April is “Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month” and the ASPCA is asking you to bring attention to animal cruelty by “going orange”! How do you go orange though? What do you think? Encourage the owners of a building in your town to cover it with orange lights. Coordinate a “Go Orange for Animals” event with your local shelter or animal welfare group, like an adoption event, building decorating, or bakesale (full of orange cookies, of course). Decorate yourself, your pet, or your car with orange clothing, ribbons, or paint! And, this is the 21st century after all, you can make your profile picture orange or make a status, tweet, or blog post shout-out to the ASPCA. No matter, what you do, though, what matters is that the word is getting out about animal cruelty and that more perfect pets are able to find new families!
Animal heros come from all over, though. On April 9th, tons of celebs graced the red carpet at the Plaza Hotel- all equipped with a dog up for adoption – for the ASPCA!
Many charitable organizations rely on the support of celebrities and public figures to relay their message to the masses, and stars love the ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®)! Each year, the humanitarian and animal-welfare organization holds several star-studded events to supplement their daily programming, which helps disenfranchised animals live longer, higher-quality lives through adoption and aid programs. One of the biggest animal-related events is the annual ASPCA Bergh Ball. This year, the 18th Annual Bergh Ball Gala was held at the Plaza Hotel on April 9th, hosted by E! Network Hostess, Alicia Quarles. Honored at the event were Edie Falco and Hilary Swank.
Andy Cohen and his dog Wacha
Fundraising events are a part of the ASPCA’s mission to get high-profile personalities involved in their cause, but many celebrities would certainly cite their own pets as their inspiration for getting involved with animal welfare. Andy Cohen even brought his own dog- a beagle named Wacha. When asked what Bravo reality star his dog Wacha most resembled, Andy replied, “Andy Cohen, of course!” Host of the evening, Alicia Quarles, was so excited to pet Baby. These stars really care about animals! Isaac Mizrahi graciously took the time to talk to me and pose with Baby even though he lost his voice during the event and ASPCA CEO Matt Bershadker also gave Animal Fair Media and Paws For Style his blessing while happily holding Baby!
The ASPCA offers essential services to pet-parents and animal advocates across the nation, including a 24-hour Animal Poison Control line, mobile spay/neuter clinics serving low-income families, and pet loss services for grieving individuals. They also sponsor initiatives to help match adoptable pets with prospective parents, end unnecessary euthanasia, and help at-risk horses.
If you want to make a real difference in the fight against animal cruelty, do as the stars do and support your local ASPCA! Whether you’re adopting a pet that needs a home, making a monetary donation, or volunteering your time, you are helping animals escape dire situations that affects far too many of America’s pets! Visit www.aspca.org to learn more, and find a local branch near you! And remember, in April, orange is the new black.