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:
Removed from properties in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and Texas, the dogs—who ranged in age from just a few days to 12 years—were scarred, starving, and tethered to heavy chains with little access to food or water. Most had never experienced life without suffering, and several of them, including a Pit Bull named Ruby, were pregnant with pups.
Though Ruby had likely spent most of her life abused and neglected, our Emergency Responders were amazed by her sweet, gentle nature. After giving birth, Ruby was adopted by one of our responders—and she is now in the process of becoming a certified therapy dog who will bring love and joy to local hospitals, schools and retirement homes.
Every dollar you donate to the ASPCA makes a huge difference in an animal’s life. For dogs like Ruby, it can mean the difference between life and death. Help us end their suffering: Make a gift to the ASPCA today.
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.
Guest blog by ASPCA President and CEO Matt Bershadker
For nearly 150 years, the ASPCA has called New York City home, and we’re proud to have helped the city and its animal rescue institutions make great strides in recent years. New York City currently has the lowest dog and cat euthanasia rate per capita in the country. Animal cruelty laws are rigorously enforced in record-breaking numbers by the NYPD in partnership with the ASPCA. And, just yesterday, the New York City Council approved groundbreaking legislation that will curb puppy mills by prohibiting city pet shops from selling animals obtained from breeders who fail to meet even the most basic standards of care. New York City is a place where we protect animals from suffering, not exploit them for profit.
The positive momentum we’ve created should absolutely extend to New York City carriage horses, which is why we support Mayor de Blasio’s proposal to phase out these rides on New York City streets. Using these animals to pull heavy loads of tourists for long hours through loud and congested city streets is simply unnatural, unnecessary, and an undeniable strain on their quality of life, and we’ll work closely with rescue networks to ensure these horses are humanely retired. The ASPCA was founded in part to help horses, and we’ve devoted tremendous effort and resources over the years to bring a permanent end to both domestic horse slaughter and the export of American horses for slaughter abroad.
Naturally, retiring this industry will have financial repercussions, but the Mayor’s bill reflects a strong intent to offset those consequences with workforce training programs and resources available not only to drivers, but to owners, license holders, and horse stable employees. The proposal will prevent renewals of carriage licenses when they expire in 2016, giving displaced workers time to transition to more contemporary industries. Under this bill, owners will also be prohibited from selling horses to slaughter.
So when posed with a choice between giving these horses a quality of life they deserve, or justifying an antiquated industry on the sole basis of tradition and financial gain, it’s clear what the New York City Council should do, based on the humane values New York City holds.