From Canine Good Citizens® to therapy cats, animals are known to have a healing power. It’s why so many pet adopters say, “I didn’t rescue him, he rescued me.” In the case of a Chihuahua named Nico, this mantra couldn’t be more true. Although the 7 lb. pup went through some tough times, he proved to be just what the doctor ordered for his new adopters. Here is their Happy Tail.
Nico was purchased from a pet store by his previous owner a few years ago. When that owner passed away in the fall of 2014, his family surrendered the tiny dog to the ASPCA. Though it must have been hard to lose his home, Nico was a trooper. A bit shy at first, he soon warmed up to the staff at the ASPCA Adoption Center, and we were confident that he would make some adopters very happy. On October 25, he did just that.
Michael and his husband had never been to the Adoption Center, but they met Nico on their first visit and were sure he was the right dog. “I knew that he was for me because he seemed so calm,” recalls Michael. Michael’s husband has a neurological condition, and they were looking for a dog that would be content to snuggle and lay on his lap all the time. “Nico fits the bill!” says Michael. “I even bought him a different bed, but he prefers our bed in order to be nearer to us.”
While Michael admits that Nico seems grateful for his new forever home, he also acknowledges the great impact that petite pooch has had on their lives. “Nico is very good for my husband’s condition. He is very kind and humble,” he says. “Nico is happy with anyone.” We are so glad that this sweet dog is able to give and receive so much love, and we wish this happy family all the best in their new life together!
Are you ready to put on your stocking cap and take part in a little holiday trivia game? Join our #SantaPaws Holiday Trivia Twitter Party and Giveaway on Thursday, December 18! Along with co-hosts Cheezburger and Dogster, we’ll test your holiday knowledge on all things reindeer and mistletoe.
Plus, we’ll give away treat-filled holiday gift packs every six minutes to the first person to answer each trivia question, including gifts from vendors like Swiffer, Walkers Shortbread and Hello!
One lucky grand prize winner will also receive a diamond paw pendant courtesy of Zales Jewelers.
In many parts of the country, winter weather is in full swing. For those experiencing snowy or icy conditions, it’s important to keep in mind that the winter season poses some elevated health risks for our pets—including our pets’ paws. Before you take your pups outside for a stroll through the snow, check out a few of our winter paw-care tips:
Towel off. It’s helpful to bring a towel along on long walks to clean off irritated paws. After each walk, wash and dry your pet’s feet to remove ice, salt and chemicals—and check for cracks in paw pads or redness between her toes.
New shoes, please. Purchasing booties for your pet’s paws help minimize contact with painful salt crystals, poisonous anti-freeze and chemical ice-melting agents. They can also help prevent sand and salt from getting lodged in between bare toes, causing irritation.
Use petroleum jelly for paw protection. Massaging petroleum jelly into paw pads before you head outside helps guard them from salt and chemical agents. Also, moisturizing your pet’s paws after you clean them aids the healing process when they’re chapped.
As months passed, Catsup grew strong enough to be microchipped, vaccinated, neutered and made available for adoption. When adopters Jesse and Ilana met him, it was love at first sight. Now, far from the uncertainty of his days on the streets, this kitten—whose new home came with a new name, Theodore—is happily settling into family life.
From intake to recovery at the kitten ward to adoption, every step of Catsup’s journey with the ASPCA was made possible through your support. Every year, shelters nationwide are flooded with newborn kittens during feline breeding season, but sadly, not all of these kittens are as lucky as Catsup.
When you make a gift to the ASPCA, you are supporting crucial services that curb animal overpopulation, including Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs, free and low-cost spay/neuter, and innovative adoption and foster programs. The ASPCA is committed to making a difference for cats and kittens in need, and with your help, we’re making tremendous progress.
Madonna is a sweet and shy pup who can’t wait to meet her forever family. This lady has a lot of love to give and may need a little bit of time to warm up to new people, but once you’re part of her inner circle, she’ll never leave your side.
This pretty girl would love to learn to play with other dogs. With some guidance and the proper training, we think she could make a few canine friends! Madonna is already crate-trained and enjoys spending quality time by herself in her special place. She is nervous around young children and would do best in an adults-only household. Madonna would be thrilled to go home with a patient and experienced adopter. Adopt Madonna today!
Madonna is available for adoption at the ASPCA Adoption Center. If you are interested in adopting, please call our Adoptions Department in New York City at (212) 876-7700 ext. 4120. To learn more about Madonna, please visit her profile page.