What would happen to my pet if something happened to me? That thought has crossed most pet parents’ minds, but most of us never have to learn the answer.
Tammy’s dad wasn’t so lucky.
Tammy was adopted from the ASPCA in 2007 when she was a kitten. Over the next three years, she grew very close to her dad, but their time together turned out to be too short. Tammy’s dad suddenly became gravely ill and unable to care for his beloved cat, and he had to return her to the ASPCA.
Tammy is safe and well-cared for at our Adoption Center, but shelter life just doesn’t suit her. She’s a girl who needs to be in a home, and today she marks her 630th consecutive day in our care.
Why do adopters pass Tammy by? Though she’s gorgeous, with bright eyes and one ear that’s missing a chunk, many people are put off by her age (five) and the prospect of buying her prescription food. (It costs about $35 a month, and Tammy needs it to keep her kidneys healthy.)
And though Tammy is very social, friendly and loving, she’s a bit shy at first. In fact, sometimes when adopters come to meet her, she hides her little face in her kitty bed. She just needs time to make a connection.
Though we’ve done everything in our power to make Tammy comfortable—including giving her a stay in office foster care—only one thing would really make her happy: being part of a loving family again.
Might you be the person who sees past Tammy’s initial shyness and notices the beautiful kitty soul that she is? If you live in a 10-and-up home that’s a bit on the quiet side, consider calling our Animal Placement department in New York City at (212) 876-7700, ext. 4900, about Tammy.
And please share her with your network. She’s been waiting so long!
Thanks to a generous grant from PetArmor®, every contribution you make to the ASPCA before May 31 is matched dollar for dollar, up to $50,000! Better yet, for the month of April, PetArmor® will match $2 for every one dollar.
As the exclusive flea and tick sponsor of the ASPCA, PetArmor® is used on dogs and cats at the ASPCA’s Adoption Center and Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital in New York City. The ASPCA also uses PetArmor® to protect pets during its Field Investigations and Response work.
Right now, all donations made through this program will be shared with participating shelters across the country. So go ahead—double your donation, double your impact and help save twice as many animals nationwide!
Please consider a gift of $10, $20, $50 and rest assured that even the smallest sum will make a big difference for animals in need.
Act fast, this challenge is scheduled to run from now until May 31—or until $50,000 in matching donations has been reached.
For 146 years, our members have been getting active for animals. In honor of National Volunteer Week, we want to take a moment and thank YOU for all that you do for animals. From assisting in the care and placement of shelter animals to educating the public on animal welfare issues, the work you do saves lives!
To help keep you motivated, we’ve come up with a few easy volunteer tips that pack a big punch!
Volunteer at your local shelter or animal rescue organization. Shelters across the country are in desperate need of volunteers to help out with tasks as diverse as walking dogs, organizing fundraising events, and fostering abused or frightened animals. Check out our top ways to help your local shelter.
Guest blog post from Suzanne McMillan, ASPCA Director of Farm Animal Welfare
As many of you know, animals raised on factory farms often receive antibiotics in order to remain healthy in an otherwise harmful environment as well as to promote growth. But there are dangers involved for both humans and animals! Antibiotic resistance in humans is a very big concern, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been under increasing pressure to do something about it.
Last week the FDA finally responded, releasing three documents addressing the use of antibiotics in livestock. While it’s great that the FDA is acknowledging a problem, these documents are extremely disappointing. Producers are simply asked to voluntarily curb their use of antibiotics, and pharmaceutical companies are asked to voluntarily stop labeling certain antibiotics as useful for livestock growth. All of this despite a federal court ruling just last month that ordered FDA to stop relying on voluntary programs to curb the use of certain antibiotics. Further, these programs focus only on using antibiotics for growth promotion—not on the similarly common practice of feeding animals antibiotics to prop up their already weak immune systems.
The coalition Keep Antibiotics Working, of which the ASPCA is a member, calls the FDA’s new plan an “inadequate response” and urges it to, at the very least, establish “an enforcement mechanism and timeline” for achieving the voluntary protocols it proposes.
On any given Friday afternoon across America, most of us are likely to utter a variation of the same phrase: “Have a great weekend!” A good weekend may be one in which we are able to relax, but I believe that a truly great weekend is one in which something meaningful is accomplished. By that standard, thousands of Americans started April with an amazing weekend during which they saved thousands of animals during the ASPCA’s first-ever Mega Match-a-thon.
Animal shelters and rescue organizations recognize that weekends are of prime importance for the adoptable animals in their care, as potential adopters are more likely to look for companion animals to adopt on days when they do not have to work. Some creative people who work on the ASPCA’s Community Outreach team spend a lot of time brainstorming ways to create excitement around animal adoption events. This year, they proposed and implemented a dramatic idea: concurrent Mega Match-a-thon events to be held throughout the country, which would be subsidized by the ASPCA to support high-volume community adoption events.
The ASPCA granted nearly $500,000 to be shared among 53 animal welfare organizations. Each grant recipient had made a thoughtful proposal detailing how it would use the funds we provided to create successful weekend adoption events. The Mega Match-a-thon weekend was a huge success—and 6,144 animals found loving homes.
Happy stories poured into us throughout the weekend adoption event:
Riverside County Department of Animal Services in Riverside, California, adopted out 400 animals over the weekend;
Staff and volunteers at Bangor Humane Society in Bangor, Maine, closed up early and went home after running out of animals;
The Humane Society for Southwest Washington in Vancouver, Washington, broke its own record for the most adoptions (44) in a single day within the first two hours of its event;
Rubbles, a 12-year-old blind Shih Tzu, was adopted from the Humane Society of Greater Miami in Miami, Florida, by a local soldier, and as soon as Rubbles got to his new home, his proud dad shared photos of Rubbles finding his way to the kitchen; and
Wisconsin Humane Society spent a lot of time preparing for its 24-hour adoption event, including posting a Paw-jama Puppy Parade on its website; their hard work paid off with 156 animals adopted during the event.
While the immediate and wonderful result of the Mega Match-a-thon events held throughout the country was the thousands of lives saved, the excitement these events elicited in their communities will hopefully lead to an enduring legacy of more people saving lives by adopting homeless animals in their local shelters.