On a cold December day last year, eight-year-old Hennessy came to us limping and suffering from multiple untreated conditions. In January our veterinarians repaired her torn ACL and gave her other treatment she needed. Almost two months after arriving at the ASPCA, Hennessy was ready for adoption.
But though she’s one of the world’s most loyal, sweet-natured and easy-to-care-for dogs, Hennessy has been waiting almost 10 months to find a home. She needs to be an only dog and she takes two medications (though they’re inexpensive and she takes them so nicely!), and that means lots of people pass her by without noticing how great she is.
How great, you ask? Hennessy’s biggest fan at the Adoption Center, Behavior Department Manager Marny Nofi, says Hennessy is housetrained, smart, quick to bond, and very eager to please. And while she has some pep in her step, she’s a fairly low-key dog who loves to lounge around with something good to chew on—perfect for city, country or suburban life.
Like most adopters, Marny didn’t notice Hennessy’s particular charms at first—then she started working with her for our talent show.
“Right away, I knew she was special. In just two short sessions, she already was catching on to the tricks I was teaching her.” Marny says. “You know she loves you back when she does her little dance when you go to see her: She’ll hop around in a circle with a big goofy smile on her face.”
“I expect she’ll be a very polite and easy dog in the house,” Marny tells us, adding, “How can you not get hooked on a dog that shouts ‘I love you!’ in her behavior every time you see her?”
We don’t know, Marny! All Hennessy really wants is a family (teens and up without other dogs, please) and we know they’re out there. We’re hoping you’ll help us find them.
This diamond in the rough needs a home, and she doesn’t deserve to keep waiting. So start sharing, tweeting and emailing! It worked for Britney, Reina, Tammy, Spruce and many other ASPCA pets. Let’s make it work for Hennessy!
“I’m buying a dog from a breeder because shelter dogs are too much work.” “I’m getting my dog from a pet store because shelters don’t have puppies.” “I don’t want a pre-owned dog. It won’t love me as much.”
Ever heard someone say this totally wrong-headed stuff? We have too, and it we bet it makes you as crazy as it makes us! We know shelter dogs and puppies are awesome—maybe you’ve got one making your house a home right now—but it seems like not everyone does…yet.
So what can we do about it? Spread the truth about shelter dogs, of course! That’s why we created our “Proud Parent of a Shelter Dog” and “I <3 My shelter Dog” tees, totes and more: so advocates for shelter dogs like you can help change minds. Sporting these is the easiest way to lead by example and help get the word out that shelter dogs are the best.
She’s still waiting. Senior pooch Lady has been at our shelter for more than a year, and that’s just too long. So we’re asking all of our supporters to use social media to help Lady find a home for the holidays. Dedicate your Facebook status to Lady, send a daily tweet linking to this blog, email all your friends—and together we can find her a home!
Lady is sweet and petite, and she adores hugs and kisses, playing tug-of-war, and—it’s true—sitting in your lap!
Before being rescued by ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement Agents, seven-year-old Lady had been left to suffer painful osteoarthritis in her hind legs, with no end in sight. But with daily medication she’s happy and healthy, and she now loves brisk walks!
And if you can get yourself to NYC and meet our sweet Lady, please do! She needs a special adopter who sees her as perfect just the way she is. Is that adopter you?
If you live in a teens-and-up household and have a little dog experience, please call our Animal Placement department in New York City at (212) 876-7700, ext. 4900, or come meet this special Lady at our Adoption Center in Manhattan.
You know it’s true: Senior dogs are the best. As much as we can’t resist puppies, there is something about an old pooch that really makes our hearts sing. In honor of Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, we’re counting down the top five reasons why old dogs rock.
1. What you see is what you get. Older dogs are open books—from the start, you’ll know important things like their full-grown size, personality and grooming requirements. 2. Seniors are super-loving. Adopted dogs already in their golden years are devoted and grateful. They create an instant bond that cannot be topped! 3. They settle in quickly. Older dogs have been around the block and already learned what it takes to get along with others and become part of a pack. They’ll be part of the family in no time! 4. Seniors enjoy easy livin’. Couch potato, know thyself. Consider adopting a laid-back canine retiree rather than a high-energy young dog who needs constant monitoring. 5. They’re CUTE! Need we say more?
Did you adopt a senior dog? Tell us about your elder states-pooch in the comments below.
October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, and that means it’s time to celebrate all things canine and get more homeless pups into forever homes. To get the party started, we’ve prepared a special Adopt a Shelter Dog Month section on ASPCA.org devoted to the lovable shelter pooch.
Speaking of Pet Adoption… Earlier this year, we polled hundreds of pup parents—some who adopted from shelters, and others who purchased their puppies at pet stores—about their experiences during and after acquiring their four-legged family members. You’d think that the pet store-pup parents, who got exactly the puppy they wanted, would be happier, but that’s not the case!
Our poll showed that people who adopted a dog from a shelter were much more likely to be pleased with their experience than those who purchased a puppy from a pet store. Shelter dog adopters are also almost twice as likely, compared to pet store customers, to feel that the process by which they got their dog was honest and transparent.
Here at the ASPCA, we’ve long been convinced that shelter dogs are awesome and that adoption is way better than buying a puppy from a pet store. Now we have the data to prove it!
“The ASPCA’s research confirms that adoption really is the best option when it comes to adding a new dog to your home,” says Cori Menkin, Senior Director of the ASPCA Puppy Mills Campaign. “Most pet store puppies come from puppy mills, and we continue to urge those who are looking for a new companion to adopt a dog from a shelter instead of buying a puppy from a pet store. By doing so, you’re not only giving a shelter pup a new chance at life, but you’re also helping fight puppy mill cruelty.”
Get Involved There are tons of ways to get involved this October, ranging from sending a single tweet to volunteering at your local shelter. Head over to ASPCA.org to read all about it, and remember—there are millions of wonderful, adorable dogs in our country who need homes, so please opt to adopt!