SPCA International Blog

In our household we are lucky to celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas. Our Shiba Inu, Kuma, received this talking Gefilte Fish last year for Hanukkah and he loves it, we love that it shouts “Oy Vey!” when squeezed.
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The holiday season is upon us, a time for families and friends to get together to share some cheer and good food. Our furry friends are never hard to find during this time of year, usually sitting right by our feet to catch any delicious treat that might hit the floor.
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Every week SPCA International receives requests for help from U.S. military families who have nowhere else to turn. These desperate families have received Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders requiring them to move from their current military station to another – sometimes halfway around the world.
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Africa embraces a tremendous wealth of wildlife, and Tanzania has been particularly blessed. National parks, game reserves and wildlife management areas envelop almost a third of the entire county. While a large part of these visitors only come to take photos, hundreds of others armed with rifles and hired guides pay thousands of dollars to take home trophies from what is often termed a once-in-a-lifetime hunt.
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SPCA International is proud to support Washington state's groundbreaking ballot initiative 1401 - Save Animals Facing Extinction. If passed by voters in November, this initiative will make it a crime in Washington to traffic 10 species threatened with extinction in part due to the market for their body parts. If Washington state joins California in banning the trafficking of endangered animal parts, it will effectively end the import of these goods at two of the three busiest ports in the US.
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As the cold weather and shorter days starts to encroach upon us we will start to leave our lights on longer and turn our heaters on. The fossil fuels used to generate this energy are responsible for 23 billion tones of CO2 annually. The carbon dioxide is making our planet warmer and our oceans more acidic. But how does this impact wildlife?
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All over the world, SPCA International helps shelters do more for animals in need through grants from the Shelter Support Fund. These grants help organizations grow, thrive and save more lives.
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Tomorrow our team leaves for Tanzania. It will take 18 hours in flight to arrive at Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania’s largest city, where they will rendezvous with our longtime partners Tanzania Animal Welfare Society (TAWESO). TAWESO is an extraordinary organization driving spay and neuter efforts in remote areas, implementing promising public awareness campaigns, championing humane legislation and saving the lives of homeless, desperate animals daily.
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We did it! Even as these words are typed out, we still can't believe we were able to get 20 dogs and 1 cat out of Baghdad and home to their beloved Americans who have been serving in Iraq.
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One of the joys and challenges about our Operation Baghdad Pups: Worldwide program is that the many details it takes to coordinate these missions change on a daily, if not hourly basis. This can be a good thing or a bad thing. It’s a nail biter every time and this mission is no different.
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