For a tiny, three-legged Chihuahua, Karma makes a very big impression. In March, the 6-lb. pup caught the eye of a woman named Diane, who was already at the ASPCA to adopt another dog named Gracie. In the weeks that ensued, Diane settled in with Gracie—but she just couldn’t get Karma out of her mind. True to her name, this little dog found the loving home she truly deserved.
Karma came to the ASPCA in October 2012 when she was surrendered by her owners. Though she was young, she suffered from a kidney disease and a leg injury that needed to be addressed before she could be adopted. As a result of her injury, doctors at the ASPCA Animal Hospital had to amputate her front right leg. It was during Karma’s recovery that Diane first laid eyes on the teeny pup.
“When I went to adopt Gracie, I saw this precious little thing who had just had surgery to amputate her leg. I wanted to take her home, too, but she was still recovering and wasn’t available for adoption,” Diane recalls. While she and Gracie settled in to their new life, Karma also remained in Diane’s mind. “I kept calling and checking the adoption page to see if she was available. I had pictures in my phone as if she was already mine!”
Sure enough, as soon as Karma’s injuries healed, Diane returned to the ASPCA to adopt her. At the Adoption Center, our vets gave Diane Karma’s full medical history. She laughs, “Her file looked like a novel—it had to weigh more than she did!” But despite the pup’s issues, Diane was determined. “I loved her instantly and there was nothing they could say to make me feel otherwise. Karma had had so much bad luck throughout her short life, and I was ready to change that.”
In the weeks that followed, Karma adjusted to her new home. Because of the recent amputation, she had some trouble learning to walk on Diane’s slippery wood floors. Diane gave her rubber booties to help her gain confidence, and pretty soon she was up and running! “She’s the quickest little thing you will ever see on three legs,” says Diane. “She is faster than most of the dogs in the dog park.” Karma loves to play with Gracie, snuggle at night, and even dress up in costumes—you can catch her sartorial choices on the Instagram account that Diane’s daughters keep in Karma’s name.
“Karma and Gracie are so special, I can hardly believe there are people in this world that would abandon these precious little babies,” says Diane. But we all know that karma works in funny ways, and in this case, at least, we think it was meant to be.
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Need a running buddy? Look no further than Deb! An energetic dog with lots of love to give, Deb is the perfect companion to your springtime adventures. She’s looking for an active adopter who will give her plenty of playtime and exercise to keep her busy, happy and healthy. She also enjoys playing with other dogs, but needs to meet them one-on-one to play with good manners.
This smart girl already knows Sit and Lay Down, and she’d love to have you teach her a few more tricks, too—especially if her favorite treats are involved! Deb’s a sweet pup who loves every person she meets, and would do best in an adults-only home with an adopter who’ll spend time training her. Adopt Deb today!
Deb 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. 4120. To learn more about Deb, please visit her page.
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Where would we be without our mothers? They give us life, raise us right, and teach us everything we know. We’re so grateful for these amazing women, and that’s why, in honor of Mother’s Day this Sunday, we’re bringing you the story of one very amazing mama named Lulu.
Lulu is not your average mother. A seven-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Lulu spent most of her life in a sub-standard dog breeding facility, also known as a puppy mill. For years, she was forced to breed litter after litter of puppies with little recovery time in between. Her life was cold, lonely, and often painful; her body was perpetually sore and swollen and her teeth were rotting from neglect.
Fortunately, on December 15, 2013, Lulu’s life changed forever. Along with over fifty other dogs, Lulu was rescued from the puppy mill by National Mill Dog Rescue. For the first time in her life, she was held in loving arms, given a clean, comfortable bed and a good meal. And as fate would have it, her photograph ended up on NMDR’s Facebook page, where a woman named Melanie H. spotted it.
“I knew I loved her the minute I saw her picture,” recalls Melanie. She immediately contacted the rescue, but was told that Lulu needed to undergo medical treatment before she could be adopted. Over the next two weeks, the small dog had two hernia operations and fifteen teeth pulled. When the time finally came, Melanie made the drive from her Texas home to the Colorado rescue to adopt the sweet dog.
This Sunday will mark Melanie and Lulu’s first Mother’s Day together. Instead of being bred, the mama-dog will spend the day basking in the love of her own new mother. Melanie says, “I can’t imagine the life she had before, but I know the life she has now and will always have until her last breath: nothing but LOVE.” It is truly the greatest Mother’s Day gift that Lulu could have received, and we wish them both a wonderful holiday.
This Mother’s Day, please take a moment to think of all the mama dogs like Lulu who are still living in puppy mills. With your help, maybe one day, no mothers will have to endure this fate. For more information on puppy mills, and what you can do to help dogs like Lulu, please visit our No Pet Store Puppies page.
Hal is a four-year-old cat who was found on the street, abandoned in a box. He suffered severe dental problems that caused him extreme pain. At the ASPCA Animal Hospital, Hal had several teeth extracted and all of his fur shaved.
It was a long road to recovery, and it took Hal some time to heal and warm up to his human companions at the ASPCA Adoption Center. Today, Hal is a social and affectionate cat who loves attention. He might feel a bit nervous in his new surroundings, but if you approach him slowly, he’ll soon come out of his shell and will be ready for plenty of lap time.
Hal would do best in an adults-only home with an experienced cat adopter. He doesn’t like to be around dogs, but with the proper introductions, he could cohabitate with a friendly cat.
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. 4120. To learn more about Hal, please visit his page.
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We’d like to introduce you to Gold, a super-friendly dog at the ASPCA Adoption Center who is anxiously waiting to find his new home.
When you first meet Gold, you’re sure to notice this handsome boy’s shiny golden coat and ever-present grin. Gold knows no stranger and loves every person he meets! He’s very smart, and will work hard to learn new tricks—especially when his favorite treats are involved.
Gold underwent surgery to correct a condition called laryngeal paralysis, which occasionally inhibits respiration. He is doing extremely well! There’s a chance his condition could reoccur, so it’s best to keep him in a cool environment during the warmer months, and limit his exercise. Gold is the perfect companion for a picnic in the park or an afternoon on the couch.
This sweet dog has been under our care for nearly one year. He’s made many great friends at the ASPCA, but more than anything, we can’t wait for him to find a loving home of his own. Gold is looking for an adopter with some dog experience in a home with kids 12-and-up. He’s not a big fan of other dogs, so he’d like to be the only dog in your household.
Check out our slideshow below of adorable photos of Gold’s recent afternoon in the park with some of his favorite ASPCA staff members. If you or someone you know are interested in adopting Gold, please call our Adoptions department in New York City at (212) 876-7700 ext. 4120. Please share this post with all the dog lovers in your life. With your help, we’ll find Gold his perfect match.