If you’ve ever called the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC), you know it’s a critical resource for pet parents whose animals may have gotten into something toxic. But when it took its first call 35 years ago today, APCC was a tiny University of Illinois service based in a chicken coop.
APCC has come a long way since then. The first poison control center focused solely on animals, the center (called the Toxicology Information service until 1990, when it became the National Animal Poison Control Center) quickly established itself as a pioneer, creating the first toll-free pet poison hotline and developing a life-saving database that helps identify pet poisons. That database is the reason we now know Easter lilies, grapes and raisins, and Xylitol can harm our pets.
The center officially became the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center in 2000, and in 2006, it handled its one-millionth case. This year, APCC will take on 273,000 calls—that’s 500-plus cases per day.
With the resources and expertise to handle every type of poison crisis, APCC remains the leader in providing life-saving information to pet parents in need.
If you think your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance, call (888) 426-4435. You can also connect with APCC on Facebook and Twitter.
Be sure to Tweet APCC a happy birthday wish using #APCC35!
This weekend, the ASPCA teamed up with our partners to host an adoption event for some very special cats who our Cruelty Intervention Advocacy (CIA) team had removed from a severely overcrowded home.
For months we rehabilitated the cats and prepared them for adoption. On August 4, in partnership with One Love Animal Hospital and Sean Casey Animal Rescue, we set out to find them families. By the end of our special Summer Lovin’ adoption event, roughly 30 of these cats (and a few dogs from Sean Casey) found the loving homes they deserve.
Like all CIA clients, the cats’ owner worked with the program voluntarily. “This case was a perfect fit for CIA,” says CIA Director Allison Cardona. “We took it on immediately.”
The cats’ owner, a Bronx resident who had been a 9/11 responder, had 15 cats by 2012—neighbors knew he loved felines and would leave them on his doorstep, and he couldn’t help taking some in off the streets. But last year, he had two heart attacks and was diagnosed with cancer. He struggled to keep up with spaying and neutering his animals, and they rapidly multiplied to an unmanageable number.
Fortunately, the CIA program was there to throw him the lifeline he and his cats needed.
This case is typical of CIA’s work, and we’re so glad this team could step in and help. We never forget this life-saving program is all thanks to the support of our members. If now is a good time for you to give, we hope you’ll consider donating to the ASPCA today. You’ll touch the lives of countless animals. Thank you!
Earlier this year, the ASPCA removed scores of cats from a small apartment in the Bronx. We’ve been caring for and getting to know these sweet kitties ever since, and now they’re finally ready to find loving homes!
If you’re looking to add a feline to your furry family, and you can get to Brooklyn on Sunday, August 4, then here’s where you come in: The ASPCA is thrilled to be hosting our Summer Lovin’ adoption event to find these guys the families they deserve.
Looking for a kitty who’ll be Hopelessly Devoted to You? Tired of spending your Summer Nights without a cat to call your own? Then get down to our adoption event faster than Greased Lightnin’ and tell your favorite available feline “You’re the One That I Want!” (Seriously, we hope you’re convinced, because we can’t think of any more song titles from Grease.)
What: Summer Lovin’ cat adoption event to find homes for more than 30 hoarding victims.
When: Sunday, August 4, 2013, 12:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Where: TWO locations in Brooklyn:
Downtown Brooklyn One Love Animal Hospital 317 Atlantic Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11201 Map
Bay Ridge One Love Animal Hospital: Bay Ridge location 82-09 3rd Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11217 Map
Adoption fees: Fees are waived on all cats over eight months of age. Kittens younger than eight months are $50.
Tell me more, tell me more: All cats come spayed or neutered, microchipped and vaccinated. Each cat is eligible for a free follow-up vet visit at either ASPCA Animal Hospital or either One Love Animal Hospital location.
We hope to see you there! And if you can’t come but live in NYC, please download our flyer [PDF] and post it!
Last weekend, we were delighted to attend the 8thAnnual Loews Surf Dog Competition, Unleashed by Petco. Thousands of spectators and hundreds of dogs gathered at sunny Imperial Beach in southern California to catch some righteous waves and help fight animal cruelty.
More than 40 dogs waxed their boards and carved up some waves, while their adoring fans met cute adoptable animals from the Humane Society of San Diego. The event raised more than $20,000 for the ASPCA.
YouTube sensation Tillman the English Bulldog took first place in the large dog category. Who knew his skills extended beyond skateboarding!? Talk about a dog of all trades!
We all know one of the best ways to help your local shelter is to donate your time as a volunteer. But what about opening your home to some needy animals? Shelters nationwide often need help caring for their pets until they’re ready for adoption.Animal foster programs are a great way to make a hands-on difference in the lives of animals.
This Monday night, we’re joining Pet360 to host a Pet Fostering Twitter Chat. Simply follow #FosterMe on Twitter to ask our experts questions, tweet photos of your current foster pet, and answer fun trivia questions for a chance to win some swag!
Join us, Monday, May 13, from 8:00 to 9:00 P.M. (EDT) as we explore the rewarding world of pet fostering. See you there!