Aerin L. shared the following story with us about her dog Scout’s rough start as an abandoned puppy, his subsequent recovery and his happy adoption:
Scout, a black Pit Bull-Chow mix, was found with his three brothers—all around four-months-old—emaciated, close to death, coated in fleas and ticks, and suffering from severe cases of Demodex mange. The shelter that was called in to rescue the puppies said it was the worst case of mange they had ever seen. Scout in particular had not a strand of hair on his body, was covered in fleas and ticks, and his eyes were swollen shut.
A woman who operated a rescue in the Chicago area fostered Scout, then known as LoveBug. When we went to the rescue to look at another dog, we met Scout. He was described as a sweet, fast learning, calm dog.
We adopted him and learned that his personality was far from what we anticipated. Untrained except for the command sit, we enlisted the help of a dog trainer who taught him "down," "heel," "go potty," "wait," "stay," and more. She socialized him and helped him work through his fear of cars.
My plan is to work with Scout so he can achieve the "Canine Good Citizenship Award" before enrolling him as a therapy dog at children’s hospitals. I think children—especially those with cancer—will be able to connect with him. I hope they see his remarkable, and almost impossible, recovery as something they can look forward to. He's alive, well and happy.
Scout can help me educate the public about how loving Pit Bulls are and disprove the myths associated with the breed.
In their childhood homes, Anastasia A. and her husband always had cats and dogs around. After moving from Italy to New York City, they decided it was time to add a furry friend to their family once again.
They first adopted Susi, a cat Anastasia says quickly became “queen of the house.” Two years later, they decided it was time to find Susi a companion. They visited the ASPCA Adoption Center in Manhattan and settled on a quiet, black-and-white kitty named Kookie.
“The adoption process was nice and easy,” Anastasia says. “You get to see and spend time with a lot of cats, but in a smart way, thanks to the questionnaire they give you at the beginning.”
Anastasia hoped Kookie would be the perfect match for Susi, and although she turned out to be a bit more active than Anastasia expected, the two felines hit it off.
“We were worried about Susi not liking Kookie, but thanks to all the advice they gave us at the Adoption Center, it worked out more than fine,” Anastasia says. “They started to sleep and spend time together. The cats play a lot, and it is a good workout for Susi!”
Kookie, who was a victim of High-Rise Syndrome when she came to the ASPCA, has made a smooth and peaceful transition into Anastasia’s home and family.
“I like the ASPCA because I like the idea of giving a second chance to all the dogs and cats there, and you can see how much people there care about them,” Anastasia says.
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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.