With the first day of summer right around the corner, you’re probably spending a lot more time in the great outdoors with your furry friends. And more time outside means more dirty dogs! But we’re here to help. Check out our top tips on how to groom your pet.
• Regular grooming with a brush or comb will help keep your pet’s hair in good condition by removing dirt, spreading natural oils throughout her coat, preventing tangles and keeping her skin clean and irritant-free. • When bathing your dog, always use a mild shampoo that’s safe to use on dogs. • Get your dog used to having her feet touched before you attempt a nail trim. Rub your hand up and down her leg and then gently press each individual toe—and be sure to give her lots of praise and some food treats as you do this. • Remove wax and dirt from your pet’s ears with a cotton ball moistened with water or a little mineral oil. • Try to make grooming as enjoyable as possible. Grooming sessions should always be fun, so be sure to schedule them when your dog’s relaxed, especially if she’s the excitable type. And pile on the praise and offer your pooch a treat when the session is finished!
Need more tips? Read our Grooming 101: Clean Pets Are Happy Pets for all the straight talk about grooming cats, dogs and even birds. And while you’re at it, be sure to check out our brand-new partnership with “the people against dirty”—Method. This cruelty-free brand never tests any of its products on animals, or uses animal by-products, and makes products that are safe for cleaning up after your pets. Plus, for a limited time, Method and their friends at Soap.com are donating 15% of all sales of Method products on their websites to the ASPCA.
Do you have an artist’s touch, or maybe just a knack for drawing four-legged superheroes? In either case, we want to see your best sketch! In honor of Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, the ASPCA has teamed up with t-shirt designers Threadless.com to launch a nationwide contest for the best feline superhero t-shirt design.
That’s right: no ordinary kitty drawings, please! We’re looking for designs that feature cats with supernatural powers. If your design is chosen, you’ll receive an amazing gift bag, including a $500 Threadless.com gift code and two tickets to the ASPCA's annual Young Friends benefit event in NYC!
Whether your kitty will leap tall buildings in a single bound, turn invisible or have the strength of 12 German weasels—we can’t wait to see. To enter the contest, visit Threadless.com today!
During kick-off weekend, the shelters demonstrated that they’re working to save more animals than ever before. Here are some highlights from the shelters that broke their own adoption records over the weekend:
And we can’t help but share some of the heartwarming photos the competing shelters posted throughout the weekend’s festivities.
We’re thrilled by all of the successes the competing shelters experienced during kick-off weekend, and we can’t wait to follow all the contestants during the rest of the three-month competition. Stay tuned for all the action to come!
In March, the ASPCA assisted local law enforcement, the FBI and the Missouri State Highway Patrol in a multistate dog fighting investigation that resulted in the seizure of nearly 100 animals from multiple locations in Missouri, Kansas and Texas. Since then, an ASPCA team has been working around the clock to care for the rescued animals. We’ve also been fighting for justice.
That’s why we’re pleased that yesterday in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kansas, Pete Davis Jr., 38, and Melvin Robinson, 42, each pleaded guilty to one count of transporting dogs to participate in animal fighting. The charges carry a maximum sentence of five years in prison, and sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 9. Charges for a defendant in Texas are pending.
As a result of the hearing, dogs seized from the defendants’ properties in Missouri will be signed over to the ASPCA. We will explore placement options with various rescue groups. Dogs placed with ASPCA response partner shelters after this hearing will be the second group from the case to be placed for adoption.
The ASPCA works hard to ensure that there are good laws on the books to protect animals across the country. But we can’t do it without the grassroots advocacy of our dedicated ASPCA supporters!
The most powerful way for animal advocates to help reshape our laws is through lobbying their legislators directly. We help you do that by hosting Lobby Days, where we invite passionate citizens like you to be trained by our advocacy experts and make your voices heard at your state Capitol.
Be part of history and make real change for our animals—join our ASPCA Advocacy Brigade. Sign up now, and ask your friends and family to join, so you’ll never miss out on the next Lobby Day, grassroots training or opportunity to take action. Together, we are unstoppable!