Today is Earth Day! We all love our furry friends, but many pet parents don’t realize just how much of an impact animal companions can have on our planet. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways you can go green with the four-legged friend in your life. Here are some simple and fun ways you and your pet can cut down on waste and do your part for Mother Earth this year:
Reuse, Recycle and Donate. Before you throw away the old towels, bedding, litter boxes and leashes you’ve accumulated over the year, call your local shelter. They often have a need for these household items, and your pet’s gently-used products can go a long way in making a shelter animal very happy!
Clean Green. Put away the bleach and protect your pets from toxic chemicals often found in household cleaning supplies by reaching for vinegar, baking soda or lemon to clean pet messes. These eco-friendly alternatives remove odors and kill mold and bacteria. Not sure what products in your house are hazardous? Check out our list of pet toxins that may be in your home.
Go Natural. Consider opting for biodegradable doggie bags over the plastic kind, choosing kitty litter made out of plant-based materials like wheat or wood chips, and looking for pet products made from recycled plastics and natural materials.
We’re all counting on members of Congress to stand up for our nation’s animals—so to remind them of the difference animals make in our lives, we arranged for them to spend a little quality time with some adorable animals yesterday at Paws for Love, a Capitol Hill Valentine’s Day event organized by the ASPCA and hosted by the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus (CAPC).
During Paws for Love, legislators and staff got to canoodle with adoptable animals from D.C.-area shelters and rescues. The shelters and rescues got to highlight their important work, and, best of all, at least six deserving animals found their forever homes!
Paws for Love was also the first CAPC event of the 114th Congress. Formed in 2009, the CAPC employs non-partisan forums and briefings to highlight important issues affecting animals. The caucus also tracks the progress of relevant legislation, provides members of Congress with credible information, and strives to build broad coalitions in support of common-sense, humane animal welfare laws and policies.
The caucus has two new Co-Chairs this year: Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) and Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA), both of whom spoke at the event. Reps. Blumenauer and Fitzpatrick have been leading champions of humane issues and demonstrated career-long commitment to advancing animal welfare policies in Congress. The two previously collaborated to introduce legislation that would protect public health and safety by prohibiting interstate commerce in primates for the pet trade, and have supported many other animal welfare legislative efforts including bills to crack down on animal fighting, protect farm animals, and save our nation’s horses from the cruelty of slaughter. The two Co-Chairs will work with new and returning CAPC members to advance animal protection legislation in the 114th Congress.
Check out the photos below to see why Paws for Love is, as many attendees claimed, their “favorite workday ever.”
Representative Earl Blumenauer, CAPC Co-Chair
Representative Leonard Lance meets a dog from Washington Humane Society
Representative Mike Fitzpatrick, CAPC Co-Chair
Representative Walter Jones & ASPCA SVP of Government Relations Nancy Perry
Stacie Gregg and son Declan (ASPCA 2012 Kid of the Year) with Representative Frank Guinta
Erica Striebel from Representative Ander Crenshaw’s office adopted a pup from Last Chance Rescue. His name is Finnegan.
Are you looking for unconditional love this Valentine’s Day? Look no further than the ASPCA Adoption Center! In honor of this heart-filled holiday, the ASPCA is offering discounted adoption fees for our adoptable dogs and cats from Saturday, February 14 through Saturday, February 21. Here’s the scoop:
• The adoption fee for kittens aged four months to one year will be $50.
• If you adopt one kitten, you can adopt a second kitten for no cost.
• There will be no adoption fee for cats aged one year and older.
As we head into 2015, many of us are setting goals for the year ahead. But as you write out your New Year’s resolutions, it’s important to keep your pets in mind as well!
Here are a few of our tips for making 2015 a happy and healthy year for your furry friends:
Schedule a check-up: Now is the perfect time to pay a visit to your veterinarian. Annual veterinary exams will help ensure that your pet is up-to-date on the latest vaccinations and flea/heartworm medications. It will also help avoid preventable health problems like diabetes and arthritis. If it’s been a year or more since your pet has seen the vet, make an appointment today!
Take a hike: If you plan to focus on fitness this year, be sure to incorporate your pets! We think taking a stroll through your neighborhood or an afternoon hike is always more exciting when you bring your furry friends along. Adult dogs need at least 30 minutes of exercise twice a day—jogging, playing fetch, and swimming are all great options. Keep your feline friends in shape with rousing play sessions and fun furry toys.
Glamorous grooming: Now that the hectic holiday season has come to a close, consider giving your pet’s fur, teeth, nails and ears some extra attention in the New Year. Resolve to brush your pet every day and check their teeth, nails and ears at least once a week. Routine care is important for your pet’s health and hygiene, and it has the added bonus of making them feel happy, clean and loved.
IDs, please: It’s important for all pets—even the ones who live indoors—to wear an ID tag. January is a good time to make sure that all their information is up-to-date, or to invest in tags if you haven’t already. Implanted microchips are also a smart option.
Lend a hand to pets in need: If you’re dedicated to helping animals in need this year, we hope you’ll join us and resolve to become an ASPCA Guardian. For just 60 cents a day, you can make a huge impact on countless lives in 2015.
Are you setting any New Year’s resolutions for yourself or for your pets? We’d love to hear them! Please share in the comments.
It’s that time of year again! As part of the Subaru “Share the Love” Event, we’re hosting our annual Home for the Holidays photo contest to celebrate rescued pets and the people who gave them a second chance—and a loving home.
We hope you’ll join in the fun by sharing a festive photo of your pets enjoying the holidays on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #HolidaysWithMyPet. Make sure to tell us what makes sharing the holidays with your furry friend so great.
No more than one photo will be accepted, so take your best shot!
Be sure to tell all your friends—the top three photos will receive a special ASPCA Holiday Gift Pack. One grand prize winner will also receive $200 worth of Subaru pet travel gear!