Shelter Spotlight: Animal Aid USA
Animal Aid USA is a nonprofit organization that was started in January 2012 and is run entirely by volunteers. Their mission is not only to save as many dogs as possible from unfortunate situations, but also to educate the public and raise awareness about many cruel practices that go in the U.S.
You may have heard about this organization before – one of its founders is Prince Lorenzo Borghese, who was looking for love on TV’s The Bachelor. Although he may not have found his soul mate on this reality series, it turns out that his heart belongs to all of the dogs who find their way into Animal Aid USA.
Every month, these volunteers will drive over 1,600 miles (at their own expense) from New Jersey to Georgia to reach animals in high-kill rescue shelters. On average, this organization brings about 100 dogs from these shelters to their quarantine area, where they are given treatment if they need it before being handed to no-kill shelters or in the arms of their forever home.
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Animal Aid USA also raises funds in order to spay and neuter the dogs that come through their doors in order to limit the amount of pooches that come into the world. When it comes to dogs and cats, overpopulation in shelters is very much a real thing, and Animal AID ensures that less dogs and cats are running around in the street.
According to the website, over 10 thousand animal lives have been saved since 2009 thanks to the founders and volunteers who give their time and money to make sure that this organization is kept alive and running.
Education is also a big part of Animal Aid USA’s mission. One of their biggest campaigns is highlighting the use of a gas chamber for euthanizing dogs. Linda Cordry, an Animal Control Officer in Liberty County, explains her first-hand encounter with the gas chamber and what dogs and cats alike endure when they are closed into the room. She describes the sound dogs make as “pitiful cries” and was mortified when one of the dogs was wheeled back alive from the gas chamber. Later named “Grace,” the dog was taken to the vet to get taken care of and since that day, Liberty County has stopped using the gas chamber.
They also make the public aware of another inhumane form of euthanization, cardiac heartsticking, and lobby to have puppy mills banned in the United States. In short, they speak for those who don’t have voices: our furry best friends. From educating the public to going into the shelters and saving abused, mistreated and ill dogs, they truly are the heroes in everyone’s eyes, dogs and humans alike.
To learn more, to volunteer or to donate, please visit the Animal Aid USA’s official website.
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