The ASPCA and 9Lives® brand cat food have teamed up again to help feed hungry cats across the nation!
As part of their year-long Live Well & Prospurr campaign, 9Lives and Morris the Cat are on a mission to donate one million bowls* of cat food to the ASPCA—all of which will be distributed to non-profit organizations through the ASPCA Grants program.
The Live Well & Prospurr site, featuring Morris the Cat, is an online content hub dedicated to helping people look to their cats for inspiration. This year-long interactive campaign is rooted in universal cat behaviors (hanging out, playing, eating, sleeping and grooming) and is designed to teach cat parents how to "live well". Visitors can share how their cats remind them to “live well” and enter for a chance to win prizes. One bowl of dry cat food will be donated for every Tweet with the hashtag #Morrisfeeds, as well as for every entry during the qualifying Play and Groom promotions.
You can learn more about the Live Well & Prospurr campaign and help feed hungry kitties at prospurr.9Lives.com.
* One bowl of dry cat food = 1 cup; One million bowls = 205,200 lbs
Bear is a two-year-old Akita/Shepherd mix who is ready for a new home. This tender-hearted pup has a soft spot for his friends and loves to cuddle up in the laps of people he knows. It can sometimes take Bear a little while to warm up to new people (particularly men) but he is quick to make a new buddy after a proper introduction.
In 2012, Bear was involved in a car accident that left him with a serious leg injury. Although the leg was amputated, Bear’s three strong stems are quick to take this curious little adventurer anywhere his heart desires. Since he’s always excited to discover new things, Bear would do best with an adopter who can handle some light pulling during a walk. Like most of us, Bear can get uncomfortable when he’s interrupted during a meal or chewing on a toy, but our trainers have some special tips on how you can encourage him to share. Adopt Bear today!
Bear is available for adoption at the ASPCA Adoption Center. If you are interested in adopting Bear, please call our Adoptions Department in New York City at (212) 876-7700 ext. 4120.
It began as an innocent walk in the park: A 9-month-old, 60 lb. German Shepherd mix went out for a stroll with her owner before spending 30 minutes alone in the backyard. When the dog reentered the house, her owner noticed that her eyes were rolling back and that her gait was uncoordinated. She also defecated in the house.
At the critical care facility, things only got worse: the pup was drooling, feverish and began seizing and vomiting. That was when veterinarians discovered the root of her illness: blue-green algae. The owner confirmed that the algae had been present in a backyard pond.
After 18 hours of critical care, including emergency intubation and ventilation for respiratory failure, the dog’s life was saved. She was discharged after three more days in the hospital, and fortunately, she is now back to her normal, happy self. But blue-green algae can form almost anywhere and can be a danger to any unsuspecting pet parent. That’s why the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) wants to keep you informed about this toxic bacterium.
Members of the phylum Cyanobacteria, blue-green algae usually form on or near bodies of water during warm weather months. It is typically found in ponds and lakes, but can also be present in oceans, fresh water, damp soil, backyard fountains and even on rocks. Dogs can develop poisoning when they drink from or swim in contaminated water sources. If consumed, blue-green algae can cause severe neurologic or liver signs. Signs of blue-green algae toxicity include:
Prevention is key. Don’t allow your pets to drink from stagnant ponds, lakes or other bodies of water that have bluish-green scum on the surface or around the edges. Blue-green algae cells can also stick to a pet’s fur and be ingested when the animal cleans itself, so think twice before allowing your pet to jump into a body of water.
If you think that your pet is ill or may have ingested a poisonous substance, please call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435 immediately!
The ASPCA is pleased to announce a new collaboration with the New York City Police Foundation’s Crime Stoppers program, which will allow the public to easily and anonymously provide information about animal cruelty crimes in New York City’s five boroughs. Crime Stoppers offers rewards of up to $2,500 for tips leading to an arrest and indictment.
“By working with Crime Stoppers we are giving New Yorkers the means and motivation to stop dangerous criminals and giving animal victims a better chance to survive and recover,” says Matt Bershadker, President and CEO of the ASPCA. “While countless New Yorkers reported suspected animal cruelty last year, a program like Crime Stoppers will be an invaluable tool to help the NYPD continue to solve animal cruelty cases and bring perpetrators to justice.”
We’re excited to see this new initiative in action, and to bolster our commitment to ending animal cruelty in New York City and nationwide.
The ASPCA removed the animals from the tragic scene and transported them to a temporary shelter, where they have spent the last few weeks receiving medical care, behavioral enrichment and the kindness they so desperately needed. Now, with some heartwarmingly happy reunions under our belt, we are ready to begin searching for loving forever homes for hundreds of the animals rescued in this case. Animals like Lucy, Emma, Ashley, Fiji and Della.
Lucy is a very friendly pit bull mix who was found with her litter of five puppies, all of whom were gravely ill due to the shelter’s neglectful conditions. Sadly, the puppies did not survive—veterinary experts confirmed their cause of death as parvovirus, a highly contagious disease which could have been prevented by vaccinations. Lucy survived, and this sweet mama is now looking for a loving family to call her own.
Emma is a sassy senior who was discovered with skin infections and an ingrown collar. She was in so much pain that she would yelp as veterinary experts treated her wounds. Emma has recovered from her medical issues, and she is now a cheerful dog who loves people and is sure to make some lucky adopter very happy.
Ashley is a sweet 12-week-old Pointer mix who nearly died of distemper, a virus that affects a dog’s respiratory, gastrointestinal and central nervous systems. After receiving much-needed treatment and vaccines at the ASPCA’s medical unit, Ashley’s overall health improved and she recently joined the other dogs at our temporary shelter. She is shy at first, but is looking for an individual or family to give her a good home.
Fiji is a grey, domestic short hair cat who veterinary experts thought was blind due to her severe eye infection. With medical treatment and care, Fiji’s vision improved greatly, and the curious kitten has come out of her shell. With a bright future ahead, Fiji is eager to find a family who will love her forever.
Della is a senior dog who is blind, but that doesn’t hold her back! She is a very sweet pup who is fond of being petted and handled. The ASPCA is planning to take Della to a specialist to see if she is able to regain some of her vision, but what she wants most is a home to call her own.