Shelters Competing to Save More Lives, Earn More Than $300,000 in Prize Grants
NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced that 17,391 pets were adopted or reunited with their owners during the first thirty days of the 2011 ASPCA $100K Challenge, a three-month competition where 49 shelters from 33 states and territories across the United States are working to increase lives saved in order to win some of the $300,000 in ASPCA prize grants, including a grand prize of $100,000.
During the first month of the ASPCA $100K Challenge, many contestants tried out new methods of driving traffic to their adoption centers – many stayed open around the clock for 24-hour adoption events, offered unique promotions and discounts on adoption fees, and more.
“The first month of the $100K Challenge can be a big adjustment for contestants – many have shaken up the way they do things, which can be very demanding on shelter staff. Seeing these remarkable numbers though – 17,391 animals saved in just 30 days and an increase of 2,838 more lives saved over August of last year – will be a big adrenaline rush for them to push on through the next two months of the contest,” said Bert Troughton, vice president of community outreach for the ASPCA."
During the 2011 ASPCA $100K Challenge, contestants will compete to save at least 300 more animals—during the months of August, September, and October 2011—than they did over the same three-month period in 2010. The shelter with the biggest increase in animals saved will win a $100,000 grant. The agency that gets the most community members involved in saving animals will win a $25,000 grant, and those organizations that do the best in their regions will be eligible for between $5,000 and $25,000 in grants. In last year’s first-ever ASPCA $100K Challenge, contestants saved a total of 48,779 lives over three months – an increase of 7,362 lives over the same three months in 2009.
It has long been a priority of the ASPCA to create a country of humane communities where there is no more euthanasia of homeless animals simply because of a lack of space or the resources to adequately care for them. The ASPCA $100K Challenge builds on that goal by inspiring shelters and their communities to innovate and act to save more animals.
For more information about the contest, please visit http://challenge.aspcapro.org. To locate a 2011 ASPCA $100K Challenge contestant near you, please visit http://challenge.aspcapro.org/challenge/contestants. To see a complete list of 2011 $100K Challenge events as they are scheduled, please stay tuned to http://challenge.aspcapro.org/shelter/events/all throughout the contest.
About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first humane organization established in the Americas and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animal welfare. One 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. The ASPCA, which is headquartered in New York City, offers a wide range of programs, including a mobile clinic outreach initiative, its own humane law enforcement team, and a groundbreaking veterinary forensics team and mobile animal CSI unit. For more information, please visit www.aspca.org. To become a fan of the ASPCA on Facebook, go to www.facebook.com/aspca. To follow the ASPCA on Twitter, go to www.twitter.com/aspca.
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TALKIN PETS News
Saturday, Sept. 3, the 246th day of 2011.
There are 119 days left in the year.
- For the first year, APPA will accept poems from students in grades 3rd-8th, which will be considered to win scholarship dollars and other pet prizes -
Greenwich, CT – Calling all creative kids! American Pet Products Association (APPA) President, Bob Vetere announced today that beginning Thursday, September 1, 2011 the organization will be accepting poems for its 4th Annual Pets Add Life Children’s Poetry Contest.
“The last three years have not only been successful, but fun,” Vetere said. “We are overwhelmed, year after year, by the number and creativity of poems we receive from kids across the country. This is a great opportunity to get and keep kids excited about pets in a fun and educational way. It was only natural for us to expand the contest in its fourth year to allow for more students to have the opportunity to participate.”
For the first year ever, students in grades 3rd-8th are invited to write a unique poem about their pets, what they love about them, the joys they bring, and then post it online at www.PetsAddLife.org or mail their final poem and submission form to: Pets Add Life, 661 Sierra Rose Dr., Reno, NV 89511. Deadline for submissions is January 31, 2012 at 5:00pm EST.
In addition, teachers within our contest grade levels are welcome to incorporate this national contest into their lesson plans, and submit poems in one entry, on behalf of his/her classroom.
One student from each grade level (6 total) nationwide will win a $250 gift certificate for pet products, and a “by-line” in a nationally circulated publication. In addition, the six winning students’ classrooms will each win a $1,000 scholarship to spend on pet related education.
“In past years, winning poems have featured pets from hamsters and birds to dogs that are best friends, kittens and fish,” Vetere said. “And, it has been wonderful to receive updates from our winning teachers who have spent the scholarship dollars on classroom fieldtrips to the zoo, a classroom pet and supplies, and educational materials regarding pet and animal wellness.”
The American Pet Products Association (APPA) is the leading not-for-profit trade association serving the interests of the pet products industry since 1958. APPA membership includes nearly1,000 pet product manufacturers, their representatives, importers and livestock suppliers representing both large corporations and growing business enterprises. APPA's mission is to promote, develop and advance pet ownership and the pet product industry and to provide the services necessary to help its members prosper. Visit www.americanpetproducts.org for more information.
HENDERSONVILLE, N. C. – The non-profit Blue Ridge Humane Society has launched a “Give Us Your Best Shot” pet photo contest for animal lovers of all ages. Both amateur and professional photographers are invited to submit up to three entries per person of pets, either alone or interacting with people.
“Pets are so important to families and we’re looking for pictures that truly express the value of pets and their individual personalities,” says Terri Thompson, executive director of Blue Ridge Humane Society. “Pictures may be submitted of family pets either alone or interacting with people. All entries are welcome --- from silly pet grins to flying fur action shots.”
The contest runs from September 1 to October 10, 2011. People can download rules and entry forms at the animal shelter’s web site at www.blueridgehumane.org. Digital entries can be submitted on line or brought in to the Blue Ridge Humane Society animal shelter on Highway 64 in Edneyville or the society’s Thrift Shop at 1214 Greenville Highway in Hendersonville. A $10 per entry, tax-deductible participation fee is required for each submission. Winners will be announced on October 22, 2011. Questions may be directed to the Blue Ridge Humane Society office at 828-692-2639.
First and second place winners will have their photographs permanently showcased at the organization’s locations, featured on custom-created note cards and portrayed on the organization’s web site. Additional prizes will be announced.
“We’re finalizing the details of our expert celebrity judges for this photo contest,” says Thompson. “Those individuals will be responsible for selecting the best submitted photos in this first-ever photo contest. People can submit pictures of family pets in costumes, children and pets, or animals in nature settings. If you have a pet picture you’re especially proud of, we want to see it.”
The Blue Ridge Humane Society, established in 1950 is a limited admission nonprofit 501(c)3 animal welfare organization committed to quality shelter care, treatment of our charges, and to advocacy for spaying/neutering throughout Henderson County. For more details, visit www.blueridgehumane.org.
- Both amateur and professional photographers of all ages are invited to participate.
- Contest is open for submissions from September 1 to October 10, 2011.
- All entries should be submitted in digital jpeg format, with minimum size being 2400 pixels by 3600 pixels.
- Photo entries may be in black and white or in full color.
- Photos should be of household pets, such as dogs, cats, gerbils, hamsters, birds, rabbits, etc., and not wild animals.
- Cropping of photos is allowed.
- All photographs should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared. Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization (i.e.: removal of dust, cropping, reasonable adjustments to exposure, color and contrast, etc.) will be disqualified. Images that do not meet these requirements may or may not be judged at the judge’s sole discretion.
- Each photo must be submitted with a completely filled out entry form found on the website; photos should not be older than two years of age.
- A tax-deductible entry fee of $10 per photo (limit a total of three photo entries per person) must be submitted at time of entry. Checks should be made out to Blue Ridge Humane Society. On-line payment may be made via Paypal.
- Submitted photos must be taken by the person submitting the entry form, or an immediate family member of that person.
- All entries submitted will become the property of Blue Ridge Humane Society and may be used in any way in the future for promotional purposes.
- First, second and honorable mention winners will be announced on October 22, 2011.
- Blue Ridge Humane Society employees and their immediate family members are not eligible for the contest.
August 30, 2011 – Argenta, a global provider of drug development services and contract product manufacturing for the animal health industry, announced today it will locate a new lab facility and office in the KC Animal Health Corridor.
"The KC Animal Health Corridor location fits perfectly with Argenta's company vision of delivering animal health development services with a creative, ‘can do' attitude and global quality standards. We are very excited to be here," said Doug Cleverly, CEO.
Argenta will locate in the Bioscience and Technology Business Center (BTBC) in Lawrence, Kan., creating 27 new jobs and investing $500,000 in laboratory equipment.
"Argenta is an excellent addition to the Lawrence business community, complementing our existing bioscience and drug development capabilities," said Beth Johnson, vice president of economic development for the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce. "Their decision to invest in our region demonstrates the strength of the Animal Health Corridor and recognizes the talent available in our local workforce."
"We're excited that Argenta has chosen to locate its new U.S. R&D operation at the BTBC at KU," said Matthew McClorey, executive director of the BTBC. "In light of the many potential sites Argenta could have chosen, its decision to set up its new operation here speaks highly of what the BTBC and KU has to offer high-growth technology businesses."
In addition to the investment in Lawrence, AlcheraBio, a leading clinical research support provider that is wholly owned by Argenta, will be creating 11 jobs in Kansas City, Kan., locating in the Heartland House at 1901 Olathe Blvd.
"The investment we have made in the Heartland House continues to pay off with the attraction of multiple animal health companies looking to grow their presence nationally and globally," said Brent Miles, president, Wyandotte County Economic Development.
The new jobs created by today's announcement represent a total annual payroll of $2.8 million within the next five years.
"This is a great win for the KC Animal Health Corridor and for Kansas," said Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George. "Having a respected company like Argenta establish a presence in the area certainly enhances the reputation of the Corridor and the entire region. These are the kind of high-paying positions we want to continue to bring to the area."
The Kansas Bioscience Authority will invest up to $400,000 over five years to support the establishment of Argenta's operations in Kansas. The investment was approved by the KBA board at its July meeting.
"Argenta brings a unique and much-needed resource to support the animal health industry in the region," said David Vranicar, interim president and CEO, Kansas Bioscience Authority.
This successful recruitment was announced at last night's sixth annual KC Animal Health Corridor Homecoming dinner where more than 750 animal health executives and regional elected officials gathered to celebrate the region's animal health industry cluster. Argenta will also be presenting at today's Animal Health Investment Forum in an effort to build new strategic partnerships within the KC Animal Health Corridor.
"Argenta brings added credibility and prestige to the growing animal health industry cluster in our KC region," said Bob Marcusse, president and CEO, Kansas City Area Development Council, which handles new business recruitment for the Corridor. "We can now say that over the past six years, we have attracted 21 new animal health companies pledging to create more than 1,300 new jobs and nearly $900 million in capital investment."
Argenta provides formulations research and development, analytical methods development, and small- and commercial scale manufacturing of animal health products. Founded in August 2006, Argenta is the leading provider of new product development and manufacturing services to the international animal health industry. argentaglobal.com
About AlcheraBio LLC
AlcheraBio LLC provides clinical and regulatory services to animal health companies including pivotal clinical study documentation and conduct to Good Clinical Practice standards (GCP), market support studies, portfolio reviews and comprehensive development plans for product registration in the US and other developed markets. alcherabio.com
About the KC Animal Health Corridor
The Kansas City area accounts for 32 percent of the $19 billion global animal health industry. The Corridor, anchored by Manhattan, Kan. and Columbia, Mo., is home to more than 220 animal health companies, which represents the largest concentration in the world. kcanimalhealth.com
On September 17 Pilots N Paws, with much needed support from Petmate, will
relocate at least 200 animals from South Carolina to their new forever homes in
Washington D.C., Florida, New Jersey and Georgia. This Memorial Rescue Flight is
dedicated to the Chesterfield 22twenty-two dogs that were needlessly shot to
death in Chesterfield, South Carolina in March.
Since 2009, Petmate has been proud to partner with Pilots N Paws, a program that
gives dogs a second chance one flight at a time. This unique program brings
together planes, pilots and shelters to rescue and transport dogs (and other
animals) from overcrowded shelters, relocating them to organizations committed
to finding them homes.
Safe transportation is a life and death matter for all pets, says Petmate CEO
Joe Messner. And even more so for these rescued animals, whose lives truly
depend on this transportation. We feel a responsibility to help animals in need
and want to make this most important journey safe and comfortable.
Of the thousands of rescue flights Pilots N Paws has made since its inception,
the 3rd Annual Awareness Event is an acute reminder of why Pilots N Paws exists.
In March of this year, Deborah Farhi, a volunteer with the Chesterfield County
Animal Shelter in South Carolina, noticed many of the dogs in the shelter were
missing. Upon questioning, shelter volunteers accused four local animal control
officers of shooting at least 22 of the dogs in their care to death instead of
euthanizing them through the approved, humane methods.
Shortly thereafter, Farhi began uncovering these dogs from a shallow landfill
across the street from the shelter. Sheriff Sam Parker, who oversees animal
control, put all four officers on leave, and within weeks the state attorney
general asked the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division to begin investigating
the allegations. Today, the case against Chesterfield County is still under
To honor the (at least) 22 animals that lost their lives in March, this years
awareness event will bring together 45 pilots and their planes in an effort to
save at least 200 dogs from seven different counties throughout South Carolina
on September 17. Additionally, hundreds of other pilots across the country will
fly rescue animals the same weekend as part of the event. Petmate will support
this amazing event by donating all of the kennels, collars, leashes and
seatbelts that the pilots need to ensure safe transport of the animals.
The rescue flights will start on Saturday, September 17 at 6:30 a.m. at the
Florence Regional Airport in South Carolina (www.florencescairport.com). In the
event of inclement weather, the flights will be postponed until Sunday,
Petmate also donated supplies to last years 2nd annual awareness event, which
was held on September 18, 2010, in New Orleans. Hundreds of volunteersboth
pilots and rescuescame together to change the lives of 171 animals. With 22
planes on the ground at the New Orleans Lakefront airport, many adoptable dogs
were successfully sent on their way to find a new family to love.
For more information about the Pilots N Paws Memorial Rescue Flights for The
Chesterfield 22, please visit www.pilotsnpaws.org.
About Pilots N Paws
Since the program began in February 2008, pilots have donated their time, planes
and fuel to fly thousands of dogs from shelters where they faced almost certain
death. Some areas of the country are more likely to have overcrowded shelters
and limited adoption opportunities. At www.pilotsnpaws.org, pilots can learn
about animals in need and work directly with shelters and rescue groups to
coordinate transportation. Nearly 7,500 shelters and rescues, along with 2,201
volunteer pilots are registered on the site.
TALKIN PETS NEWS
Saturday, Aug. 27, the 239th day of 2011.
There are 126 days left in the year.
Pet owners urged to develop emergency plan
NEW YORK—New York City animal welfare agencies, at the request of the New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM), are mobilizing resources within the OEM’s Animal Planning Task Force to aid in the emergency rescue and sheltering of animals in anticipation of Hurricane Irene.
The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®), NYC Animal Care & Control (AC&C), the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, Bideawee, and NYC Veterinary Emergency Response Team (VERT) are urging pet owners to develop an emergency plan in advance to keep their families and pets safe. These agencies have also committed resources that include animal sheltering, veterinary support, search and rescue, supplies, staff, volunteers, and transport to provide aid in the days ahead.
“Disasters threaten the safety of people and animals alike, and it’s often too late to create a plan for your pets when you’re in the middle of a crisis,” says Tim Rickey, senior director of the ASPCA’s Field Investigations and Response team. “Why risk not being prepared for an emergency when all it takes is following some very simple steps?”
The Animal Planning Task Force offers the following tips on emergency preparedness:
• Always bring pets indoors at the first sign or warning of a storm or disaster.
• Make sure all pets wear collars and ID tags with up-to-date identification. Micro-chip your pet as a more permanent form of
• Keep a pet emergency kit and supplies handy with items such as medical records, water, pet food and medications, and pet first aid
supplies. Take this with you if you evacuate.
• Arrange a safe haven for your pets in the event of evacuation. Do not leave your pets behind.
• Choose a designated caregiver who can take care of your pet in the event you are unable.
For families who must evacuate, the City’s evacuation centers, as well as its emergency shelters, will be pet friendly, and people are encouraged to evacuate with their pets. Low-lying areas of the city that are most at risk for flooding and other damage and are designated as “Zone A” low-lying areas in the Coastal Storm Plan include Coney Island and Manhattan Beach in Brooklyn, Far Rockaway and Broad Channel in Queens, South Beach, Midland Beach, and other low-lying areas on Staten Island, and Battery Park City in Manhattan. For details and updates, please visit the OEM’s website at www.NYC.gov/oem, or call 311 to find an evacuation center.
New York City's Office of Emergency Management created the Animal Planning Task Force to develop plans for disasters — both natural and otherwise. The task force includes representatives from the ASPCA, the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals, Animal Care and Control of NYC, NYC Veterinary Emergency Response Team, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, American Red Cross in Greater New York, Bideawee, Humane Society of the United States, Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and Veterinary Medical Assistance Team One (VMAT-1).
For more information on disaster preparedness and safety tips from the ASPCA, please visit www.aspca.org/pet-care/disaster-preparedness/. For updates on the impact of Hurricane Irene on the animals in New York City, please visit http://www.aspca.org
About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first humane organization established in the Americas and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animal welfare. One 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. The ASPCA, which is headquartered in New York City, offers a wide range of programs, including a mobile clinic outreach initiative, its own humane law enforcement team, and a groundbreaking veterinary forensics team and mobile animal CSI unit. For more information, please visit www.aspca.org. To become a fan of the ASPCA on Facebook, go to http://www.facebook.com/aspca. To follow the ASPCA on Twitter, go to http://www.twitter.com/aspca
About Animal Care & Control
Animal Care & Control of New York City (AC&C) is the largest pet organization in the North East, with nearly 40,000 animals rescued each year. As a non-profit organization since 1995, AC&C has been responsible for New York City’s municipal shelter system; rescuing, caring for and finding loving homes for homeless and abandoned animals in New York City. AC&C facilities operate in all five boroughs to service all NYC communities.
About the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals®
The Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, Inc., founded in 2002 and powered by Maddie’s Fund®, The Pet Rescue Foundation, with support from the ASPCA, is a coalition of more than 150 animal rescue groups and shelters working with Animal Care & Control of New York City (AC&C) to end the killing of healthy and treatable cats and dogs at AC&C shelters. To achieve that goal, the Alliance, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, helps its Alliance Participating Organizations (APOs) work to their highest potential to increase pet adoptions and spay/neuter rates, with the goal of transforming New York City into a no-kill community by 2015. www.AnimalAllianceNYC.org.
About New York City Veterinary Emergency Response Team
New York City Veterinary Emergency Response Team is a volunteer group of veterinarians and animal health professionals dedicated to the support of New York City's working and companion animals in times of disaster.
Bideawee, which means “stay awhile,” in Scottish, is one of the country’s oldest and most respected animal welfare and pet adoption organizations. Founded in 1903 by Mrs. Flora Kibbe, Bideawee has been providing shelter, care and compassion to homeless animals in helping them to find their forever homes for over 100 years.
Bideawee is a not-for-profit 501( c ) 3 humane animal organization and 100% of Bideawee’s funding comes from private sources. For more information visit: www.bideawee.org