October 28, 2009
Who Does Your Dog Love? Show Us in Our October Photo Contest
Does your pooch love a species other than the canine kind? Does he pal around with the neighbor’s cat or let your bird perch on his head? Does he go out to pasture with your horse or snuggle up to your guinea pig? This October, for the ASPCA Adopt-A-Shelter Dog photo contest, we want you to catch your dog in the act of interspecies affectionsend us a great shot of your open-hearted, open-minded pooch hanging with friends outside the canine community. The top five winnersselected by ASPCA staffwill receive an ASPCA Prize Pack and be featured on our website. So get clickingthe deadline for entries is October 31!
October 26, 2009
Piano-Playing Tabby Wins ASPCA Cat of the Year Award
When Betsy Alexander and Burnell Yow of Philadelphia, PA, visited an animal shelter in Cherry Hill, NJ, they never imagined they would adopt a feline prodigy. Nora, a grey Tabby named after the surrealist painter Leonora Carrington, appeared to be your average mischievous young kitten. But this seemingly ordinary shelter cat is receiving an extraordinary honor next week, when she will be officially named Cat of the Year at the annual ASPCA Humane Awards in New York City.
Originally deemed “bossy” by shelter staff, Nora wasn’t the most popular feline among her four-legged clan, but Betsy and Burnell saw something special in the demonstrative kitty and welcomed her into their furry family. Nora immediately established herself as the alpha cat of the family’s four other felines, but it wasn’t until she was a year old that her secret gift suddenly emerged. One afternoon, Betsy, who teaches music lessons, was startled to discover Nora delicately tickling the ivories of her Yamaha piano. Playing the piano soon became the cat’s favorite pastime. Her sensitive pawing, which several newspapers have described as "a cross between free jazz and Philip Glass,” became a YouTube sensation, drawing more than 20 million page views. It also inspired a Lithuanian composer to arrange a symphony in her honor.
Though her talents are unrivaled, Nora has been named the ASPCA Cat of the Year as much for her musical abilities as for her pluck and drive to prove that shelter petsfar from being castoffsoften make the best animal companions. Nora is a true testament to the spirit of the Humane Awards, which every year honor exceptional animals as well as inspiring individuals who have dedicated their lives to animal welfare.
Check our website for a complete list of this year’s award winners, including a guide dog for a disabled Iraq War veteran and two undercover agents who assisted in the largest dog fighting raid in U.S. history.
September 16, 2009
Vote on Your Favorite Video: Dog Days of Summer
Last month, we launched the Dog Days of Summer Video Contest by asking you to show us how your pups were reveling in the season. After carefully poring over many adorable and hilarious video submissions, we've narrowed them down to our top five favorites. We've got everything from the classic dog-versus-hose showdown to an elaborate Pug fantasy sequence (complete with slo-mo and costuming, of course). Check 0;2018;em out and tell us which one you like best!
The creators of all five featured videos will receive the ASPCA prize pack seen here, but your top three winners will get additional goodies! Get your vote on, and we'll announce our gold, silver and bronze "Dog Days" video champions in October. Thanks to everyone who entered!
View videos and vote now
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August 25, 2009
ASPCA.org Launches Web Pages in Spanish
We are happy to announce that ASPCA.org/espanol is up and running! Twenty of our website’s informative pages have been translated into Spanish, and more are on the way. Most of the newly translated pages cover our New York City-based services, like how to adopt a pet at the ASPCA or where to get your pet spayed or neuteredbut many will interest our national readers, too, including how to recognize and report animal cruelty. ¡Bienvenidos!
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August 12, 2009
Your Videos Wanted: Dog Days of Summer Contest
The tail end of summer is officially here, and we want to see how your pup is spending these long, dog days of summer. Catch your pooch riding the waves or soaking up some raysand send us the video evidence! Upload your masterpiece directly to YouTube and then submit the URL using this entry form. The top ten telegenic winnersselected by our doggie leisure expertswill receive a special prize pack from the ASPCA Store and will be featured on our website. But hurry upsummer’s winding down, and the deadline for entries is August 31! Enter the contest.
P.S.: Have you seen the winners of the 2009 Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month Photo Contest? We asked you to submit pics of kitty engaged in his favorite “cat-ercise.” The public weighed in, and we awarded gold, silver and bronze to three agile felines. Check ‘em out!
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July 29, 2009
ASPCA Offers Nation’s First Animal Cruelty CSI Workshop
The ASPCA, in collaboration with the University of Florida's William R. Maples Center for Forensic Medicine, recently offered the nation's first Veterinary Forensics Crime Scene Investigations Workshop to help increase the number of professionals trained in the forensic investigation of animal cruelty cases and aid in the prosecution of crimes against animals.
The three-day workshop, which took place from June 17-19, offered students-many of whom were law enforcement officers, veterinarians, forensic specialists and emergency responders-a hands-on training experience. Through fieldwork and classroom instruction, students learned to detect and properly document a crime scene, including the collection of evidence, photography, mapping, sketching and the excavation of remains.
The program reaches beyond a workshop, as well. The University of Florida will soon be offering undergraduate and postgraduate courses in veterinary forensic sciences. The program will receive an initial gift of $150,000 from the ASPCA and three years of support from our organization.
"The development of veterinary forensics is in a similar place now that human forensics was a few decades ago," says Dr. Melinda Merck, ASPCA Senior Director of Veterinary Forensics, who was on hand at the workshop with the ASPCA's Mobile Animal Crime Scene Investigation Unit. "Now there are special prosecutors and special courts that focus on violent crimes-I expect that is where we'll eventually get with animal cruelty."
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July 9, 2009
2009 Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month Photo Contest
Has your kitty embraced the latest exercise fad? Is she a master yogi who can put her leg behind her ear, or does she prefer the Olympic high jump over the kitchen table? For this year's ASPCA Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month Photo Contest, we asked you to catch your supple felines in the act of "cat-ercising," and boy did you deliver. Check out our agile finalists, and vote for your favorite!
May 18, 2009
Announcing ‘Go Orange’ Photo Contest Winners
This April, to celebrate Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month, we asked animal lovers all across the country to send us photos of their furry friends decked out in orange gear, and we found out something we already kneweveryone, and we mean EVERYONE looks great in orange! Thank you for allowing your pets to join in the ASPCA spirit, and congratulations to all the winning photographers and their four-legged models.
Check out our 10 furry finalists!
April 29, 2009
One Nation, In Orange
As April draws to a close, we reflect on the orangest month we've ever had. What do you mean "orangest" isn't a word?? Animal lovers all around the country went orange for animals this April-and we have evidence. Check out the photos from our "Go Orange" festivals in NYC, Austin and L.A.
as you can see, everyone got in on the action-even dogs and cats look great in orange!
Did YOU go orange for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month? Send your photos to email@example.com, and we'll add them to the photo collection.
April 23, 2009
Hundreds of Pets Are Now Happier in Harlem
This past weekend, the ASPCA's fleet of five Mobile Spay/Neuter clinics offeredcompletely free!spay/neuter surgeries and other medical services at the first-ever ASPCA Harlem Community Block Party. Thanks to the hundreds of supporters who attended, the event was a massive success!
We spayed/neutered, vaccinated and microchipped over 100 pets and booked appointments to serve over 250 more in the coming weeks. 150 pets were licensed.
And this is really coolover 40 pit bull and pit bull mixes were vaccinated! (A sick pit is the pits, so this is great news.)
Thank you for helping to spread the word about the importance of spay/neuter. Not only will your care and concern have a dramatic effect on New York City's homeless pet population, but spayed/neutered pet will live longer, healthier lives!
New Yorkers: To find out when the ASPCA Mobile Spay/Neuter Clinic will be visiting your neighborhood, log on to www.aspca.org/877spaynyc, or call (877) SPAY-NYC.
April 22, 2009
Raise a Green Paw For Earth Day!
If you have a pet who eats, sleeps, plays and poops, you’ve got plenty of opportunities to cut down on waste, raise your pet’s quality of life and color your corner of the world green. Here’s how to Go Green for Pets.
Happy Earth Day to all the animals who make this wonderful world a place worth preserving.
If you don’t have a pet, adopt onecan you think of a better way to beautify the planet? We can’t!
April 16, 2009
Who’s Your Best Friend—Your Pet or Your Jewelry?
We know, we know, the real answer to that is a no-brainer, but it made for a good header! But if you are looking for a way to combine your love for pretty jewelry and animals, tune into the Home Shopping Network today at 5:00 P.M. EST. Jo Sullivan, our Senior Vice President of Development & Communications, will present the ASPCA collection—jewelry that shows the world you love animals!
Get ready to curl up on the couch with your pet and your remote. The nice part about shopping at home is getting a second opinion from your pets. If your dog doesn't cooperate when you ask for fashion advice, tell him a portion of all proceeds go to the ASPCA—that ought to get a bark of approval!
"Woof, woof! Go for the charm bracelet!"
Did you hear something??
That was Ollie, an adorable dachshund available for adoption. He will be making a special guest appearance on our HSN segment! To see Ollie and other animals like him, visit: http://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/animalservices/
April 14, 2009
A Block Party Just For Your Pets!
If you need a reason to visit New York City, our block party in Harlem is a good one. Come join us, along with KISS FM's Lenny Green and Shaila, in the heart of Harlem this Saturday, April 18.
Our state-of-the-art fleet of five mobile veterinary clinics will be parked at the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building Plaza, and we invite the community to take advantage of our full range of services. Free spay/neuter surgery will be offered to all pets. If you have a pit, you're in luck! There will be free microchipping and vaccinations for pit bulls and pit mixes.
Oh, and if you're saying to yourself "Darn! But I don't have a pet," you should still go-there will be dogs and cats available for adoption that day!
For more information, call 877-SPAY-NYC (bilingual, 24 hours a day), or visit www.aspca.org/877spaynyc.
Where: Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building Plaza
163 125th St. (corner of 125th & Adam Clayton Blvd.)
When: Saturday, April 18, 8:30 A.M. @ 3:00 P.M.
Download the flyer (.pdf) and post it up in your neighborhood!
Looking for free or low-cost spay/neuter service but don't live near New York City? Search our Spay/Neuter database to find a location by you!
April 6, 2009
We’re Painting the Big Apple…Orange?
That’s right, orange. That’s our color, so wear it like you mean it in honor of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month this April. We’re going to get down and party on behalf of animals.
So dress yourself, your kidseven your petsin ASPCA orange and join us on Tuesday, April 7, in New York City's Union Square Park from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. for an evening of commemoration. Highlights include:
Free refreshments and entertainment, including live music by the X Brothersfeaturing Joe Bouchard of Blue Oyster Cult
A variety of pet-themed activities, including caricaturists, photographers and airbrushers
Meet-and-greet time with ASPCA's animal cops, behaviorists and pet poison prevention specialists
Fun giveaways and free vaccinations for cats and dogs at our mobile clinic
The showcasing of some of our wonderful animals who will be looking to find their forever homes
A spectacular sunset surprise, when buildings throughout the city will light up in ASPCA orange!
Make no mistake, animal loverswe’ve got plenty of reasons to celebrate! From the ASPCA Disaster Response Team’s efforts during Hurricanes Gustav and Ike to our involvement in Tennessee’s largest-ever puppy mill raid, we’ve had many victories in fighting animal cruelty in the past year. ASPCA founder Henry Bergh would be proud!
April 1, 2009
This is NOT A Post About Going Orange for Animals This April
Are you hosting an event this month to celebrate Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month? Submit your event, and we'll add it to our calendar on ASPCAApril.org!
Join thousands of people across the nation by going orange for animals this April. (Why, that’s today!) Activities include pet parades, adopt-a-thons, bake sales, donation drives, sporting events and more.
To see if there’s some orange action happening in your ‘hood, check out our growing list of events. Don’t you want to be on the list? Everyone wants to be on the list.
On your mark, get set…go orange! (We’ll be saying that a lot this month. It’s contagious, you’ll see.)
When in doubt, hold a bake sale. There’s a reason everyone loves them so much! C-H-O-C-O-L-A-T-E.
March 30, 2009
But Mom, I Wanna Go Orange, Too!
Re-posted from our weekly News Alert:
Know any young animal lovers? Please pass this message on to them:
Hey kids, have you heard the word? It’s time to put down those pencils and pick up some orange markersthere’s work to be done! We need you and your friends to go orange for animals for the entire month of April. That’s right, this is your big chance to tell the world how much you love animals and don’t want to see them hurt. Cool beans, eh?
Here are a few things you can do:
Join the Club
Wish there was an animal club at your school? Now’s the perfect time to start one. Ask your favorite teacher to be your advisor, and at your first meeting you can discuss all the cool things you can do to help animals.
Open your closet and get out those bright orange pants, hats, caps, bandannas, shirts, sneakers and socks! No worries if the orange clothing fairy passed you by, thoughorange nail polish makes quite a statement, too!
Show Your Shelter Some Love
Ask your teacher if your class can send letters to your local animal shelter, thanking the staff and volunteers for taking care of the animals in your neighborhood who don’t have homes.
So what are you waiting for? Go check out our fun and easy Ways for Kids to Go Orangeand remember, even little kids can create big change when it comes to helping animals.
P.S. A very special shout-out to Mrs. Ferro's class for hosting lunchtime bake sales and making super-cool ASPCA posters to hang around their school!
Parents, if your kids have a questionany question at all!about animals, have them Ask Azula. A wiser bird you’ve never seen!
March 26, 2009
Meet You At the Seaport On Monday!
See the morning sun shine on the ocean, huddle up with a bunch of good-looking people dressed in orange, and still get to work on time. What better way to prove your devotion to animals than to wake up really, really early? Help us kick off Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month by joining us in a groundbreaking “Go Orange” photo shoot. A professional photo team will creatively arrange all participants to spell out the letters “ASPCA.” Aerial photos will be taken, and used nationwide to further promote Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month.
So, how do you get involved? It’s easy! Just throw on your brightest orange clothingT-shirts, sweatshirts, pants, hats, jackets, coats, etc.and head over to New York City’s South Street Seaport at 7:30 A.M. next Monday, March 30. Don’t forget to grab your friends and family members, too. The more participantsand the more orange they wearthe better! Come join in the fun and become part of a photo that will show the world you care about animals! Or come to fulfill your secret modeling fantasy.
What: Go Orange Photo Shoot
When: Monday, March 30, 7:30 A.M. (Ouch…sorry, but it’ll be worth it.)
Where: South Street Seaport, the north side. See mapX marks the spot (we always wanted to say that).
Don’t live in New York City? How about organizing a photo shoot like this in your hometown? Don’t forget to send us the pics!
March 23, 2009
Calling All Shopaholics And Entrepreneurs
Spring cleaning meets fundraising! Here's your chance to clean out your garage and your closet for a good cause. Tomorrow, March 24, we're going to be the featured cause on the Facebook Marketplace. You can help us out by selling an item on behalf of the ASPCA. You can sell anything you'd like-from clothes to toys to artwork.
If you've got nothing to sell, you can always help out by shopping 'til you drop! See what animal lovers like you are selling on behalf of the ASPCA Today! Thanks for joining us in this fun way to raise money for the ASPCA!
Have your pets outgrown their winter sweaters? Sell them on the Facebook Marketplace on behalf of the ASPCA!
March 16, 2009
And Gunther Takes It All!
Yay for audience participation! Remember we asked you to vote in last month’s Adopt-A-Bull Contest? Well, vote you did! We’re proud to say that 23,000 votes were cast online, and 43 percent of you selected deaf pit bull Gunther and his pet parent, Rebecca Hengen, as the perfect example of the bond that can exist between people and this loyal, intelligent breed.
“I am so happy that Gunther was chosen as a representative of pit bulls,” says Hengen, who found her calm and gentle canine soulmate at the Humane Society of South Mississippi. “Gunther loves everyone, and every day he disproves the stereotype that often accompanies these dogs.”
Hengen and Gunther will be treated to a photo shoot with a professional photographer and a bronze statue of the top dog, while the Humane Society of South Mississippi will earn a $5,000 grant and a trip to New York City to participate in the ASPCA’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month celebration.
Four paws up to our winning match, and congratulations to all our finalists in the ASPCA Adopt-A-Bull Contest. Thanks to contest sponsor Animal Farm Foundation for helping us to celebrate wonderful dogs like Gunther, Wanda, Lola and Elsieand every successful pooch-parent match made through the ASPCA's Meet Your Match™ program.
Got a friend who’s scared of pit bulls? Take a moment to set the record straight about this wonderful breed.
March 10, 2009
Orange You Glad It’s Almost April?
From our News Alert:
Community Leader Contest
As we gear up for the ASPCA’s April ‘Go Orange for Animals’ Campaign to raise awareness for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, we are proud to announce the third annual 2009 ASPCA Day Community Leader Contest.
How are you planning to ‘Go Orange for Animals’ in April? Are you dressing yourself, your pet (even your community!) in orange? Organizing a pet parade in your neighborhood? Getting your town hall to light up orange? Whatever your plans, you might want to step them up a notch or two… because beginning March 1st, 2009, we want you to register your ‘Go Orange’ event on www.aspcaambassadors.org and spread awareness of the importance of preventing cruelty to animals in your community.
The most creative and effective entry will win a $500 dollar AMEX gift card and a $1000 dollar grant to the animal shelter or rescue group of your choice. The winning story will also be featured in ASPCA Action and ASPCA News Alert.
So what are you waiting for? Get ready to ‘Go Orange for Animals’ in April…and don’t forget to register on www.aspcaambassadors.org to tell us how you are doing it!
- No purchase necessary
- Must be 18 or older to enter; children’s entries must be submitted by parent or legal guardian
- Void where prohibited; Limited to legal U. S. residents (excluding Puerto Rico); ASPCA employees and their families are not eligible to enter
- Winner will be chosen by a panel of ASPCA judges; the judges’ decision is final
- Limit one entry per household; contest is limited to first 1,000 entries received or entries received by May 4th, whichever comes earlier; winner will be notified by May 25th.
- If you are unable to claim prize per the ASPCA’s guidelines, you forfeit the prize with no further claim on the ASPCA;
- By submitting your text/photo(s) in this contest, you give us an irrevocable perpetual royalty-free right to use your name/text/photo(s) to promote our mission
- By entering this contest, you are confirming that you are the sole owner of the photographs submitted, and writer of the text
- All local, state and federal taxes are the responsibility of the winner.
Plan ahead! The sooner you get started planning your ‘Go Orange’ entry for April, the bigger and better it’s bound to be!