We are excited to announce the completion of a critical expansion project that will allow the ASPCA to shelter and care for even more canine victims of cruelty in New York City. The Gloria Gurney Canine Annex for Recovery & Enrichment, or CARE, is a facility that can house up to 50 dogs rescued through the NYPD/ASPCA Partnership at any given time. At CARE, these dogs will receive the behavioral assistance necessary to prepare them for adoption.
“The NYPD Partnership has resulted in the rescue of more animal cruelty victims in New York City than ever before,” said ASPCA President and CEO Matthew Bershadker. “CARE gives the ASPCA much-needed space to house victimized dogs and offer personalized behavioral rehabilitation that will give them the best chance of finding safe and loving homes.”
The new 5,000-square-foot facility is located near the ASPCA Animal Hospital (AAH) and Adoption Center on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Because dogs often arrive at CARE after receiving intensive medical treatment at AAH, the center was specifically designed to create as calming an experience as possible. Paint colors that are relaxing to a dog’s eye were chosen for the walls, and skylights line the hallways to provide a natural sunrise and sunset experience. A full-size kitchen will give the staff a place to prepare food and enrichment treats to keep the dogs physically and mentally stimulated during the day. Two spacious exercise rooms, one of which can be divided into two areas, will be used for daily exercise and training sessions.
“Many of the dogs that come to us through the NYPD partnership are shy, fearful and under-socialized as the result of physical abuse or neglect,” said Gail Buchwald, Senior Vice President of the ASPCA Adoption Center. “It’s important that we provide them with a consistent, home-like atmosphere to assist their recovery while our staff works on their behavioral issues.”
CARE is one of several ways the ASPCA has invested in the success of the NYPD partnership. The ASPCA also assists law enforcement officials in the form of forensics work, comprehensive legal services, field assistance and ongoing training and educational materials for officers.
A tiny, injured kitten named Tuffie has two tourists to thank for her rescue and subsequent recovery at the ASPCA Animal Hospital (AAH) this summer. Idahoans Jo Ellen D. and her 15-year-old daughter, Jillian, were walking through Riverside Park during a visit to New York City when they noticed a cluster of people peering at something on the ground.
“We looked over and saw a very little kitten,” Jo Ellen recalls. “Someone said she had been hit by a car.”
A Good Samaritan pulled the scruffy calico out of harm’s way. “All the people had places to go and things to do,” Jo Ellen said. “But Jillian and I had no agenda and plenty of time, so we volunteered to take her. I picked her up and she didn't struggle or hiss. She wasn't bleeding, but she was clearly hurt and we assumed in shock.”
A veterinary clinic they had passed earlier that day wasn’t fully operational on Sundays, so Jillian and Jo Ellen called 3-1-1. “Then someone told us the ASPCA was on the Upper East Side, so we looked it up, saw it was open and got the address,” Jo Ellen said.
Jillian hailed a cab and with the kitten in tow, they headed uptown. “The kitten didn't struggle and let both of us hold her,” said Jo Ellen.
At AAH, Intake Assistant Stephen Cameron ran the kitten’s hard luck story by several staff. Taking a cue from her ordeal, they named her Tuffie.
Tuffie was examined by ASPCA Veterinarian Dr. Danielle Delfino and Veterinary Intern Dr. Felicia Magnaterra. Her injuries included a leg fracture, multiple ulcerations on her paw pads and an abrasion on her shoulder area, but these did not affect her temperament. “She remained friendly and sweet,” said Dr. Delfino. “She was always purring and wanted to be next to people.”
The following day, Dr. J’mai Gayle, Director of Surgery, repaired Tuffie’s fractured hind leg, and Rena LaFaille, Administrative Manager of the ASPCA Adoption Center, took her home to foster her.
“She’s a real love bug,” said Rena, who has fostered and adopted several special-needs cats from the ASPCA. “She’s good pals with my cat Lucas, who acts like he’s her father.”
“If we could have adopted her, we would have, but geographically it was complicated,” said Jo Ellen, whose family has a rescued 10-year-old Samoyed named Kitty and a two-year-old cat named Belle. “But we were so hoping Tuffie would make it.”
She did, thanks to some quick thinking and action by Jo Ellen and Jillian. Tuffie is still being cared for in Rena’s home, but will likely be available for adoption in the coming weeks.
“It was truly an honor to be in the right place at the right time,” Jo Ellen said.
As residents of the East Coast prepare for flooding, rainfall and heavy winds brought on by Hurricane Joaquin, it’s more important than ever to be prepared for the unexpected. We are urging pet-parents in the path of this storm—and throughout the country—to follow these potentially lifesaving steps to protect their furry friends in the case of disaster.
What You Need
Food & Water: Plan for at least three days of food and bottled water for each pet, and keep it in airtight containers. Don’t forget bowls and a manual can opener.
Medications: Keep several days of medication for your pet in a childproof container, and make sure it is clearly labeled.
Shelter: Emergency shelters may not allow pets, so have a list of local boarding facilities, hotels/motels or nearby friends that will allow you to stay with your pet. Have a lightweight crate or carrier for transportation and security.
Leash: Have a good leash and collar or harness with current identification information securely attached. Make sure that your pet is not able to slip out of it.
Crucial Information: Keep your veterinarian’s contact info, along with that of veterinary emergency clinics, boarding facilities and animal control, handy. Also keep a copy of your pet’s medical record, microchip information and a current photograph. It is advisable to keep paper copies in a waterproof bag.
Comforts: Pets are frequently frightened during disasters, so a familiar toy or bedding can be comforting.
Sanitation: Have litter or newspapers as well as a litter box for cats. Have a stash of plastic bags for clean up.
The ASPCA Disaster Preparedness Mobile App: The ASPCA created a free Disaster Preparedness Mobile App that can provide critical information before, during and after a disaster—even without Internet connectivity. The app also gives personalized instructions on searching for a lost animal and allows you to store your pets’ medical records and other important information. Visit www.ASPCAapp.org now to download the app on iTunes or Google Play.
Please help us keep other pet-parents in the know by sharing our below Disaster Preparedness infographic with friends, family and your social networks. Have a safe weekend.
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Madison already knows how to sit and stay, and is eager to learn new tricks, especially when her favorite treats are involved. She would do best in a home with teens and up. Adopt Madison today!
Are you ready to meet your four-legged match? October is a great time to adopt a pet! The fourth annual ASPCA Mega Match-a-Thon Presented by Subaru, happening throughout the month of October, seeks to save as many shelter animals as possible through high-volume community adoption events across the country.
The ASPCA has provided $160,000 in grants for Mega Match-a-Thon, made possible by Subaru as part of our participation in the Subaru "Share the Love" event last year. We provided funding to 16 animal welfare organizations who have committed to adopting out a minimum of 300 animals at their respective Mega Match-a-Thon events.
Grantees will host their large-scale adoption events during one of four weekends between October 2 and October 26. Select Subaru retailers in grantee communities will be partnering with grantees to support Mega Match-a-Thon as well as Subaru Loves Pets month.
Last year's Mega Match-a-Thon event resulted in 4,865 lives saved. We’re setting the bar even higher this year, so please help us reach our goal of 6,000 adoptions! Here's how you can participate:
Attend an event and adopt a new pet, or, volunteer at your local shelter.
Spread the word! Share our event directory on your social media networks and encourage your friends and family to make pet adoption their first option throughout the month of October—and every month of the year.