The ASPCA is on the ground today in cities across the country to celebrate with the winners of the 2012 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge and deliver some mighty big checks.
The $100K Challenge is our annual, three-month-long shelter contest to come up with new ways to get more homeless cats and dogs into loving homes. And get them into homes they did! In total, this year’s 50 contestants saved a whopping 56,232 animals’ lives.
When Alex Borghi was a bit tired of living solo in his apartment, he decided to find a four-legged roommate. But he didn’t want just any roommate. So Borghi met each of the dogs at the ASPCA Adoption Center in Manhattan, trying to find the perfect pooch with whom to share his home. He didn’t find a match at first, but after he saw Brad on the ASPCA website, he decided to go back to the Adoption Center to meet him.
Borghi decided that Brad, a beautiful tan-and-white pit bull terrier mix, was the best candidate for the job. He tells us Brad is adjusting very well to his forever home, and that he stays by his pet parent’s side at all times. It’s safe to say that these two are thrilled to share the apartment.
Plus, in addition to roommate and sidekick, Brad has another new role: He poses for lots of photos for his photographer dad. In just a few weeks, Borghi has taken plenty of adorable pictures of Brad, and this furry model seems to love posing for the camera!
Have you adopted a cat or dog from the ASPCA? Send us photos at firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to be featured on the blog.
Sure, Giving Tuesday is a pretty new concept—but we happen to think it’s also a pretty important one. The idea is quite simple: An entire day dedicated to giving back to others and getting to the true roots of the holiday season. After the mega-shopping weekend many of us just had, Giving Tuesday feels like a breath of fresh air. Here are three easy ways you can spend today giving back to animals in need.
Hug a Dog, Cuddle a Cat.Shelters across the country rely on their volunteers to help keep the animals in their care happy—and that includes some serious cuddling. Whether it’s cozying up with a puppy or taking the time to befriend a skittish kitty, a little love goes a long way when you’re a homeless pet. Changing litter boxes, filing paperwork and scooping poop, are a BIG help for shelter staff, too!
Join the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade. Help us fight to get strong anti-cruelty laws passed on federal, state and local levels as a member of our Advocacy Brigade. When you sign up, we’ll automatically send you important actions you can take. It’s a great way to give back all year long!
Become an ASPCA Guardian. Okay, you kind of knew this ask was coming, but we really hope you’ll consider it. As a non-profit, our team really depends on the small monthly gifts our members provide. They are our backbone. Did we mention you get a really cute calendar and the donation is tax deductible?
Thanks for joining us for Giving Tuesday, and don’t forget to share this post with your friends on Facebook and Twitter!
Here’s the truth, animal lovers: Older dogs are often the last to be adopted in shelters.
As huge fans of senior pups, we don’t quite get why they’re so frequently passed over. Why wouldn’t you want to adopt an older dog? They don’t destroy your shoes and furniture, they’re either already housetrained or figure it out quickly, they’re great for someone with a busy or low-key lifestyle, and—most important—you know exactly what you’re getting when you bring them home.
Oh, and did we mention senior dogs love you a little extra?
November is Adopt a Senior Dog Month, and there’s still one week left to make a difference for older pups. How? Share a local senior dog’s adoptions profile with your social networks on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest! (Live near NYC? Try Lady’s or Hennessy’s.) Even better, head to the shelter and adopt one yourself.
But first, let us know what you think about senior canines. Have you adopted an older dog? Share your experience in the comments.
The giving season is officially here! Check out four fun, effective ways you can make a difference for animals during the holidays.
Volunteer for animals in your community Bring some holiday cheer to homeless animals in your community by volunteering at a local shelter. Find a shelter near you.
Shop ‘til you drop at our online thrift store Make room for this year’s holiday booty and raise money for animals by donating your unwanted treasures to the ASPCA Web Thrift Store. Start selling and shopping for animals today.
Show them how much you care…about animals! Nothing says holiday spirit like a good old-fashioned greeting card. Ours feature the photo and story of an animal rescued by the ASPCA, and they’re all completely adorable. Get ‘em while you can.
Enough stuff? Give the gift of helping animals Perfect for everyone on your list, our new Symbolic Gifts allow you to donate on behalf of friends and family to the ASPCA program area most meaningful to them. Give today.