Guest blog written by Ben Li’ Gon, ASPCA Senior Manager of Intake and Foster Program
Thanks to the generosity of our wonderful volunteers, the ASPCA Foster Care Program has reached its largest numbers ever. In 2011, 654 animals were placed into foster homes—and this year we have already surpassed 638 animals!
The ASPCA Foster Care Program places animals in temporary homes until they are ready for adoption. The animals we place into foster care include moms with nursing kittens or puppies, sick and injured animals, and animals in need of a bit more socialization, which can be essential to their adoptability. We also provide foster services for orphaned newborn kittens and puppies—a few of our very special foster caregivers offer these babies round-the-clock tender love and care.
By getting these guys out of the shelter and into a loving foster home, we can take in even more animals—saving even more lives. At the same time, we are providing these animals with the most comforting and nurturing environments possible until they are ready to return to the shelter and find their forever homes.
The effects of the foster care program are deeply felt throughout the entire ASPCA. If it weren’t for the hard work and dedication of all our foster caregivers, we would not be able to help nearly as many animals as we do. For this reason, we hope to see our program continue to grow each year.
Kudos to all of wonderful foster parents! The ASPCA would truly not be the same without you. To learn more about this life-saving program visit our Foster Care page.
Smitten by kittens? Well, good news—we’re transforming our mobile adoption unit into a Kitten Karavan this weekend! The ASPCA Adoption Center has received an overwhelming number of young kittens this summer, and we’re taking them on the road in an effort to find them loving homes.
“No kitten should have to grow up in a shelter, but unfortunately that’s what we have been seeing these past few months,” says Gail Buchwald, Senior Vice President of the ASPCA’s Adoption Center. “We are urging everyone who has considered adopting to come to our Kitten Karavan this weekend and help us empty our cages.”
Adoption fees for kittens younger than four months are just $99 and $50 for all kittens and cats ages four months to three years. Plus, the Buddy System is in full swing—adopt one kitten and you can bring home another for no additional fee.
Where: St. Anthony’s Market West Houston Street between Thompson and MacDougal Streets Manhattan, NY
When: Saturday, August 25 and Sunday, August 26, 1:00-5:00 P.M.
What to Bring: In order to adopt, potential adopters should bring the following: two forms of identification, one with their current address (such as a utility bill) and one government-issued photo ID (such as a driver’s license, passport, military ID, or non-driver ID). Adopters may also be asked to provide one personal reference, reachable by phone. The ASPCA strongly encourages all members of the household to come to the van to meet their potential pet.
For more information about adopting a new pet, please visit our Adoption Center online.
Do you have room in your home and your heart to be a lifeline for needy animals? Shelters often need outside help caring for pets until they’re ready for adoption. Becoming a foster parent is a great way to make a hands-on difference in the lives of animals in your community! Shelter pets who may benefit from some quality time with a family often include newborns and those recovering from surgery.
Fostering is a wonderful way to help your local shelter create more space for needy animals, and it’s a great way to enjoy the many benefits of having a pet in your life without the long-term commitment.
Still need convincing? Check out our Foster Stories for real, first-person accounts of how rewarding fostering can be!
P.S.: Live in NYC and want to become a foster caretaker? Learn about the ASPCA’s Foster Care Program and enroll today! Remember, many shelters across the country sponsor similar programs, so be sure to check with your local shelter if you’re interested in fostering needy pets.
After undergoing surgeries to treat not one but two types of cancer, Mystery was exhausted. And yet, each time this Shepherd mix saw her favorite person at ASPCA Animal Hospital, her big brown eyes lit up and her tail began to thump.
That’s typical behavior from this big-hearted dog. She’s friendly to everyone, and especially so to her special people.
“She has a great disposition,” says ASPCA licensed veterinary technician Carol Algarin. “She was always friendly, even when we knew she was uncomfortable.”
Mystery came to the ASPCA through our Humane Law Enforcement department, and we soon discovered she had a mammary gland tumor and a spindle cell tumor on her flank area. (Our vets believe the chance of recurrence is low.) But through her treatments, she maintained her sweet demeanor, good attitude and fondness for cuddling.
Carol isn’t Mystery’s only fan. Our Media team loved her so much that they brought her on the Nightly News with Chuck Scarborough on NBC! There, she demonstrated that she could Sit and Lie Down. (She’s a really smart girl.)
If you are looking for a dog with whom to form a very strong bond, Mystery is an excellent choice. We adore her here, but we want to see her in the loving home she deserves. Mystery can live with other dogs and children ages six and up.
To adopt Mystery, please call our Animal Placement department at (212) 876-7700, ext. 4900. And please share Mystery on Facebook and Twitter! Let’s get her the family she longs for.
Looking to rack up some good karma today? How about using social media to spread the word about an older or special needs dog at your local shelter?
In fact, please share Lady, an energetic, dog who adores hugs and kisses, playing tug-of-war, and—it’s true—sitting in your lap!
Lady could really use a boost, because those great qualities aren’t what a lot of people see when they look at this staff favorite—they see an older Pit mix with special needs.
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!
There’s something extra-special about the bond you form with an older dog. They’re calmer, wiser and maybe even a little more appreciative of your kindness. But it can take them a little longer to find their forever homes; they could really use your help.
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. 4120.