Executive Director’s Blog

  • 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 …

  • COVID-19: What We Know

    March 20, 2020
    Many dedicated people are sharing their time, energy and financial resources to make sure animals stay safe. Here at SPCA International, we’re working hard to deliver aid to the organizations that need it most. As the situation evolves, we’ll keep you updated with the latest developments and needs of animal welfare organizations around the globe. …
  • Courageous Women Lead Animal Welfare Movement

    March 8, 2020
    By Meredith Ayan, Executive Director

    March 8th is International Women’s Day, so I want
    to take a moment to honor all of the amazing women in the field of animal

    Animal welfare is by and large a women’s movement. That’s
    not to say there aren’t some amazing men involved with animal welfare, because
    there certainly are. However, the vast …

  • Working Dogs Left to Die

    February 19, 2020
    A recent report has shed light on the horrendous living conditions of U.S trained bomb-sniffing dogs now living in Jordan. These dogs work under the hot sun all day to keep our allies safe but are living with very little food and water in filthy kennels. Steps are now being taken in Jordan to improve …
  • Spay and Neuter: Still New in Developing Countries

    February 6, 2020
    By Meredith Ayan, Executive Director

    Here at SPCA International, we talk a lot about spay and
    neuter. I know it can seem like a tired subject because it is such a common
    practice here in North America. However, in many developing countries around
    the world, sterilizing pets is a new concept, and it is just starting to catch

    That’s …

  • Giving Tuesday

    November 22, 2019
    Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday. It is a lot to take in. Fortunately, Giving Tuesday is a day focused on speaking up for the causes we care about. It is a global day of giving when people all over the world unite with personal donations that come together to make a big impact for …