As the Challenge began on Sunday, June 1, all 50 shelters worked to host special adoption events throughout the week. From California to Maine, adopters visited local shelters to show their support for the Challenge and went home with furry best friends of all shapes and sizes.
But the excitement is just beginning! Now through the end of August, support your local Challenge shelter as the contestants compete to break their own adoption records and save the most animals over the same period in 2013.
Update: Great news!! King has been adopted! Stay tuned to aspca.org/blog to learn more about King's new forever home.
Last month, animal advocates were outraged when a video of a Brooklyn man brutally kicking a cat emerged online. Authorities were immediately notified, and on May 6, one day after the video was posted, the NYPD brought the cat to the ASPCA Animal Hospital for emergency veterinary care. His name is King.
After receiving medical treatment and a full behavioral evaluation, we are thrilled to announce that King is now recovered and looking for a forever home! During his stay with the ASPCA, King has proven to be an affectionate and playful cat. ASPCA shelter staff recommends that King’s adopter have plenty of previous cat experience, and he would do best in a single-cat household with respectful kids over age 12.
If you are a qualified adopter and would like to learn more about making this lovely cat the King of your castle, please call (212) 876-7700, ext. 4044.
While we realize that there may be many loving homes willing to welcome him, there is only one King. However, June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, and we want to remind all interested adopters that there are plenty of loving cats and kittens waiting to meet their matches in shelters across the country! The best way people can help cats like King is to visit the ASPCA Adoption Center—or any local shelter—and meet homeless animals equally deserving of loving families.
The NYPD arrested the man suspected of kicking King on May 5. King’s case reinforces the importance of reporting animal cruelty in a timely manner, and we are so proud of animal advocates for stepping up to help this sweet cat.
Are you a food lover? Gretchen is, too! Don’t let her small size fool you— this petite pup has a big appetite. This sweet girl would love nothing more than to spend evenings at home relaxing by your side, especially if her favorite snacks are involved!
Gretchen may be shy at first and will require a little extra space as she warms up to her new surroundings—once she gets comfortable, she’ll be asking for treats in no time! She enjoys meeting other dogs and with proper introductions, Gretchen could even learn to make a few canine friends. Gretchen is looking for a patient adopter and would do best in an adult-only home. Adopt Gretchen today!
Gretchen is 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. 4120. To learn more about Gretchen, please visit her page.
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This month, it’s time to celebrate our feline friends: June is Adopt a Shelter Cat Month! Each year, we use this month to spread awareness of millions of homeless cats across the country who are waiting to join loving families. Here at the ASPCA, we’re working every day to provide TLC to cats in shelters—both at our New York City Adoption Center, and through our partner animal welfare groups nationwide.
Looking for something to do this weekend? We’re excited to announce that the ASPCA will be participating in Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days Saturday, May 31 and Sunday, June 1. ALL adoption fees for dogs and cats will be waived during the event, thanks to subsidies provided by Maddie’s Fund. Adoptable dogs and cats will be available at the ASPCA Adoption Center, and we’ll have additional cats and kittens for adoption at the Petco store in New York City’s Union Square!
Maddie’s Pet Adoption Days is designed to increase overall pet adoptions and to create greater public awareness of shelters and rescue groups. If you’ve been considering adopting a furry friend, this is the perfect time to do so! Be on the lookout for these adorable long-stay pets at our Adoption Center who have their paws crossed this will be the weekend they join their new families.
Dutchess:This sweet pup loves every person she meets! Her hobbies are diverse: She’d love to lounge on the couch with you for TV time, just as much as she’d be thrilled to take a jaunt through the park. She already knows Sit and how to give paw!
Gia:Gia is a social and active cat. Once she forms a friendship with you, she’ll reward you with plenty of love and attention. Gia has asthma, but this smart kitty has learned to use an inhaler! She’s looking for an adopter with some previous cat experience who’ll provide her with the TLC she needs.
Jacques:Once you’ve made friends with Jacques, you’ll be his buddy for life. This little guy is very friendly and affectionate with his favorite people. He also enjoys saying a friendly “hello” to other dogs.
China: China is a friendly cat who enjoys quality rest and relaxation. This long-haired beauty is very mellow, and one of her favorite activities is to curl up by the window to take a nap. She also enjoys the company of other cats.
Please visit our adoptable dogs and adoptable cats pages to get to know all of the animals who will be available during this weekend’s event. We hope you’ll consider taking home a four-legged companion of your own!