I was talking to my friend and trainer Christopher Lane, and he told me about the 10K happening in Brooklyn. At first I was skeptical, but then I was told I could be a part of Team ASPCA, and that sealed the deal.
Three years ago, on June 13, to be exact, I adopted Clementine from a shelter in Atlanta. Clementine is some kind of doodle. We aren't exactly sure. My friends call her a floppity muppet. I call her the best decision I have ever made. So I'm running for the ASPCA to spread the word that adoption is an amazing option, and it’s personally enriched my life beyond words.
Training for race has been slow and steady. Christopher knows that I get overwhelmed when thinking about the full six miles. He set a slow and easy training plan for me to follow. I started by just run/walking 10 minutes down the road, then turning around and running 10 minutes home. I did this for the first couple of weeks, I progressed to 15 min each way, and then 20. I eventually felt comfortable running for a full hour. I like to train outside, but if I'm forced to run on a treadmill, I like to break it up. I run 10 minute intervals, then walk some and run 10 again.
For me, it's not about competition. It's not about speed. It's about getting out there, getting my body moving, and being a part of a great cause. So, just to be clear, I won't be winning the 10K, but I will finish! If I can share with everyone what a blessing adopting my sweet Clementine has been, it will all be worth it.
Want to come join us in sunny Florida this winter? It’s not too late to run or walk with us to raise money for homeless, abused and injured animals—and on top of the satisfaction of making a real impact on animals’ lives, Team ASPCA participants will receive:
Guaranteed race entry into the Walt Disney World race of your choice.
Marathon or Half Marathon training from professional coaches.
Weekend travel accommodations, including roundtrip airfare to Orlando and hotel accommodations.
Official Team ASPCA merchandise, including a Team ASPCA singlet, Team ASPCA training shirt and much more!
Access to Team ASPCA events such as our team kickoff event, pre- and post-event celebrations, invitation to our exclusive Coaches Breakfast and entry into the private Team ASPCA tent at the finish line.
Plus, to help you reach your goal, a personal online fundraising page and guidance from Team ASPCA Alumni and professional fundraisers!
The entire event weekend (all races!) is 100% sold out, so new participants can join only as members of a charity team like Team ASPCA. We are hosting online information meetings through October 16—visit teamaspca.org to learn more, and get active for a great cause!
Shopaholics and animal lovers rejoice! Women’s retailer Anthropologie is hosting its annual Sit. Stay. Love. campaign, a pet adoption event and pet supply drive for animal shelters across the country, the weekend of September 20-22. All 180 Anthropologie stores across the U.S. and Canada will host events and, with our support, strive to break adoption and donation records from last year.
Now in its fifth year, Anthropologie’s Sit. Stay. Love. campaign has resulted in hundreds of dog adoptions and raised thousands of dollars in supplies for local shelters.
For more information about Sit. Stay. Love. and to find an event near you, visit Anthropologie.
We are thrilled to announce a very special Twitter Q&A with the one and only Lil Bub!
Join us on Friday, September 13, from 12-1 P.M. ET when we’ll chat with Bub about her new book, Lil Bub’s Lil Book, her hit talk show on Revision 3 and even her upcoming movie! Bub is not only super cute, but she’s also an advocate for homeless and special needs pets all over the world—so we’re thrilled to have her here to answer your questions!
Follow #AskBub on Twitter to send Lil Bub your questions and join the fun!
Pop a candle in your dessert, give your pet a hug and join us in celebrating the birthday of ASPCA founder Henry Bergh! Born in 1813, Bergh dedicated his life to advocating for the protection of animals and in 1866 founded the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. How great is that?
In honor of Bergh’s 200th birthday, tell us in the comments below how you have helped prevent animal cruelty—and if you haven’t already, sign our Fight Animal Cruelty Pledge!