Help Us Choose the 2015 Calendar Cover Pet!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 1:00pm
Help Us Choose the 2015 Calendar Cover Pet!

It’s no secret that ASPCA employees are crazy about animals, so why should our own pets be any exception? Every year, we create a beautiful wall calendar for our friends and supporters using our very own furry friends as models, and as you can imagine, the competition is pretty fierce!

Our 2015 calendar is almost complete, but there’s still one very important decision to make: Whose adorable adopted companion should grace this year’s cover?

We’ve narrowed it down to four contenders, and we need YOU to help us choose a winner. Check out the photos that are in the running, read a little about these sweet, adopted animals, and then cast your vote for our 2015 Cover Dog or Cat. The pet whose photo gets the most votes will have his or her face in homes all across America!

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This can happen with any breed, though. I'm not sure pittys can be singled out as a breed. Sometimes dogs who are well loved by their families become over-protective. I agree with all the posts that pitbull education needs to prevail. They are a very sweet, obedient breed, and will do anything to please their masters... including attack, if that's what the twisted 'master' trains them to do.


I have a friend with two pits who are treated exactly alike - loved and well treated. One is just the sweetest, mildest guy. The other is absolutely, over-the-top sweet, but has a prey instinct and has single-handedly brought down deer and another family pet. She's not an ill-treated dog, her instincts are just very strong, and the animal is unbelievably strong. It's not something you can point to just one cause and effect. Environment and instinct intersect and there are, unfortunately, some that just aren't safe.


Actually, I'd like to strike this comment, but I can't see how - it's not my pet, and not my story to tell. I wonder if ASPCA could delete this for me. :(


Actually, I'd like to strike this comment, but I can't see how - it's not my pet, and not my story to tell. I wonder if ASPCA could delete this for me. :(

S. O. Rooney

Personally, Jennifer, I feel that your initial comment is very well stated and very true. I appreciate that someone has given a rational, well thought out comment that is not the knee jerk reaction so common with the topic of pets. It took courage to say it here, and I, for one, appreciate your forthrightness.


You can get damaged goods in any breed or species, including humans (probably the highest ratio is in the human population).

Put the blame where it belongs, with the breeders, the uninformed, the stupid and the cruel. Almost every breed that has become popular has become unstable. For many years Cocker Spaniels were notorious for biting kids in the face. In the 1970's I wouldn't have gone near a Doberman, now I can't imagine living without one. In the 1990's my husband worked in an ER, the most common dog bite they saw - Golden Retriever. I once adopted a St. Bernard, I knew the people I got him from and he was not abused. It turned out he was fine with women and kids, but any adult male he saw he would (literally) try to kill. I tried everything possible, but as it turned out he had some bad wiring - it happens. The next two Saints I had were just fine.

I love Pitties and I have interacted with hundreds through rescue activities - I have never met one that made me feel in the least concerned. That doesn't mean there aren't some out there, but it sure does indicate the odds of a dangerous Pit Bull are not that great. Every individual, person, cat, dog, horse, goat, etc. should be given the chance to show who they are.


Susan, very well said!
You totally hit the nail on the head!


I think any dog can be a problem "child".
That being said, does anyone think it might have anything to do with in breeding or anything along those lines?


Breeding is a big part of it. Inbreeding causes metal illness in humans (history has proved this in royal blood lines), so why would it not happen with dogs. I also think it has a lot to do with the intelligence level of the dog. Not to put them down, but some dogs are a little dim. They tend to be easy to care for, and you do not have to watch every step. They tend to look to you for direction before acting. Some dogs are very intelligent, and don't miss a trick. They are thinking independently. You have to be one step ahead of them, for they see, and feel what we do not, and more than likely will act without your direction. I have a big ol' Cur dog. She is very sweet to all animals, and humans alike, but let one of them step out of line, and she's moving to correct the behavior. Only because I keep one step ahead of her has nothing ever happened. If a person is not ready to keep on their toes with their dog they should not own a "thinking" dog. They take a lot of time, and constant attention.


Linda- all types of dogs have the ability to bite- due to improper breeding of them. Some pups are born fearful and this is exhibited as aggression and unreasonable over-protection from a perceived threat. The bully breeds are extremely tolerant and predictable. As a pediatric trauma nurse for many years, I can surely tell you that we had our share of accidental bites and disfigurement of children that got in the faces of dogs, were not supervised or taught how to behave around a dog. Out of the maybe 10 dog involved incidents we had that year- only one made it into the newspaper and news. Guess which one? The one kid that got bit in the face from a staffie who was chained to a tree and also happened to be eating. This was a 3 year old child whose both parents were in the house. Tell me- first of all, why do you chain a dog? Secondly, how is it that a 3 year old is not supervised?? Not one of our other dog bite/attack cases made it to the news- not the border collie, the shepherd, the cocker spaniel, the wheaten terrier, the golden retriever ...... none of them!! Oh- and by the way, I have raised two children to adulthood with pit bull type dogs their entire lives.... and currently share my home with 3 rescued pit mixes....