SPCA International Blog

The days and nights can be very long and grueling for our service men and women deployed overseas. Our brave heroes go many months without seeing their loved ones or enjoying the simple comforts of home. So when Whiskey wandered into the heart of this young captain stationed in the middle of the Sinai desert, the bond was instant.
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In Romania, it is very common to see dozens of unwanted dogs in just a one-block radius in downtown Bucharest. They roam the streets in search of food, shelter and perhaps a kind hand, but sadly, the plight for these dogs is an awful one. Abused, neglected, starved and killed; they are unwelcomed.
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We are pleased to share the online release of the award winning documentary, February: The Fear of Spanish Greyhounds. As many of our supporters know, in many rural areas of Spain there exists an age-old tradition of cruelty toward greyhounds used in hare coursing. Filmmaker Irene Blanquez’s documentary focuses on the inhumane treatment, training methods and ultimate abandonment of thousands of Greyhounds at the end of hunting season in February each year.
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Operation Military Pets not only celebrated its two-year anniversary this past month, but it also celebrated helping its 300th military family. This is a huge and proud milestone for the program because of what it represents; helping countless military families and beloved pets move all over the world so they can stay just that, a family. With much appreciation and gratitude, those families want to say thank you.
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I volunteer weekly for an amazing, all-volunteer run rescue in Canada. If I had to sum myself up in one sentence, I would say that I am passionate about all things animal welfare. Being directly involved with several rescue organizations and animal adoptions has been one of the most difficult, but also one of the most rewarding things I have ever done in my life.
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The streets of Romania are filled with some of the most beautiful and friendly dogs on earth. They wander endlessly through their long days and nights in search of scraps of food, shelter from the harsh climate and refuge from the frequent encounters by abusive humans.
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We are excited to announce that our Operation Military Pets program has now assisted almost 300 U.S. military families! In the past two months alone we have helped 28 struggling military families keep their beloved furry family members by distributing over $25,000 in grants. More families are coming to us for help than ever before and our distribution rates are increasing to keep up with the demand.
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For 10 years, Simca worked protecting the lives of the people of the British Embassy in Baghdad by searching vehicles entering the Embassy for explosives.  When her retirement day arrived she wasn’t celebrated, she was locked away in her kennel and only allowed out twice a day for about 15 minutes a time to relieve herself. She had no bedding because she used to chew her blankets through absolute boredom, so the handlers took it away from her. All Simca had was a cold concrete floor until Alex…
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This week Sugar Plum and her mother, Shadow, arrived in the U.S. after a long, complicated and arduous journey from the streets of Baghdad. These two lucky pups worked their way into a permenant spot in the hearts of two Americans serving at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. This is their homecoming…
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Today Romanian dogs are being abused, killed and repeatedly tortured in the most barbaric manner. They are often beaten, cut, poisoned and left for dead in the streets, or placed in small kennels at public pounds to slowly die of thirst and hunger on their own.
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