- 1. ASPCA Pet of the Week: Cat Lover
- 2. Inside the Investigation: 85 Dogs Rescued from Hoarder
- 3. Would You Know if Your Dog Had Stomach Torsion?
- 4. ASPCA Happy Tails: The Honeymooners
- 5. Meet the Challengers: 50 Shelters Save Lives to Win
1. ASPCA Pet of the Week: Cat Lover
Handsome Hiker is a good-looking two-year-old and sensitive guy who takes some extra time getting comfortable in new places. We assure you, he’s well worth the wait!
“Once he settles in, Hiker is an all-around great cat,” says Katie Watts, ASPCA Senior Feline Behavior Counselor. “He has playful moments but also enjoys lounging. He loves other cats and would do well in a multi-pet household.”
If you’re interested in adopting this sweet boy, please contact our Animal Placement department at (212) 876-7700, ext. 4120. To see other animals looking for homes, visit our Adoption Center online.
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2. Inside the Investigation: 85 Dogs Rescued from Hoarder
On June 17, the ASPCA's Field Investigations and Response Team was deployed to Waynesboro, TN, to assist the Wayne County Sheriff's Department with a critical hoarding intervention. A total of 85 dogs—including German Shepherds, Labradors and Hound mixes—were discovered in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions on a property owned by an elderly man. The dogs were contained in large pens, chained to posts throughout the yard and found roaming the property. Many suffered from health problems, including mange and heartworm.
"In this hoarding case, a man became overwhelmed by the number of dogs in his care and he needed help," says Kyle Held, the ASPCA's Midwest Regional Director of Field Investigations and Response. "We removed the dogs from his property, are providing them with medical and behavioral evaluations and will ultimately find them loving homes."
Twelve of the rescued dogs have arrived at the ASPCA Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital in New York City, where they are undergoing medical treatment. The remaining dogs were transferred to ASPCA partner agencies, including the Nashville Humane Association and the Atlanta Humane Society.
To read the full account of the ASPCA's recent intervention, please visit our Raids and Investigations section. For more information about animal hoarding, see our Hoarding FAQ.
Action Tip: Know someone who's struggling with animal hoarding? Check out our tips on how you can help.
3. Would You Know if Your Dog Had Stomach Torsion?
“Todd, keep an eye on Beauhe’s going to throw up,” said Robyn Salvo of Jackson, NJ, as she sent the Salvos’ eight-year-old German Shepherd to join her husband in the backyard. It was a regular Saturday night three weeks ago; Beau had been fine all day, but was now retching and acting distressed.
Once in the yard, Beau squatted as if to defecate, but nothing happened. He continued to pace, pant and dry heave. As Todd put his arm around the dog to comfort him, he felt that Beau’s stomach was hard as a rock. “At that point, I knew he was in trouble,” Todd recalls. “Twenty years ago, before I got my first German Shepherd, I read a book about the breed. I somehow remembered what I had read about bloat and stomach torsionand Beau was showing several of the classic signs. I knew that if he didn’t get help right away, he could die.”
Food bloat is a conditionrarely life-threateningin which the stomach swells because a dog has eaten too much, too fast. However, the word “bloat” is often used to refer to gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV), or stomach torsion, a much more serious condition in which the stomach twists around in the body. GDV is fatal if not treated promptly. A dog who overeats and has a full, uncomfortable stomach is not the same as a dog who suffers from GDV, and a veterinarian is the only one who can distinguish between the two and make the proper diagnosis. While the causes of GDV are unknown, deep-chested breeds such as Shepherds, Boxers, Akitas and Great Danes are more prone to being stricken.
After calling ahead to see if there was a surgeon on site, Todd and Robyn put Beau in their car and raced to the nearest 24-hour emergency veterinary clinic. Beau was X-rayed, and within 10 minutes a vet told the Salvos that their dog did indeed have GDVhis stomach had flipped. Less than two hours after he began exhibiting symptoms, he was rushed into emergency surgery, where 20% of his stomach had to be removed due to tissue death. At that point, the Salvos were told that his chance of survival was 50-50.
Happily, Beau is a strong dog and pulled through with flying colors. He is back home with his family, and his stomach is now attached to his abdominal cavity wall so it cannot twist out of place again.
It was extremely lucky that the Salvos were home when Beau’s GDV struckbut when it came to taking correct action, Todd’s knowledge, rather than luck, made all the difference. “The biggest lesson from this that I hope to pass on to others is to research breeds and their potential health problems before you bring home a dog,” says Todd. “Don’t choose a dog based solely on looks. You need to find out what kinds of medical issues you might be in for, especially as they age. After finding out, if you still want that breedas I did with German Shepherdsyou’ll be better prepared to help them if something goes wrong.”
To learn more about bloat and GDV, visit our Dog Care section.
4. ASPCA Happy Tails: The Honeymooners
When Kathleen Prutting of Manhattan met the orange dreamsicle formerly known as Morris at the ASPCA, she knew right away that he was The One. She quickly adopted the active feline and named him Norton, after Art Carney's lovable sidekick character on The Honeymooners. We recently caught up with the happy pair.
ASPCA: When did you first meet Norton?
Kathleen: He was the first cat I was introduced to at the ASPCA. When they opened the habitat, he gave me a big head buttit was love at first sight.
ASPCA: Do you have any other pets?
Kathleen: I grew up with animals but haven't had a pet for a long time. I wanted to get a cat, and knew that I wanted to adopt and give a good home to an animal who needed one.
ASPCA: How has Norton settled into his new home?
Kathleen: The day I brought him home, he leaped out of the box and began searching my apartment. Within a few minutes, he found a good napping spot. I took that as a good sign.
ASPCA: Does he have any funny habits or behaviors?
Kathleen: He recently discovered the bathtub. In the mornings, he likes to climb in the tub as I get ready for work.
ASPCA: What does Norton mean to you?
Kathleen: When I come home from work, he’s there to greet me. We curl up on the couch and watch television together. He has become my funny little sidekick. Bringing him home and into my life was the best decision I ever made.
Read more true stories of furry fate in our Happy Tails archive.
5. Meet the Challengers: 50 Shelters Save Lives to Win
In April, we put out a call to animal welfare leaders across the country to enter the ASPCA $100K Challenge to increase pet adoptions and save more animals’ lives. This friendly competition aims to inspire innovation and, to sweeten the deal, we’re offering $125,000 in prizes! Over the next two months, we’ll introduce you to all 50 of the selected contestants, but to get started, here’s a peek at our first six challengers!
Arizona Animal Welfare League (AAWL) & Helping Animals Live On (HALO) Phoenix, AZ: AAWL and HALO are loyal partners in the fight against pet overpopulation in Phoenix and Maricopa County. Above all, these organizations engage their community by spreading the word that “shelter pets are not broken, undesirable animalsthey are victims of circumstances beyond their control.”
Humane Society of North Texas (HSNT), FT Worth, TX: A multi-faceted organization, HSNT brings a “can-do” attitude to the Challenge as well as several unique adoption events, like this summer’s Extreme Mutt Makeover. Long-term goals include constructing a new facility to incorporate adoptions and educational needs.
City of San Jose Animal Care Center (ACS), San Jose, CA: The folks at ACS describe their organization as “big, busy and humane.” A young, full-service shelter, this contender has made a big splash with its new Feral Freedom Program. ACS’s commitment to trap-neuter-return (TNR) makes them a tough competitor in this Challenge.
South Suburban Humane Society (SSHS), Chicago Heights, IL: What makes SSHS one to watch? The organization has a dedicated volunteer base and a compassionate staff, and rigorously promotes low-cost spay/neuter. Taking home the grand prize will facilitate renovating kennels and cat housing and the construction of a new “kitten nursery.”
The SPCA of Wake County, Raleigh, NC: The SPCA of Wake County wants you to know one thing: “Our pets may or may not be purebredbut they are pure fun.” The organization’s staff loves what they do and spends their days brainstorming innovative solutions. Spreading the word with a “no-holds-barred mentality” makes this contestant a top pick.
Jacksonville Humane Society (JHS), Jacksonville, FL: Sometimes the wise elders hold the secret, and JHS has been saving animals’ lives since 1885. The organization engages its community by traditional and nontraditional means and believes “an animal can have a life-changing effect on a person by showing them a love they never knew existed.”
Check in next week, when we’ll introduce you to our next six challengers!