Fifteen years ago, Brian and Karen adopted a cat from the ASPCA Adoption Center. Glad to have saved the cat’s life, the new parents named him Lucky. Little did they know, they were the lucky ones. Here is their story, as told by Brian:
In April 1998, we fell in love with a young, black male cat at the ASPCA Adoption Center. He was named Tobias at the time, but we renamed him Lucky—because we thought he was lucky to have found his forever home. It soon became apparent that we were equally lucky to have his loving companionship.
He was the sweetest kitty, with a shy but curious disposition. His favorite activity was drinking drippy-water from the faucet. He also liked to walk outside in the snow, not, I think, normal cat behavior! After 15 wonderful years together, Lucky passed away last week.
I thank the ASPCA from the bottom of my heart for introducing me to Lucky. As a token of my appreciation, I have made a Memorial Gift to the ASPCA in his name. To bring me peace over the loss of my beloved Lucky, I am drawn to a quote attributed to Dr. Seuss: “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
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Have you heard the news about Giving Tuesday? On Tuesday, December 3, you’ll have an opportunity to be part of a very special movement. Launched in 2012, Giving Tuesday is a nationwide push to kick off the holiday season with a day of giving back to causes that matter.
Scamp (pictured right) is available for adoption at the ASPCA.
Given the popularity of purebred dogs, mixed breeds often get the short end of the stick. But these one-of-a-kind pups have just as much love to give. Today is National Mutt Day, which aims to celebrate and raise awareness about these special dogs. Besides making excellent companions, mixed-breed dogs also serve society as bomb-sniffing dogs, guide dogs, and even actors! Did you know that the beloved Benji was a mixed breed?
If you’re the proud pet parent of a mixed breed, we hope you’re celebrating National Mutt Day by spending time with your furry friend! If you or someone you know plans to add a canine to the family, look outside the breed box and open your heart to a mutt. You might find love in a shape or size you didn’t expect!
Show Us Your Mutt! Today we’ll be highlighting mixed breed dogs across our social media channels. To participate simply share your photo with us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using hashtag #NationalMuttDay!
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Today the ASPCA Equine Welfare Ambassadors issued an open letter [PDF] in response to recent developments in ongoing litigation brought by several animal welfare organizations to halt horse slaughter for human consumption in the United States. While an emergency injunction in a U.S. Court of Appeals has temporarily stalled horse slaughter plants from opening on American soil, that injunction could be lifted at any moment. The Ambassadors are calling on all animal advocates to take action to stop the inhumane slaughter industry by supporting the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act and promoting responsible horse ownership, rescue and adoption.
The ASPCA Equine Welfare Ambassadors are respected equestrians and horse experts committed to animal welfare—and include several ASPCA Maclay National Champions and journalist and author Jill Rappaport. They are urging Congress to pass the SAFE Act to ban horse slaughter in the U.S. and transport to slaughter outside the U.S. once and for all.
As individuals who revere, care for, and work with horses, they can speak to the importance of humane treatment of these special animals. They have joined with the ASPCA in promoting and supporting the work of the robust network of horse rescue organizations across the country. Having witnessed undercover footage showing repeated cruelties in past American, government-regulated horse slaughter plants, the Ambassadors state in the letter:
We have seen the horrifying video and photo documentation from past horse slaughter plants that were on American soil and government-regulated—horse slaughter is utterly, unmistakably inhumane . . . [C]ommercial slaughter is not about providing a kind death. It’s only about destroying as many horses as quickly as possible and making a fast profit.
The letter also acknowledges food safety concerns as another reason to ban horse slaughter.
It goes on to state:
For the roughly 130,000 horses that suffer at the hands of slaughter annually—a fraction of the 9 million horses in America—we have the power to take back the reins and lead at-risk horses to safety. Let’s refuse to allow commercial slaughter to be a convenient way out, and instead demand responsible ownership and promote rescue and adoption, just like we do for dogs and cats.
Domestic pigeons and doves can make wonderful pets and are often available for adoption, but tend to be overlooked by a cat- and dog-focused public.
In areas such as San Francisco, King pigeons are bred for meat (squab) and sold at live-food markets. Although some of them escape or are set free by well-meaning individuals, they can’t survive on their own in the wild and often fall prey to other animals, illness or injury. To make matters worse – when they do wind up in an animal shelter, their chances of finding homes are poor.
In celebration of National Bird Day (January 5), and in support of organizations providing sanctuary or rescuing and rehoming homeless pet birds, the ASPCA issued a special call for proposals to improve the welfare of birds at risk and to save more lives. A total of $30,000 in avian rescue grants was awarded nationwide. Among the recipients of these grants was the San Francisco-based MickaCoo Pigeon & Dove Rescue, which received $5,000 that allowed the group to rehabilitate and rehome 20 at-risk domestic pigeons and doves. Several of the birds who had bonded as pairs were even more fortunate to be adopted into the same home together.
MickaCoo Founder and Executive Director Elizabeth Young has been working tirelessly to support these overlooked and underserved birds since 2007. She initially didn’t intend to become a pigeon rescuer, but says that when she started volunteering at an animal shelter she saw that “while all the other animals had various rescues and nonprofits working on their behalf, the King pigeons didn't. King pigeons are calm and very adaptable,” Young explains. “They're alert but not prone to panic. Their energy level is much lower than that of parrots and they tend to have really great leisure skills – lounging and napping and watching more than being busy.”
An ASPCA avian grant isn’t all that MickaCoo has to crow about – in November 2013 it received the GreatNonprofits 2013 “Top-Rated Nonprofit” Award in the category of animal-welfare organizations in San Francisco. Less than 1 percent of nonprofits nationwide are eligible for this award.
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The MickaCoo volunteer network responds to calls from shelters, vets, and the public to provide care for ill or injured birds, long-term foster care, and assistance in preparing and placing adoptable birds into qualified forever homes. MickaCoo foster volunteers care for a caseload of approximately 100 birds at any given time.