At the ASPCA, we meet a lot of dogs…and to be honest, we fall in love with most of them! But some pups stand out as very, very special. A few even seem to serve as role models for us, reminding us to stay positive even in the face of adversity.
Johnny is a dog like that. Rescued by our Humane Law Enforcement department in August, Johnny had already been through a lot in his four years of life. He wasn’t able to use his back legs, and at first we thought he had been injured. Then our veterinarians learned he had a severe spinal infection that had left his hind legs paralyzed.
Our vets addressed his long-untreated infection right away and began the task of rehabilitating him. Slowly, Johnny regained his strength until finally, it happened: Johnny learned to walk again.
Through it all, Johnny remained the happy-go-lucky, cuddly, sweet little muffin he is to this day. He thinks he’s a lap dog and essentially lives for snuggling. Frankly, his cheery outlook on life is downright inspiring.
Though he won’t ever have a full range of motion again, Johnny gets around just fine and loves to use his legs. Now, he’s ready to go home—in fact he’s already waited months to meet his match.
Could you please help us spread the word about Johnny? We can’t wait to see his well-deserved happy ending. He doesn’t seem to want much beyond affection and kindness. He can live with kids eight and up and other pets, and he’d be happy in a home just about anywhere—he only needs people who are up for tending to his sensitive skin, and who have as much love to give as he does!
This holiday season, as you search aisle after aisle for that perfect gift, keep in mind that your most important gift may be right under your nose. With one click, you can give abused animals a second chance.
Every 10 seconds, an animal is abused. It’s heartbreaking: These animals are neglected. They are scared. And they are struggling to survive.
Can you believe it’s December already? Candy canes, twinkly lights and bow-topped gifts abound. But before we bring out the eggnog, it’s high time we clear the air about one type of holiday décor that has gotten a pretty bad rap: the poinsettia.
Believe it or not, pet parents, these festive plants are not the deadly flowers legend has made them out to be. The myth of the plant’s toxicity actually began in the early part of the 20th century, after the two-year-old child of a U.S. Army officer allegedly died from consuming a poinsettia leaf. As a result of this rumor, the plant has never lived down its poisonous reputation.
Okay, so you still don’t necessarily want your pets to eat them. Because consuming poinsettias may cause mild gastrointestinal irritation, keeping these plants out of pets’ reach is still a good idea. But there’s no need to banish them altogether.
So, what do you say? Let’s give this plant a break—I hear they make quite the centerpiece.
This holiday season, homeless pets across the nation are getting much-needed holiday meals thanks to Ellen DeGeneres and Freekibble.com. DeGeneres, who co-owns Halo, Purely for Pets, has teamed with 16-year-old Freekibble.com founder Mimi Ausland to launch the second annual Holiday Kibble Drop.
The initiative will deliver 500,000 meals of all-natural Halo Spot’s Stew to pets in need at 69 shelters— including many along the East Coast that were affected by Hurricane Sandy. One of its stops is the ASPCA Emergency Boarding Facility in Brooklyn, New York.
Founded by Ausland when she was just 11, Freekibble.com has donated more than 8 million meals to shelters and rescues since 2008. Each day, its website features a new trivia question. Every time visitors answer a question, right or wrong, they earn 10 pieces of kibble for homeless pets. How cool is that?
Helping homeless pets find their forever homes is a cause close to DeGeneres’ heart, too. “Pet adoption is something I’m extremely passionate about. I believe that by working together, we can find good homes for the millions of homeless and abandoned pets out there,” she says.
A playful cat with a unique name at the ASPCA Adoption Center in Manhattan found a loving home with plenty of human and cat companionship last month. Tom Selleck’s adopter shared the following story with us:
Tom is doing wonderfully well and I am extremely happy to have him in my family. I decided to adopt Tom because he was recommended to me and, when I met him, he was perfect. I adopted a cat from the ASPCA about five years ago, and I was impressed by how much the staff knew about each animal.
I was looking for a playmate for one of my cats who is very active. I went in without any preference for my new cat's age, gender or type—what was important was personality. Tom was the first one I saw. He was not afraid to approach me and, when I held him, he was already climbing all over me. Just like the other cats I've adopted, I was able to make a quick connection to him. Somehow I knew he was the one.
Tom has two older cat sisters and an older cat brother. He adjusted very quickly to his home. I was going to keep him in one room, separated from the others until he felt comfortable, but when I left the room for a bit, his older brother opened the door and let himself in. When I came back, they were already sniffing each other and getting comfortable. Now Tom and his brother are almost inseparable. They sleep together on top on me.
As long as Tom is happy, anything goes. His happiness makes me happy—I love him so much. I am extremely thankful to the person who introduced me to Tom.
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