August 13, 2009
ASPCA Social Networks: Get Involved Now!
Want to be the first to find out about ASPCA arrests, raids and contests? There’s a whole galaxy of online options to help you stay connected up-to-the-minute with the ASPCA! Social networking sites are great for you and for uswe like them because you can give us instant feedback and we can respond back to you just as quickly. All of the following networking tools are free and help the ASPCA further our efforts to prevent cruelty to animals, so get involved now if you’re not already!
Twitter is hot right now! The ASPCA posts 8 to 10 instant animal welfare-related updates (or tweets) daily to our Twitter page, engaging our animal-loving subscribers (including rock legend Ozzy Osbourne) all day long. Check out our tweets on pet care tips and fighting animal cruelty, and post your own adoptable animals! You can also comment on News Alert using the Twitter hash tags below each article.
Facebook is home to our fan page and application that lets you virtually adopt our pets, and we’re giving away great prizes to Facebook app users each month!
MySpace lets you put an ASPCA donation widget right on your profile and download tons of other cool stuff, like banners, custom layouts and cute animal wallpaper for your computer.
Flickr is where we post tons of photos of our adoptable pets and of national and local New York City events, like our annual Go Orange for Animals Celebration and our Shelter Dog Talent Show! Comment on our photos and tell us what you’d like to see more of.
To find all of these links in one place, visit ASPCA.org/online-community.
Do you Twitter? Use this hashtag to tweet on this article: @aspca and #SocialNetworks
April 22, 2009
Do You Love Our New Facebook App as Much as We Do?
Around here, ASPCA employees happily swap animal stories, but you may not be as lucky at your office. You with the burning desire to talk about your pet to anyone who will listenwhat to do, what to do? Where can you find thousands of other animal lovers who are just as pet-passionate as you are? Answer: Facebook! We just launched our new app, Orange for ASPCA.
When you share your pet’s story on Orange for ASPCA, other animal lovers can leave you a comment, and even vote for your story as their favorite. You can also virtually adopt an available dog or cat from the ASPCA Adoption Center and gift the pet to your friends. So basically you show off your animals, you show off our animals, no one gets left out, and everyone’s happy.
Oh, and make sure you download the ASPCA Toolbar so you can raise money for us without spending a dime. Yay, an economy-friendly app!
Add the Orange for ASPCA application!
Using the Orange for ASPCA app, you can to add your paw print to the world map. It’s a great way to leave your stamp on animal cruelty for everyone to see!
April 16, 2009
Tomorrow: Talk Puppy Mills With the Man Who’s Busted Hundreds of Them
Maybe you've wondered how puppy mills can possibly be legal, or what you, as a member of the public, can do to help put an end to these large-scale commercial breeding facilities. The ASPCA's Bob Baker has the answers, and he'll be available tomorrow, Friday, April 17from noon to 2:00 P.M. EST to answer your questions during a live online discussion on the ASPCA Online Community.
A nationally recognized authority on animal cruelty investigations and a key player in the ASPCA's efforts to combat puppy mills, Baker has visited more than 700 puppy mills throughout the country, successfully closing hundreds of them, and his investigations have led to more than 1,000 related arrests.
Join the discussion.
April 7, 2009
The More Embarrassing the Outfit, the Better
You’ve been hearing us talk about going orange. A LOT. We want to make sure you get to show off your efforts, so we’re holding a Go Orange Photo Contest. Show us your pets sporting their best orange geardogs, cats, bunnies, horses…all species look good in orange! So get creative, grab your camera and send us your best shot! Top ten winners will be featured on our website in May and receive an ASPCA Prize Pack.
And remember, we only want photos of happy pets. Please make sure the outfit you choose is not irritating or constricting. If your pet seems the least bit uncomfortable or restricted, try a simple orange bandana or a small orange bow attached to her collar. Check out our precautions for dressing pets. (As long as your pet is comfy, it’s OK with us if his outfit embarrasses him. He’ll forgive you…eventually.)
If your dog has a regular group of canine friends at the park, try arranging a group photo! You can bring orange bandanas for all the dogs. Send photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 20, 2009
Ask the Animal Poison Control Center: Live Chat Today
To celebrate National Poison Prevention Week, which runs through Sunday, we’re holding a special live chat with Dr. Eric Dunayer, Veterinary Toxicologist from the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center He will be on hand today, March 20, to answer all your questions about protecting pets from harmful substances.
March 18, 2009
Don’t Listen to Mama—Be a Follower
A Twitter follower, that is! After recently joining the Twitterverse, we now have over 1,000 followers. Go us!
Join us on Twitter and stay up to date on what we’re up to here at the ASPCA. Be our Tweep. Don’t be a twerp. Tweet your friends about us! Let’s give ‘em something to twalk about. Ick, enough of that. See you on Twitter!
March 6, 2009
Today: Live Chat with ASPCA Expert on the Human-Animal Bond
It’s been a year, and I still mourn my dog. Is this normal?
Help, my dorm roommate and my cat don’t get along!
My fiancé says it’s meor my new puppy!
The human-animal bond is a unique relationship that affects people and pets in profound ways. Here to help us understand and nurture this special bond is the ASPCA’s Dr. Stephanie LaFarge, Senior Director of Counseling Services. Dr. LaFarge, who specializes in human-animal relationships and grief counseling, will join us in a live discussion Friday, March 6, on our ASPCA Online Community. Catch her today between noon and 2:00 P.M. EST!
If you have a friend who has recently lost a pet, remember that she is grieving for a family member. You can bring food or lend a friendly ear to help during this difficult time.
January 8, 2009
Cuz You Know Your Dog Is So Much Cuter
How can you tell if your dog has what it takes to be on TV?
How do you handle a cat who is spooked by the lights?
Can a dog easily adapt to his ‘stage family’?
If you’ve seen a pooch in a pet-food commercial and thought to yourself, “My dog could do that!,” then you should join today’s live discussion with Victoria Wells, ASPCA Manager of Shelter Behavior & Training. Victoria, whom you’ve seen on Animal Precinct, will share her expertise on training animals for the camera. The chat will take place Friday 1/9, from noon to 2:00 P.M. EST, on the ASPCA Online Community.
Why she rocks: Victoria trains animals for music videos, commercials and film, and it is her policy to only work on a project that portrays animals in a positive light. So, join the chat and find out if your little superstar has what it takes!