Removed from properties in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and Texas, the dogs—who ranged in age from just a few days to 12 years—were scarred, starving, and tethered to heavy chains with little access to food or water. Most had never experienced life without suffering, and several of them, including a Pit Bull named Ruby, were pregnant with pups.
Though Ruby had likely spent most of her life abused and neglected, our Emergency Responders were amazed by her sweet, gentle nature. After giving birth, Ruby was adopted by one of our responders—and she is now in the process of becoming a certified therapy dog who will bring love and joy to local hospitals, schools and retirement homes.
Every dollar you donate to the ASPCA makes a huge difference in an animal’s life. For dogs like Ruby, it can mean the difference between life and death. Help us end their suffering: Make a gift to the ASPCA today.
As months passed, Catsup grew strong enough to be microchipped, vaccinated, neutered and made available for adoption. When adopters Jesse and Ilana met him, it was love at first sight. Now, far from the uncertainty of his days on the streets, this kitten—whose new home came with a new name, Theodore—is happily settling into family life.
From intake to recovery at the kitten ward to adoption, every step of Catsup’s journey with the ASPCA was made possible through your support. Every year, shelters nationwide are flooded with newborn kittens during feline breeding season, but sadly, not all of these kittens are as lucky as Catsup.
When you make a gift to the ASPCA, you are supporting crucial services that curb animal overpopulation, including Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs, free and low-cost spay/neuter, and innovative adoption and foster programs. The ASPCA is committed to making a difference for cats and kittens in need, and with your help, we’re making tremendous progress.
The first time we met Coconut, she was starving, shivering and extremely fearful of people. It was May 2013, and she was being rescued from a puppy mill.
Coconut was one of 150 dogs the ASPCA helped save that day, and while many quickly found homes, Coconut couldn’t even handle being touched. Battered and broken, it is likely that she had never before experienced a kind human hand. Coconut needed help, so we sent her to our state-of-the-art Behavioral Rehabilitation Center in Madison, New Jersey.
Over the next few months, Coconut underwent intensive treatment for her fear and anxiety. Though she was one of the most severe cases we had ever seen, our staff refused to give up on sweet Coconut—and within the first few weeks of treatment, she began to show massive improvement. It’s hard to put into words how incredible her transformation was, so we invite you to witness it for yourself:
By the end of her treatment, Coconut was a whole new dog. Her shaking, barking and extreme fear subsided as she learned that there are humans she can trust. In January 2014, she was adopted by a retired couple, and she is now flourishing in their home.
We will never stop fighting for animals like Coconut. She is proof that victims of abuse can be saved, and that every animal has the potential to love and to be loved. We hope that you feel the same way, and that you will help us continue to save lives like Coconut’s by making a donation today.