It may be just the start of November, but a group of kittens is getting out of school early this year! On November 4, the ASPCA hosted a ceremony for a class of felines who recently graduated from our kitten nursery. These kittens—many of whom came in as neonates and were in jeopardy from the moment they were born—have received extensive medical and behavioral rehabilitation and will be available for adoption at the ASPCA Adoption Center.
Similar to traditional human graduation ceremonies, the event included inspiring speeches from staff, a procession of the “graduates” receiving their “diplomas,” and opportunities for kitten pics galore.
Nursery residents receive around-the-clock, life-saving care from specially-trained ASPCA staff and volunteers until they are old enough to be microchipped, vaccinated and spayed/neutered. At eight weeks of age, they are ready to be made available for adoption.
It is well known that pets can bring joy and enrichment to an adopter’s life, but did you know that animals can also make a major impact on the lives of strangers? Through Animal Assisted Therapy, your pet’s paws and purrs can provide health, healing and comfort to people in need.
The ASPCA is a Community Partner of Pet Partners, a non-profit organization that aims to improve human health through companion animals. More than one million people, from toddlers to seniors, benefit each year from a Pet Partner therapy animal team. If your reliable dog or cat would enjoy visiting hospitals, nursing homes, classrooms, libraries and other facilities, he or she could be a perfect candidate for the Pet Partners program!
To learn more, please join us for a one-hour information session for prospective volunteers. Led by experienced volunteer Susan Tiss with the assistance of Pet Partners staff, this session will cover the process for becoming a registered therapy animal team with your pet.
What: Information session for prospective therapy animal teams
Where: ASPCA National Headquarters: 424 East 92nd Street, New York, NY 10128
When: Monday, November 17 at 8:00 P.M.
Register Now: Please email [email protected] to RSVP. If you are unable to attend in person, we will send you a link to join the live webinar and online presentation. The session will also be recorded for future playback.
With so many critical issues facing our country, making sure your voice is heard at the ballot box tomorrow is more important than ever. On November 4, Americans will be electing all 435 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives and 36 U.S. Senators, as well as many governors, state senators and representatives, and local elected officials. These individuals will be making policy that will have tremendous impact—for better or worse—on the lives of our nation’s animals for the next two to six years. It is crucial that you take this opportunity to put elected officials into office who will fight for what you believe in.
Voters in Michigan and Maine will have an especially critical opportunity to protect animals at the ballot box by directly weighing in on two forms of cruelty to wildlife and dogs. We are urging Michigan voters to say no to the trophy hunting of wolves by voting NO on Proposals 1 and 2. Mainers have the chance to end three intolerably cruel and unsporting bear hunting practices by voting YES on Question 1.
With so much at stake, please research your candidates’ positions and voting records on the issues that matter most to you. Many of tomorrow’s elections will be won by tiny margins, so please get out and vote!
The ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center in Madison, New Jersey, is the first and only facility dedicated to providing behavioral rehabilitation for fearful, undersocialized dogs, such as those confiscated from puppy mills and hoarding situations. In our regular “Pup and Circumstance” column, we introduce the Rehab Center’s latest graduates in hopes of finding each one the loving forever home they deserve.
Break out the cap and gown, another amazing dog just graduated from the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center! Today’s canine alumna is Lucy, a blue brindle Cane Corso who is eager and ready to find a family of her very own.
Life for Lucy hasn’t always been easy. This special girl was found as a stray in Pennsylvania and had all the physical signs of having been used as a breeding dog. At the Rehab Center, Lucy underwent an intensive program to tackle her anxiety—and her true, incredibly sweet personality quickly began to shine. She was placed in a foster home, where she loves to snuggle and play the day away.
Lucy is now looking for a permanent home with gentle, loving adopters. . Ideally, she’ll join a family that already has another confident, playful dog. She lived with a cat in her foster home, so feline companions are okay, too!
Lucy is sure to make some lucky adopter very happy. If you are interested in bringing this sweet girl home, please contact the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center directly via email at [email protected] or call 973-377-5609.
Halloween, the spookiest, kookiest day of the year, is finally here! It’s time to bust out the glitter and fake blood, and dress up your pets in the cutest, cleverest costumes you can find. But wait—is trick-or-treat apparel really a good idea for your furry friends?
The ASPCA suggests putting your pet in a costume only if you’re sure he will enjoy it. Some pets love the limelight: wearing a costume and posing for pictures is a blast! Others prefer to stick to their birthday suits for all occasions, and being dressed like a pumpkin for their pet parents’ amusement can cause unnecessary stress.
If you decide to have your pet wear a costume, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind:
Your pet’s Halloween garb should not constrict his movement or hearing, or impede his ability to breathe, bark or meow. Be sure to try on costumes in advance—and if your furry friend seems distressed, you’ll want to ditch the lion’s mane or superhero cape.
Examine your pet’s costume and make sure it doesn’t have any small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that he could choke on. Also, ill-fitting outfits can get caught on external objects or your pet, leading to injury.
IDs, please! Make sure your dog or cat has proper identification underneath that cute costume. If for any reason your pet escapes and becomes lost during Halloween festivities, tags or a microchip can be lifesavers.