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 [email protected] 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.
During the holiday season, there is nothing more fulfilling than the feeling of giving back—and we believe the magic of social media can do just that. Social media can be a cool tool in our fight against animal cruelty. Think about it. You have friends. Your friends have friends. And they have friends, too. There is a pretty good chance you can reach hundreds—even thousands—of people with just one status update. So why not make it count for animals?
Follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. First, be sure to Like our page on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and check out our boards on Pinterest. Now that we’re connected, you’ll start seeing updates about adopted animals, top pet care tips, and animal cruelty news in your newsfeed. Plus, this simple action will spread the ASPCA’s mission to your friends, and their friends, and their friends, and so on!
Give the Gift of a Status Update, Tweet, or Pin Board. Let the world know that adopting a pet will warm up any home for the holidays! Giving back to help animals this holiday season can be as simple as dedicating your Facebook status to an adoptable animal every week, sending out a Tweet, or Pinning a photo of an adoptable animal onto your board. It’s a great way to help homeless critters find the forever homes they deserve.
Share! Share! Share! Like what you’re reading? Be sure share it on your wall, it’s the best way to get your friends involved, too. Again, this simple action can make a BIG difference!
Join our Holiday Twitter Party on December 12! Are poinsettias poisonous to cats? Are leftover turkey bones safe for dogs? We’ll be asking these questions and many more during our #SantaPaws Holiday Trivia Twitter Party and Giveaway Extravaganza. Join us on Twitter by following the hashtag #SantaPaws on December 12 at 7 P.M. (EST).
There’s a lot to be done, so let’s get started! Can you think of other ways to help animals this holiday using social media? Let us know!