We may celebrate different traditions during the holiday season, but most of us share the desire to connect with family and friends at this time of year. And by “family and friends,” I certainly include all of our beloved animal companions.
The ASPCA has an adoption center in New York City where our dedicated staff works to find homes for thousands of dogs and cats each year. I love hearing “happy tails” about abandoned animals who find their forever homes.
One of these “happy tails” involves Cee Cee, who was adopted as a puppy and then returned to the ASPCA Adoption Center when she was 1.5-years-old. Cee Cee’s siblings, Marvel and Bubbles, were also adopted as puppies. Sadly, Bubbles was returned to the shelter just as Cee Cee had been. Marvel, however, lucked out—when his adoptive family found out that his sister, Bubbles, had been returned to the shelter, they made room for her and reunited her with Marvel.
When Marvel and Bubbles’ parents learned that Cee Cee had also been returned, they vowed to find a home for her. After all, family is family. They contacted a relative who lived in Texas who agreed to fly to New York to adopt Cee Cee. Now Cee Cee lives on a big ranch in Texas with two dog friends.
Puppies like Cee Cee, Marvel and Bubbles deserve only the best. Animal shelters and rescue groups are full of dogs, cats and other animals who are looking for similar “happy tails.” Let’s hope that they find one in 2012.
It's almost 2012 and many of us are scrambling to make resolutions we can only hope to keep. Whether it is losing five pounds or getting organized, change can be downright hard. So, instead of fretting about your own personal resolutions, how about making a few to benefit your pet?
Here at the ASPCA, we think it’s only appropriate to focus on the four-legged members of the family. So how about a resolution to brush your cat every week or a promise to extend your pooch’s playtime?
Whatever you choose, resolutions aimed at making your companions happier and healthier can add years to their lives—and are much easier to stick to! So go ahead, enjoy your triple mocha latte with whipped cream and check out a few of our most popular New Year’s resolutions for pets!
Check-Up Time 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!
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.
Still looking for ways to nab some last-minute tax savings? Well, it’s not too late to make a tax-deductible donation to the ASPCA, and help us in our fight to end animal cruelty.
Your gift today can help us provide life-saving care and protection to abused, abandoned and homeless pets. Plus, donations of $25 or more come with a full ASPCA membership and a subscription to ASPCA Action magazine.
Well, folks, the competition is fierce! The ASPCA Home for the Holidays Photo Contest received hundreds of fantastic pics from across the country—pups napping by an open fire, beloved kitties cuddling up to Santa, and numerous portraits confirming the special bond between a pet and their rescuer. Now, it’s your chance to vote for your favorite.
Visit our Home for the Holidays Photo Contest to cast your vote each day and help decide which photos will rise to the top. Five winners will receive a special ASPCA Holiday Gift Pack and be featured on our website!
Remember, voting ends on January 8 at midnight EDT, and we’ll announce the five winning contestants on January 9, 2012. Good luck to all our contestants!
Don’t forget to share this page with your friends and family on Facebook and Twitter—their votes count, too!
The ASPCA Field Investigations and Response (FIR) Team is 100% committed to the animals we rescue—and that commitment doesn’t waver during the holiday season. This year, nine dedicated team members will be missingcelebrations with their loved ones to care for more than 100 rescued dogs in Rowan County, Kentucky.
For more than two months, the ASPCA team has beenon the ground caring for the small-breed dogs including Chihuahuas, Dachshunds, Min Pins and Poodles who were rescued from horrifyingly filthy conditions. Thanks to the team’s hard work, the dogs continue to receive the care and comfort they need.
“This is just one of the many awful cases we respond to, and our main priority is always the welfare of the animals,” says Dick Green, ASPCA Director of Disaster Response. “Many of us will miss the holidays with our loved ones this year, but there is no doubt in any of our minds that this is where we belong. We owe these animals a second chance.”
The ASPCA would like to sincerely commend the following team members who elected to spend this holiday in Kentucky:
Dick Green Bryan Hayes Theresa Vargas Dena Gayle Rosenberg Tiffany Huggard-Lee Shari Gordon Jodi Jenkins Sam Smith Michelle Albin