Renovating a home is rarely an easy task—even when our faithful pets are trying to help! One pet parent, Consie, learned that the hard way when her seven-month-old pup, Martha, decided to lend a paw during a recent renovation project.
Martha got into a jar of putty Consie was using to fill holes in a wall, happily licking at it as if it were peanut butter. Consie immediately took the putty away from Martha and called the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC). “It makes sense to contact the experts in animal poisoning, and I didn’t have much time,” says Consie. “Martha could have seriously hurt herself and I needed to know the best course of action immediately.”
Luckily, the putty Martha consumed was non-toxic, but that didn’t mean this well-meaning dog was out of the woods. The amount of putty she consumed could still cause severe constipation, or even bowel obstruction. Amanda, an APCC veterinary assistant, and Dr. Michael Knight, one of the APCC’s veterinary toxicologists, carefully walked Consie through how to induce vomiting in the pup.
A few minutes (and a small mess) later, the putty was out of Martha’s system and the potential danger was mitigated. “Amanda and Dr. Knight gave me excellent advice and stayed on the phone with me the whole time. I’m really grateful to them and the APCC team,” says Consie.
The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center has been helping pet parents like Consie for 35 years, providing invaluable expertise and life-saving information 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year. This year, the APCC will take on an estimated 273,000 calls—that’s 500-plus cases per day!
If you think your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance, call (888) 426-4435. You can also connect with the APCC on Facebook and Twitter.
When it comes to adopting a shelter pet, it’s not uncommon for adopters to experience love at first sight. That’s exactly what happened when Charles A. and his wife decided to bring home a new canine addition to their family in February 2013.
“My wife and I had a Pit Bull named Daja, who was eight years old,” Charles says. “We had rescued her from the streets of Staten Island after someone abandoned her. After two years, she became sick and we were unable to save her.”
Charles says that after losing Daja, he and his wife decided to share their home with another dog.
“We wanted to be able to give the love and care that we gave Daja to another Pit Bull, because they are so loving and loyal,” Charles says. “We went to the ASPCA website and saw Biggie. His loving face and sad story of abuse touched our hearts.”
Lucky for Biggie, who had come to our Adoption Center through ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement and spent nearly a year with us, his long wait for a loving home was over.
“Although we had never adopted a pet from the ASPCA, the process was easy and pleasant. The staff there was very kind and caring,” Charles says. “Biggie has been with us for six months now, and as funny as it may sound, he is a lap dog for sure. With all the love and care we have given each other, we are blessed.”
During Diana M.’s first visit to the ASPCA Adoption Center in Manhattan, she met Banksy, a small, lively pup she first saw on our website. Soon, Banksy joined her family, and he fit right in. Diana shared the following story with us:
We wanted a companion for our current dog Oliver, who is also a rescue. We also felt it was important to adopt and wanted to give a dog in need a good home.
Banksy by far was our favorite from the beginning. He was a bit bashful, but after seeing him at the ASPCA we knew we wanted him. We talked about it often during the week and, the following weekend, we returned with my resident dog, a Dachshund and Beagle mix named Oliver, to ensure that it would be a good match.
Banksy and Oliver hit it off immediately, and we fell in love. We knew we wanted to take him home right away. The Adoption Center staff was extremely personable, helpful and knowledgeable. It was evident that Banksy was very much loved and cared for, and that the first priority of the staff was to ensure that he had a good home.
Bansky adjusted to his new home quickly. By the second day, he was accepting treats from us, and it was clear he was feeling more and more at home. Once he got to know us, he was extremely affectionate. He likes to jump on us all the time and gives tons of licks and kisses.
Oliver and Banksy are great companions; they've even switched beds and chew toys and love to run outside together. As Oliver is a bit older, I think it makes him very happy to have playful Banksy as a companion.
When Allison B. visited the ASPCA Adoption Center in Manhattan for the first time earlier this month, she left with not one, but two kittens. Allison had considered adopting a cat for several months, and lucky for these kitties, she decided to bring home a pair. She named them Sierra and Tobias.
“My boyfriend and I have wanted a cat since we moved into our apartment back in October,” Allison says. “I was visiting family for the Fourth of July and on the drive home I just decided it was time. My aunt is a cat lover, and she was the one who suggested getting two.”
While Allison had been to other animal shelters before, this was her first visit to the ASPCA.
“The adoption process was very easy,” she says. “The staff was knowledgeable and friendly.”
Allison tells us it has been smooth sailing with Sierra and Tobias.
“Sierra and Tobias adjusted very quickly to home,” Allison says. “I think since they had each other it made it a lot easier for them to feel comfortable.”
We’re thrilled these two feline friends found a loving home where they can enjoy each other’s company!
In May 2012, I lost my Pit Bull of 11 years, Mojo Jojo, to osteosarcoma. My heart was broken. I knew I would adopt another Pit Bull but wasn't quite ready yet. I decided to foster a puppy named 17. He fit in really well, and loves his housemates—we have three Staffordshire Bull Terriers named Charlie, Rumble and Page, and two adopted cats named Mush and Viggo. After about three weeks, we decided to officially adopt him.
As a dog trainer, I felt it was important to socialize 17, taking him to new places, introducing him to people and dogs during his foster period. Walking in town was a challenge. If a bus or truck passed by, or if 17 heard a loud noise, he would try to get back to the house. Walking him with our confident, adult dogs Rumble and Charlie, as well as bringing food along, helped 17 learn to walk in town without fear. At first, 17 was also hesitant to use the stairs leading up to our home. After a few weeks of eating breakfast on the steps, he overcame his fear.
17 is an avid swimmer, which we discovered when we took him to the beach—I could hardly hold onto his leash when he saw the water. Wearing a life jacket, 17 will fetch a ball over and over in the ocean. He's also enjoying agility classes. We also do a sport called lure coursing, which he took to right away. He has competed in Coursing Ability Tests and earned his first title in May.
A lot of people ask us why his name is 17. When we first took him home, his paperwork said #17/Arthur, meaning 17 of the 47 dogs in the case. “17” stuck and it is perfect because people always ask about it, which gives us an opportunity to educate people that great dogs really can come from cases of cruelty and neglect. No one forgets his name, either.
We’d like to thank the ASPCA for the great work they do and the opportunity they give animals like 17 every day in their work.