Ozzie was just six months old when she was abandoned after Hurricane Sandy. Found in a box with a sign that said, “Help me, I’m handicapped,” the tiny kitty was quickly diagnosed with cerebellar hypoplasia—a neurological disorder that affects balance. She was placed into a foster home with many other cats, which is where Jami DeAngelis, Senior Director of Internal Audit at the ASPCA, first met her.
“Although I was there to see another cat, Ozzie spent the entire visit trying so hard to be near me,” Jami recalls. “She was extremely dirty from constant falls in her litter, so I finally sat her on my lap and brushed the filth away.” Jami decided to bring Ozzie home as a temporary foster to see if she could help manage her needs, but Ozzie’s sweet, positive nature quickly won Jami’s heart. Ozzie became a permanent member of her family in June 2013.
“Nothing gets her down, she’s just always happy,” Jami says. “She falls all the time and just gets back up—she doesn’t know that there’s anything different about her.” In fact, Ozzie is such a special girl that we couldn’t wait to share her story in the 2015 ASPCA calendar. Take a look at this touching behind-the-scenes video of Ozzie and Jami’s photo shoot.
Have you received your 2015 calendar? Want another one for friends and family? Donate $25 or more to the ASPCA, and we’ll send you our 2015 calendar today. Thank you, as always, for your support. It makes stories like Ozzie’s possible.
Love to wear your support for animals and the ASPCA on your sleeve? Well, we have exciting news! We’ve recently revamped the ASPCA Online Store with a whole new look that’s sure to make shopping more fun, friendly and easier than ever to find the perfect gifts for the pet lovers in your life.
Looking for someone in particular? We’ve got you covered. Our new gift section makes finding the perfect present for your special guy or lucky lady a breeze. Or shop a wide range of pet-themed gifts like mugs or necklaces for the cat or dog enthusiast. You can even find products hand-selected specifically for ASPCA supporters to show the world they’re proud advocates for animals. Plus, every item you purchase supports the ASPCA’s life-saving work for animals nationwide.
We’re so excited by the new look that we’re offering a special discount to ASPCA Blog readers: Enter ASPCA15 at checkout to save 15% off your purchase! And when you spend $50 or more, you’ll receive free shipping on your order.
Lifestyle brand Alex and Ani and its charitable division, Charity by Design, have created a new charm design in support of the ASPCA! Part of Alex and Ani’s Charity by Design collection, the “Prints of Love” bangle features a paw print shaped charm and is available in both Rafaelian Silver and Rafaelian Gold. The ASPCA will receive 20% of the proceeds from each sale to support our lifesaving work for animals across the country.
Love to shop online? Online retailer Gilt.com is offering the ASPCA an exclusive opportunity to shop Nikki Reed's pet accessory sale before it officially begins on October 1st at 9 P.M. Nikki Reed has designed a limited-edition “Found My Animal” dog leash and dog collar to be sold exclusively on Gilt.com, and 100% of the proceeds of the sale will benefit the ASPCA’s lifesaving work for animals nationwide.
Nikki has also curated a sale of pet products, with 10% of the sales revenue benefiting the ASPCA. The designer will be featured in an exclusive editorial and Q&A on Gilt.com in support of the sale and her partnership with the ASPCA.
From Internet sensation to movie star and fundraiser, it’s no secret that Lil Bub has an impressive resume. But now, everyone’s favorite perma-kitten can add another title to that list: CEO. That’s right! This super-cute, super-special cat-lebrity is taking over the ASPCA as our Cat Executive Officer for a Day!
Lil Bub is officially running the show all day today, September 30. Even though she’s got a jam-packed schedule, we’re pretty sure she’ll find time for Lappy Hour later on. Here’s what she’s been up to so far: