Welcome to The Paw Print! In this recurring feature, we highlight the latest news affecting animals and animal-lovers around the country. Here are some of the top stories right now:
A Side of “Cage-Free” with Your Coffee? Starbucks® announced this week that it will switch to using only eggs laid by cage-free chickens within the next five years. This pledge currently applies to the coffee chain’s North American locations, and it follows similar moves made by McDonald’s® and Burger King® in recent weeks. [NYTimes.com]
Sunny with a Chance of Cuteness: The White House released an emergency preparedness video starring the Obama family dogs, Sunny and Bo. The light-hearted video encourages pet parents to be prepared for a natural disaster and provides tips on how to be ready to care for your pet in the worst of circumstances. [USAToday.com]
Buckle Up, Pup: A recent survey of 1,000 motorists showed that 72 percent take their pets (overwhelmingly dogs) with them in the car. But worryingly, almost the same number, 67 percent, admitted that they don’t practice safety measures by properly restraining their pets. Please remember to protect and secure your animals when travelling! [Forbes.com]
High Tech Pets: A slew of apps and other tech gadgets are now being marketed to our cats and dogs. Several tablet games encourage cats to paw at the screen, while remote-controlled dog toys can help keep Fido occupied. One company claims more than 2.7 million downloads, meaning that this pet-tech trend may be here to stay. [CNN.com]
Attention, fans of fashion and antiques: On Friday, October 16, and Saturday, October 17, a collection of more than 1,000 beaded handbags will be auctioned off to benefit the ASPCA’s life-saving work for animals!
The beautiful bags will be among many vintage couture items at the auction, which will take place in New Hope, Pennsylvania, and online. The ASPCA inherited the handbags from the estate of animal lover and ASPCA supporter Carol Irene Bird, who was a collector of vintage bags. Some of the bags in her collection appear to be more than 100 years old.
Read on for details about the auction:
What: Couture, Vintage Fashion, Textiles & Jewelry Auction hosted by the Charles A. Whitaker Auction Company When: Previews will take place on Thursday, October 15, from noon to 6:00 P.M. and on Friday and Saturday, October 16-17, from 8:00 to 10:00 A.M. The auction will take place on Friday, October 16, and Saturday, October 17, beginning at 10:00 A.M. Where: New Hope Eagle Fire Co. 46 N. Sugan Road New Hope, Pennsylvania 18938 Please note: Friday’s sale will be in-person only. Saturday’s sale will take place in-person and online at whitakerauction.com. More Info: Please visit whitakerauction.com
Kiki is a lovable, four-year-old American Bulldog available for adoption. This bundle of energy loves to explore the world around him, and is especially happy to have the freedom and space to run around when he’s outdoors. When he’s out for a walk, Kiki will sometimes pull on the leash, so he needs an adopter who can handle a little bit of weight. As excited as Kiki is to investigate his environment, he doesn’t always enjoy being around other dogs and will likely never be a dog park dog.
When Kiki is at home, he loves to laze around with his toys. He doesn’t always like to share them, but our Behavior specialists can give his adopter some tips on how to encourage communal toy time. Kiki does well with kids and has lived with young human siblings before. He would do best in a home with kids 10 years of age or older. Adopt Kiki today!
Kiki is available for adoption at the ASPCA Adoption Center. If you are interested in adopting Kiki, please call our Adoptions Department in New York City at (212) 876-7700 ext. 4120.
Not only is October Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, but it also marks the grand opening of the ASPCA’s new CARE Ward. This ward was created specifically to house and care for canine victims of cruelty brought in through our partnership with the New York City Police Department, and in honor of this momentous occasion, we want to share the Happy Tail of Atlas, a pit bull rescued from horrific abuse. Atlas is living proof of the resilience of animals, and his story serves as an inspiring reminder that an animal rescued from cruelty could soon become your next best friend.
Atlas was rescued by the NYPD at the end of May. The two-year-old pit bull had suffered terrible cruelty at the hands of an abuser in the Bronx, New York, and was brought to the ASPCA Animal Hospital for treatment. He spent nearly a month in the Hospital, during which time he also received a neuter operation, but he never once lost his sunny-sweet disposition. Staff noted that Atlas “loves every person he meets and loves to be pet”—and with his painful past behind him, he was soon ready to begin his search for a loving home.
At the ASPCA Adoption Center, Atlas’s sweet face helped him get the attention of Tricia R., also of the Bronx. “I decided to adopt a dog because I really missed having dogs around like I had growing up,” Tricia tells us. She had just finished school and finally had the time and resources to care for a pup of her own.
Tricia had been to the ASPCA Adoption Center once before to tour the facilities and “get all the paperwork out of the way,” though she first spotted Atlas on the ASPCA website. “He showed up online with a blurb about how smart and eager to please he was, and I knew he was the one,” she recalls. “I went to the Adoption Center the next day to meet him and it was love at first sight!”
After making the adoption official, Tricia reported that Atlas “adjusted to life at home with lightening speed,” and that he and his feline brother Gus love to play together. Atlas loves spending time with Tricia, whether it’s hanging out at home or romping through the nearby park, and he is also fond of making canine friends.
As if surviving abuse weren’t achievement enough, Atlas has more big plans for his future: In December, when he and Tricia pass their six-month-mark together, he will officially begin training to become a therapy dog. Not only will this special pooch bring joy to his new adopter, but he’ll spread so much happiness to others as well—and prove once more that, no matter how dark the past, every single animal deserves a bright future.
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.