Why should kittens have all the fun? Here at the ASPCA, we’re huge fans of senior cats. We find that cats who have been around the block a few times are often wiser than their younger counterparts, and just as fun to have around. When you choose to adopt a senior cat, it’s very likely that he or she will already be litter box-trained and will provide low-key feline companionship. June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, and we hope you’ll consider adopting an older cat.
Here are a few senior kitties available for adoption at our Adoption Center in Manhattan:
Catalina is a total love bug. When you bring her home, it won’t be long before this sweet girl asks for plenty of affection. Catalina has been known to flop over to show her belly and make the cutest kneading motion in the air with her paws! She would be happiest as the only cat in her new household.
Oliviais a social cat who would love to be your new best friend. She loves attention from her favorite people, but prefers it on her own terms—let her sniff your hand, and once you’re friends, she’ll happily let you scratch her head and face. Olivia would like to be the only cat in your household and would do best with an experienced adopter familiar with feline body language.
Seven is incredibly friendly and loving. She enjoys sitting on unoccupied laps and chasing her laser pointer toy around the room. Seven can be nervous at first and may need a little space while she adjusts to her new home. This sweet cat would be thrilled to go home with an experienced adopter in a household with teens ages 14-and-up. Seven would prefer to be the only pet in your home.
Jazz is one happy girl—just look at that smile! This playful pup loves to cuddle and have her ears scratched. In fact, she thinks she’s just one big lap dog.
Jazz has plenty of energy and would make a great jogging companion. We think she could make a few canine pals, too, but would benefit from training to help her brush up on her doggie social skills first. Jazz would love to go home with an experienced adopter in a household with kids ages 10-and-up. Stop by our shelter to meet this pretty lady today.
Jazzis available for adoption at the ASPCA Adoption Center. If you are interested in adopting her, please call our Adoptions Department in New York City at (212) 876-7700 ext. 4120. To learn more about Jazz, please visit her profile page.
Watch Jazz play with her friend at the ASPCA Adoption Center.
Catalina is a total love bug. When you bring her home, it won’t be long before this sweet girl is asking for lots of affection. In fact, Catalina has been known to flop over to show her belly and make the cutest kneading motion in the air with her paws!
Catalina isn’t afraid to ask for what she wants. This girl can be very chatty, especially for her favorite foods. Don’t be surprised if she lets everyone know she’s hungry when dinner time is near. Catalina would be happiest as the only cat in the household. Visit the ASPCA Adoption Center to say hello to Catalina today.
Catalina is available for adoption at the ASPCA Adoption Center. If you are interested in adopting her, please call our Adoptions Department in New York City at (212) 876-7700 ext. 4120. To learn more about Catalina, please visit her profile page.
Watch Catalina play with her favorite laser toy at the ASPCA Adoption Center.
At the ASPCA, we often encounter heartbreaking cases of abuse, cruelty and neglect. It’s one of the most difficult aspects of the work that we do. But with that heartbreak comes a silver lining: inspiration. Nearly every single day, we watch in awe as the incredible animals we serve overcome their pain and suffering and go on to become happy, loving pets. Their resilience is what keeps us going, so when we heard the story of Waffles the pit bull, we knew it was too good to keep to ourselves. Here is Waffles' Happy Tail.
It was a frigid day in January 2015 when the ASPCA rescued Waffles from cruelty. He and his sister, Flapjack, were only six months old at the time. Shivering and covered in skin mites, they were rushed to the ASPCA Animal Hospital for immediate care. Over the next four weeks, they received medical treatment including skin baths, antibiotics and spay/neuter surgeries until they were strong enough to be transferred to the ASPCA Adoption Center.
Though his health was on the mend, Waffles’ skin was patchy and he had not yet been housetrained. He also displayed signs of fear and anxiety, but we were hopeful that the right adopter would come along and see his potential. Fortunately, in March, Katharine F. and her girlfriend walked through our door.
A lifelong dog lover, Katharine says she “grew up valuing the special relationship that exists between dogs and people.” After her beloved yellow Lab passed away in 2011, it took a few years for her to prepare to adopt another dog, but once she was ready, the ASPCA was high on her list. “With all of the homeless dogs sitting in shelters waiting for their forever homes, I wanted nothing more than to share the extra space and love that I have with a new friend.”
Katharine and her girlfriend met a few wonderful dogs at the Adoption Center, but none of them felt like the perfect fit. That’s when they spotted Waffles. “As soon as we saw him sleeping on his cot with his tongue out, we knew there was something different about him,” she recalls. “He woke up and trotted over so excitedly, put his paws on the glass and looked at us like we’d known each other for a long time. I felt like he wanted to be with us just as much as we wanted to be with him.”
We filled the couple in on Waffles' history, including his medical and behavioral issues, but they remained certain of their decision. Katharine says, “He was missing the majority of his fur, he was terrified of the outdoors, he wasn’t housebroken and he only knew ‘sit’…We knew immediately that he was the one.”
On March 6, Katharine officially adopted Waffles and changed his name to Milo, because, as she says, “he was starting over with a new life that would be nothing like what he went through before.” And she couldn’t have been more right: In the months that followed, Milo transformed into the perfect pet.
In a recent update, Katharine reported: “I am so proud of Milo and how far he has come. He has all of his fur, has made huge progress in his house training and absolutely LOVES the outdoors. Whereas before he would walk ten feet and then stop and tremble in fear, he now excitedly leads us up the street to the dog park to freely run and play. He is the most outgoing and beloved dog in my apartment building and gets compliments on his loving and mellow nature, his good manners and handsome new fur almost everywhere that we go!”
Milo has also fallen in love with the couple’s cat, and he has learned tons of new tricks including “come,” “paw,” “lay down,” and how to stand on two legs. His confidence is growing every day, but Katharine says, “Despite how active and excited this puppy is, he is never happier than when laying in a lap with a bone in his mouth. He is truly a representation of the forgiving and resilient nature of dogs who were mistreated and then given a second chance.”
We were thrilled to learn that the sick, scared puppy we met in January has come so far and forgotten the cruelty he suffered in the first months of his life. Katharine says, “We are so grateful for all of the love and help Milo received from the ASPCA,” but we are also grateful to her for giving this precious pooch the happiest home he ever could have dreamed of!
As high school and college graduates across the country gather to commemorate their academic achievements, we’re celebrating an extra-special group of our own canine grads. These pups have completed treatment at the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center, where we work to prepare fearful, undersocialized dogs to be adopted into loving homes. We’re so happy to announce that Bud, Dermott, Janet, Joe, Katniss, Patrick and Penny have been placed with rescue groups and are waiting to go home with adopters.
If you live in the Tri-State area and are thinking about adding a furry addition to your family, please consider these adorable graduates:
Bud, a 2-year-old male Australian Shepherd mix, is available for adoption at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, New Jersey.
Dermott, a 6-year-old male Shepherd mix, is available for adoption at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, New Jersey.
Janet, an adult female Akita, is available for adoption at Sammy’s Hope Animal Welfare & Adoption Center in Sayreville, New Jersey.
Joe, a 2-year-old female Hound mix, is available for adoption at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, New Jersey.
Katniss, a 1-year-old female Lab/Boxer mix, is available for adoption at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, New Jersey.
Patrick, an adult male Jack Russell/Rat Terrier mix, is available for adoption at Sammy’s Hope Animal Welfare & Adoption Center in Sayreville, New Jersey.
Penny, a 2-year-old female Collie/Lab mix, is available for adoption at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in Madison, New Jersey.
“We were thrilled to see these dogs succeed in our program, and we're so grateful to St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center and Sammy's Hope Animal Welfare & Adoption Center for making their next steps on the road to recovery possible,” says Kristen Collins, ASPCA Senior Director of Anti-Cruelty Behavior Rehabilitation. “Happy endings like these are a great example of the powerful work animal welfare organizations can do when we join forces to save lives.”
Not in the New Jersey area but interested in pet adoption? Visit our Adopt section to find available dogs and cats in your area.