Yeah buddy! By now you all know that our friend DJ Pauly D has a BIG soft spot for animals—especially shelter pets. In this special video message, he reminds us just how important it is to always make pet adoption your first option.
Pauly D has already done so much to help shelter pets, and now it’s your turn. Please share this video on your social media channels and help us spread the word about this important cause.
Spike would be thrilled to go home with an energetic adopter who will spend quality time with him. We feel sure Spike will make an amazing pet!
Spike 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. 4900. To learn more about Spike, please visit his page.
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.