It may be just the start of November, but a group of kittens is getting out of school early this year! On November 4, the ASPCA hosted a ceremony for a class of felines who recently graduated from our kitten nursery. These kittens—many of whom came in as neonates and were in jeopardy from the moment they were born—have received extensive medical and behavioral rehabilitation and will be available for adoption at the ASPCA Adoption Center.
Similar to traditional human graduation ceremonies, the event included inspiring speeches from staff, a procession of the “graduates” receiving their “diplomas,” and opportunities for kitten pics galore.
Nursery residents receive around-the-clock, life-saving care from specially-trained ASPCA staff and volunteers until they are old enough to be microchipped, vaccinated and spayed/neutered. At eight weeks of age, they are ready to be made available for adoption.
It is well known that pets can bring joy and enrichment to an adopter’s life, but did you know that animals can also make a major impact on the lives of strangers? Through Animal Assisted Therapy, your pet’s paws and purrs can provide health, healing and comfort to people in need.
The ASPCA is a Community Partner of Pet Partners, a non-profit organization that aims to improve human health through companion animals. More than one million people, from toddlers to seniors, benefit each year from a Pet Partner therapy animal team. If your reliable dog or cat would enjoy visiting hospitals, nursing homes, classrooms, libraries and other facilities, he or she could be a perfect candidate for the Pet Partners program!
To learn more, please join us for a one-hour information session for prospective volunteers. Led by experienced volunteer Susan Tiss with the assistance of Pet Partners staff, this session will cover the process for becoming a registered therapy animal team with your pet.
What: Information session for prospective therapy animal teams
Where: ASPCA National Headquarters: 424 East 92nd Street, New York, NY 10128
When: Monday, November 17 at 8:00 P.M.
Register Now: Please email [email protected] to RSVP. If you are unable to attend in person, we will send you a link to join the live webinar and online presentation. The session will also be recorded for future playback.
In honor of the cutest holiday around, we’re joining forces for the second year running with car service Uber and humor site I Can Has Cheezburger for UberKITTENS, a very special seven city kitten event.
Uber drivers will be hitting the road today with car loads of adoptable kittens to deliver some exclusive kitty playtime to offices across the country. Cat lovers can download the Uber app to their smart phones to request a special kitten car between 12pm and 4pm today, and Uber will transport the furry felines to you, accompanied by a shelter representative, for 15 minutes of on-demand kitten cuddles.
This year’s participating cities include New York, Austin, Phoenix, Chicago, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C. Each delivery will cost $30 dollars with all proceeds benefiting each city’s local shelter. We anticipate kitten demand will be high, so please order quickly!
Each kitty from today’s event will be available for adoption, but there are millions of other kittens and cats in shelters across the country who may not be part of the Uber kitten car but are still awaiting loving, forever homes! We hope this fun event will raise the importance of making cat and pet adoption your first choice.
Don’t live in a participating city? Don’t worry, you can still join in on the fun! Enter our contest to win an ASPCA cat lover’s prize pack by telling us why rescue cats are the best cats. For a chance to win, click here.
We’re so impressed by the adoptions successes in all 33 communities, and we’re thrilled that so many animals found forever homes in just one weekend! Congratulations to all of our 2014 Mega Match-a-thon participants for a job well done.
They arrived on leashes, in crates, and even in shopping carts. Mastiffs and Malteses, bulldogs and boxers, pit bulls and poodles. From the tiniest teacup Chihuahuas to giant German Shepherds—and even a handful of felines.
More than 300 pets were vaccinated at the ASPCA’s first-ever free clinic at Green Meadows Park on E. 89th and San Pedro Streets in South Los Angeles on Saturday.
In addition to free vaccines, the ASPCA offered free rabies tags and doses of flea and tick preventive, and made appointments for free spay/neuter surgeries for 90 cats and dogs in the coming week at its brand-new, fully-subsidized spay/neuter clinic, located at the South L.A. Animal Care Center.
Magaly Guevara, who lives nearby, arrived at 7 a.m. with her six Chihuahua/terrier mixes in tow: Trouble, Peluche, Quinn, Millhouse, Wednesday and Ladybird. As Dr. Katie Marrie administered shots, Trouble flinched—twice. “She’s a real drama queen,” Magaly admitted.
Andrea Ortiz and her daughters, Tatiana, 6, and Andrea, 12, carried their Chihuahua puppies, Princess and Cloud. Andrea’s mother-in-law Olga Jarquin’s three Chihuahua mixes rested comfortably in a shopping cart.
Closer to the front of the line, Salome Orea and her partner, Patricia Gutierrez, walked their brood of five: Rottweilers, Beauty and Beast; poodle mix Max; Bernese mountain dog mix Kiara; and German shepherd Kane.
Arthur Starks, with his two-year-old, black-and-white pit bull Arthur Jr. (A.J. for short), was grateful for the free vaccines. “A.J. is my one and only,” he said, rattling off the pooch’s many nicknames, which include Pop and Daddy. “He deserves the best.”
Over the past few days, ASPCA community advocates distributed more than 2,000 flyers over a 3.5 mile swath in the nearby [90003 zip code] neighborhood. Over 25 ASPCA staff and volunteers were on hand to man the event, which lasted five hours.
Earlier this year, the ASPCA announced a $25 million, multi-year commitment to save the lives of animals in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area.
“Access to affordable pet care is vital in the effort to save the lives of animals, keeping them healthy, happy, and in their homes,” said Jennifer Anderson, Director of the ASPCA’s South Los Angeles spay/neuter clinic.
Patrick Hunter, who lives in the area, knows this all too well. His dogs Red and Roxy were beneficiaries of the ASPCA’s free services over the summer, and he has since signed up to volunteer. “The ASPCA really helped me out when I needed it,” says Patrick, a cook at a local hospital. On this beautiful fall day, he was distributing free leashes and collars to pet owners in attendance.
At noon, Mitch, a four-month-old tabby who had waited patiently in line for 2½ hours with his owner Monica Cortez, received his vaccines—without any drama.
Luis Vargas’s pit bulls, Boo Boo and Sky, were the last to be vaccinated. “I just got home from work,” said Luis, who is employed at a nearby supermarket. “My mother-in-law told me about this and said ‘you should take your dogs.’” Boo Boo and Sky made it just in time. To learn more about our work in LA, please read our recent cover story in ASPCA Action.