7 Reasons It Was Awesome to Be a Dog or Cat at the ASPCA in 2013

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - 12:45pm
Cat hanging out with ASPCA Staffer

We all know 2013 was a banner one for animals on the internet. From Instagram to YouTube, there were tons of places for them to let loose. But this year wasn’t too shabby for cats and dogs at the ASPCA, either. They were the real winners, as always, and their lives just got better and better under our watch. Check out seven reasons why cats and dogs had an epic time of it at the ASPCA in 2013.

7. Free rides!

ASPCA Rescuer carrying two puppies

Puppies are rescued from a dog fighting site in Alabama

6. Dancing with the stars.

Reporter Michelle Beadle playing with kitten

A cat plays with reporter Michelle Beadle at the ASPCA. 

5. Swimming lessons.

dog getting water therapy

Remy the pit gets water therapy to repair her hind legs. 

4. Scratches on the nose and behind the ears.

Potential adopter pets cat

A kitty meets a potential adopter

3. Cat videos, obvs.

Ustream Catdown

Catching the top 10 cat videos of the year

2. Treats, treats and more treats.

HAL Dog of the Year eating a treat

The Dog of the Year at the ASPCA Humane Awards.


ASPCA Responder removes collar from dog fighting victim

A former fighting dog gets relief from a heavy collar.

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Alexis E. McKenna

How many animals did the ASPCA kill behind the scenes?? C'mon now be truthful!!


I wish that the ASPCA (moderator) would address this issue, too. Why isn't the ASPCA a "no-kill" shelter. How many dogs and cats are "put down" each month, each week? Why? Are there any plans to change this policy?


I agree why aren't they labeled a no kill. They promote like they are. I am leeery to but trust them more then the HSUS


I could watch sweet Remy in the therapy pool over and over again. Look at his face! Look at him go! And this poor dog with broken legs could not even walk. I am so happy for this glorious, brave dog who went through so much cruelty and agony, survived, got adopted, and is now flourishing. Look at how happy he is doing water therapy! Just great!

Ed Fadool

It is sad to hear about the 17 officers being let go. How is the NYC police going to take over what these officers of the ASPCA have been doing? I know I m not the only one that feels this way. With all the money that is donated and the money that is spent on TV adds for donation. I m truly hesitatant about donating any money. Yes, I understand how the organization has helped many animals, but this doesn't help the ones that need help.


I just read about this in the daily newspaper and was very sad and distressed to hear it, too. I doubt that the NYC police have the time and inclination to investigate animal abuse cases. The thugs and psychos who abuse and torture animals and who run vicious dog-fighting rings must be celebrating this terrible decision.


I just read this in the newspaper, too, and it made me sad and distressed me. I doubt that the NYC police dept has the time or inclination to investigate animal abuse. This will make it easier for thugs and psychos who torture and abuse animals and who run vicious dog fighting rings to get a way with it. More animals will suffer helplessly and without hope.


Bravo May they all find their forever homes. Especially those poor fighting dogs, no more salvery to heavy collars and chains, and forced fighting!

Crissa Diede

I support and donate whenever I can to the ASPCA. They do great work and help out so many animals. I know my dollars are going to a good cause. Love all the kitty pics!!!