We believe that no dog should suffer for profit, and we are determined to keep the momentum of these last six months going. If you are ready to stand against puppy mills, stand with the ASPCA. Join the fight by making a donation today.
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!