary by focusing on the promise of the n...

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 06.20.2015 | 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 06.09.2015 | 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 06.08.2015 | 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 06.03.2015 | 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 05.27.2015 | 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 05.25.2015 | 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 05.24.2015 | 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 05.06.2015 | 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.