For a little pit bull puppy named Paysley, life hasn’t always been easy. By the time she was just four months old, Paysley had lived in three homes—and one Adoption Center—in the New York City area. But this rambunctious little pup was determined to make it, and now she’s living the good life she deserves. Here is Paysley’s Happy Tail.
Paysley and her four siblings, Payton, Pippin, Portland and Patzy, were born in April 2014. Their mother’s owner was not expecting a litter of puppies, and was unable to care for them or give them the attention they needed. At the tender age of five weeks, all five puppies were rescued by the ASPCA.
At the ASPCA Animal Hospital, Paysley and her siblings were treated for a number of health issues, including hookworm and coccidiosis (a parasitic infection). Paysley herself was suffering from a urinary tract infection and had frequent accidents. The pups were spayed/neutered, and at the end of July, they moved into the ASPCA Adoption Center to begin their search for forever homes.
On July 31, Paysley was adopted—but after a couple of weeks, Paysley’s new adopter realized that she couldn’t handle a rowdy young puppy. She was preparing to return Paysley to the ASPCA when a coworker named Rachel expressed interest in the dog. Rachel asked if she could take Paysley for a Saturday as a sort of “test date,” and by the end of the day, she had fallen in love. On August 14, Paysley was officially transferred into Rachel’s care.
“I wanted to give her a chance to flourish in a loving, secure home,” Rachel says. She changed Paysley’s name to Isabeau, and the two have been inseparable ever since. “Isabeau has a great personality, is very social and she is adorable!” she adds.
Though Isabeau was barely four months old at the time, Rachel’s apartment was already her third home. Fortunately, she settled in easily. “There wasn’t any adjustment time—she made herself right at home,” Rachel says. “She is great to be around and is very affectionate. She is energetic and loves to play and is a great addition to my life!”
We are so grateful that Isabeau’s story worked out, and her four siblings have found happy homes as well. It was a long journey for such a young dog, but ultimately, she ended up exactly where she belongs.
In January 2014, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed milestone legislation to allow local governments to regulate pet dealers for the first time in almost 15 years. We are thrilled to announce that the New York City Council has risen to the occasion and is currently considering three pieces of ASPCA-supported legislation that would lay down new rules for city stores that sell puppies and kittens.
While there are very few puppy mills within the five boroughs, there are over 70 stores that sell puppies and kittens, and they obtain their “stock” from breeders all over the country. While the Council can’t regulate breeders outside of the city, it can make sure that New York City pet stores don’t support the cruel treatment of these pups or their parents, who never get out of the puppy mills.
The three proposals currently under consideration:
Intro. 55-A would help ensure that NYC pet shops do not sell dogs and cats from breeders who fail to meet even the most basic care standards—those with certain violations of the federal Animal Welfare Act on their records—and would prohibit stores from doing business with Class B dealers, animal brokers notorious for obtaining animals from disreputable, difficult-to-trace sources. Intro 55-A would also require NYC pet shops to disclose critical information to customers about the origins of the dogs and cats they sell.
Intros. 136-A and 146-A would require that any dogs and cats sold at city pet shops are spayed/neutered and microchipped and all dogs are licensed prior to sale. Spaying and neutering animals sold in pet shops is critical to reducing pet homelessness; microchipping is essential to reuniting lost pets with owners; and licensing not only helps ensure the safety of pets and the public, but also generates much-needed revenue for the New York City’s shelter system.
If passed, these measures would take effect on June 1, 2015.
Are you planning to do some shopping this Cyber Monday? Great news: your purchases can also help support animals across the country! Whatever you’re shopping for, a portion of the purchase price of the products below are donated to the ASPCA.
Check out this year’s list of products:
WeCare.com Shoppers can raise money for the ASPCA by shopping online through the WeCare app, and a percentage of your purchase price will be donated to the ASPCA automatically!
Houlton Institute 40% of the sales price from each Fundamentals of Dog Care online course sold goes to the ASPCA!
Belk $5 from each purchase of the Charity Belkie Bear goes to the ASPCA.
Alex & Ani The ASPCA receives 20% of the purchase price of Alex and Ani’s Charity by Design bangle (minimum $20,000 donation).
Walkers Shortbread A minimum of ten cents from each package of Walkers Scottie Dog cookies is donated to the ASPCA.
Although there is still one month to go, we can safely say that 2014 has been a banner year for the ASPCA. We opened a new facility in Los Angeles, granted over $13 million to local shelters and animal welfare groups around the country, and helped pass crucial legislation in the fight against animal cruelty. But among our many accomplishments, there is one thing that we are most excited to share: adoption stories.
Helping abused and neglected animals find loving homes is at the heart of what we do. This year alone, our New York City Adoption Center helped find homes for over 3,300 animals, 300 of whom were victims of cruelty. And a home for these animals is more than just a warm bed or bowl of food—it’s a second chance at life.
To celebrate these happy new beginnings, we’ll be sharing 31 of our favorite Happy Tails from 2014 throughout the month of December. Every day, we’ll feature the story of an animal who has overcome cruelty or neglect and gone on to become a loving family pet.
To enjoy all “31 Days of Rescue,” simply follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest for daily updates. You can also follow the hashtag #31DaysOfRescue.
Though their pasts may have been painful, each of these 31 animals has found the “forever home” that they truly deserve—and to us, that is the Happiest Tail of all.