Woodrow Wilson had a pet ram named Old Ike, and Calvin Coolidge was the proud pet parent of Billy, a pygmy hippo. Our birthday boy, George Washington, had a menagerie of Hounds, but his wife Martha kept company with a single parrot.
Even after a terrible experience purchasing a pet store puppy last fall, it appears Britney Spears hasn’t quite learned her lesson. Spears recently purchased a new puppy from a breeder and introduced her “new baby” to fans on Twitter this weekend.
Last fall, Spears reportedly purchased a puppy named Hannah from a Barkworks pet store in Thousand Oaks, CA. The young puppy suffered from multiple illnesses and spent weeks at the vet. What Spears experienced is no surprise to us. Most pet store puppies come from puppy mills where they are kept in filthy cages. These horrific living conditions often lead to poor health and chronic illness.
Pet stores purchase sick dogs and sell them to unsuspecting consumers, leaving the cost of care up to them. This sad truth also applies to dogs sold over the internet.
The standards of care required by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for breeders are also inadequate and leave a lot of room for dogs to be severely mistreated. We can only hope Spears chose a reputable breeder.
We wish Britney good luck with her new dog but urge her to consider making adoption her first option in the future.
Visit NoPetStorePuppies.com to learn more about puppy mills and take the pledge not to buy anything at pet stores that sell puppies.
Of course at the ASPCA we’re all about animals, but we also love music. And songs about animals? Forget it. We’re big fans before we’ve even heard them.
In honor of the 2013 Grammy nominations, we’ve compiled our top 10 songs about animals. Here are our faves:
1. “A Horse with No Name” – America 2. “Blackbird” – The Beatles 3. “Crocodile Rock” – Elton John 4. “Ben” – Michael Jackson 5. “Black Dog” – Led Zeppelin 6. “Hound Dog” – Elvis Pressley 7. “I Love My Dog” – Cat Stevens 8. “Eye Of The Tiger” – Survivor 9. “Who Let the Dogs Out?” – Baha Men 10. “Rock Lobster” – The B-52s
What are your favorite songs about animals? Sound off in the comments section! Or use the hashtag #AnimalTunes on Twitter!