A disturbing new trend—“pet flipping”—has been getting a lot of attention this week.
Pet flipping involves a criminal picking up a pet, either by stealing the animal or claiming to be the pet parent of a missing pet, and then quickly selling the animal for a profit. Is your blood boiling yet? It gets worse!
According to Time, pet flipping is on the rise in cities including Kansas City, St. Louis and Indianapolis. The stolen dogs are often purebred and very valuable. In March, an Indianapolis man was arrested after a three-month investigation found he had been stealing dogs for years, mostly purebred German Shepherds, Rottweilers and Pit Bulls.
“Many of these pets are housed in puppy mill-like conditions until they can be flipped—no food or water, caged and sick,” Dawn Contos, of Indianapolis Animal Care and Control, said in an interview following the arrest.
Jack F. has accomplished a great deal for animals in his lifetime, and he is just in middle school! Over the past three years, this dedicated young animal-lover has worked to raise money for the ASPCA’s life-saving mission by hosting a lemonade and brownie stand each May, and has raised more than $600 for our cause. This past winter he also organized a towel drive—a much-needed supply at our Adoption Center in Manhattan!
We can’t express how much we appreciate Jack’s commitment to helping animals. His efforts are truly inspirational!
We can’t wait to see the parade of pooches that will walk through our office doors. If your workplace is participating in this fur-filled occasion, we hope you’ll join the fun and consider bringing your pup along with you. But, before you head to work, take a look at these tips for preparing your dog for the 9 to 5 workaday:
1. Dog-proof your workspace. Make sure there are no loose cords hanging from your desk, and that you stow any potentially toxic substances such as plants, markers, and other office supplies. It’s also a good idea to empty any trash cans near your desk so your pooch won’t attempt to sniff out any tasty leftovers from yesterday’s lunch.
2. Brush up on manners. Go over Sit, Stay and Come, and you should be off to a great start. Check out the ASPCA Animal Behavior Center for a full list of training tips.
3. Pack your bags. Bring food, treats, bowls, a leash, and paper towels to clean up any accidents. You might also want to bring a dog bed or blanket and your dog’s favorite chew toys. If you’ll be away from your pup at any point; you may wish to bring an ex-pen or baby gate for your doggie area. And as always, make sure your four-legged intern is wearing a sturdy collar with an ID tag.
4. Take it easy. Keep in mind that even the best-behaved dog might feel overwhelmed by the new environment of your office, or by your co-worker’s furry friends. Ease your dog into the workday by keeping him close to your desk, and by taking a few ten-minute breaks to give your dog some fresh air and exercise.
5. Get your cameras ready! If you bring your dog to work tomorrow, snap plenty of photos—we’d love to see them! Tweet us your pictures @ASPCA using the hashtag #takeyourdog, and we’ll share our favorites!
Last night, a few of our adoptables hit the red carpet to rub paws with fashion’s elite during the premiere of the Stella McCartney #Spring14 presentation in New York City.
Harold, Scooby and Daisy were all ready for their close ups, strutting their stuff with their best “blue steel” looks. Guests couldn’t help but stop by to give these chic canines some love and pose for a quick photo op.
In the end, Harold, Scooby and Daisy all decided to stick to lounging and tasty treats, rather than pursuing full-time modeling careers, but we’re sure they would take the fashion world by storm.
Thank you Stella McCartney for hosting us!
If you would like to adopt Harold, Scooby or Daisy, or meet some of our other adoptables, please stop by our Adoption Center.
Tomorrow (Saturday, May 18) is Armed Forces Day, which honors Americans serving in the five branches of our military: the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard. In addition to the brave men and women who defend our country and assist others around the globe, we’d like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to another kind of hero—the U.S. military working dog, or MWD.
According to the Department of Defense, in early 2012 there were approximately 2,700 MWDs serving worldwide, keeping us safe and performing important tasks that can be difficult, if not impossible, for people. Some experts estimate that the average military dog saves 150 soldier lives during his or her career.
Thanks in part to the efforts of animal lovers like you, late last year Congress took action in the National Defense Authorization Act to protect these canine heroes. Their post-service adoption processes are being streamlined and the Department of Defense is working on authorizing a veterinary care program at no expense to taxpayers. And while it might not mean much to the dogs themselves, it means a lot to us that all retiring military dogs will receive letters of commendation for their service.
We thank the Defense Department and the U.S. Air Force, which administers the Military Working Dog Program from its Lackland base in San Antonio, Texas, for recognizing that our government’s commitment to these amazing animals’ well-being must extend beyond their period of military service.
Show your appreciation for the selfless service of our canine heroes by sharing this article on Twitter with the hashtag #MilitaryDogs.