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When Cara felt her teenaged children slipping away and saw an empty nest on the horizon, she decided the best way to fill that void was with dogs—lots of them—and so her foster journey began.

            In 2015, her Pennsylvania farm became a haven for Operation Paws for Homes and a whirlwind of incredible dogs. There were the nine puppies that arrived with less than a day’s notice; a heart-worm positive dog; a deeply traumatized stray pup from Iraq; shy boys and mischievous girls; and countless others who just needed a gentle touch and warm place to sleep. The dogs that entered Cara’s home were rescue dogs from high-kill shelters in the rural south and needed a foster family as a midway point on their journey while they waited for their forever home.

            With wit and humor, Another Good Dog reveals a saga that began on an impulse and led to an epiphany that there wasn’t just one dog that could fill the hole left in Cara’s heart—there were dozens! The stories of these remarkable dogs and the joy they bring to Cara and her family (along with a few chewed sofa cushions) fill the pages of this touching and inspiring new book that reveals the wonderful rewards of fostering.

            When asked how she can possibly say goodbye to that many lovable pups, Cara says, “If I don’t give this one away, I can’t possibly save another.”

“A big hearted, inspiring and passionate look at a critical piece of the rescue puzzle. Lucky are the dogs who pass through Cara Sue Achterberg’s arms on their way to the lives they so richly deserve. Honest and engaging.” —Peter Zheutlin, New York Times bestselling author of Rescue Road

“As expected, the narrative revolves around tales of dogs and puppies. What’s unexpected are Achterberg’s personal reveals. The stories and photos will delight.”—Publishers Weekly


“Heartwarming. Illustrated with photographs of some of Achterberg's many fosters, this book blends insight and entertainment to tell an unforgettable story about seeking, and finding, life purpose through caring for abandoned dogs. A compassionate and humane canine tale.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Achterberg has in fact written another good book about dogs, but even more so she has produced a manifesto on how to change the world: through single acts of caring and compassion stacked one on top of another without end.”—Jim Gorant, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Dogs

Pegasus will publish on August 7, 2018. Cara lives in York County, Pennsylvania.

            Cara will be touring with her dog up and down the east coast, visiting the “rescue route” many of her dogs travel from high kill shelters as they make their way towards foster and forever homes as part of Operation Paws for Home, who will share in the proceeds from this book. Exact tour details forthcoming. I look forward to being in touch about this very special and heartwarming project!

 

Million Cat Challenge Receives $2.5 Million Grant to Continue Revolutionizing Animal Sheltering, Thanks to Maddie

One Million Cats Saved One Year Early

 
PLEASANTON, Calif., June 26, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Maddie's Fund®, a national family foundation established by Dave and Cheryl Duffield to revolutionize the status and well-being of companion animals, is granting $2,580,741 to support the Million Cat Challenge as it expands to into its next phase of animal lifesaving in shelters across North America.
The Million Cat Challenge, a campaign to save the lives of one million shelter cats, met its goal one year early. In addition to continuing the momentum that helped achieve the initial goal, the next stage of the Million Cat Challenge will focus on communities where cats are still at risk, and helping to make lifesaving the norm across shelters through its five key initiatives.
“The Challenge has revolutionized animal sheltering for cats,” said Mary Ippoliti-Smith, Maddie’s Fund Executive Leadership Team. “Moving forward, initiatives such as making adoptions easier and managing the admission of cats to match the shelter’s ability to assure humane care will become everyday practices for all animals in shelters.”
“One of the great benefits of The Million Cat Challenge was that it taught us how much progress was truly possible. That inspires us to aim even higher, not just for cats but for all animals in shelters,” said Challenge co-founder Dr. Kate Hurley of the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program. “Thanks to Maddie, we look forward to saving even more lives during the next phase.”

About Maddie's Fund
Maddie's Fund® is a family foundation created in 1994 by Workday® co-founder Dave Duffield and his wife, Cheryl, who have endowed the Foundation with more than $300 million. Since then, the Foundation has awarded more than $208.9 million in grants toward increased community lifesaving, shelter medicine education, and pet adoptions across the U.S. The Duffields named Maddie's Fund after their Miniature Schnauzer Maddie, who always made them laugh and gave them much joy. Maddie was with Dave and Cheryl for ten years and continues to inspire them today.
Maddie's Fund is the fulfillment of a promise to an inspirational dog, investing its resources to create a no-kill nation where every dog and cat is guaranteed a healthy home or habitat. #ThanksToMaddie.

Meet our Executive Director, Aimee Gilbreath

Aimee Gilbreath joined Found Animals in March 2008 as its first full-time employee and Executive Director. She has been responsible for developing and implementing the Foundation’s wide range of innovative programs. Under her leadership the Foundation has grown to over 70 staff members and 500+ volunteers. Found Animals’ programs focus on sterilization, microchipping, and adoption as key levers to reduce shelter intake and euthanasia and span from traditional philanthropy to social enterprise. In addition to providing funding to local spay/neuter non-profits, the Foundation also administers the Michelson Prize and Grants program to encourage development of non-surgical sterilization products. Found Animals provides affordable microchips and scanners, along with a state of the art universal registry, to shelters and clinics nationwide. In Los Angeles, the foundation operates two retail adoption centers that adopt 3,000 shelter pets per year as well as a kitten foster program. Aimee is a former management consultant with significant experience leading teams to solve business problems for Fortune 500 clients. She holds a B.S. in Molecular Biology and an MBA. Aimee lives in Santa Monica, CA with her husband and their beloved pit bull Rufus.

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Dr. Lisa Centonze is a veterinarian at Hillsborough County Animal Services, one of the largest animal shelters in Florida. Dr. Lisa earned her undergraduate degree in history from Princeton University, and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Florida, where she graduated with honors. She has practiced small animal medicine and surgery in private practice, as co-owner of a house-call practice, and at high volume spay/neuter clinics. She has also worked and volunteered for many humane and animal rescue organizations. Currently she enjoys working as a shelter veterinarian, where she treats many abused and neglected animals, and testifies for abuse cases in court. She is a member of the International Veterinary Forensice Science Association and the Association of Shelter Veterinarians, as well as other national and local veterinary organizations. She also teaches veterinary technology students. In her free time she enjoys running half marathons, travel, vegetarian cooking, and spending time with her husband and cats.

ADOPTABLE ANIMALS GET NEW DIGS IN ANIMAL PLANET’S TWO-PART SPECIAL PET NATION RENOVATION

- Two Non-Profit Animal Shelters Receive Much-Needed Head to Tail Makeovers -

(Los Angeles, CA – September 1, 2016) – Every year, shelters and rescues across the country spend countless hours finding homes for millions of abandoned animals. In Animal Planet’s new two-part special, PET NATION RENOVATION, two deserving shelters receive much needed top-to-bottom makeovers providing animals with a more comfortable stay while awaiting their new family. After the renovations are complete, each shelter holds a local adoption event resulting in many happy “tails.” Part one of PET NATION RENOVATION premieres on Saturday, September 17 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on Animal Planet.

Hosted by animal expert and home renovation enthusiast Dave Salmoni, and featuring the animal shelter renovation experts from Project Pawsitive, the PET NATION RENOVATIONteam completely transforms two shelters - Bandit's Adoption and Rescue of K-9s (BARK) in Ashland, Virginia and Michigan Animal Rescue League (MARL) in Pontiac, Michigan.  

In the premiere episode, the all-volunteer staff at BARK learn they are the winners of a nationwide contest to find the most deserving shelter. As a result of rescuing more than 4,500 dogs in 10 years, the BARK shelter shows extreme wear and tear. These run-down conditions cause unnecessary stress to the dogs and scare off potential adopters forcing BARK to holds their adoption events offsite.

After four weeks of renovation by the PET NATION team, BARK is outfitted with state-of-the-art kennels, an agility dog park and cost-saving improvements which culminates in an on-site adoption event to find the dogs forever homes. Celebrity dog groomer Jorge Benderskyand animal adoption expert Jill Rappaport are on hand to make sure the dogs look their best and when matched with the perfect family.

The makeover was made possible by Ace Hardware and Delta Faucet, sponsors of the special who provided more than $100,000 for the renovation through fiscal, product and labor donations. 

The second episode of PET NATION RENOVATION, which features a makeover the MARL shelter, will air Fall 2016.


PET NATION RENOVATION is produced by All3Media America for Animal Planet. Melinda Toporoff and Dawn Sinsel are executive producers for Animal Planet and Pat Dempsey is the Associate Producer. Gregory J. Lipstone, Leah Hariton and Liz Kerrigan are the executive producers for All3Media America.

About Animal Planet

Animal Planet, a multi-media business unit of Discovery Communications, is the network of hit franchise series RIVER MONSTERSPIT BULLS & PAROLEES and TREEHOUSE MASTERS and the home of provocative and award-winning specials and documentary films presented under the banner ANIMAL PLANET PRESENTS. Animal Planet's programming also includes quarterly tent pole TV events PUPPY BOWL, the largest non-sports TV on Super Bowl Sunday, and MONSTER WEEK. Animal Planet is the premiere TV, digital and social community for animal lovers and pet owners, providing immersive, engaging, high-quality entertainment across all Animal Planet assets including: Animal Planet television network, available in more than 94 million homes in the US, that is complimented with a deep Video On Demand offering; online assets www.animalplanet.com, the ultimate online destination for all things animal; Animal Planet L!VE, the go-to digital destination for round-the-clock, unfiltered access to the animal kingdom; Animal Planet social including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat. 

About All3Media America

All3Media America is the Los Angeles-based production studio for All3Media, a global production and distribution group of companies headquartered in the UK. Established in December 2012, All3Media America develops and produces a wide range of original scripted, non-scripted and digital content specifically for the US market as well as serving as the domestic production base for the group's international formats.   All3Media America companies include Bentley, Bogner Content, Commonwealth Unscripted, Company Pictures, ID-TV, Lime, Maverick, MME, North One, Objective, Seven Stories, South Pacific Pictures and Studio Lambert Associates.  The company currently has series in production or development with a large number of broadcast and cable networks as well as digital platforms, including the Emmy award-winning Undercover Boss for CBS.  All3Media America's formats and finished programs are distributed internationally by All3Media International. All3Media is owned jointly between Discovery Communications and Liberty Global.

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50 Shelters in 50 States received grants 


Miranda Lambert’s MuttNation Foundation had a great fundraising year in 2015 and with your help is able to continue their Mutts Across America: 50 States/50 Shelters initiative.  A total of $175,000 was distributed to shelters in each of the 50 states in January this year, with the minimum donation to an individual shelter being $3000.  Miranda Lambert said, “When an animal finds a forever home, it’s not just life-changing for the animal, but for the family that gets to receive the unconditional love that animals give.  It means so much to me to be a part of that process.”
The MuttNation Foundation board worked diligently to find the most deserving shelters in each of the 50 states. The surprised recipients acknowledged the donations across MuttNation’s social platforms.  The Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue, responded to the donation, “To say I was shocked to receive your amazingly generous and kind donation would be an understatement!”  The Bella Vista Animal Shelter told MuttNation Foundation, “As the recipient for the state of Arkansas we are deeply humbled and enormously grateful for your support!  Our ‘cold noses and warm hearts’ give the MuttNation Foundation their sincere thanks.” And Animal Rescue Rhode Island thanked MNF for recognizing their, “exemplary work in the fight to end animals’ suffering and accelerate shelter pet adoptions.”
A lot of different criteria play a role in the decision to support these selected shelters, such as high adoption per intake rate, volunteerism, fiscal responsibility, advocating spay and neuter programs and a solid presence in their community.
MNF co-founder Bev Lambert added, “We feel so privileged to be able to continue supporting these shelters that truly stand out.  We salute all of the individuals who follow their passion to help animals and defend those who cannot defend themselves.”
 
MNF continues to support their partners in animal rescue at The American Humane Association and Northshore Animal League as well as Miranda's home town shelter, Pet Fur People in East Texas.  A complete list of the shelters that received donations is available at MuttNationFoundation.  MNF does not solicit grant applications.
 
 
ABOUT MUTTNATION
MuttNation Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization and all contributions are 100% tax deductible; it has raised over $2.3 M the past seven years. To donate please visit: MuttNationFoundation. Miranda and her mother, Bev, make every effort to ensure that your hard-earned dollars are going to spay and neuter efforts, medical treatments, adoptions, preventions, transportation, legislative changes, and education. By contributing, you are making a difference to end animal cruelty, neglect, and homelessness.
 
ABOUT MIRANDA LAMBERT: Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Miranda Lambert is the reigning six-time CMA and six-time ACM Female Vocalist of the Year (the first time any female has won 6 consecutive years). The first single off of Lambert’s fifth studio album, Platinum, “Automatic,” was Lambert’s highest charting first week single to date and won CMA and ACM “Song of the Year”.  Her duet with Carrie Underwood, the album’s second single, “Somethin’ Bad,” has been certified as an RIAA Platinum Digital Single. Platinum, made history when it debuted atop Billboard's Top Country Albums Chart, making Lambert the first country artist in the history of the chart to have each of her five albums debut at number 1.  Platinum also debuted at the top of the all genre Billboard 200 as the number 1 album in the Nation and has recently been certified PLATINUM by the RIAA. With 11 career CMA Awards, Miranda has the most CMA wins for any female in CMA history. Her 23 ACM Awards makes her most awarded female in ACM history.
 
In addition to her award winning music, she dedicates much of her time to her MuttNation Foundation, an organization that supports shelters and helps pets find a forever home.  Visit www.MirandaLambert.com
for more information.
 
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As part of 8th annual Subaru Share the Love Event, the ASPCA and Subaru 
provide grant funding for nationwide animal transports, adoption events

NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced the launch of the third year of the ASPCA & Subaru Share the Love Event “Rescue Ride” grant program.The grant program helps transport thousands of homeless dogs from overcrowded shelters to shelters in areas where they have a better chance of being adopted. Thanks to funding from the annual Share the Love Event, the program will grant a total of $189,000 in funding to 49 organizations to cover transportation costs.  

This is the eighth consecutive year that the ASPCA will be a beneficiary of the Subaru Share the Love Event. In addition to the “Rescue Ride” program, this year, the ASPCA has used these donations to distribute over $150,000 in grants to 45 local animal welfare organizations to host pet adoption-related events at local Subaru retailers to save lives and raise awareness for animals in need.

“With Subaru’s support, we are helping relocate thousands of animals to improve their chances of finding safe and loving homes, and supporting many others through dedicated events and programs,” said ASPCA President & CEO Matthew Bershadker. “This partnership makes a huge difference in the lives of vulnerable animals -- but also for individuals, families, and communities across America who benefit from the love and companionship pets so eagerly provide.”

As part of the Share the Love event – which ran from November 19, 2015 through January 2, 2016 – Subaru donates $250 for every new Subaru vehicle purchased or leased to the customer’s choice of participating charities, including the ASPCA. Subaru will give up to $15,000,000 in total, with a minimum donation of $250,000 to each of the four national charities.

ASPCA & Subaru Share the Love Event “Rescue Ride” Grant Recipients are:

Aiding Shelter Animals Project (McComb, Miss.)
Alamo Rescue Friends (San Antonio, Texas)
All Satos Rescue (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
Animal Allies Humane Society (Duluth, Minn.)
Animal Relief and Rescue Fellowship (Leland, Miss.)
Animal Welfare Association Incorporated (Voorhees, N.J.)
Berkshire Humane Society Inc. (Pittsfield, Mass.)
Blackwell Animal Rescue Center (BARC) (Southaven, Miss.)
Camden County Animal Shelter  (Blackwood, N.J.)
Capital Area Humane Society (Hilliard, Ohio)
City of Corpus Christi Animal Care Services (Corpus Christi, Texas)
Colorado Animal Rescue Inc. (Glenwood Springs, Colo.)
Connecticut Humane Society (Newington, Conn.)
Darlington County Humane Society, Inc. (Darlington, S.C.)
Fort Collins Cat Rescue & Spay/Neuter Clinic (Fort Collins, Colo.)
Friends 4 Pound Paws (Gouverneur, N.Y.)
Friends of Homeless Animals, Inc. (North Kingstown, R.I.)
Greenhill Humane Society (Eugene, Ore.)
Homeward Bound Waggin, Inc.  (Quincy, Ill.)
Humane Society of Cherokee County (Tahlequah, Okla.)
Humane Society of Dover Stewart County Incorporated (Indian Mound, Tenn.)
Humane Society of Jefferson County (Jefferson City, Tenn.)
Humane Society of Lincoln County (Fayetteville, Tenn.)
Husky House, Inc. (Matawan, N.J.)
Idaho Humane Society, Inc. (Boise, Idaho)
Johnson County Animal Control (Franklin, Ind.)
Kauai Humane Society (Lihue, Hawaii)
Kentucky Humane Society (Louisville, Ky.)
Laguna Madre Humane Society  (Port Isabel, Texas)
Little Guild of Saint Francis (West Cornwall, Conn.)
Lucky Dog Animal Rescue (Arlington, Va.)
Nate's Honor Animal Rescue (Bradenton, Fla.)
National Great Pyrenees Rescue (Maplecrest, N.Y.)
Nevada Humane Society, Inc. (Reno, Nev.)
No Paws Left Behind (Bakersfield, Calif.)
Peaceful Animal Adoption Shelter, Inc. (Vinita, Okla.)
Prairie Paws Animal Shelter, Inc. (Ottawa, Kan.)
Rock County Humane Society (Janesville, Wis.)
Santa Fe Animal Shelter, Inc. (Santa Fe, N.M.)
Shenandoah Valley Animal Services Center (Lyndhurst, Va.)
South Ogden Animal Services (South Ogden, Utah)
SPCA of Texas (Dallas, Texas)
Stafford Animal Shelter (Livingston, Mont.)
TAILS Humane Society  (DeKalb, Ill.)
The Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland (Westbrook, Maine)
The Delta Humane Society of Louisiana  (Rayville, La.)
The Humane Society of Jackson County, Inc. (Sylva, N.C.)
Vanderburgh Humane Society, Inc. (Evansville, Ind.)
Wharton County Stray Pet Outreach Team (Wharton, Texas)

About the ASPCA®

Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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"Best in Shelter with Jill Rappaport" Will Celebrate Shelter Underdogs and Animal Adoption

NEW YORK, NY—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is one of three animal welfare organizations nationwide to be featured in this weekend’s primetime television special “Best in Shelter with Jill Rappaport,” which will showcase the special appeal of shelter pets. The program will air locally on NBC® 4 New York on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 7 p.m. ET and on NBC Owned Television Stations and NECN.  Viewers in other markets should check their local listings for airtimes. 
With the help of beloved actress and comedian Betty White, Olympic superstar skier Lindsey Vonn, singer Emmylou Harris and other celebrities, the half-hour special will highlight adoption centers from around the country on a search for the country’s most loveable rescue dogs. NBC correspondent, award-winning animal advocate and author Jill Rappaport is the creator, executive producer and host. 
“Best in Shelter with Jill Rappaport” features categories of dogs often overlooked for adoption such as seniors, pit bulls, mutts and three-legged dogs. At each shelter, these canines will be judged by celebrity animal advocates including: journalist and host of HBO’s® Real Sports Bryant Gumbel and wife and author Hilary Gumbel at Main Line Animal Rescue® in Pennsylvania; teen actor Lou Wegner at the Helen Woodward Animal Center in California; and singer/actress Bernadette Peters at the ASPCA Adoption Center in New York City. One dog from each shelter will be named “Best in Shelter” and rewarded with a year’s supply of a food-filled care package from show sponsor Blue Buffalo.
“Shelter pets should be celebrated and protected, regardless of the circumstances that put them in peril,” said ASPCA President & CEO Matthew Bershadker. "The ASPCA segment features three pit bull-type dogs who were brought to the ASPCA by the NYPD and were rehabilitated and cared for by our staff so that they could be adopted into loving homes.”
Bershadker added: "Jill shares our passion for helping animal victims of cruelty and homelessness find homes, and I have no doubt this program will help save the lives of the many loving and loyal dogs--just like the ones featured--at nearby shelters."
“This show is about saving lives and finding them ALL forever loving homes,” said Jill Rappaport. “It has been my dream for years to do a show that shines a light on the plight of shelter animals, and the wonderful heart and souls they possess!”
Subaru of America, Inc., show sponsor and ASPCA Corporate Partner, has also been a long-standing supporter of animal causes. 
"Since 2007, Subaru has donated $12 million to the ASPCA and organized over 1,200 adoption events at animal shelters and at Subaru retailers nationwide,” said Alan Bethke, vice president of marketing, Subaru of America, Inc. “Animal welfare is an important part of the Subaru brand and we are very proud to support Jill's mission to raise awareness for rescue dogs, especially those under-rescued animals featured in Best In Shelter."
The ASPCA estimates that of the approximately 7.6 million pets who enter animal shelters each year, approximately 2.7 million are euthanized.
About the ASPCA® Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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As part of 7th annual Subaru “Share the Love” event, ASPCA and Subaru provide grant funding for nationwide animal transports, adoption events

NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced the launch of the second straight year of its “Rescue Ride” program as part of the annual Subaru “Share the Love” event. The ASPCA “Rescue Ride” program will help transport thousands of homeless dogs from overcrowded shelters to ones in which they have a better chance of being adopted this holiday season.  Thanks to funding from the annual “Share the Love” event, the program will grant a total of $100,000 in funding to 19 organizations to cover transportation costs.  

This is the seventh consecutive year that the ASPCA has been a beneficiary of the Subaru “Share the Love” event.

In addition to the “Rescue Ride” program, this year the ASPCA has distributed over $160,000 in grants to 50 local animal welfare organizations to host pet adoption-related events and promotions at local Subaru retailers to save lives and raise awareness for animals in need.

“The holidays are a perfect time to rescue an animal and bring it into your home.  With the support of Subaru for the ‘Rescue Ride’ grant program, we can help more homeless pets be relocated to communities where shelters have more empty cages and there is a higher demand for these types of animals,” said ASPCA President & CEO Matt Bershadker. “This grant program ̶ along with the adoption events taking place across the country ̶ will help thousands of animals find homes.”

This year, the ASPCA expanded its national animal relocation program to Los Angeles, Calif., where ASPCA staff performs weekly transports to move animals out of overcrowded Los Angeles shelters. Of the 19 grant recipients from the 2014 “Rescue Ride” program, there are four organizations who are working to relocate animals from the Los Angeles area. The ASPCA’s efforts to support animal relocation programs in Los Angeles is part of the organization’s overall multi-year, multi-million dollar commitment to the Los Angeles metropolitan area announced earlier this year.

During the “Share the Love” event – which runs from November 20, 2014 through January 2, 2015 – Subaru will donate $250 for every new Subaru vehicle purchased or leased to the customer's choice of participating charities, including the ASPCA. Subaru will give up to $15,000,000 in total, with a minimum donation of $250,000 to each of the four national charities.

About the ASPCA®

Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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Program aims to reduce shelter intake, increase live outcomes through collaboration


NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced that Albuquerque, N.M. will become an ASPCA Partner Community in 2014 in an effort to save the lives of more at-risk and homeless pets through a collaborative effort called The ASPCA Partnership.

The ASPCA Partnership includes the following Albuquerque-area animal welfare agencies: the City of Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department (an open admission public shelter); and Animal Humane New Mexico (a private, non-profit animal welfare agency).

“Our new partners in Albuquerque have made significant strides in improving conditions for their community’s animals, but there is still work to be done,” said ASPCA President & CEO Matt Bershadker. “As a national organization, working together to have a greater impact on the lives of animals is one of the most important things we can do.”

The ASPCA Partnership will include annual planning meetings with Albuquerque partners to determine and monitor goals, strategies and needs. It also includes a grant allocation process, where partner agencies will have the opportunity to apply for substantial grants to address the community’s needs and implement targeted, sustainable programs aimed at increasing live outcomes for animals. The agencies will also have access to ASPCA resources, expertise and guidance, as well as strategic planning support, statistical analysis, training, and participation in ground-breaking research projects.

“We’re proud of what we have accomplished so far, and are excited about the many opportunities this partnership will bring,” said Barbara Bruin, director of The City of Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department.

“Albuquerque is thrilled and honored to have been selected for the ASPCA’s Community Partner Program.  As a community, we have made great strides in increasing our Live Release Rate.  We are eager to take our success to the next level with the ASPCA’s expertise and support,” said Peggy Weigle, Executive Director of Animal Humane New Mexico.

Last year, approximately 28,700 homeless animals entered the Albuquerque partner agencies. Aside from overcrowding in its shelters, some of the other challenges facing Albuquerque are the need for more lost animals to be reunited with their owners, an increase in targeted spay/neuter, and more pet adoptions.

Since 2007, the ASPCA has been lending its support, financially and through training and other human resources, to communities around the country with the goal of helping them save more animals. The ASPCA’s work focuses a collective effort on sustainable, data-driven plans and programs that engage the community in providing positive outcomes for these animals. Since the ASPCA began its Partnership program in 2007, more than one million animals have been adopted, returned to owners, or spay/neutered as a result of the exceptional collaboration among partner agencies in each community.

In addition to Albuquerque, N.M., the ASPCA’s current Partner Communities are Buncombe County, N.C.; Charlotte, N.C.; Cleveland, Ohio; Louisville, Ky.; Miami-Dade County, Fla., Oklahoma City, Okla.; Sacramento, Calif.; Shelby County, Ala.; and Tallahassee, Fla.  The ASPCA’s investment in these partnerships—in the form of direct grants, capacity-building, training, ASPCA staff expertise, and strategic planning—varies from a one- to five-year period to address homeless animal issues in each community.

About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

About the City of Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department
The City of Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department encourages responsible ownership of domestic animals; manages care for missing, abused and homeless animals; encourages and celebrates the Human-Animal bond through quality adoption, education; and helps assure public health and safety for the community.

About Animal Humane New Mexico
Animal Humane is New Mexico's leading private nonprofit animal welfare organization. Animal Humane cares for and re-homes nearly 5,000 homeless pets from across the state each year and provides resources for pets and pet owners in New Mexico. Learn more at www.animalhumanenm.org.

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