By the time Mojave was 5 years old, he had seen more than most cats will in a lifetime. Born into the home of a cat hoarder, the tabby spent his early years competing for basic necessities like food, love and attention. To make matters worse, he was suffering from a rare birth defect called eyelid agenesis, in which the eyelids do not form properly. Because of this condition, Mojave’s eyes were in a constant state of irritation from dust, eyelashes and even hair. Two other conditions called entropion and distichiasis also contributed to the sweet cat’s ocular distress. His future looked grim, to say the least.
At the ASPCA Animal Hospital, Director of Surgery Dr. J’mai Gayle addressed all three of Mojave’s conditions in a series of carefully staged operations—one of which included the construction of completely new eyelids. It was a long road to recovery, but the extremely social and well-adjusted cat handled everything in stride. After healing, Mojave was quickly adopted into a loving home.
Many of us dread filing our taxes—and understandably so. But as you navigate through complicated forms and piles of receipts, be aware that some states offer their citizens a chance to help animals at tax time. Alabama, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, Oklahoma, UtahandVirginia have statewide spay/neuter programs that are funded by a voluntary income tax check-off. Contributing part of your tax return toward providing low-cost spay/neuter surgeries to needy dogs and cats is a great way to help animals in your community!
Animal advocates lobbied hard to pass the laws that created these voluntary tax check-offs, but in order for the programs to be successful and continue, taxpayers have to take advantage of the opportunity to dedicate a small portion of their tax return to spay/neuter services. If you live in one of the states listed above, click on it to find out how to contribute when you file!
Here at the ASPCA, we’re of the mindset that if you love animals, you should let the world know it! We can’t think of a better way to spread the word than by taking a stroll in adorable Vans X ASPCA dog- and cat-themed shoes designed in support of the ASPCA’s life-saving work for animals.
Are you in the New York City area? Vans and the ASPCA are teaming up to host a special pet adoption event on Saturday, March 22, from 1:00 to 4:00 P.M. The event, which will be held at the House of Vans at 25 Franklin Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, will feature adoptable dogs and cats from the ASPCA Adoption Center and Animal Care & Control of New York City. We’ll also have food trucks, gifts and an interactive photo booth on site. Two-legged guests of all ages are welcome to attend!
Staff favorite dog Baby is still looking for her forever home! She’s come a long way since she was found tied to a tree in July 2012, winning the hearts of everyone she meets with her abundant kisses and cuddly nature. Baby would love to be your constant companion and doesn’t like to be left along for long hours. In the past, adopters have been unable to spend the time with Baby that she needs, leading her to exhibit negative behaviors associated with separation anxiety. However, exercise seems to help her overcome her fear of being alone, and she would gladly accompany you on a morning run or afternoon stroll.
Connecticut State Representative Brenda Kupchick (right) speaks at Voices for Animals Day.
When Brenda Kupchick’s son was nine years old, he begged her for a puppy. Eventually, she gave in and purchased a female beagle at a pet shop. “Over the next 12 years, that dog cost us $16,000 in vet bills,” admits Kupchick, now a Connecticut state representative. “Not only did she cost us a lot of money, but a lot of heartache, as well.”
Rep. Kupchick, along with Rep. Auden Grogins, spoke at the ASPCA’s Connecticut Voices for Animals Day in Hartford on February 21, using the forum to renew their support for a state law that would address the inhumane treatment of dogs in the commercial breeding facilities—commonly known as puppy mills—that supply animals to Connecticut pet shops.
ASPCA-sponsored lobby days like Connecticut Voices for Animals Day give animal lovers like you the chance to meet your elected officials and tell them, in person, that you support animal protection and oppose laws that would allow animals to be hurt and exploited. Of the 31 animal advocates in attendance at Connecticut Voices for Animals Day, many were lobbying for their first time. Lisa King felt the trip was “absolutely worth it.”
“I had a nice conversation with an aide to my state senator,” Lisa said. She also left behind a personal note for Senator Cathy Osten. “It’s important for them to realize that people who vote for them have these concerns.”
We have several animal-welfare state lobbying events coming up: registration is currently open for Massachusetts, Florida, Michigan, Ohio and New Jersey, and details will soon be posted for Illinois and New York.
Stacey Doan of Protectors of Animals, Inc., Maya, a Chow Chow up for adoption, and Rep. Brenda Kupchick welcome a group of seventh and eighth graders from Cesar A. Batalla School in Bridgeport to Connecticut Voices for Animals Day.