Ninja has come a long way. This sweet dog was one of 50 rescued by ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement agents last summer from a dog fighting ring in the Bronx. Ninja suffered in terrible conditions in the dingy, dark basement of an apartment building, rarely seeing the light of day. When we rescued her, she was extremely underweight and suffered from infections to her skin and paw. We got to her just in time, transporting her to a temporary facility to begin her recovery.
Now Ninja is healthy and thriving with her adoptive pet parent, Samara Lynn, in Midtown Manhattan.
“I wanted a dog for some time,” Samara says. “I went to the ASPCA a few times and finally when I saw Ninja and her size and temperament, I knew she was perfect. I waited about two weeks to think about it. I finally thought, someone must have adopted her already, but when I went back, she was still available. We picked each other.”
Staff at the Adoption Center warned Samara that Ninja might be a bit skittish with all the traffic and noise of New York City. But over time, she has adjusted.
“We live in Midtown Manhattan and she loves walking and jogging with either me or my boyfriend,” Samara says. “She also really enjoys meeting all the new people and dogs out for walks.”
She is also a fast learner. After just a month, Samara taught Ninja to walk on a leash, heel, sit, stay, give paw and other tricks.
“She is very smart, sensitive, and very aware and is the only dog I have ever had that pays acute attention when another dog is on television,” Samara says.
We’re thrilled that this special and talented dog has a second chance at life in such a loving home.
Even as their region was devastated by Superstorm Sandy, a New Jersey couple found time to step up for an animal in need.
After spending days inside waiting out the storm without electricity, Gloria Delgado and Wilfredo Garcia took their dog for a walk Tuesday to survey the damage to their Elizabeth neighborhood.
A few blocks from their home, they saw something strange: a little white car idling at the edge of a park. The couple heard a yelp and a car door slam, and then watched as the car sped away.
To their horror, Delgado and Garcia realized a Hound/Pit Bull mix puppy, white with brown spots and about five months old, had been pitched out of the car, left to fend for herself among the downed trees and debris. Delgado called to the confused puppy, and she came right away.
Delgado and Garcia waited for 20 minutes—perhaps, they thought, she fell out of the car? But the car never returned, so they took the puppy home to their dark apartment.
“She was so nice,” Delgado says. “So good and playful with our kids and our dog.”
The puppy stayed the night, but the Garcia family knew they couldn’t keep her forever. Delgado cleans houses in Manhattan, and she decided to bring us the puppy when she returned to work. On Wednesday, the entire Garcia family braved hours of traffic to ensure the dog reached us safely.
“I lived in Manhattan a long time ago, so I know how the ASPCA takes care of animals,” Garcia says. “I knew they would take care of this dog.”
We are so grateful that the Garcia family took care of this sweet and happy little puppy, who is receiving care at our Adoption Center and will be made available for adoption soon. Of course, we named her Sandy.
For more information about the ASPCA’s rescue and relief efforts during Sandy, please stay tuned to our blog and Twitter account.
It’s a classic “love at first sight” story—while browsing Facebook, Aurora Bergmann saw a post featuring Berry, a special pit bull terrier in need of a home at the ASPCA Adoption Center in New York City. Bergmann felt Berry’s picture was posted just for her. According to the post, Berry would thrive with lots of room to roam and a canine companion—two things Bergmann had plenty of.
A country life with Bergmann’s family—including their four dogs—seemed like a perfect fit. The Bergmanns had adopted and rescued three of their four dogs, and when they visited the ASPCA Adoption Center in New York City for the first time in October, they were on a mission to meet Berry and take her home.
“It gives us joy to be able to help a dog,” Bergmann says.
It was immediately clear that Berry was happy to be home—and she quickly became comfortable in the family’s fur-filled household.
“When we come home, she wags her tail and gives us kisses,” Bergman says. Berry loves spending her time romping around outside on the Bergmann’s land, and is coming around to spending time inside the house, too.
She plays with the four other dogs, but is especially chummy with a pit bull mix. Bergmann’s son rescued a sweet pit who had been abandoned by the side of a highway in New Jersey, and it warmed the family to the pit bull breed.
“Now we realize what wonderful dogs they are,” Bergmann says.
We couldn’t agree more. We think Berry is one lucky pooch!
Genevra Pittman visited the ASPCA Adoption Center in New York City hoping to find a perfect companion for her cat Lulu. She succeeded, adopting a shy kitty named Wes. It didn’t take long for Wes to break out of his shell and join the family. Pittman shared the following story with us:
In early August 2012, we came back to the ASPCA to look for a companion for our 5-year-old cat Lulu. She was getting a little crazy while we were at work all day and needed a companion.
After meeting with all the cats that were known to get along with other kitties, we decided to take a chance and go for a very shy little guy, whom we named Wes. The staff told us that Wes, just under a year old, was rescued from a hoarding situation and might always be shy.
At first, Wes was so shy and scared that we lost track of him when he crawled into spots in our bedroom we didn't know existed. He would shake uncontrollably if he didn't have a shelter to hide in.
Slowly, Wes became more adventurous: He'd take a few steps out of his hiding spot, look around, and then retreat. Within a few days, Wes tried to escape the bedroom to explore the apartment. He rubbed against our legs and played with a catnip ball. He found quiet spots around the apartment to nap, and tried to steal Lulu's food.
Now, Wes never forgets to remind us when it's dinner time. Sometimes he'll nap while being cradled like a baby and scratched under the chin. He loves attention, cuddling, sleeping on our bed, waiting outside the bathroom door while we shower and kicking a tin foil ball madly around the living room. Sometimes he chases himself around the apartment and gets Lulu to play along. Our shoes are never where we left them when we get home because he uses them to hide behind when he's found something—usually a ball—to pounce on.
Wes seems to have found a home where he feels safe and happy, and we couldn't be happier to have him.
Jake Grupp came to the ASPCA to check out smaller dogs, but his girlfriend, Mary Yukevich, urged him to just take a peek at the larger ones. That’s when they saw Phoebe, a sweet little Pit mix, sitting quietly in her habitat and wagging her tail hopefully.
“We weren’t really expecting to adopt a dog that day,” Grupp tells us, “but when we met Phoebe we fell in love.”
A visit with Phoebe and an ASPCA behavior counselor sealed the deal, and Phoebe joined the family on the spot.
In the cab ride home, Yukevich knew she’d already fallen hard for Phoebe, but it wasn’t until Grupp was down on his luck that he knew Phoebe had stolen his heart for good.
“I had some teeth pulled and was in a lot of pain,” Grupp tells us. “Phoebe sat near me all the while, and eventually I invited her to climb into the chair with me. It felt like she was making sure I was OK, even though there wasn't a whole lot she could do.”
Phoebe went home already housetrained and knowing a few basic commands, and Grupp and Yukevich spent the first month doing “intense training” with their new pup, deepening their bond and helping their dog become the well-mannered princess she is today.
Soon, Phoebe was working on off-leash training, and the family put it into practice on a recent trip to the beach, where they discovered Phoebe’s special talent as a doggie mentor.
“There was a chocolate Lab puppy named Einstein who was afraid of the water,” Grupp remembers. “Phoebe would go bounding into the ocean and Einstein would follow her until she went in the water, until eventually he went in. It was really special to see that she encouraged him to take the plunge.”
Getting to know Phoebe has even had unexpected effect on Grupp: It changed his mind about Pit Bulls.
“I was wary about adopting a Bully mix at first,” he says, “but after having had Phoebe since June I'm extremely pleased. I'm glad that she picked us that day!”