Freya Needs Your Help!

SPCA International
Sgt. Kerri has been serving in the U.S. military for 16 years and has been deployed to Iraq three different times. This tour has been brightened by Freya. He tells us she brings joy and companionship – not just to him, but his entire team.

These two adore each other. Sgt. Kerri always protects Freya – sheltering her from the violence and tough realities outside the military base. And Freya has repaid Sgt. Kerri with devotion, loyalty, and love. Now, Sgt. Kerri is depending on our generosity to get Freya out. Or she will die. Iraq is THAT dangerous.

Sgt. Kerri is about to redeploy back to the U.S. – if Freya is left behind, the only things that await her are abuse, starvation, blistering heat and disease.

Freya’s situation is dire. And URGENT. I’m asking you to help her. A $40.00 donation will help save her.

When you give today you are generously funding the vaccines, the flights, the on-the-ground transportation…the hundred things it takes to rescue a dog from Iraq.

Our missions are more complicated – more difficult – more costly than I can easily explain. Flights get cancelled without being rescheduled. Security requirements change on the whims of airport agents. And roads and checkpoints are closed without warning. What used to take hours can now take weeks. But if you donate, I promise you that nothing will stop us from rescuing Freya from Iraq and bringing her to North Carolina to live with Sgt. Kerri and his wife.

We can make her rescue happen – together. You are a critical part of this mission, of Freya’s fate…of her life. Please help save her today.

 

https://www.spcai.org/freya

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Woohoo! A Victory for Animals in Pennsylvania

Great news!  Our voices were heard!  HB 1216 (Animals in Distress) unanimously passed both the PA Senate and House this week.  Dubbed “the hot car bill,” dogs and cats will be protected from distress in motor vehicles by allowing public safety professionals to remove unattended pets without liability for damages.  Governor Wolf is looking forward to signing this bill into law.

Many thanks to go around on this.  Heartfelt thanks for your calls, emails, and visited offices to advocate for this legislation.  Much appreciation to all Pennsylvania lawmakers for supporting the bill.  Be sure to thank your own state senator and representative for voting yes on this bill.  You can find your legislators here.

We have been working for a few years to pass this legislation.  It was a long road worth the time and effort.  Thanks for your persistence to help keep pets safe in PA!

Kristen Tullo
Pennsylvania State Director – State Affairs
Humane Society of the United States

Steps to Take to Help a Stray or Lost Dog

Most people assume that a wandering dog is owned and/or temporarily lost and will find his or her way home, but many do not. Rather than assuming things will work out for the dog, consider taking action. Yes, it’s a tad inconvenient for you, but what you’ve done is save a lost or abandoned animal from dehydration, starvation, exposure to the elements, fighting over scarce resources, and injury from animals or automobiles.

Here are some safe ways to help lost dogs.

If the dog is friendly:

  1. If the dog seems friendly and is willing to come to you, call him, and slowly move your hand forward palm down (palm up can signal that you might strike). Exude a calm confidence rather than fear. Talk to him, let him sniff you, and then stroke him gently.
  2. If he has a collar read the info and make the appropriate call.
  3. If he does not have identification, see if he will enter your (often calling him and simply opening the car door will inspire him to jump in) or corral him into an enclosed area, like a fenced yard or a room in your house. Provide water and food.
  4. Call your local SPCA, humane society, or police to notify them that you have found a lost dog. To find the number of your local animal rescue organization, search by “animal shelter,” “humane society,” or “animal control.” Public animal care and control agencies are often listed under the city or county health department or police department. You can use this link to find animal rescues in your area: https://www.petfinder.com/animal-shelters-and-rescues/search/
  5. Either deliver him to the shelter (where they can check him for a microchip with identifying information) or ask that someone pick him up.
  6. If you choose to retain him while searching for the owner, staple easily readable flyer (if possible, with photo) on telephone polls, put a free listing in the local paper and in the “pets” section of Craig’s list, rubber band a flyer to neighbors’ mailbox flags, and provide the local animal shelter veterinary offices with his identifying features so that they can check their database for a match.

If the dog seems unfriendly:

  1. If the dog seems unfriendly, do not put yourself at risk. Immediately call the police and your local animal rescue organization with information on his last-seen location.
  2. Put down a plastic, disposable bowl of water and food, which not only will slake his thirst and hunger, but help to keep him in that location so that authorities can find him.

Thank you for doing what you can to help animals.

 

PA Animal People: please help

PA animal people: Please call your senator today and urge her/him to please vote YES ON HB 1216 to ALLOW OFFICERS TO RESCUE DISTRESS DOGS/CATS IN HOT CARS. The bill is stalled
To find your legislator: