“The Animal Support Project (TASP) is based in the Capital Region of NY. TASP performs Crisis Intervention directly with companion animal owners to keep animals living with their families. In extreme cases where no other solution is possible and space is available, we will foster and re-home animals to ensure their best interest. We are the region’s ONLY all-volunteer, all-species companion animal safety net.”


Pet Connection Flyer 2014

Join The Animal Support Project at the 5th Annual Pet Adoption Day
Presented by Steve Caporizzo’s Pet Connection & The Animal Hospital

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Featured Pet

Brooke

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It’s me, Brooke. And I thought maybe some of you would like an update on what’s up with me these days. Well, after a year of training and behavior work in my foster home, I guess you could say I am a well-developed little lady. I’m three years old now. Bubbly and goofy during play & snuggle times, I can turn on the work-mode with just a word from you. Wanna see me do my long sits? Or my down-stays? Or my nosework, agility or rally obedience moves?  Wanna see me heel, or roll over? I’m not ruled by my emotions anymore and my past life of running the streets after Hurricane Sandy seems like it must have happened to someone else, not me. Today, I am a thinking dog. When a challenge comes along, I look to my person and ask them what they want from me. I’m into relationships now, not distracted anymore by the things that shouldn’t concern me.

I’m ultra clean in the house. I don’t chew furniture or shred the bedding like some dogs might do and I never, ever do my business in the house.  I’m spayed, microchipped, vaccinated and so well educated, I think I could maybe even balance your checkbook!

In my present condition, I’m ripe for finding a real home of my own. I’ve got so much love to offer and there’s so much fun to look forward to! We could drive to the pet shop and I can demonstrate my “leave-it” command as I pass by the pig ears and rope toys. We could hike in the forest together, and maybe invite some friends to come along. I love dressing up…..I’ve even got my own bikini! I love hugs from strangers, riding in the car, sharing a spoon of ice cream, hunting for kibble under the furniture and stretching out for belly rubs. I adore picking apples in the fall and wrestling with sturdy, friendly dogs my size.

And although I am now trained to leave cats and small animals alone, even if I am sitting right next to them, would it be ok if my new home didn’t have those? Their size and movement patterns make it so hard for me to resist chasing them! You know, it would break my heart if I accidentally disappointed you.

Are you looking for a special companion who will work overtime to make you happy? Someone who knows what it’s like to lose everything? Someone who will make you laugh out loud with her silly moves and her crazy costumes? I’m Brooke: precious monkey, beautiful lady, sweet sister, Girlfriend. Will you call for me? 518-727-8591

Brooke will be attending the MACY’s Shop for a Cause Adoptathon again (if she’s not already adopted by then). What do you think she will wear this time?

See Brooke’s Training Videos

Made possible by a grant from ASPCA.

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Szula Needs Help

This little 3.5 month old English Bulldog pup is Szula. She was playing a couple days ago in her fenced yard in Amsterdam with the other two dogs who live with her, when some miserable loser decided to try stealing her. While the perpetrator was trying to get her out the gate, the other two dogs rushed him and he slammed the gate on Szula’s left front leg, BREAKING HER ELBOW COMPLETELY! Szula’s owner, Eric, rushed her to the vet where for $300, they gave her a couple of laser treatments and told him that Szula only had a pinched nerve. A day later, when she was still in pain and not using the leg, Eric took her to the emergency hospital for $600 worth of diagnostics, including X-Rays. That’s when he found out that Szula’s leg was broken. A trip to Dr. Glennon followed, where an estimate of ~$3,000 for surgery to rebuild Szula’s shoulder was provided. Eric’s not working; in fact, he’s preparing for his own upcoming surgery. He’s already in hock for the $900 he’s spent in trying to diagnose his puppy’s injury. The perp got away and the authorities are still trying to find him. Dr. Glennon says if Szula can’t receive her surgery by Tuesday, then he’s recommending euthanasia.

SZULA UPDATE AS OF 7PM, JULY 8: Eric got discouraged over the weekend when he was only able to scare up around $300 in pledges through Onyx and Breezy Foundation and Guilderhaven. So he did not make his appointment with Dr. Glennon until I talked with him this afternoon. To date, Dr. Glennon’s office only provided a verbal estimate based on the phone call Eric had made to them back on July 3. But now Szula actually has a consult scheduled with Veterinary Specialties Referral Center for tomorrow, July 9. Either Dr. Glennon or Dr. Fitzgerald will review the tests and x-rays Eric’s already done and from there, they will make their recommendation. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s update, likely in the late afternoon. Meantime, please pray and send your best energy to Szula and her Dad and to the doctors who will be reviewing her case tomorrow.

SZULA UPDATE AS OF JULY 9: Eric just got back from Veterinary Specialties Referral Center. Dr. Fitzgerald says if Szula can’t get her surgery by Friday, then she should be put down. Please network like crazy so that we can get Szula the surgery she needs. This poor girl should not have to euthanized.

Anyone wishing to donate to this surgery can submit a PayPal donation via Veterinary Specialties Referral Center in Pattersonville, NY’s website. On the right hand side of the home page, click on ‘For Pet Owners’. When that page loads, on the left hand side, click on ‘Financial Assistance’. Fill out the form, including the required fields; the pet owner’s name is Andres Robles, the client id is 16295, your email address, the pet’s name is Szula and the amount of your donation. Then hit submit. On the next page click ‘Pay with PayPal’ to complete your PayPal transaction. If you have questions, Dr. Glennon’s office can be reached at 518-887-2260. Thank you so very much for your donation. Together we can get this little girl the lifesaving surgery that she needs. No donation is too small. Every little bit helps.


Official Plans for “The Hoss Fund”

HossAs many of you know, Hoss did not live to spend all the funds that were donated for his medical needs. As of this date, after paying for his X-Rays, vet visits, euthanasia and cremation (his food and his giant foam bed were paid for by TASP and his foster family), the Hoss Fund contains enough money for TASP to keep the account open, to be officially turned into a memorial fund for giant breed dogs in crisis.

Hoss was generous in size and in soul and his memory can be appropriately honored and immortalized through offering help to other giant breed dogs who, like him, need special assistance to prevent their suffering.

Anyone who wishes for their donations to be specifically applied to this purpose is welcome to do so through the Hoss Fund, by simply adding a note on their check, letter, Paypal or Razoo donation, indicating it is for Hoss’s Fund.

As always, 100% of all donations will be applied to the animals, as we are a 100% volunteer organization. Thanks for caring about Hoss and for all the giants yet to come.

To date, The Hoss Fund has helped save two giant breed dogs: 214lb. Tinkerbell and big, beautiful Izza. Both are adult female English Mastiffs who were in need of veterinary care. TASP teamed up with Guilderhaven to help Izza, since her condition was extremely serious. Happy to report both ladies are now recovered and Living Large with their families!


Will we see you at the next TASP photo shoot?

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Each year, TASP takes a hiatus from photo clinics during July and August due to the hot summer weather. Look for us to start up the clinics again in September at Myne Training and Boarding in Argyle, NY and Benson’s Pet Center in Pittsfield, MA. The September theme will be, naturally, “Back to School.”

Get your pet’s (we do kids also) photos taken at one of our photo shoots. See our Events Calendar page for dates and locations.


ASPCA Funds Construction of Canine Training Yard for The Animal Support Project

RPI’s Acacia Fraternity Joins TASP on Project Funded by ASPCA

Training Yard buildStudents from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Acacia Fraternity provided the manpower this month, helping The Animal Support Project (TASP) erect a secure 2,000 square foot outdoor canine training yard. The yard, constructed primarily from welded steel kennel panels obtained through a grant from The American Society for The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), will be used for humanely treating behavior in TASP program dogs through positive training and controlled behavior modification methods.

According to TASP President, Melinda Plasse, “TASP’s experience with companion animal crisis intervention indicates that problem behavior is a huge contributor to canine surrenders and euthanasia. We don’t expect to create lambs out of lions here, but of those who do have the potential, we intend to create clearer-thinking, more manageable pets who will have developed the emotional skills to live successful lives in the community. We are thrilled to have the Acacia Brothers onboard for this project, and we look forward to their further involvement during the actual operation of the yard.”

The ASPCA grant was awarded as part of a continuing commitment to Brooke, a dog rescued by TASP from ASPCA’s Hurricane Sandy Temporary Emergency Boarding Facility in Brooklyn, NY. In addition to Brooke, the training yard will offer a legacy of support to TASP program dogs needing behavioral adjustment in order to adapt to home and family life. ASPCA Behaviorists and Crawmer’s Animal Training of West Sand Lake, NY, will provide guidance to TASP volunteers operating the yard program.

For the full Press Release, please visit…   http://www.theanimalsupportproject.com/?p=662

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Police: Two arrested in Bethlehem for animal abuse.
Horses found allegedly mistreated and malnourished.

By Spotlight Staff

Monday, November 11, 2013 -3:57 p.m.

Bethlehem Police Department executed a search warrant at 80 Waldenmaier Road on Monday, Nov. 11 as a result of a multi-week investigation into complaints of animal cruelty and neglect of horses.

Police said upon arrival to Stone Brook Farms, 33 horses were found on the property. After an investigation, some horses were allegedly found to be in various stages of neglect and malnourishment. Others were allegedly found to be without water. All horses were examined by licensed veterinarians and as a result of the examinations eight horses were seized to undergo further evaluation, treatment, and care. Police said the seized horses will be stored at another location until further ordered by the Town of Bethlehem Court.

As a result of this investigation, Karen A. Burrows, 49, and William J. Trianni, 25, both of 80 Waldenmaier Road, were arrested and charged with eight counts of failure to provide sustenance, a Class A misdemeanor under the New York State Agriculture and Markets Law. Both subjects were released on appearance tickets and are due to return to the Town of Bethlehem Court on December 3 at 4 p.m.

Volunteers from TASP were called to the scene to help police and the horses.


GE Foundation Matching Gifts Program

The Animal Support Project has met the eligibility criteria and Program guidelines to be part of the “GE Foundation Matching Gifts Program”. So if you are a donor through that program please select “The Animal Support Project” as your choice for matching gifts. Thank you.


Rosie’s Story

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TASP was honored to have cared for this wonderful little senior beagle, making the last chapter in her life as good as it could possibly be for her. After being struck by lightning in July of 2013 while tied to a steel cable in her former home’s yard, Rosie’s external injuries eventually healed. But the damage her kidneys suffered from the trauma could not be reversed and eventually claimed her on May 15, 2014. Throughout those ten months, Rosie lived in TASP foster/hospice care with other animals and people who adored her. She never let her past inhibit her sense of joy for living or her gentle disposition toward everyone she met.  Every day, she enjoyed the best in veterinary care, wholesome food and exercise. She had her own thermal beds around the house to keep her warm through the winter and in spring, she enjoyed hunting for bunnies under the shrubs in the yard with the other dogs. Rosie’s last days were spent quietly enjoying the beautiful yard and the cozy trailer at George Kautz’s place, where she, Patches and Buttons could peacefully take in all God and TASP could offer. We can only imagine the wonderful time she is having in the afterlife with all the wonderful people and animals already passed over the bridge, who surely greeted her upon her arrival.

Rosie in her foster home.

In memory of Rosie.


Jacob Goes Home

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“Without my TASP foster family, I’d still be existing on the chain instead of sleeping on the bed.

View Jacob’s Video


ASPCA Generosity Helps TASP Do Right By Hurricane Sandy Animal Victims

While TASP volunteers were volunteering at ASPCA’s Hurricane Sandy Emergency Pet Shelter in Brooklyn from October to January, we came across Brooke and Pluto, two wonderful pit bulls who were picked up as strays after the hurricane. As the shelter was winding down, we worked with ASPCA to develop a plan for these two dogs to move upstate with us and undergo boarding, foster care, medical care, obedience and agility training and general guidance on how to be a good member of the family. ASPCA graciously stepped forward with a generous grant enabling us to bring Brooke and Pluto to their full potential as pets, so they can achieve forever homes through our adoption program. The effort is now blossoming and we are happy to report that Pluto has moved in with his new family in Scotia. Brooke is continuing her training while she waits for an equally awesome home of her own. Both dogs will enter their new homes with a full year’s free ASPCA Pet Insurance coverage, to further insure their future. THANK YOU, ASPCA, for partnering with TASP to make this work possible. Read full press release…

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Dogs rescued from NYC being trained, prepped for adoption locally

Published: Monday, June 03, 2013
By Andrew Beam – The Troy Record

CROPSEYVILLE — The Animal Support Project has a 2-year-old pit bull up for adoption after it was found without a home during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Pluto with his new adopted family, the Rosenbarkers. (photo provided)

The Animal Support Project, a 501c3 charitable organization which regularly tries to prevent pets from being placed in animal shelters, has had to play a different role after two pit bulls were found displaced due to the damage done by the hurricane to New York City. READ FULL ARTICLE…

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 Fate uncertain for 15 former fighting pit bulls

Originally published: March 28, 2013 11:41 AM
Updated: March 28, 2013 8:58 PM
By SCOTT EIDLER scott.eidler@newsday.com

Photo credit: Uli Seit | A pit bull named Pretty Girl was impounded and is recovering in a North Hempstead Animal Shelter in Port Washington after being seized from an alleged dogfighting ring. (March 21, 2013)

Photo credit: Uli Seit | A pit bull named Pretty Girl was impounded and is recovering in a North Hempstead Animal Shelter in Port Washington after being seized from an alleged dogfighting ring. (March 21, 2013)

Most of the 15 pit bulls sat nameless in cages outside the shelter.

Some of the animals, seized in January and simply labeled evidence while awaiting the outcome of a criminal dogfighting case, were scarred, had open sores and visibly shook. Unlike non-fighting dogs named Oreo, Egypt or Sunny also housed at the North Hempstead-run shelter in Port Washington, the pit bulls have been deemed unavailable for adoption and face an uncertain future.

Though vets check the dogs weekly, shelter director Sue Hassett said, no date has been set for their release, and experts say the path to recovery is winding and uncertain.

“Until the court clears them, they’re kind of in limbo,” she said. But “they’re hanging in there; this is probably the best they’ve ever had it” since police recovered them from an alleged dogfighting ring in a New Cassel woman’s backyard.

The Nassau County district attorney’s office declined to comment on case specifics.

On a cold morning last week, some of the dogs, from 6 months to several years old, paced their steel cages. Some were loud, others quiet during the outdoor break.

Based on history, according to animal and legal experts, the dogs’ outcomes may vary, too. READ FULL ARTICLE…