Here’s the truth, animal lovers: Older dogs are often the last to be adopted in shelters.
As huge fans of senior pups, we don’t quite get why they’re so frequently passed over. Why wouldn’t you want to adopt an older dog? They don’t destroy your shoes and furniture, they’re either already housetrained or figure it out quickly, they’re great for someone with a busy or low-key lifestyle, and—most important—you know exactly what you’re getting when you bring them home.
Oh, and did we mention senior dogs love you a little extra?
November is Adopt a Senior Dog Month, and there’s still one week left to make a difference for older pups. How? Share a local senior dog’s adoptions profile with your social networks on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest! (Live near NYC? Try Lady’s or Hennessy’s.) Even better, head to the shelter and adopt one yourself.
But first, let us know what you think about senior canines. Have you adopted an older dog? Share your experience in the comments.
Planning to observe Black Friday with a shop-a-thon in NYC? Don’t forget to stop by the ASPCA, where we’re celebrating in our own way: with Cat Friday. You could just meet the cat or kitten of your dreams…and we think that’s a much sweeter deal than anything you’ll find on retail.
On Friday, November 25, the ASPCA Adoption Center is opening its doors for the extended hours of 10:00 A.M. to 10:00 P.M. and offering very special discounts on cat adoption fees that you won’t want to miss.
For Cat Friday only, felines one year and older have waived fees, and kittens four months to one year have an adoption fee of only $50! (It's normally $125.)
With each of these special adoptions, adopters will receive additional goodies including a free cat collar and ID tag and a cardboard carrier.
All ASPCA pets are spayed or neutered, up to date on vaccinations, and microchipped! Plus, adopters will receive a certificate for a free vet visit within two weeks of adoption at ASPCA Animal Hospital.
For those intent on holiday shopping, Gift-A-Pet certificates, good for one future cat or kitten adoption, will also be available for purchase.
As Hurricane Sandy made landfall in the Tri-State region, ASPCA employees worked tirelessly around the clock to provide critical care to animals in need, including the animals in our Adoption Center in Manhattan.
We are thrilled to report that two lucky animals found loving forever homes in the midst of the chaos caused by this historic storm.
First, a very special Chihuahua named Bentley—later changed to “Sandy” in honor of the occasion of his adoption—went home with Katherine N. on Monday to join his new family.
This sweet dog has come a long way. When he first arrived at the ASPCA in July, Sandy suffered from severe pneumonia and a broken leg. His pneumonia prevented him from undergoing immediate surgery and as a result, he lost his leg. Sandy took this in stride, happily moving around on three legs.
Katherine was drawn to Sandy while volunteering as a dog walker at the Adoption Center—his sweet personality and love for sitting in laps was irresistible. She has re-named him “Tito,” and calls him a “hurricane miracle.” He is safe and sound in Katherine’s home, making friends with her other dog, Nina, whom she rescued from the ASPCA in 2005.
On Tuesday, a sweet 12-week-old kitten named Nelly also received his happy ending. With a day off from work due to the hurricane, Christie H. and Mark G. visited our Adoption Center and adopted Nelly to join their cat, an ASPCA rescue named Ted, in their New York City home. Now Nelly is “Ned,” and Ned and Ted are getting along great.
We couldn’t be happier that these two shelter pets found loving families, who were willing to welcome shelter pets into their homes during an unsettling time.
Please stay tuned to our blog and Twitter account for the latest updates on the ASPCA’s recovery efforts.
Have you heard the myth that black cats are unsafe in October, in part because witches may try to adopt them for rituals? We sure have. But guess what? Top ASPCA experts agree that it’s just not true.
Unfortunately, the truth is kinda scary, too: Year-round, black cats are the least likely to get adopted in shelters across the U.S. In fact, black animals in general take more time to find homes, says Gail Buchwald, Senior Vice President of the Adoption Center.
At the ASPCA, we LOVE black kitties. (Some of our friendliest cats, like Marissa, are black—yet Marissa has waited more than nine months to find a family. What’s up with that?)
Aside from the most important reason to adopt black kitties—that they really need extra help finding homes—here are a few reasons to take home one or two:
Their fur won’t show on your little black dress.
You can tell your kids you adopted a mini panther.
Black cats go with everything.
In most cultures, black cats are a sign of good luck.
You already know black cats are awesome—you have one at home! If you’ve got a great black kitty, tell us about him or her in the comments. You just might persuade someone else to give these felines a little extra attention.