- 1. ASPCA Collection Outdoor Kennel Is Now at All Lowe’s Stores
- 2. ASPCA Happy Tails: Head of State
- 3. People Saving Pets: Debunking Myths About Homeless Animals
- 4. Vote for the ASPCA’s 2012 Calendar Cover Model!
- 5. ASPCA Helps Care for 500+ Pets After North Dakota Flooding
1. ASPCA Collection Outdoor Kennel Is Now at All Lowe’s Stores
The ASPCA is thrilled to announce that Lowe's stores nationwide are now selling the ASPCA Collection EZ 2-in-1 box kennel! This kennel is a great alternative for keeping your pets safe outdoors, especially if you don't have a secure, fenced-in yard.
The ASPCA Collection brand's box kennel by Jewett-Cameron can be configured two ways, 10'x10' or 5'x15', and features a square-corner, welded frame design, use of steel wire ties and a pre-assembled gate. Like other ASPCA Collection items, the EZ 2-in-1 Kennel features ASPCA membership information as well as "Dr. Z's Pet Care Tips" to keep your pet happy and healthy. Even better, 1 to 3 percent of the purchase price supports the ASPCA's important work, providing effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. Look for the ASPCA Collection EZ 2-in-1 kennel in the garden center of your local Lowe's store.
ASPCA Executive Vice President Dr. Stephen Zawistowski also reminds you, "If your dog will be spending a lot of time outdoors, be sure she has access to shade and plenty of cool water in hot weather, and a warm, dry, covered shelter when it's cold." To provide your dog with the utmost comfort and protect him or her from inclement weather, consider adding a waterproof kennel cover, available in two sizes, 10’x10’ and 5’x15’, from www.lowes.com.
If you have questions about the EZ 2-in-1 Kennel, please contact Jewett-Cameron at (800) 547-5877 and refer to model #CL 81598.
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2. ASPCA Happy Tails: Head of State
Giacinta Frisillo grew up living with cats, and she couldn’t wait to one day adopt one of her own. So as soon as she was ready, Frisillo headed to our Adoption Center, where she met lots of cats, but one stood out: a kitty with seemingly odd proportions.
“She wasn’t as filled out then as she is now,” Frisillo says. “I asked, ‘Why is that one’s head so big?’ Her head looked way too big for a cat. Then I put my hand up to her, and she licked me.”
Frisillo was smitten, and it seems the cat, then named Arden, was, too; when volunteers put a cat carrier on the floor of the area Arden shared with several other cats, she jumped right in, as if to say she was ready to go.
As the new kitty settled in to her new Lower East Side apartment, Frisillo started considering names. She wanted to give her furry pal “a funny famous-person name,” and as she had a trip to China coming up, “Chairman Miao” seemed an obvious choice. (In China, Frisillo was surprised to learn that “mao” means cat in Mandarin.)
Four years later, the chairman goes by Mao, Mitten, Mittens or even Little Mitten Mao. The completely spoiled kitty loves licking wet cat food off a spoon, being Frisillo’s alarm clock, and taking trips to Utica, New York, to visit Frisillo’s parents, where she acts as benevolent dictator to a pair of Chihuahuas.
“She’s my best friend,” says Frisillo. “At the risk of sounding crazy, she really is. She keeps me happy when I’m down, she’s always somebody to cuddle with on cold nights, and without her I don’t know even know what I’d do.”
Check out our Happy Tails archive for more adoption success stories.
3. People Saving Pets: Debunking Myths About Homeless Animals
Myths about homeless pets abound, but the ASPCA is working overtime to counter those misconceptions. You can find the pet of your dreams at an animal shelter. Here are just a few of the many myths that exist about homeless pets:
The Myth: I want a purebred animal, but all homeless pets are mixed breeds.
The Truth: In the U.S., an estimated 30 percent of all homeless pets are purebred. Right now, at the ASPCA, we have several purebred pets ready for adoption, including Amber, a purebred Miniature Poodle who adores people and other dogs.
The Myth: Homeless pets must be unwanted for good reasons.
The Truth: Pets end up in shelters for a number of reasons, most of which have nothing to do with the pet. Adoptable pets typically come from loving homes that simply cannot care for them anymore. Or they are strays who’ve been on their own without the loving care they deserve. Homeless pets make great family members!
The Myth: You never know what you’re getting with an adopted pet.
The Truth: While the background of some homeless pets is a mystery, many waiting for homes have long and happy histories with families who simply can no longer care for them.
For information about how we can all help solve pet homelessness and keep debunking the myths, please visit www.peoplesavingpets.org. People Saving Pets is a national campaign to help save the lives of homeless pets in which the ASPCA is a leading partner. Getting involved is easy—visit www.peoplesavingpets.org and share the link with your friends. Just a few simple actions can make a big difference for animals!
4. Vote for the ASPCA’s 2012 Calendar Cover Model!
Every year, the ASPCA creates a top-quality wall calendar that we give out to hundreds of thousands of our friends and supporters. These calendars feature ASPCA team members and their adopted pets—and around the office, competition to make it into the calendar is pretty steep!
We’re laying out the 2012 calendar now, and there’s only one big decision left to make: Who should grace the calendar’s cover? They’re all so cute that we can’t decide—so we’re handing it over to you!
Visit the voting page to check out the photos that are in the running, read a little about their fabulous four-legged subjects, and then cast your ballot by Friday, August 26. Come January, the pet whose photo gets the most votes will have his or her face in homes all over America!
P.S.: Stay tuned to ASPCA.org to learn how you can get your own ASPCA calendar!
5. ASPCA Helps Care for 500+ Pets After North Dakota Flooding
The ASPCA is putting boots on the ground in Minot, North Dakota, to help care for animals affected by severe flooding in June that displaced thousands of residents. Our responders are helping care for more than 500 animals, mostly the cats and dogs of those who have lost their homes or livelihoods, at a special emergency shelter at the North Dakota State University Research Center.
We’re participating in this large-scale sheltering mission as a member of the National Animal Rescue and Sheltering Coalition (NARSC), which has been managing the emergency shelter since soon after flooding began in Minot. The coalition stepped in to help at the behest of the North Dakota Department of Agriculture and the Souris Valley Animal Shelter.
“The ASPCA is grateful to all of the NARSC member agencies that quickly stepped up to offer assistance,” says Sandy Monterose, ASPCA Senior Director of Community Outreach and NARSC chair.
Other groups that have been working to help the animals of Minot include American Humane Association, Code 3 Associates, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, RedRover (formerly United Animal Nations), the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, PetFinder.com Foundation and the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators.
“It has been a long haul for the people of Minot,” says Tim Rickey, ASPCA Senior Director of Field Investigations and Response. “We are proud to be able to offer support through the coalition as this community recovers.”
ASPCA responders are spending 10 days in Minot. The operation is expected to last till the end of August.