From factory farming to kitten season, we focus a lot on the big issues facing animal welfare in this country. But behind each “big issue” is the individual face of every single animal touched by our work. One such animal is a 40-lb., 2-year-old pit bull named Chuck.
When Chuck first came to the ASPCA in 2013, he couldn’t walk. Abandoned and left for dead, he had lost the use of his hind legs from joint disease and hip fractures—both of which had gone untreated. He was taken to our premier Animal Hospital in New York City, where he received surgery to relieve his pain. Once healed, Chuck was enrolled in an intensive physical therapy regimen in conjunction with Animal Medical Center in Manhattan.
“Chuck is a happy dog whose personality was very friendly, energetic—let’s go, let’s go—all the time, despite his disability,” says Dr. J’mai Gayle, Director of Surgery at the ASPCA Animal Hospital. He was a perfect candidate for rehabilitation.
Over the next six months, Chuck underwent an astonishing transformation. Through physical therapy, which included hydrotherapy, treadmill work and other vigorous exercises, he slowly regained strength in his legs and learned how to walk again. The once-crippled dog was mobile once more.
“The intensive physical therapy work that everyone put in made all the difference for Chuck,” says Dr. Gayle. “He made a believer out of me.”
See Chuck’s recovery for yourself:
But Chuck’s story is just one of thousands. Every single day, we meet animals just like him—animals who have been abandoned, forgotten, or otherwise forsaken. With your help, we can continue to provide hope and healing for these animals, and continue to do the kind of work that truly changes lives. Please make a donation to the ASPCA today.
Together, we will help more animals like Chuck begin their road to recovery—one step at a time.
If you're interested in adopting Chuck, please call our Adoption Center in New York City at (212) 876-7700, ext. 4120.
Do you love to run or walk? Team ASPCA will be participating in the 2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll Los Angeles Halloween Half Marathon on October 26, and you’re invited! As a member of the Team, you will take your fitness to the next level, meet amazing teammates, and most importantly, help save the lives animals in need nationwide.
Team ASPCA Rock 'n' Roll Los Angeles participants receive:
Free race entry into the half marathon
Half marathon training from professional coaches
Team ASPCA gear
Travel accommodations (at certain fundraising levels)
Access to Team ASPCA events
A personal online fundraising page to help you reach your goal
If you’re interested in participating, please visit www.jointeamaspca.org to RSVP for a last chance information meeting this week. Don’t wait—training kicks off Monday, July 14!
We are super excited to announce the launch of our latest mobile app for pet parents. The free app offers customized step-by-step instructions to find missing pets, expert advice on protecting pets before and during natural disasters, and a place to safely store and update pets’ medical records. It’s a handy tool to help pet parents make smart choices when those decisions matter most.
Lil BUB, one of our favorite cats, will celebrate her third birthday on Saturday, June 21. We’re working with BUB to help other special needs cats through Lil BUB’s Big FUND for the ASPCA, which provides grant funds to support pets who suffer from conditions that might make it difficult for them to find homes, such as birth defects, blindness and old age.
BUB already has enough toys, so for her birthday this year, she’s wishing for an even better gift: the ability to help even more special needs cats by raising $50,000 by the end of June. You can help grant BUB’s wish by contributing directly to Lil BUB’S Big FUND or shopping the Lil BUB store. BUB will double your contributions all month long! Her store will also feature special limited-edition items.
Share your gift and birthday message to BUB using the hashtag #lilbubsbigthird to help this special cat have the best birthday ever!
While most Americans are busting out the sunscreen, beach balls and barbeques in anticipation of summer, the ASPCA is preparing for a different kind of season: kitten season.
Sounds adorable, right? Unfortunately, there’s nothing cute about kitten season. It’s the time of year when felines begin to breed, flooding animal shelters across the country with homeless and newborn cats. It is a tremendous population explosion, and this year we’re expecting thousands of kittens to cross the threshold of the ASPCA Animal Hospital—all requiring round-the-clock care.
“We’re doing the mama’s job,” explains David Arias, an Animal Care Technician and regular caregiver to neonatal kittens at the ASPCA Animal Hospital. He gently pushes a syringe full of kitten milk replacer (KMR) into the wailing but eager mouth of a five-day-old neonate named Catsup, who drinks up as fast as his tiny throat can swallow. Catsup was No. 2 in a group of four baby kittens—including Mustard, Relish and Sauerkraut—dropped off at the AAH in their first days of life.
His voice trails off when he sees that Catsup is getting feisty and wants more. He replaces the near-empty syringe with a full one. After 20 minutes, Catsup’s tiny belly expands. Before putting the 8-oz. ball of fur back in his cage, David applies a wet, warm gauze to Catsup’s rear end to encourage a defecation and urination—something a mama cat would normally do by licking her young.
Catsup complies. Then, eyes still closed and back in his cage, he clumsily searches for his siblings until he finds them, snuggles up, and goes to sleep. Two hours later, he’ll be hungry again.
The ASPCA is working tirelessly to save thousands of lives this kitten season. It is an urgent time of need, and even a little gift can help a lot of cats. Please consider making a donation to the ASPCA today.