Last week, the ASPCA welcomed 15 jet-setting Chihuahuas from San Francisco, CA, to its headquarters in Manhattan. It turns out that animal shelters in the Golden State are bursting at the seams with the wee little breed, and we are more than happy to help! If you live near New York City, you're welcome to meet all the pups starting this Wednesday, January 13, at noon. In the meantime, here's a sneak peek at five of the cheeky, California canines.
Teeny, tiny Maximus is only two months old, but he's already comfortable in front of the camera. He just wants to be held. (Don't we all!) Though he looks like he could fit easily in your pocket, this little guy needs special care from an adopter who enjoys the challenges of raising a puppy.
One of our golden girls at seven years old, Colette is the elder statespooch of the Cali Chihuahuas. She has a funny grin that will keep you smiling for hours of cuddly couch time. Irresistible and unflappable, this love bug will make a stellar pet for any small apartment-dwelling, Big Apple resident.
Orlando is a handsome, hunk of Chihuahua with a calm and collected demeanor. At five years old, this peaceful pup has supremely floppy ears and a face that would launch a thousand ships. Plus, he gets along great with his West Coast brothers and sisters. Surely he would make nice with a Yankee pooch, too.
Heartbreaker Holly is still a baby at one year old, and loves to cuddle and kiss her human friends. She has shiny black fur and precious white tips at the end of her 10 wee toes. This little lady would make the perfect addition to a caring family seeking some four-legged devotion.
Jeb has more character in one tiny paw than many have in their entire furry bodies. At two years old and with an alluring underbite, he likes to "chat" with his Chihuahua neighbors at the ASPCA. Jeb would thrive with an adopter who has time to give him the attention and affection he deserves.
For more information about adopting a lil' pooch of your own, please visit ASPCA.org or call our special Operation Chihuahua hotline at (212) 876-7700, ext. 3210.
More than one year after being rescued, nearly 250 of the 390 cats seized in one of the largest anti-cruelty raids of recent times are on the lookout for new forever homes. The cats, who were held for over a year as evidence during the investigation and subsequent prosecution of Tiger Ranch Cat Sanctuary owner Lin Marie, have spent this time recovering from such ailments as malnutrition, dehydration, respiratory conditions and various skin conditions.
Back in March of 2008, members of the ASPCA Field Services and Disaster Response Teams found the cats living in squalor on the 28-acre property in Tarentum, Pennsylvania. Investigators also found hundreds of dead cats, some in freezers inside the home, others in open burial pits and still others in plain view.
On July 13, 2009, sanctuary owner Marie, also known as Linda Bruno, pleaded guilty to 12 misdemeanor animal cruelty charges and two other counts of tampering with evidence. Under the terms of the plea agreement, Marie will never again be able to own, control or possess any animals. She also will have to pay $200,000 in restitution to the Clarion County Humane Society in Shippenville, which has been caring for the surviving cats since the raid took place. Marie will be sentenced on October 5, 2009, and could face jail time.
"The Tiger Ranch cats were held for such a long period of time because they were still technically the property of Lin Marie,” explains Cori Menkin, ASPCA Senior Director of Legislative Initiatives. “Because of due process laws, the animals cannot be adopted out to anyone else until a court has ruled that the owner cannot keep the animals, or the owner agrees to voluntarily surrender the animals. Prior to that, the animals must be held as potential evidence in the criminal case.”
Adoptions are taking place at the Clarion County Humane Society. For more information on how to adopt the cats contact (814) 226-9192.
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The new year offers a fresh start to develop good habits—and here at the ASPCA, we think it's only appropriate to focus on the four-legged members of the family. What can you do, pet parents, to make this year a great one for your furry pals? What about a resolution to brush your cat every week or a promise to extend your pooch's play time? Whatever you choose, resolutions aimed at making your pets happier and healthier can add years to their lives, fun to their days and much joy to your home. Check out our most popular pet resolutions for 2011!
Check-Up Time You go to the doctor regularly—and so should your pet. This year, give your veterinarian the chance to notice any developing illnesses and the opportunity to take care of them right away. If it's been a year or more since your pet has seen a vet, make that appointment today!
Protect Their Pearly Whites Does your pet have morning breath—all day long? Your cat or dog may need dental care. Pledge to check your pet's teeth and gums at least once a week, and ask your vet to show you how you can prevent dental disease by brushing regularly.
Shake It Up! We all could use a bit more movement in our lives—make a resolution to shake it up with your pets! Healthy adult dogs need at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise twice a day—jogging, swimming and playing at the dog park are all great options. Get kitty fit with rousing play sessions of chase and fetch with furry toys, small balls or toy mice.
Battle the Bulge Pets depend on us to regulate their nutrition and activity levels. It's important to follow strict feeding guidelines, since overweight pets face increased health risks. This year, vow to lay off those table scraps and consider switching to a well-balanced, high-quality pet food.
Poison-Proof Your Home With various dangers lurking in corners and cabinets, the home can be a minefield of poisons for our pets. Don't leave it up to Fido or Fluffy to keep themselves safe. Resolve to make your home a safe place for your pets.
Get a New Look! In 2011, give your pet the gift of glam! A regular grooming regimen will make your pet feel proud, pampered and healthy. Take a peek at our easy grooming tips for dogs and cats.
IDs, Please Keep 'em close to your heart by outfitting all of your animal companions—even indoor-only pets—with an ID tag. Implanted microchips are also a smart option, but keep in mind that microchips are only as good as the information provided to the chip's company, so keep your contact info up-to-date!
On January 6, the ASPCA Adoption Center welcomed 15 Chihuahuas who flew from California to the Big Apple in search of new forever homes. The dogs originated from the City of San Francisco Animal Care & Control, and their in-cabin transportation was donated by Virgin Airlines. After some post-travel rest and relaxation, the tiny pups will be made available for adoption next week at the ASPCA in Manhattan.
Over the past year, California shelters have seen a dramatic increase in Chihuahua intakes—this toy breed now makes up more than 30% of the state’s shelter dog population. While demand for Chihuahuas has declined in much of the Golden State, their popularity in New York City is as high as ever.
"They're portable, and people like portability in the city," said Gail Buchwald, Senior Vice President for the ASPCA Adoption Center in New York City. Aside from easily fitting in a carrier for a subway ride, their small size is ideal for living in compact apartments.
Gail adds: “We are glad to be given this opportunity to help New Yorkers get the small dogs they want, and at the same time, help find loving homes for San Francisco’s homeless animals.”
The dogs will be available for viewing at the ASPCA Adoption Center on Wednesday, January 13, between the hours of noon and 7:00 P.M. Adoption fees will range from $75 to $200, and include all medical and behavioral treatments, vaccinations, spay/neuter surgery and a microchip.
For additional information, please visit ASPCA.org or call our special “Operation Chihuahua” hotline at (212) 876-7700, ext. 3210.