Last-minute gifters, don’t worry! It’s never too late to express your love for family, friends and their furry companions with an ASPCA Honor Gift.
ASPCA Honor Gifts can be a meaningful addition to your holiday celebrations. Not only will you be spreading cheer—you’ll be making a real difference in the lives of countless animals. Plus, every honorary holiday donation comes with a customizable e-card for your recipient.
Every now and then, we come across a special dog in our Adoption Center who just can’t seem to find a home. That’s the case with Spice, a super sweet and social pup who has been waiting a long while to meet his perfect adopter. This holiday season, we’re asking you to help us find a home for Spice!
Spice came to the ASPCA in 2011 after living in squalid conditions in a basement without access to food or water. He was severely underweight, weighing only 32 pounds when he came to the ASPCA Animal Hospital. After being nursed back to health by ASPCA veterinarians and staff, he now weighs 54 pounds!
This sweet dog could not be friendlier. He would thrive in a home with an energetic adopter who’ll take the time to play with him. He already knows Sit, and loves to learn new tricks. Whether you’re looking to add a new furry friend to your household or know a friend who might be willing to give Spice a chance, we’d love to have your help in spreading the word. Please share this flyer on your Facebook, Twitter, blog and other social networks. Together we can find Spice a home for the holidays!
If you live in a teens-and-up household and are interested in adopting this special dog, please call our Adoption Center in New York City at (212) 876-7700, ext. 4120, or come meet Spice in person.
Though we humans are often told to watch our waistlines during this season of holiday cookies and pie, it’s also important to keep our pets’ weight in mind. While it may be tempting for you or your party guests to share some extra treats from the table with your dogs and cats, those extra calories can really add up.
Pet obesity is a serious health concern. According to Dr. Louise Murray, Vice President of the ASPCA Animal Hospital, obese dogs may develop respiratory distress and are more susceptible to heat stroke. Obese dogs are more prone to pancreatitis and diabetes, have more orthopedic problems and arthritis, and their immune systems often are compromised. Overweight cats have an increased risk of diabetes, liver problems and joint pain.
To ensure your pet’s weight remains on the healthy end of the spectrum during the holiday season, consider following these simple tips:
Remove the pet from the room during family mealtimes.
Feed your pet several small meals throughout the day.
Feed all meals and treats in the pet's bowl only.
Reduce snacks or treats.
Provide them with non-food related attention.
Check out our Pet Care section for more information about maintaining a healthy weight for your cat or dog.
Scamp (pictured right) is available for adoption at the ASPCA.
Given the popularity of purebred dogs, mixed breeds often get the short end of the stick. But these one-of-a-kind pups have just as much love to give. Today is National Mutt Day, which aims to celebrate and raise awareness about these special dogs. Besides making excellent companions, mixed-breed dogs also serve society as bomb-sniffing dogs, guide dogs, and even actors! Did you know that the beloved Benji was a mixed breed?
If you’re the proud pet parent of a mixed breed, we hope you’re celebrating National Mutt Day by spending time with your furry friend! If you or someone you know plans to add a canine to the family, look outside the breed box and open your heart to a mutt. You might find love in a shape or size you didn’t expect!
Show Us Your Mutt! Today we’ll be highlighting mixed breed dogs across our social media channels. To participate simply share your photo with us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using hashtag #NationalMuttDay!
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Domestic pigeons and doves can make wonderful pets and are often available for adoption, but tend to be overlooked by a cat- and dog-focused public.
In areas such as San Francisco, King pigeons are bred for meat (squab) and sold at live-food markets. Although some of them escape or are set free by well-meaning individuals, they can’t survive on their own in the wild and often fall prey to other animals, illness or injury. To make matters worse – when they do wind up in an animal shelter, their chances of finding homes are poor.
In celebration of National Bird Day (January 5), and in support of organizations providing sanctuary or rescuing and rehoming homeless pet birds, the ASPCA issued a special call for proposals to improve the welfare of birds at risk and to save more lives. A total of $30,000 in avian rescue grants was awarded nationwide. Among the recipients of these grants was the San Francisco-based MickaCoo Pigeon & Dove Rescue, which received $5,000 that allowed the group to rehabilitate and rehome 20 at-risk domestic pigeons and doves. Several of the birds who had bonded as pairs were even more fortunate to be adopted into the same home together.
MickaCoo Founder and Executive Director Elizabeth Young has been working tirelessly to support these overlooked and underserved birds since 2007. She initially didn’t intend to become a pigeon rescuer, but says that when she started volunteering at an animal shelter she saw that “while all the other animals had various rescues and nonprofits working on their behalf, the King pigeons didn't. King pigeons are calm and very adaptable,” Young explains. “They're alert but not prone to panic. Their energy level is much lower than that of parrots and they tend to have really great leisure skills – lounging and napping and watching more than being busy.”
An ASPCA avian grant isn’t all that MickaCoo has to crow about – in November 2013 it received the GreatNonprofits 2013 “Top-Rated Nonprofit” Award in the category of animal-welfare organizations in San Francisco. Less than 1 percent of nonprofits nationwide are eligible for this award.
More About MickaCoo
The MickaCoo volunteer network responds to calls from shelters, vets, and the public to provide care for ill or injured birds, long-term foster care, and assistance in preparing and placing adoptable birds into qualified forever homes. MickaCoo foster volunteers care for a caseload of approximately 100 birds at any given time.