By now, you’ve heard of the SyFy channel’s cult classics Sharknado and Sharknado 2. Now the ASPCA is coming at you with our own cinematic masterpiece: Barknado is coming! The forecast includes the cutest storm of the century with a heavy chance of adoptable dogs landing at your feet.
The only way to stop it...is to adopt it! Watch the trailer for Barknado.
We’re releasing Barknado in advance of Bark Week (August 4-9), when we’ll go all out to promote some of our most furiously adorable, adoptable dogs. Stay tuned to aspca.org/blog for all the cute.
Your pooch might not get a whole lot of work done (and will almost certainly forget to put a coversheet on those TPS reports), but evidence suggests that workplaces that allow pets have happier, healthier employees. So get your boss’s okay, check out our office etiquette tips for dogs, and make sure your dog is well-rested for a busy day of water-cooler gossip and inter-departmental meetings…with other dogs!
We hope you and your pup will participate in this Friday’s fur-fest—and if you do, snap plenty of photos because we’d love to see them. Tweet us your pictures @ASPCA using the hashtag #takeyourdog, and we’ll share our favorites.
Looking for something to do this weekend? We’re excited to announce that the ASPCA will be participating in Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1. ALL adoption fees for dogs and cats will be waived during the event, thanks to subsidies provided by Maddie’s Fund. Adoptable dogs and cats will be available at the ASPCA Adoption Center, and we’ll have additional cats and kittens for adoption at the Petco store in New York City’s Union Square!
Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days is designed to increase overall pet adoptions and to create greater public awareness of shelters and rescue groups. If you’ve been considering adopting a furry friend, this is the perfect time to do so! Be on the lookout for these adorable long-stay pets at our Adoption Center who have their paws crossed this will be the weekend they join their new families.
Dutchess:This sweet pup loves every person she meets! Her hobbies are diverse: She’d love to lounge on the couch with you for TV time, just as much as she’d be thrilled to take a jaunt through the park. She already knows Sit and how to give paw!
Gia:Gia is a social and active cat. Once she forms a friendship with you, she’ll reward you with plenty of love and attention. Gia has asthma, but this smart kitty has learned to use an inhaler! She’s looking for an adopter with some previous cat experience who’ll provide her with the TLC she needs.
Jacques:Once you’ve made friends with Jacques, you’ll be his buddy for life. This little guy is very friendly and affectionate with his favorite people. He also enjoys saying a friendly “hello” to other dogs.
China: China is a friendly cat who enjoys quality rest and relaxation. This long-haired beauty is very mellow, and one of her favorite activities is to curl up by the window to take a nap. She also enjoys the company of other cats.
Please visit our adoptable dogs and adoptable cats pages to get to know all of the animals who will be available during this weekend’s event. We hope you’ll consider taking home a four-legged companion of your own!
Attention, animal lovers! Have you heard? Today is National Animal Advocacy Day—and we need your help! We know you’re standing up for animals all year long, but today is a special opportunity for the millions of animal lovers across the county to come together to speak in one strong, unified voice for animal protection.
There is no better day than today to let your legislators know where you stand on animal issues and to tell them to take action for stronger animal welfare laws.
With the Kentucky Derby just days away, the focus of this year’s National Animal Advocacy Day is on passing federal legislation to ban performance-enhancing drugs in horseracing. Lax or nonexistent oversight allows, even encourages, the use of any means possible—even cruel, life-threatening means—to win races. With reports of these majestic creatures breaking down and dying on the track becoming all too common, horses need your help now more than ever.
Please urge your members of Congress to support the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act, a bill that will ban the cruel and widespread practice of “doping” or drugging racehorses—its passage is critical to protecting both horses and riders. Visit the ASPCA Advocacy Center to contact your legislators now—it’s quick, easy and will make a huge difference!
We hope you will join us in commemorating National Animal Advocacy Day. The more of us who call, email and make our voices heard, the bigger our impact. Take a stand and help us secure meaningful protections for America’s racehorses and for all animals.
At the ASPCA, helping horses isn’t just something we preach—it’s something we practice in our work every single day. Intelligent, sensitive, and true American icons, horses have been at the heart of our mission since the very beginning, and in honor of our second annual National Help a Horse Day on April 26, we wanted to share the amazing story of Benny.
We first heard about Benny from our friends Joyce and Nona at Last Stop Horse Rescue in Prentiss, Maine. Last Stop is the recipient of an ASPCA grant: every three weeks, our grant funds the delivery of 20 bales of hay to Last Stop to feed the rescued horses.
We recently checked in with Last Stop, and that’s when they told us Benny’s story. Starved, emaciated and close to death, Benny arrived at Last Stop in August 2013. The four-year-old gelding showed clear signs of abuse and neglect, and was so weak that he could not stand on his own legs. The day of his arrival, he weighed just 562 pounds.
The staff at Last Stop spent several days trying to keep Benny standing, but ultimately, the best option was to place him in a sling hanging from a beam in the barn. At the recommendation of Dr. Ron Miles Benny was introduced to food slowly and in small amounts.
Slowly but surely, Benny gained strength. Over the 12 days that he was in the sling, Joyce says “we saw improvement each day with signs of brighter eyes, moving his feet more, and being able to consume more of the food that was being offered to him.” The team at Last Stop fed him every hour around the clock, setting an alarm to ensure that he got meals throughout the night as well.
After nearly two weeks in a sling, Benny stood for the first time on August 15. It was a joyous day for all involved.
It has now been over six months since Benny arrived at Last Stop. He currently weighs 930 pounds, and uses his newfound strength to gallop around the pasture with his fellow horses. Despite years of abuse and neglect, Joyce says, “Benny is our miracle boy. Food and love was all he needed.”
Stories like Benny’s are what inspired us to create National Help a Horse Day. All too often, these amazing animals are mistreated, neglected, or even sent to slaughter. The ASPCA is determined to spread education and activism on behalf of equines everywhere, and Benny is proof that every horse is worth helping. Looking back at Benny’s recovery, Joyce says, “This is what you have done for these horses with the grant from the ASPCA. Thank you!”
To see Benny in action, please watch Last Stop Horse Rescue’s video of his recovery. Be sure to visit our Help a Horse page for information about events in your community. The ASPCA is awarding $10,000 grants to the top five equine organizations whose events inspire the most community engagement and support.