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Eisai Inc. announced today that it is a sponsor of the Epilepsy Foundation’s 8th Annual National Walk for Epilepsy in Washington D.C., a family-oriented event to raise awareness and funds to continue the fight to stop seizures, find a cure and overcome the challenges created by epilepsy. Eisai, a long-time supporter of the Epilepsy Foundation, will be joined at the walk by 4 Paws for Ability (4 Paws), a non-profit organization focused on the training and placement of service dogs for children with a variety of conditions, including epilepsy.


As part of the company’s ongoing commitment to epilepsy care, this year Eisai is spearheading a unique collaboration with 4 Paws and the Epilepsy Foundation to raise awareness of the many benefits that animals can provide those living with epilepsy. The collaboration among the partners aims to support the training and placement of service dogs, through 4 Paws, to children with seizure disorders. 4 Paws employs a unique approach to training seizure assistance dogs that tailors each dog’s skills and behaviors to the needs of the child it will be supporting. These animals are trained to alert the child’s family when they are having a seizure and may even be able to detect seizures before they happen.1,2 In addition, seizure assistance dogs can provide emotional support to their owners and help them gain independence in their lives.1

Recently, Eisai’s fundraising activities helped place seizure assistance dog Thule with Becky Penders, who lives with epilepsy and autism. “I really can’t thank Eisai and 4 Paws enough for the support and love our family gets from Thule,” said Thomas Penders, Becky’s father. “Before she came into our lives, my wife and I were in a constant state of worry and stress. Now we feel comfortable knowing that Thule is there to watch over Becky and alert us when she has a seizure, and he has a calming effect on her.”

The Walk, which unites thousands of families living with epilepsy each year, will feature activities beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 22, 2014, on the Washington Monument grounds in Washington, D.C. Eisai is sponsoring a booth at the Walk where visitors can talk with 4 Paws training director Jeremy Dulebohn. He will be accompanied by a local family who will speak to walk attendees about the impact their seizure assistance dog has had on their lives.

“We at Eisai are committed to innovative solutions in healthcare and actively seek collaborative partnerships that can support patients along their unique journeys,” said Christine Verini, vice president, Corporate Communications and Advocacy at Eisai Inc. “The difference a seizure assistance dog can make in the daily life of their owner is amazing and we are honored to be working with 4 Paws and the Epilepsy Foundation to increase awareness about the benefits that this kind of support can provide to individuals with epilepsy.”

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The ASPCA® (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) and Urban Resource Institute (URI) today announced their collaboration in support of URI’s PALS (People and Animals Living Safely) program, New York City’s first-ever initiative to shelter domestic violence victims with their pets. The ASPCA provided URI a $75,000 grant to fund a position that ensures both clients and pets residing in URI’s largest emergency shelter receive the support and services they need to heal and move forward with their lives.


This cat has been living at URI’s largest emergency shelter with its owner for the past several months as part of the URIPALS program. (PRNewsFoto/ASPCA, Jordan H. Star)

URI launched URIPALS in June 2013 as a pilot program, modifying apartments at its largest emergency domestic violence shelter to accommodate families together with their pets. To date, the program has housed more than a dozen cats and other small animals, and is expanding the pilot program to accept dogs.

“We’re honored to participate in an innovative program that provides safe shelter for both domestic violence victims and their pets,” said Matthew Bershadker, president and CEO of the ASPCA. “This program keeps people and pets together during times of crisis, protects them both, and preserves the special bond with a companion animal who is often a major source of comfort and stability in an otherwise chaotic life. By allowing survivors to be with their pets during this critical time, it facilitates the healing process as they move forward with their lives. We’d love to see it expand to other emergency shelters throughout the city and nationwide.”

This unique collaboration between the animal welfare community and domestic violence field will spotlight the critical connection between the welfare of people and pets in domestic violence situations. In fact, studies estimate that as many as 48 percent of victims of domestic violence remain in abusive situations for fear of what would happen if they left their pets behind, and that more than 70 percent of pet-owning women entering domestic violence shelters report that the abuser has threatened, harmed or killed a family pet. This underscores the importance of having programs for victims of domestic violence that take their pets into account when opening doors to safety.

“There are so many layers in domestic violence situations, and every member of the family is affected—including pets, who are often targeted as a way to threaten or control victims—which is why we are so grateful for the ASPCA’s partnership in helping people and pets escape violence together,” said Nathaniel Fields, President of URI. “With this grant and ASPCA’s support of URIPALS, we will be able to continue the program so that families never have to make the impossible decision of leaving their pets behind in abusive situations.”

“When I was in the abusive relationship, my two cats were constantly threatened and injured,” explained one survivor currently in shelter at URI. “I knew I had to get out of the situation, but just couldn’t leave them behind—our pets are part of my family and my son is so attached to them. Because of the URIPALS program, I was able to enter shelter with my cats and seek safety for my entire family. This is truly a life-saving program and I hope others will have the same opportunity as I did.”

In addition to the grant, the ASPCA will offer assistance via its Animal Hospital by providing services including medical exams, vaccinations, behavioral support, spay and neuter surgery, and fostering. The ASPCA’s Cruelty Intervention Advocacy team will also provide support and offer critical resources to pet owners who find themselves and their animals in unstable situations.

URI currently operates four shelters in New York City, housing approximately 1,500 adults and children per year. For more information about URI’s domestic violence services, tips to keep the whole family safe, or to support the organization, please visit www.urinyc.org.

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The Humane Hero program at Berkshire Humane Society (Pittsfield, Massachusetts 01201) kicked off to an excellent start on January 4th. Almost 75 children from all over the county, including Williamstown, Adams, Pittsfield, Sheffield, and Great Barrington, attended the first orientation and enrolled to volunteer with the shelter. With two program locations, Berkshire Humane Society in Pittsfield and Berkshire South Community Center in Great Barrington, BHS is able to include a larger geography in its curriculum.  “We are so happy with all the enthusiasm these kids bring to the shelter,” said Danielle Hammell and Lizzy Brown, directors of the program. “This is the perfect opportunity for children to start volunteering and giving back to the community.


The Humane Hero program is ongoing and you can join any time! The next orientation the new Humane Heroes is on February 8th at 10 am in Pittsfield or 2pm in Great Barrington.

More info.

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From Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (Walnut Creek, California 94598)

Make a difference in the lives of people in need. Join ARF’s Pet Hug Pack and bring the healing touch of animals to those who need it most.

Pet Hug Pack teams visit hospitals, libraries, schools and adult care facilities throughout Contra Costa county supplying unconditional love to the people they visit and increasing the human-animal bond. ARF is looking to expand the program into East and West Contra Costa County. For more information on how to join the Pet Hug Pack please email pethugpack@arf.net or visit the ARF web site.

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The Toys for Pets program at CatToys.com has provided thousands of toys and treats to cats and dogs waiting in shelters, rescues, and foster homes to be adopted.

All you have to do is add one of the donation items to your shopping cart and CatToys.com will make sure that it gets to one of their waiting rescues.

More info.

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From the Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society (Berkeley, California 94710)

In September 2011, we launched an exciting new pilot program designed to provide unique 24/7 care for kittens under 8 weeks old. Underage kittens have long been the group of animals most at risk for euthanasia in community shelters because of their many care needs, the lack of available foster homes, and the number of kittens born in the East Bay every year. At the nursery, caregivers work in shifts around the clock to provide supportive care, age-appropriate transition from bottle feeding to solid diets, and crucial socialization. Kitten Nursery goals include reducing euthanasia of underage kittens in shelters, providing quality care to allow kittens to thrive, and nurturing the human-kitten bond by raising kittens to be excellent pet cats. Since the first kittens entered the nursery on September 7th, we have cared for more than 40 litters of over 100 kittens who would have otherwise been euthanized. We estimate that we can save up to 300 kittens throughout the fall and winter season, and hundreds more if the program is continued past the pilot period into the spring and summer.


Donations: Monetary donations are needed to keep the kitten nursery operating and expand the program’s capacity to care for more kittens. The nursery team maintains a wish list of new and used items needed to run the nursery — all donations are tax deductible.

Read more about the Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society’s Kitten Nursery Program.

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From the Connecticut Humane Society (Newington, Connecticut 06111)

The Connecticut Humane Society is committed to helping people keep their pets in homes and out of shelters. The demand for the services of our pet food pantry continues to grow by leaps and bounds. In order to keep growing the program, we need your help.

Learn how YOU can support this important endeavor through making a donation, visiting a collection site or organizing your own event…MORE

Find out about future distribution dates and eligibility requirements…MORE

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Over the years, the Frederick County Humane Society (Frederick, Maryland 21701) has been the fortunate recipient of generous bequests, making it possible for it to grow its programs helping companion animals and their families. The donors performed a caring act, thus making a real difference in animals’ lives.

As an animal lover, you may be thinking of ways to continue to support animals beyond your lifetime. Through a bequest in your will or living trust, you can make this idea a reality.

More than half of American adults don’t have a will, partly because they fear it will be a complicated and unpleasant process. But creating a will or living trust needn’t be difficult, and can give you the satisfaction of being in control of how your estate is managed to best benefit your loved ones and your favorite charities.

There are resources available to help you develop your legacy of choice. To find out more about leaving a lasting gift that supports the work of the FCHS, please contact the FCHS Development Office at (301) 694-8300 ext. 203, or development@fchs.org.

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From Simply Cats Adoption Center (Boise Idaho 83709)

The Meet Your Match & Feline-ality Adoption Program is a research-based program developed by the ASPCA that pairs distinct personalities (feline-alities) with adopters whose lifestyle fit them best.

Good matches help make strong bonds, and bonding is the key to successful adoptions.
Simply Cats is PROUD to announce that we are now utilizing the Meet Your Match program to pair adopters with their new feline friends. To our knowledge, we are the only adoption center in Idaho utilizing this program.

The research-based Feline-ality Adoption Program is built around the Feline-ality Assessment that   reliably predicts how an individual cat is likely to behave when the cat arrives at their new home. In addition, the Cat Adopter Survey identifies the aspects of the adopter’s preferences, expectations, and lifestyle that correlate with specific feline-alities.

All cats over 1 year old will be evaluated at our facility using the assessment developed by the ASPCA. Once evaluated, each cat’s profile will be posted in their respective adoption room. All adopters will be asked to complete the Adopter Survey in order to identify the appropriate cats for adoption consideration. (more…)

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In loving memory of his German Shepherd, The Great KaDee, David DiNicola is heading across the country on his Harley to raise money for Catskill Animal Sanctuary (Saugerties, New York 12477). David will cruise from Massachusetts to California from August 13-22, 400 miles a day, for a total of 4300 miles!

To read the whole story, to stay in touch with Strong in Spirit updates, or to donate to the ride, please go to the Strong in Spirit web site.

Strong in Spirit is just one of the new CAS Ambassadors Projects, where supporters channel their talents and skills into ventures that benefit our animal friends. In addition to David’s project, a portion of the sales from the FOOLSGOLD SANCTUARY art auction at One Mile Gallery in Kingston, NY on July 23, 2011, and the Home on the Range CD will go to CAS. Anyone can be an Animal Ambassador, so run your ideas by Michelle Alvarez, Director of Outreach and Communications.

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