Smitty is a four-year-old Pit Bull who was brought to the ASPCA on October 14. Found by a Good Samaritan in the Bronx, New York, Smitty was suffering from first- and second-degree burns that covered nearly half of his body. Despite the severity of his burns—and his apparent pain—Smitty had a wonderful disposition.
At the ASPCA Animal Hospital, Smitty was in the ICU for six weeks where doctors managed his pain and changed his bandages regularly. During the early stages of his treatment, Smitty’s wounds were still so painful and fresh that he had to be sedated during bandage changes. Despite it all, his happy attitude and sweet nature never wavered.
ASPCA veterinarians removed dead tissue and skin so new tissue could grow in, and after six weeks, Smitty no longer required bandaging. His fur is growing back in patches, but it’s likely that he will have scars for the rest of his life. Smitty knows how to sit and fetch, and is very playful and active. After a long, hard journey, he is now available for adoption—hoping for a forever home just in time for Christmas.
If you’re considering adding a furry addition to your family, the holiday season is the perfect time to provide a shelter dog or cat with a loving home. To encourage pet adoption and bring even more joy to New Yorkers’ homes this season, the ASPCA Adoption Centeris hosting a festive adoption event! From Saturday, December 20 through Wednesday, December 24, enjoy discounted fees on all animals and free gifts for adopters.
During the event, adopters can take advantage of the following promotions:
Kittens between the ages of four months and one year have an adoption fee of $50 (normally $125).
If you choose to adopt two kittens, there is no adoption fee for the second one.
All cats older than one year have no adoption fee.
Dog adoption fees will be discounted by 50 percent.
Every adopter will have the opportunity to select an envelope from the ASPCA Giving Tree with the chance to win free toys, coupons or supplies for their new pet!
Gift-a-Pet Certificates can also be purchased, which cover the cost of the adoption fee for a new cat or kitten, allowing the recipient to return and adopt a pet of their own.
Every animal adopted from the ASPCA Adoption Center is spayed/neutered, microchipped and fully vaccinated. Each animal will go home with a free collar and ID tag, cardboard carrier for cats and leash for dogs, and a voucher for a free visit to the ASPCA Animal Hospital.
There’s no greater gift a shelter animal can receive this holiday season than a loving family. If you’re in the New York City area, browse dogs and cats at the ASPCA Adoption Center, or find adoptable dogs and cats in your area with our national shelter search tool.
Below are some adoptable animals at the ASPCA who are a tiny bit "naughty," but 100% lovable! They're looking for loving homes this holiday season:
Tino is a regal cat who loves quiet, gentle attention from his favorite people—but this shy guy doesn’t jump in paws first. Tino feels a bit nervous around new people, and prefers to take things slow. With a little space to himself and the help of some yummy treats, he’ll warm up to his new home in no time. Let Tino sniff your hand before petting him and this sweet boy will come out of his shell for plenty of face scratches and relaxed playtime with his favorite laser toy.
This stately guy would like to be the only pet in the household and would be thrilled to go home with an experienced cat adopter to an adults-only home. Adopt Tino today!
Tino is available for adoption at the ASPCA Adoption Center. If you are interested in adopting, please call our Adoptions Department in New York City at (212) 876-7700 ext. 4120. To learn more about Tino, please visit his profile page.
Madonna is a sweet and shy pup who can’t wait to meet her forever family. This lady has a lot of love to give and may need a little bit of time to warm up to new people, but once you’re part of her inner circle, she’ll never leave your side.
This pretty girl would love to learn to play with other dogs. With some guidance and the proper training, we think she could make a few canine friends! Madonna is already crate-trained and enjoys spending quality time by herself in her special place. She is nervous around young children and would do best in an adults-only household. Madonna would be thrilled to go home with a patient and experienced adopter. Adopt Madonna today!
Madonna is available for adoption at the ASPCA Adoption Center. If you are interested in adopting, please call our Adoptions Department in New York City at (212) 876-7700 ext. 4120. To learn more about Madonna, please visit her profile page.
Alley is a friendly guy who’s happiest when he’s getting plenty of attention from his special people. Bring out his favorite toys and some yummy treats, and he’s sure to keep you laughing for hours with his playful antics.
Although Alley loves affection from his humans, this feisty feline has a habit of nibbling on your fingers while you’re petting him. Our Adoptions team can give you tips to prevent this behavior. This funny guy would love to be the center of your attention and would be thrilled as the only cat in the household. Alley would do best in a home with kids ages 10-and-up. Adopt Alley today!
Alley is available for adoption at the ASPCA Adoption Center. If you are interested in adopting, please call our Adoptions Department in New York City at (212) 876-7700 ext. 4120. To learn more about Alley, please visit his profile page.