Executive Director’s Blog

  • Operation Baghdad Pups: Worldwide Rescue Flight Behind the Scenes – New York to Home

    September 9, 2020
    After months of planning it was such a relief to see our plane full of rescued dogs and cats touch down at JFK. Each animal had been rescued by a service member months earlier, before life was so drastically altered by COVID-19. The animals had made the long journey from Iraq, arriving in NYC …
  • Operation Baghdad Pups: Worldwide Rescue Flight Behind the Scenes – Iraq to New York

    August 26, 2020
    With no commercial flights between Iraq and the U.S. and our kennels and foster homes in Iraq full of waiting dogs and cats, our team started to think outside the box. Our incredible Operation Baghdad Pups: Worldwide team came up with a solution – a special rescue flight just for the dogs and cats of …
  • Animal Wellness Action Partnership: Kangaroos Are Not Shoes!

    August 15, 2020
    SPCA International works to build strong partnerships with organizations doing important animal welfare work around the globe. This model brings strength to our sector and increases our impact. I am thrilled to announce a new partnership with Animal Wellness Action on a new campaign Kangaroos Are Not Shoes!
  • The City of Agadir: A model for animal welfare in Morocco

    July 23, 2020
    A new partnership with Le Coeur Sur La Patte in Morocco is saving lives and changing the way the city of Agadir approaches animal population control. These steps are just the beginning of implementing a sustainable model of animal population control.
  • New York Moves to Ban Animal Sales in Pet Stores

    July 9, 2020
    Here at SPCA International, we are thrilled that the New York State Senate has approved a bill to prohibit the sale of cats, dogs and rabbits in pet stores. The bill still needs to pass the Assembly and be approved by the Governor, but it is now well on its way.
  • Operation Baghdad Pups: Worldwide The Incredible Impact of Saving Soldiers’ Pets

    June 17, 2020
    Here at SPCA International, our Operation Baghdad Pups: Worldwide program is constantly helping soldiers stationed around the globe rescue their pets when their overseas tours of duty end. Recently, we asked some of the soldiers who have been helped by our program to share their experience in a short video.
  • COVID-19 Reflections

    June 4, 2020
    With our SPCA International headquarters located in New York City, we have felt the profound effects of COVID-19. When we look back on COVID-19, I hope we remember the good that came out of this harrowing situation. I hope we remember to reduce our pollution, slow down our lives, and generously share our planet with …
  • Hunting Regulation Rollbacks Target Wolf Pups and Bear Cubs

    May 24, 2020
    On May 20th, the National Park Service removed hunting and trapping prohibitions on Alaska national preserves. The new guidelines remove protections implemented in 2015 and will allow hunting and trapping practices that are being opposed by conservationists and many hunters.
  • Earth Day: Good for the Environment, Good for Animals

    April 21, 2020
    Here at SPCA International, we’re celebrating Earth Day this April 22nd, and we hope you are too. Granted, we aren’t throwing a big bash, but we’re taking a few minutes to recognize the importance of caring for the environment.
  • New York Legislation to Ban Puppy Mill Sales

    April 2, 2020
    By Meredith Ayan, Executive Director

    Animal shelters across the nation house thousands of dogs
    and cats in need of loving homes. That’s why I am heartened by the newly
    proposed New York State Senate Bill that would ban pet stores from selling dogs,
    cats and rabbits. Instead, pet stores would be encouraged to offer spaces to
    local shelters to showcase …