This Black Friday, skip the lines and crowds at the mall to meet your new furry best friend instead at the ASPCA’s Fourth Annual Cat Friday! On Friday, November 28, from 11:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M., the ASPCA Adoption Center will be offering very special discounts on cat adoption fees that you won’t want to miss.
On Cat Friday only, cats older than one year will have waived adoption fees, and kittens between four months and one year will have an adoption fee of only $50 (normally $125).
Plus, all adopters will receive a certificate for a free vet visit at the ASPCA Animal Hospital (within two weeks of adoption) and other special goodies, including a free cat collar and ID tag.
ASPCA’s Fourth Annual Cat Friday Date: Friday, November 28, 2014 Time: 11:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. Location:ASPCA Adoption Center 424 E 92nd Street (between 1st and York Avenues on the Upper East Side of Manhattan) New York, NY 10128
Every ASPCA pet is spayed or neutered, up-to-date on vaccines and even microchipped. If you don’t meet your perfect match on Friday, don’t worry! We’ll give you an appreciation voucher for $20 off of future adoption fees.
Sure, finding that door-buster deal on a new television or hottest electronic is a short thrill, but the true happiness that comes from saving the life of a homeless animal is a gift that keeps giving for years to come. There are so many wonderful cats and dogs at the ASPCA Adoption Center would love to find their forever homes this holiday—we hope to see you there!
This Thanksgiving, we have exciting news for shelter pets: the ASPCA has teamed up with Freekibble.com to provide 10,000 meals of Halo Spot’s Stew for animals in one lucky shelter this holiday season. Now through Sunday, December 7, you can enter our “Feed a Shelter” contest by telling us why you love your local shelter and by highlighting the impact your shelter has on your community. Freekibble.com will provide 10,000 meals of Halo pet food to the winning nominated shelter!
There are millions of homeless pets being cared for in shelters nationwide, and many will remain in shelters throughout the holidays. This Thanksgiving, we hope you’ll give homeless pets something extra to be thankful for! Enter the contest today, and spread the word on your social media networks by using the hashtag #feed10k and tagging @ASPCA.
Swiss is an active pup with a whole lot of love to give. This sweet guy is shy at first, but don’t let that fool you—once he warms up, he’ll stick by your side for playtime! Swiss gets along well with other dogs and could make a great best friend to your resident dog.
This sweet guy has plenty of energy and would benefit from daily exercise and playtime with his canine buddies to stay busy, happy and healthy. Although Swiss loves his human companions, he can be nervous when touched. Our Behavior staff can give you tips to help him overcome his fears. Swiss would be thrilled to go home with a patient and experienced adopter. Adopt Swiss today!
Swiss 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 Swiss, please visit his profile page.
The holidays are known as “the most wonderful time of the year,” but there’s one day in particular that is extra wonderful for animals in need: Giving Tuesday. On Giving Tuesday, people from all around the world will come together and give back in support of the causes that matter most—like ending animal cruelty.
In preparation for Giving Tuesday, we wanted to share some exciting news: the ASPCA has teamed up with Crowdrise, one of the largest fundraising platforms on the Internet. From now until Giving Tuesday on December 2, you can stand with us in what is sure to be the largest Giving Tuesday celebration of all time.
As an added bonus, all donations made to the ASPCA between now and Tuesday will contribute to Crowdrise’s Giving Tower, a large virtual tower built by donation “bricks” from generous people like you. You’ll be able to see the impact your donation is making in real time!
Don’t miss your chance to be part of this first-of-its-kind holiday event. With your help, we can give abused, neglected and abandoned animals something to be thankful for. Make a donation to the ASPCA today.
In 2011, a group of 20 cats came to the ASPCA from our local city shelter, Animal Care & Control of NYC (AC&C). Within three months, 19 of those cats had been adopted—but one kitty named Basha was struggling to find a home. A black-and-white, 1.5-year-old “teenager,” Basha was feisty and had a tendency to snap without provocation. We thought she would find a home soon enough, but nearly four years in our care proved that wasn’t the case. Though it was a long road, Basha finally found her forever home with an ASPCA staffer named Kelelyn. This is her very well-deserved Happy Tail.
During Basha’s first six months at the ASPCA Adoption Center, we learned a lot about her. A rambunctious little girl prone to overstimulation, she had never learned to play nicely. She seemed to think that hands were toys meant to be chewed, and she was far too spirited to be contained in a cage. Sensing her need for space, we enrolled Basha in the ASPCA office foster program and moved her into the office of one of our team members. That’s when she first met Kelelyn, who worked nearby in the ASPCA’s Marketing & Licensing division.
“Basha was a highly reactive kitty, full of mischief and spunk,” Kelelyn recalls. “Unfortunately, she was also a very rough player.” Basha’s playful—and sometimes painful—sneak attacks were often mistaken for aggression, and understandably not well received by most people. But over the next two years, Kelelyn got to know the feisty feline on a more personal level. “She was always up to comical antics that made me laugh, and sometimes she would curl up in my lap and just purr,” she says. She realized that Basha had a good heart and was just, as she puts it, “deeply misunderstood.”
As Basha was continually passed over for adoption, Kelelyn could tell that the kitty was becoming increasingly frustrated. “Basha wanted to run, wrestle and release all that extra energy!” she says. Though Kelelyn already had two senior special-needs kitties, she decided that she wanted to bring Basha home.
Kelelyn admits that she had concerns about Basha clashing with her other cats, but as it turned out, boisterous Basha is actually quite shy! “I was prepared for a rough transition period, but my worries were unfounded,” she says. Standoffish at first, Basha soon warmed up to her new feline companions. She even befriended Kelelyn’s older cat, Rocky, who allowed her to play with his tail.
Sadly, Rocky passed away a month after Basha’s arrival. “It was a devastating loss for me,” says Kelelyn, “and I was grateful to Basha for helping me feel a little better.” Though Kelelyn didn’t plan on adopting another cat any time soon, a stray kitten soon showed up on her doorstep and joined the family as well. She named him Rupert.
“Basha was a little afraid of Rupert at first (he weighed four pounds at the time), but now she and Roo are totally best friends and playmates,” Kelelyn says. “They wrestle and chase each other, share toys, and never hiss or have real fights.” Rupert doesn’t even mind Basha’s rough playing—in fact, he plays rough right back.
We couldn’t imagine a more fairytale ending for Basha. Though it took four years, she found the perfect adopter in Kelelyn—and the perfect playmate in Rupert. Congratulations to this happy new family!