We know our pets can sometimes seem like they’re from a galaxy far, far away, but the love we have for them is as large as any energy field. To honor Star Wars Day, we want to see your Wookiees. If your pet is a dead ringer for Chewbacca, Yoda or maybe an Ewok tweet us a pic!
If you’re not too busy bulls-eyeing womp rats in your T-16, celebrate Star Wars Day with us by sending your pet’s pic to @ASPCA with hashtag #StarWarsDay so we can help you show off your furry friend. We’ll be adding our favorite pics to a photo album on both Facebook and Google Plus that you can share with friends.
If you sense a disturbance in the Force today, it’s probably from all the cuteness. Check out our Wookie Facebook album!
Fast. Fun. Exciting. Twitter parties are real-time conversations that involve a lot of people talking about the same thing. They’re an awesome way to learn about a specific topic, make new friends and win some pretty cool prizes! We know that joining a Twitter party can seem a bit complicated, but it’s kind of like riding a bike. It can be a little weird in the beginning, but once you get the hang of it, you feel like you've been doing it forever—and you don’t want to stop! These tips will help get you on the road to becoming a Twitter party expert in no time:
Step One: Get a Twitter account. Simply go to www.twitter.com and create a "handle" for yourself. The shorter the better since tweets are only 140 characters long.
Step Two: Follow the Twitter party hosts. If you’re planning to join an ASPCA Twitter party, make sure you’re following us on Twitter.
Step Three: Get yourself a fancy dashboard. Twitter parties are easier to follow if you use a platform like TweetChat, Tweetdeck, or Tweetgrid. But don’t let the names scare you—they each have easy tutorials to walk you through the setup. (If you’re new to Twitter, TweetChat is probably your best bet.)
Step Three: Use the party hashtag. Every Twitter party has a designated hashtag symbolized by the pound sign (#).Think of the hashtag kind of like the party invitation—you need it to get in. Follow the hashtag on your new dashboard and make sure to use it in every tweet you send or it won’t show up in the party conversation.
That’s it! Not so bad, right? Sure, it might take attending a Twitter party or two before you really get the hang of it. But that’s okay. Just sit back and enjoy the show.
Have some good tips on joining a Twitter party? Leave them in the comments section!
Guest blog written by Annette Vivian, author of Snoopy’s Dogblog.
I used to think that in order for my dog to work as a therapy pet he would have to be the most perfect pooch! That was until my mischievous little pup, Snoopy, passed his therapy dog assessment test with flying colors.
Turns out, Snoopy’s playful personality didn’t mean he couldn’t be a great therapy dog. I trained Snoopy to be sociable with children, adults and other dogs from the time he was a puppy. I also took him with me everywhere I went to help him get used to new environments. This allowed him to become relaxed on car rides. Now he loves going out on adventures!
As a therapy dog, Snoopy goes mainly to retirement and convalescent homes. The moment Snoopy walks into the homes, he is greeted with smiles and questions from the residents and staff. Some people just want to sit and pet him, and he would stay all day if he could—he just loves the attention. It really makes my day seeing all the joy he brings to others.
Join the Pet Therapy Twitter Chat! Is your pet perfect for animal-assisted therapy? Join our Therapy Pet Twitter Chat from 7:00 to 8:00 P.M. on Thursday, September 6, and find out! Use hashtag #TherapyPets.
Jill Rappaport’s horse models the “Opt to Adopt” halter. Photo Credit: Christopher Appoldt
Socialites, celebrities and horse lovers will soon head out to the Hamptons, Long Island’s swanky beach community, for the 37th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show. The Hampton Classic is a world-class equestrian competition, but it’s also a hotbed of shopping, entertainment and philanthropy. For the sixth year running, the ASPCA will have a strong presence at the iconic, week-long event (August 26-September 2) to promote animal welfare and adoption, as well as to raise awareness of equine issues like horse slaughter and soring.
Visiting animal-loving celebrities and top riders—including ASPCA Equine Welfare Ambassador Georgina Bloomberg, daughter of Mayor Michael Bloomberg—will make appearances throughout the week at the ASPCA Patio and Animal Advocacy Station. We’re also hosting an adoption day on Monday, August 27, focusing on helping rescued, at-risk horses, dogs and cats find permanent homes.
We’re also thrilled that another ASPCA Equine Welfare Ambassador, Jill Rappaport of NBC’s Today, will be on hand at the Hampton Classic, personally selling her “Opt to Adopt” Rescue Me Collection of horse halters and leads. We’re honored to be the beneficiary of 15% of the proceeds from the sale of Jill’s items during the event!