I adopted my service puppy in training, Finnegan, from the Marshall County Humane Society in Indiana at 10 weeks old. I have Spina Bifida, and I'm training him myself. He is a great help to me, and when he gets a bit older, he's going to help me do pet therapy at our local nursing home. Finn has learned to open and close doors, take my jackets off, pick up various items, pay at the stores and many other commands. Finnegan is so smart that he was sitting and laying down on command within 15 minutes after I met him. Finnegan is 15 months old now, and I don't know what I'd do without him.
He hung back when all the other dogs came charging, looking at me with those big brown eyes full of hope, worry and fear. His head was full of scars of troubles from an earlier time in his short life. That was the day a year ago when Petey stole my heart. Once a scared, abused puppy, Petey has left that terrible life behind forever. He now gives back to our community by working as a certified therapy dog—sitting with children at the local libraries while they read to him—between kisses, of course. He enjoys his work. After his day is done, there is a proud swagger to his step and he holds his head just a little higher. It hurts my heart to imagine the loss of happiness and joy to so many people of all ages if Petey hadn't stolen my heart that day at the local animal shelter.
Thanks, Jeannie! Stay tuned for additional winning rescue stories to come over the next few weeks.
We adopted Yoshi from the Darlington County Humane Society. He is a mix and is about 3-years-old now. He went from being a shelter dog on the euthanasia list to a therapy dog for an organization called Paws for People. Yoshi now is a certified "Courthouse Canine." He goes to court with children that have to testify in abuse cases and sits with them on the witness stand to provide comfort and security. He also visits the Children's Advocacy Center where he provides therapy to children being interviewed after allegations of abuse surface. When he’s not visiting children, Yoshi visits rehabilitation centers where he brings many smiles to the elderly. He is one of our family members and we love him!
Thanks, Deanna! Stay tuned for additional winning rescue stories to come over the next few weeks.
Co-hosted by our friends at Grown and Flown. Our Adopt a Shelter Dog Story Contest will run from Monday, October 6 to Friday, October 31. We'll select one grand prize winner to receive an ASPCA prize pack, as well as two runners-up, with the chance to have your story featured on the ASPCA Parents site!
As summer begins and families nationwide prepare for road trips and summer camp, animal shelters are experiencing a hectic time of year known as kitten season. While the “kitten season” moniker might bring adorable images to mind, this time of year can be devastating for shelters. Between March and November, animal shelters experience a flood of homeless cats and newborn kittens in need of care.
Kitten season is in full swing, and there are plenty of ways your family can help out! Here are just a few suggestions to you get started:
Foster a feline. Due to the influx of kittens arriving at shelters during kitten season, shelters often struggle with overcrowding. You can help alleviate this problem by providing foster care for a cat (or multiple kittens!) in your home until they’re ready for adoption. If you live in New York City and would like to foster for the ASPCA, please visit our foster care page.