Update—October 1, 2015: To kick off Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, we dropped by the Today Show this morning with Subaru of America to remind viewers why they should make adoption their first option when picking their pet—and to introduce a very lucky pup to his new adopters! If you missed the segment, you can watch it here. If you’re in the New York City area and looking to bring a home a shelter dog of your own, head over to the ASPCA Adoption Center or check out our list of adoptable dogs today. _____________________
October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, and there’s no better way to celebrate than by bringing home a furry friend from your local shelter. But did you know that large dogs can sometimes be overlooked by potential families because of the misconception that big dogs require big homes? The truth is while these dogs have a huge amount of love to give, they don’t need a mansion to be happy.
That’s why, this Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, we’re shining a spotlight on the larger-than-life pooches out there with our Big Love campaign to prove that when it comes to adoption, what matters most isn’t the size of your home—it’s the size of your heart!
As part of the Big Love campaign, the ASPCA Adoption Center in New York City is offering a very special promotion that gives you the chance to take home a big dog for a very small cost. For the entire month of October, all dogs over 30 pounds will have their weight subtracted from their adoption fee.
Plus, every ASPCA pet is spayed or neutered, up-to-date on vaccines and microchipped. All dog adopters will go home with a free collar, leash and ID tag, and a voucher for a free visit to the ASPCA Animal Hospital.
Don’t Forget to Enter our Big Love Contest! This October, tell us why you think BIG dogs rock and you’ll be automatically entered to win a pair of Pet Pal Pillows from Pottery Barn! And if you’re already a proud parent of a bigger-sized dog, share your pet’s photo on social media with the hashtag #BigLove. Be sure to tag us in the photo at @ASPCA and we’ll share our favorites!
Precious the cat was accustomed to change. In the span of two years, she moved from the local city shelter to the ASPCA, then into a home and back again. The three-year-old long-haired tabby just couldn’t find the perfect fit, until she met an adopter named Carmen, who, like her, was ready for long term love. Here is their Happy Tail.
Precious first came to the ASPCA in March 2014, in a group of eight cats that were transferred from the local city shelter. All eight cats—including Precious—were adopted quickly, and we were thrilled for their success. But one year later, Precious’ adopter was forced to return the pretty kitty because he was moving to a place that did not allow pets. Once again, Precious had a new address and was back to searching for a permanent home.
Meanwhile, Carmen had just moved to New York and was living on her own. Still mourning the loss of her 15-year-old Pomeranian, she decided that it was time to adopt her first feline companion, so she headed to the ASPCA Adoption Center. “I am also adopted, and I told myself that I always wanted to adopt a pet one day,” she says. She decided that she wanted an adult cat, and when she met Precious it was love at first sight.
“I will never forget the day I met her and looked at her beautiful eyes,” Carmen recalls. “Then I noticed her long fur coat that reminded me of my Pomeranian!” Carmen mentioned that brushing her Pomeranian’s coat had been valuable bonding time, so she was thrilled to see that Precious “needed lots of maintenance” as well. “I knew she was a sweet cat after just petting her, and I knew right on the spot that she was going to come home with me,” she says.
Carmen adopted Precious on July 8 and changed her name to Pluma. Although Pluma had been shy at the Adoption Center, she settled into Carmen’s home with ease. “The minute I let her out of her carrier she looked around my house, ran into my boyfriend’s lap and wanted to cuddle,” Carmen recalls. “I’ll never forget that after a couple of days, Pluma came into my lap and put her nose up to mine and gave me a cat kiss. She made a meowing sound and gave me a look like she was saying, ‘Thank you! I’m finally home!’”
Now Pluma spends her days cuddling and playing fetch, which Carmen says she can do for hours. “Pluma is truly a lovely cat and has made my home a happy environment,” she adds. “I hope others that are able to care for and provide a clean and healthy home for dogs and cats consider adopting one of the beautiful animals at the ASPCA!”
After years of uncertainty and ever-changing homes, it seems that Pluma has finally found a place to call her own. Carmen says, “I love her so much and I pray that she will be in my life for many years. Thanks again to everyone at the ASPCA for bringing these animals HOME.”
A search warrant was executed the morning of Tuesday, September 29, when responders discovered dogs tethered to heavy chains and living in filthy conditions. Some were thin and exhibited scars, bite marks, broken teeth and other injuries commonly associated with dog fighting. Sixteen adult dogs and seven puppies were removed from the property. Dog fighting paraphernalia, including training devices, indoor and outdoor fighting pits and medication common to treating wounds associated with dog fighting were also found on the property.
The dogs are being transported to a temporary shelter in an undisclosed location, where they will be provided medical care and behavioral enrichment by ASPCA responders until custody is determined by the court. The ASPCA is working closely with local law enforcement and prosecutors to ensure the best legal outcome for these animals, but their situation is urgent and we need your help right now.
These 23 dogs have suffered so much in their lives. They have been betrayed by the only humans they may have ever known. Your most generous gift today can help give them—and thousands of other animals just like them—a chance at a life free from pain, suffering and sorrow. Please make a donation today.
The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) handles thousands of cases of animal poisoning resulting from plants, pills and other ingested items every year. But not all pet poisons are so apparent—in fact, one major risk may be lurking where you least expect it: On food.
To arm you with potentially life-saving information, APCC wants to educate pet parents about the dangers of moldy food. Food mold, also known as Penicillium spp, is a fungus that grows on aging food. It is often visible to the naked eye, and, if ingested, can make a pet very ill.
While mold on dog food should certainly be avoided, the real danger occurs when pets get into household trash or eat garbage outside, including compost piles and moldy nuts or fruits that have fallen from trees. Fungal neurotoxins on old food can make your four-legged friend very ill. Common signs that your dog has eaten mold include:
Elevated body temperature
Symptoms can last 24-48 hours, and can be life-threatening if left untreated. Available treatments are primarily focused on controlling the tremors and keeping the pet cool and hydrated, however, the best way to protect your pet is to not let them eat moldy food at all. Keep an eye on your dog at all times, especially when outside, and avoid leaving your dog outside of your yard unattended.
If your dog is observed eating moldy food, contact your vet or APCC immediately to learn the correct action to take. Onset of signs can be very rapid, so if your dog is showing symptoms, take him to a veterinary clinic immediately.
If you think that your pet is ill or may have ingested any poisonous substance, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435 immediately!
Meet Martika! This confident beauty is looking for a lots of love in the home of an experienced cat adopter where she can be the leading lady. Martika is an affectionate and adventurous lady who shows her feelings in big ways, but prefers not to have to share the stage with other cats.
When meeting new people for the first time, Martika may be shy. New friends should greet her gently, or allow her to be the first to approach. Adopt Martika today!
Martika is available for adoption at the ASPCA Adoption Center. If you are interested in adopting Martika, please call our Adoptions Department in New York City at (212) 876-7700 ext. 4120.