What a year it’s been! To honor 2013’s most compelling, interesting and adorable dog and cat stories, we’ve created a list of our top 10 favorites. Selected by ASPCA staff, each story captured national attention and illustrates the remarkable impact dogs and cats have on our lives.
In no particular order, here is a look at a few of the stories that truly touched the ASPCA family this year:
In 2013, science proved what we’ve all known for years: pets are good for your heart. In May, findings from an American Heart Association study told us that having a pet is associated with a decreased risk of heart disease, fewer heart attack risk factors and increased survival rates. Another reason to go out and find your new best friend!
Cat domination of pop culture
2013 was definitely the unofficial year of the cat. Grumpy Cat and Lil Bub reached epic levels of stardom and shined the spotlight on how amazing special-needs cats can be. Felines also invaded film festivals from Sundance to Cannes. And cat lovers even voted a kitty to be the new Monopoly game piece.
The journey to recovery begins
The ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center at St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center in Madison, N.J., opened in March and is the first center dedicated strictly to providing behavioral rehabilitation to canine victims of cruelty, such as those confiscated from puppy mills and hoarding cases. In June, a previously fearful troop of Dachshunds became the very first graduates of the center—all went on to be adopted by loving families.
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