More pets are lost on the Fourth of July than any other time of year. It’s a heartbreaking scenario for pet parents, but swift action and major networking can increase the odds that you will be reunited with your cat or dog.
We recently surveyed more than 1,000 households with pets across the country to find out if they had lost a dog or cat in the past five years—and if they did, did they find that pet and where did they look?
Of those pet guardians surveyed, 15 percent had lost a dog or a cat in the past five years, and 85 percent of those lost dogs and cats were recovered.
The study's findings suggest the following are key when recovering a lost pet:
Searching immediately when one knows the pet is lost;
Searching within the neighborhood first through visual searches as well as posters and online; and
Checking local shelters from the first day your pet is lost.
If your pet is lost, it’s important not to panic. Enlist the help of all of your friends and neighbors and hit the streets! Read our extended article on Finding a Lost Pet for more information and helpful hints.
In the spirit of 1776, the year the United States gained independence, a nonprofit organization called Dog Bless You is campaigning to help veterans gain the freedom that comes with obtaining a service dog—and helping homeless animals in the process.
Dog Bless You works with service dog organizations throughout the United States, such as Freedom Service Dogs, Canines for Service and K9s for Warriors. These organizations rescue dogs from animal shelters and train them for our wounded war veterans. And here's how you can help.
Now through the Fourth of July, for every 1,000 likes the Dog Bless You Facebook page gets, the organization will match a U.S. veteran with a new best friend.
In honor of Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, we put out a call for photos of America’s cutest kitties. Well, people, you didn’t disappoint. We received thousands of photos, and every single one featured an irresistible feline.
Voting for your top pick couldn’t have been easy. With that said, the votes have been tallied, and we are happy to announce the top entries.
Congratulations to our three prize winners! You will be receiving your $300 ASPCA Prize Pack, including beautiful cat-themed jewelry from Reeds. Our four runner-ups will be receiving ASPCA message tees!