As 2012 draws to a close, we’re thinking back on some of our favorite rescue stories of the year. One of them has to be Dora’s.
On a chilly day last holiday season, the ASPCA rescued Dora, a starving, matted little Shih Tzu with a severely injured tail. Back then, she was weak, terrified and emaciated.
But slowly, Dora began to gain weight and strength. She started to gain confidence, too, and as 2012 began, Dora’s spirited personality started to shine through.
That’s when world-renowned designer and architect Robert Couturier learned about Dora. A steadfast ASPCA supporter with three Shih Tzus of his own, he was deeply moved by her story. Within a week, he became her new foster parent.
“She slept in my arms the whole time on the way home,” Robert remembers. “It was as if she could finally sleep, and that she knew nothing bad was ever going to happen to her anymore.”
At his Connecticut country house, Robert introduced Dora to his boyfriend, Jeffrey, who fell in love with her immediately. Then he gave Dora a toy. She took it to her crate and looked at him with wide, cautious eyes, as if to ask: Is it OK for me to keep something of my very own?
“Of course it’s OK,” Robert told her, his heart breaking a little. He scooped her up and carried her with him all evening, just as he does now whenever they are together.
These days, Dora sleeps between her guardians’ pillows and enjoys playing with her favorite canine sibling: five-year-old Hercule, who fell head over heels for her the first day they met. “He’s her knight,” Robert jokes.
In October, Robert and Jeffrey adopted Dora. That makes it official: For the first time in her young life, Dora was home for the holidays.
If Robert’s acts of kindness don’t melt your heart, we don’t know what will. We’re so glad these two found each other!
On a cold December day last year, eight-year-old Hennessy came to us limping and suffering from multiple untreated conditions. She underwent extensive surgery on her right knee. And through it all, she never lost her trust in people.
Housetrained and a great leash walker, she learned commands like Sit, Down and Leave It with the same enthusiasm she showed greeting people. Naturally, staff members fell in love with her one by one.
But Hennessy still hasn’t found find a home of her own.
We know that some dogs take a little longer to find forever homes—but in the meantime they benefit from our top-notch veterinary care, playtime and snuggles with our devoted staff. At the ASPCA, dogs like Hennessey get all the time they need.
We’re working hard to help as many animals as possible. With your support, we can continue to save lives like Hennessy’s. We think she’s worth it. Don’t you?
Even as we celebrate with our own families and friends this season, those of us at the ASPCA can’t forget that right now, millions of animals across the U.S. are still homeless. Without loving families to call their own, far too many of these animals are suffering alone on the streets.
If you’re like us, you might find that reality nearly too much to bear. That’s why we wanted to remind you that you can help!
We’ve got big plans for 2013, and you can be a part of them. Through ASPCA initiatives promoting animal relocation, adoption and rescue, hundreds of thousands of formerly homeless, unloved animals will get the most precious gift of all: safe, warm homes in which to spend the 2013 holidays.
If you’ve already pledged your support for homeless animals, thank you—from the bottom of our hearts. If you haven’t, please remember that it’s not too late!
‘Tis the season…to pat yourself on the back! Thanks to our awesome supporters, thousands of animals are home for the holidays—for the very first time.
These animals include one of our favorite cats ever, Dasher.
The ASPCA removed Dasher from a hoarding situation. Though he had been suffering for a long time when we met him, he was still cheerful and outgoing. He loved all people. He loved other cats. Heck, he even loved dogs. Everyone loved him right back.
Even so, Dasher had a hard time finding a home. In addition to being FIV-positive, Dasher had very sensitive skin. He needed prescription food, medication and regular dental care at the vet.
But things turned around for Dasher in September, when Ben P. and Jenn Q. walked in to the ASPCA. Dasher confidently marched up to them for a snuggle, and Ben and Jenn fell in love with him on the spot. Magical!
Today, Dasher is Jenn’s constant shadow, cuddling on her lap or following her around the apartment, unless he’s busy batting around toy mice or a stray bottle cap. Whatever he’s doing, Jenn says, he’s always adding an extra dose of happiness to her home and putting a smile on everyone’s face.
We never forget that without you, Dasher would have never received this second chance. Thanks for being there for him!
ASPCA supporters are essential in our efforts to end animal cruelty and serve as a trusted resource for pet parents. While we depend on your generosity to meet our goals, we understand that not everyone is in a position to donate to the cause.
Here are a few fun and effective ways you can make a difference for animals in need: