It’s the first day of October, and you know what that means…time to kick off Adopt a Shelter Dog Month!
To get you in the spirit, we’ve prepared a special section on ASPCA.org devoted to the lovable, adorable and resilient shelter pooch. This is where you can learn how to find the right dog for your family, use our nationwide shelter search tool to locate him, and read all about how to keep him happy, healthy and entertained!
And if you love happy endings (who doesn’t?!), don’t miss our collection of shelter dog success stories. We hope they inspire you to go out and save a furry life this month.
Head over to aspca.org/ASDM to read all about it, and remember—there are millions of wonderful, adorable shelter dogs in our country who need homes, so please opt to adopt!
Shopaholics and animal lovers rejoice! Women’s retailer Anthropologie is hosting its annual Sit. Stay. Love. campaign, a pet adoption event and pet supply drive for animal shelters across the country, the weekend of September 20-22. All 180 Anthropologie stores across the U.S. and Canada will host events and, with our support, strive to break adoption and donation records from last year.
Now in its fifth year, Anthropologie’s Sit. Stay. Love. campaign has resulted in hundreds of dog adoptions and raised thousands of dollars in supplies for local shelters.
For more information about Sit. Stay. Love. and to find an event near you, visit Anthropologie.
Guest blog by ASPCA Senior Feline Behavior Counselor Katie Watts
Hal is a four-year-old cat who was found on the street, abandoned in a box. His teeth were severely decayed, and he was in extreme pain—so much so that he couldn't groom himself and had become severely matted as a result. After arriving at the shelter, Hal was groomed, all his fur shaved. He also had to have several teeth extracted.
He was soon on the road to recovery, but it was clear that the ordeal had left him traumatized. Hal spent the first week huddled at the back of his cage, curled up in a small ball and barely moving. He was given a quiet space to settle and provided with a box to snuggle in and a "privacy curtain."
Several staff members started trying to make friends, offering him tasty treats and hoping to coax him out of his shell. Slowly but surely, Hal began to warm up. First it was a slight rub on a hand as he was petted, and then he was at the front of his cage, ready with rubs and purrs.
When he was ready, Hal was taken to visit a staff office, where he could be socialized further. From that point, he couldn't get enough attention, and it was clear all Hal wanted was a warm lap and some chin scratches. He was so affectionate toward people that he would even sit at the office door, patiently waiting for a staff member to return, and once she was back, he happily settled on her lap again.
Hal has come a long way and survived a great deal. He now waits patiently, always at the door of his cat condo, ready to jump in a lap at the first opportunity. He even grooms his new friends by licking them as they pet him! All he needs now is a quiet home with somebody who will provide him with the love he so deserves.
Halis available for adoption at the ASPCA Adoption Center. If you are interested in adopting please call our Adoptions department in New York City at (212) 876-7700, ext. 4900. To learn more about Hal, please visit his page.
During Diana M.’s first visit to the ASPCA Adoption Center in Manhattan, she met Banksy, a small, lively pup she first saw on our website. Soon, Banksy joined her family, and he fit right in. Diana shared the following story with us:
We wanted a companion for our current dog Oliver, who is also a rescue. We also felt it was important to adopt and wanted to give a dog in need a good home.
Banksy by far was our favorite from the beginning. He was a bit bashful, but after seeing him at the ASPCA we knew we wanted him. We talked about it often during the week and, the following weekend, we returned with my resident dog, a Dachshund and Beagle mix named Oliver, to ensure that it would be a good match.
Banksy and Oliver hit it off immediately, and we fell in love. We knew we wanted to take him home right away. The Adoption Center staff was extremely personable, helpful and knowledgeable. It was evident that Banksy was very much loved and cared for, and that the first priority of the staff was to ensure that he had a good home.
Bansky adjusted to his new home quickly. By the second day, he was accepting treats from us, and it was clear he was feeling more and more at home. Once he got to know us, he was extremely affectionate. He likes to jump on us all the time and gives tons of licks and kisses.
Oliver and Banksy are great companions; they've even switched beds and chew toys and love to run outside together. As Oliver is a bit older, I think it makes him very happy to have playful Banksy as a companion.
Earlier this year, the ASPCA removed scores of cats from a small apartment in the Bronx. We’ve been caring for and getting to know these sweet kitties ever since, and now they’re finally ready to find loving homes!
If you’re looking to add a feline to your furry family, and you can get to Brooklyn on Sunday, August 4, then here’s where you come in: The ASPCA is thrilled to be hosting our Summer Lovin’ adoption event to find these guys the families they deserve.
Looking for a kitty who’ll be Hopelessly Devoted to You? Tired of spending your Summer Nights without a cat to call your own? Then get down to our adoption event faster than Greased Lightnin’ and tell your favorite available feline “You’re the One That I Want!” (Seriously, we hope you’re convinced, because we can’t think of any more song titles from Grease.)
What: Summer Lovin’ cat adoption event to find homes for more than 30 hoarding victims.
When: Sunday, August 4, 2013, 12:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Where: TWO locations in Brooklyn:
Downtown Brooklyn One Love Animal Hospital 317 Atlantic Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11201 Map
Bay Ridge One Love Animal Hospital: Bay Ridge location 82-09 3rd Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11217 Map
Adoption fees: Fees are waived on all cats over eight months of age. Kittens younger than eight months are $50.
Tell me more, tell me more: All cats come spayed or neutered, microchipped and vaccinated. Each cat is eligible for a free follow-up vet visit at either ASPCA Animal Hospital or either One Love Animal Hospital location.
We hope to see you there! And if you can’t come but live in NYC, please download our flyer [PDF] and post it!