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Multiple state and local laws violated—national nonprofit offers help to establish humane programs
BETHESDA, MD – Alley Cat Allies, the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, today called for city leaders in Bloomfield, Neb. to reevaluate their policies for cats after a police officer unlawfully shot and killed a trapped pet cat. City officials fail to enforce existing state and local laws regarding animals.
The case involves a Bloomfield police officer, who admitted that on January 21, he trapped Larry, a two-year-old neutered cat who belonged to a local resident, shot him immediately and dumped his body behind a city maintenance shed.
“The Officer openly admitted this series of events took place, and was given a mere written warning. In other words, a sworn law enforcement officer received a slap on the wrist for violating several laws—that is unconscionable,” said Becky Robinson, president and founder of Alley Cat Allies.
Local ordinances and state laws broken include Bloomfield ordinance § 6-112, which requires that captured and impounded dogs and cats should be “treated in a humane manner” and “kept and maintained at the pound for a period” of three to five days. According to local residents, this law is routinely violated, Robinson said.
Additional local and state laws broken by the Officer’s action:
- Bloomfield ordinance § 6-106—states that owners of cats and dogs found outside “shall be notified in writing by the Police Department of their violation,” meaning Larry should have been impounded and the owners notified that he was at large.
- Bloomfield ordinance § 6-107—authorizes the killing by officers of dogs and cats whose “capture is impossible.” Because the Officer was able to trap Larry, clearly capture was not “impossible,” and the killing was not authorized.
- Nebraska State Law R.R.S. Neb. § 28-1009, which states that “a person who cruelly mistreats an animal is guilty of a Class I misdemeanor for the first offense and a Class IV felony for any subsequent offense;” and defines cruel mistreatment as “knowingly and intentionally kill[ing], maim[ing], disfigure[ing],” and otherwise harming an animal.
“Laws that protect animals are on the books for a reason,” said Robinson. “They reflect our values as a society—and it is crucial that they are upheld. The fact that a police officer could so blatantly ignore the law is very disturbing and should be a huge red flag for residents and city officials.”
Alley Cat Allies has reached out to town officials and asked for a meeting to develop proper policy and programs to ensure laws are followed—and to provide educational training for staff and police.
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About Alley Cat Allies
Alley Cat Allies is the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats. Founded in 1990, today Alley Cat Allies has more than half a million supporters and helps tens of thousands of individuals, communities, and organizations save and improve the lives cats and kittens nationwide. Its website is www.alleycat.org.
Washington D.C., February 3, 2014 -- Adam Roberts has been named CEO of Born Free USA today. The announcement was made by Will Travers, departing CEO of Born Free USA, and Prashant K. Khetan, Chairman of the Board of Directors. Travers will remain on the organization’s Board of Directors and remain an active consultant.
According to Khetan, “It was a unanimous board decision to name Adam CEO, further enabling his strong leadership and depth of knowledge to benefit Born Free USA and the animals we serve. His determined and passionate voice in wildlife conservation and animal protection makes a huge difference and we know he will continue his mission – and that of the organization – to do everything in his power to keep wildlife in the wild.”
Roberts has been Executive Vice President of Born Free USA since helping found the organization in 2002 to bring the UK-based Born Free Foundation's message of compassionate conservation to the American public. The Foundation was established in 1984 by Will Travers and his parents Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna, stars of the iconic film Born Free. Over the past decade Roberts has elevated the strength, force and significance of Born Free USA to become a recognized and impactful leader in animal welfare and wildlife conservation.
According to Travers, “Adam’s contribution to Born Free has been above and beyond anything we could have imagined when we decided to launch Born Free USA – starting as a volunteer, then a one-man operation with a laptop, and now a powerhouse with impacts across America and throughout the world. He is a brilliant voice to create change when it matters most and I could not be more confident in his abilities and proud to name him CEO.”
Roberts has over two decades of experience campaigning on international wildlife trade issues including the trade in elephant ivory, rhino horn, tiger bone, and bear gallbladders. He has campaigned to list the African lion as endangered under the Endangered Species Act and to stop the trade in primates as “pets.”
In addition to his work at Born Free USA, he serves on the board of directors of the Species Survival Network where he chairs their press and financial committees, the bear working group, and the animals in captivity working group. SSN is dedicated to ensuring that the international wildlife trade does not cause overexploitation of animals and plants, and includes nearly 100 member organizations from more than 30 countries. He is also a founding member of the board and current chairman of the board of Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing species-specific humane standards of care for animals held in animal sanctuaries, and accrediting facilities globally based on these standards.
In 2003, Roberts founded The $10 Club, a charity to fund poverty alleviation projects in developing countries. He runs the organization singlehandedly and as a volunteer. To date, the organization has supported work in more than 50 countries and has given out in excess of a quarter of a million dollars in grant awards. He began his animal protection career in Washington, DC in 1991 after graduating from Vassar College.
Roberts has written and presented over 50 articles for medical, legal, scientific, and advocacy organization publications around the world. He is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences on issues concerning captive wild animals, compassionate conservation and the protection of animals. He is interviewed regularly by the international media about animal welfare and wildlife conservation issues.
He resides in Washington D.C. with his wife Stephanie, daughter Mia, two dogs and five cats.
Through litigation, legislation, and public education, Born Free USA leads vital campaigns against animals in entertainment, exotic “pets,” trapping and fur, and the destructive international wildlife trade. Born Free USA’s mission is to end suffering of wild animals in captivity, conserve threatened and endangered species, and encourage compassionate conservation globally. More at www.bornfreeusa.org, www.twitter.com/bornfreeusa, and www.facebook.com/bornfreeusa.
Hi, I’m Sarah, the founder and CEO of LoveAnimals.org.
My passion in life has always been to help animals and prevent their suffering. I wasn’t passionate about solving one issue or helping one particular species. I wanted to help all animals on a grand scale, by doing something that could move the needle in the right direction for animals everywhere.
I began my career as an attorney in the UK, with the hope that I could impact animal welfare through the law. I realized however that the law was not enough - I wanted to do something more proactive that would help animals right now. Upon moving to the U.S in 2008 (my husband Scott is Colorado born and bred), I began working as the Program Officer for the Animal Assistance Foundation, one of the largest foundations exclusively funding animal welfare initiatives in America. For three and a half years I oversaw the charitable distribution of $1.2 million annually. $1.2 million sounds like a lot of money, but it was a drop in the bucket. I saw hard working non-profits doing fantastic work to help animals every day but they all needed access to more resources.
When I began learning about websites like DonorsChoose.org and Kiva.org, a friend and I asked the obvious question - why is there no website like this for animal welfare and wildlife conservation? And so Love Animals was born. After months of research and hard work we incorporated a non-profit in January 2012 and help our first board meeting. Next came more hard work – convincing the world that we needed LoveAnimals.org AND the money to get it off the ground. We were joined by many people who helped us raise enough to build the website and organization. In August 2012 software development began. The rest is…well…you’re on our website so you can see the rest! LoveAnimals.org was launched in Spring 2013. Check out our launch press release.
Through Love Animals I can fulfill my personal life's mission to have real impact to improve the lives of animals everywhere. Please consider joining me in this mission - follow our progress as we launch this new non-profit, tell your friends about LoveAnimals.org and please consider making a donation to help us grow.
Love Animals Culture and Values
1.We care about change and always work to make the world better
2.We want to excel in our field. We have pride in our work and always strive to be the best
3.We consider our people to be our greatest resource
4.We value what our people have to say and we listen when they speak
5.We trust that our people are honest and always do their best
6.We do our best work in a fun and relaxed environment, where creativity and innovation flourish
7.We are always respectful and respected in our interactions
8.We provide impeccable service to the non-profits and donors we serve
9.We Love Animals
10.We know you Love Animals
This National Feral Cat Day®, we’re on a mission to help animal shelters advance their policies and programs to save more cats. To accomplish this goal, we’ve ramped up our National Feral Cat Day® Challenge Awards Program and are specifically targeting shelters for the NFCD Challenge 2013.
In previous years, we’ve offered nonprofit organizations awards of $500 and $1,000, but this year, we will award five shelters with $5,000 each! We’ve increased the award money because we want to help shelters implement sustainable initiatives that will save cats’ lives now—and well into the future. To help them adopt lifesaving policies, we’re also offering support and guidance from Alley Cat Allies.
To qualify for this year’s NFCD Challenge Awards Program, shelters must commit to an official Feral Cat Protection Policy, which means that they stop impounding feral cats, and support Trap-Neuter-Return.
Find out more at http://nationalferalcatday.org/awards/. And ask your local shelter to apply for a National Feral Cat Day® Challenge Award! Applications are due on Friday, Sept. 20.
Alley Cat Allies
P.S. Don’t forget to register your National Feral Cat Day® 2013 event on our interactive event listing. Register today!
Atlanta-founded nonprofit has placed more than 10,000 animals in loving homes across 18 states
ATLANTA—Homeless Pet Clubs (HPC) today announced AC Pup as its new mascot to help save homeless animals scheduled for euthanasia. AC Pup, a four-year old mixed breed “celebrity” in Macon, Georgia, will work in communities nationwide to spread the word about animal issues and enlist support using his network of more than 10,000 Facebook followers.
Founded in 1998 by Atlanta veterinarian Dr. Michael Good, Homeless Pet Clubs are free-to-establish and give students, civic leaders and business owners a way to share their love of animals by promoting animal rescue, responsible pet ownership, adoption of shelter animals and animal welfare. There are currently more than 300 clubs and more than 50 rescue partners across 18 states. Together with parent organization, The Homeless Pet Foundation (HPF), Homeless Pet Clubs has placed more than 10,000 animals in loving homes over the past 10 years.
The partnership between Homeless Pet Clubs and AC Pup utilize the dog’s social media popularity to inform, educate and persuade community members to actively engage in networking to find homes for all adoptable pets.
“We are proud to announce AC Pup as our new mascot,” said Dr. Good. “Homeless Pet Clubs works hard to engage within communities and having AC Pup as the face of our brand will help us build a vibrant, compassionate environment where adoptable animals are rescued, nurtured and placed in loving homes.”
Rescued as a four-week old puppy after being abandoned and exposed to freezing temperatures, AC Pup has served as mascot for Macon-area nonprofit Central Georgia CARES for four years. His duties include spreading CARES’s mission of emphasizing, among other beliefs, the need for spay/neuter of pets, the elimination of animal abuse and the inclusion of humane education in school curriculum.
AC Pup’s mascot responsibilities also include penning weekly columns for The Telegraph, a McClatchy newspaper and quarterly articles for Southern Styles magazine. Written from the perspective of a rescue dog, AC Pup shares photos of adoptable pets and was recently named Animal Grand Marshal for the Cherry Blossom parade held during Macon’s enormously popular Cherry Blossom Festival.
To learn more about Homeless Pet Clubs, AC Pup or to get involved, please visit www.homelesspetclubs.org.
ABOUT HOMELESS PET CLUBS
Homeless Pet Clubs (HPC) give students, civic leaders, and business owners a way to share their love of animals by promoting animal rescue, responsible pet ownership, adoption of shelter animals, and animal welfare. Response to the free-to-establish clubs has been overwhelming, with each club choosing pets to "sponsor" and promote for adoption. There are currently over 300 Homeless Pet Clubs and over 50 Rescue Partners with new clubs and rescue partners being added weekly. Together with parent organization, The Homeless Pet Foundation (HPF), Homeless Pet Clubs has placed more than 10,000 animals in loving homes over the past 10 years.
Spring Reins of LIFE
Horses, Humans & Healing (501c3)
Spring Reins of Life (SROL) is a non‐profit 501c3 organization.
We are an EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning
Association) model program offering Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
(EAP) and Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) which incorporates the use
of horses for therapeutic intervention toward promoting emotional
growth and healing. Our program is a team approach featuring a
licensed Mental Health Professional (MHP), a certified Equine
Specialist (ES), and Horses specifically selected for their capacity to
work with individuals who are troubled or suffering. We do not offer
any riding or mounted work in our program. While there are many
physical benefits to horseback riding, the EAGALA model is a solution
focused base that enhances the emotional benefits of behavioral
rehearsal and experiential component that is displayed when observing the horses in free will interacting with
Animal assisted therapy with horses combines the positive emotional effects gained from the human/horse
bond with opportunities to challenge and explore one’s thoughts and internal struggles during activities with
an equine partner. It is a therapeutic intervention that defeats the
stigma often associated with traditional counseling, but more
importantly, it is an intervention that works. Spring Reins of Life
provides services to those populations who have the least access to
equine therapy yet are the same individuals who would derive the
greatest benefit. Currently, we offer our services to the
military and their families, bereaved children, at‐risk
youth and addiction recovery. We invite you to explore our
website and learn more about our innovative and effective program
promoting positive growth and healing.
SPRING REINS of LIFE is a non profit organization. We need support and
funding to offer EAP and EAL services to the Military and their Families, Bereaved
Children and At Risk Youth. Currently we have several organizations that are
working with us and more are contacting us each week. However in order to serve
these populations free of charge we must rely upon generous donations and funding.
Please consider SROL when determining gifts this holiday season. We accept
donations in any amount, we accept sponsorship of horses, and donation of horse
supplies (please check with us first) and also we accept volunteers ☺
“There is something about the outside of a horse
that is good for the inside of a man”
~ Sir Winston Churchill
SPRING REINS of HOPE
Getting to the Horse of the Matter
Spring Reins of Hope (SROH) is a ground‐breaking program
offering Equine Assisted services which are designed to generate
personal resources and empowerment. At Spring Reins of Hope we
are committed to improving people’s lives both personally and
professionally. The field of Equine Assisted work is growing at a rapid
pace with marked results. Founded in 2009; Spring Reins of Hope
offers both Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (for personal growth) and
Equine Assisted Learning (for professional growth).
Horses, which are herd bound prey animals, are a perfect choice to serve as gentle guides in this arena due to
their inherent ability to increase self‐awareness and generate opportunities for resiliency. All exercises are unmounted
and no horse experience is necessary to benefit. Please join us and explore the various services we
offer. On a Zephyr Wind* the horses patiently await your arrival…
SROH is an EAGALA Certified Model Program (www.eagala.org
Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) where all
horse related activities are ground based (un‐mounted). Under
the LLC we offer both EAP and EAL services for the following:
*Anxiety, Depression, Communication/Social and Relationship
Skills, PTSD, Trauma, Anger‐Stress Management, Phobias, ADD,
ADHD, Bi‐Polar, Divorce, Bereavement, Addictions, and more…
We also offer life‐skills learning workshops (EAL) for:
• Corporate Training and Executive Excellence (team building / leadership)
• Defiant Teens at Home (disrespect and disobedience)
• “ Horse for Healers” improving bedside manner workshop for Medical and Dental professionals
• Improving social and communication skills for schools, teens, parents & children, groups.
It Is Amazing What Can Be Learned, Resolved or Solved with the help of...A HORSE!
S = Stimulating P = Personal R = Resources I = Inspired by N = Non verbal G = Guidance
L.A. Animal Services cares for more than 2000 animals daily in its six shelters citywide, including dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, goats, horses, hamsters and more. Each year LAAS serves approximately 60,000 animals, who, through no fault of their own, have been abandoned or discarded. Overpopulation is a direct result of pet guardians' failure to spay/neuter, and an indirect result of buying animals from pet stores and breeders.
"Healthy, adoptable, loving animals, including puppies and kittens, are killed every day for lack of space in shelters here in Los Angeles and around the country," said Shannon Keith, founder/president of ARME. "We encourage the public to spay/neuter and adopt their next companion animal from a shelter."
Founded in 2004, Animal Rescue, Media & Education (ARME) is a non-profit advocacy group created to eliminate the suffering of all animals through rescue, public education and outreach. ARME has found homes for hundreds of homeless and abandoned animals from Los Angeles-area shelters, and helps remove and transport pets destined for euthanasia in high-kill shelters to local humane organizations and foster families. In 2004 ARME organized the first-ever "Shelter Drive" to provide creature comforts to homeless animals such as beds, toys and treats. ARME's Shelter Drive became an annual tradition uniting volunteers with businesses that allowed drop boxes for donations. ARME's compassionate army also helps feed and shelter displaced animals when Southern California fires strike residential areas. As a 501(c)(3) organization contributions to ARME are tax-deductible. To donate please click here. For more information please see www.arme.tv.
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