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!
Goofy ASPCA adoptable Spike is sweet, playful and very affectionate. He’d love nothing more than a long game of fetch followed by a cuddle session with his special people, and he’s available right now. Recently, our photographer snapped Spike at play at our Adoption Center in NYC, and we wanted to share the results with you. Check out his album on Facebook.
Can’t adopt Spike? He still really needs your help. He’s a great dog who deserves a family, and we’d love it if you’d spread the word about him. Here’s why:
At the ASPCA, Spike is a staff favorite. Everyone’s had a chance to fall in love with him because he’s been with us for nearly two years—longer than any other dog currently in our care. Spike came to us through our Humane Law Enforcement department in 2011. Back then, Spike was emaciated and undersocialized, afraid of most new people and things.
Naturally, as soon as he was medically ready, our behavior counselors set to work socializing this special guy. They took him to new places, like the park and on busy streets. They introduced him to many volunteers so he could learn how great people can be. Before long, Spike blossomed into a dog who couldn’t wait to shower his favorite staffers with kisses.
Behavior counselors also taught Spike basic manners, and he eagerly showed us how smart he is, learning Sit and Drop It very quickly. Due to chronic lung disease, Spike needed an inhaler for a time, and he shocked behavior counselors with how fast he learned to use it. (Today, Spike no longer requires an inhaler.) Late last year, Spike became eligible for adoption. He’s been waiting for his family ever since.
So what gives? Why hasn’t Spike found a home? (We ask ourselves these questions all the time.) He’s shy with new people, and sometimes when Spike sees adopters through the glass of his habitat, he barks his unique, hoarse-sounding bark at them. Understandably, that can make some people feel unwelcome and move along to other dogs.
It’s a shame those folks miss out on Spike, though. He’d so like to get to know them better—just slowly. That’s why we’re asking you to share Spike with all your social networks. Together we have the power to write Spike’s happy ending. What are you waiting for?
Spike would love a teens-and-up home. He loves to play with other dogs, but can play a bit rough, so a resident dog would need to be up for that. To learn more about adopting Spike, check out his page.
1. We’re kicking off the special month of June with a Top Video Catdown contest. Enter your cat’s most adorable or wacky video for a chance to win a year’s worth of Fresh Step litter and a premiere at our livestream event on June 25.
2. With kitten season in full swing, check with your local shelter to see if it needs extra kitty fosters or volunteers to help with the influx of felines.
3. But of course, the best way to celebrate Adopt a Shelter Cat Month is—you guessed it—adopting a shelter cat!
Whether you’re a feline fancier or a dyed-in-the-wool dog person, there’s something you can do for kitties this month—and they really need your help! Visit our Adopt a Shelter Cat Month page to learn more.