We are excited to announce that 145 shelter dogs, cats and kittens took flight on Thursday during a large-scale animal transport, and will now be available for adoption at partner shelters in Oregon and Washington state. The ASPCA teamed up with the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control, along with Wings of Rescue, to transport these animals from LA County shelters by plane in the hopes of giving them a second chance to find loving homes.
For fans of Dr. Seuss who remember the author’s love of animals, it will come as no surprise that pets take center stage in the latest work by Theodor Seuss Geisel.
What Pet Should I Get?, the newly released book by the beloved children’s writer, captures the excitement—and indecision—of a brother-sister duo as they choose the family pet. The book’s afterword details Geisel’s fondness for the animals he cared for during his life and notes the importance of pet adoption and animal care.
In honor of the book, the ASPCA is joining forces with Random House Children’s Books and Dr. Seuss Enterprises for a special social media campaign to call attention to pet adoption from a shelter or rescue organization, and celebrate the unique bond between people and their pets. We hope the campaign will serve as further encouragement to raise pets safely and lovingly in a forever home.
We’re asking pet parents to show the love they have for their pets by sharing a photo of, or with, their furry friend on Instagram or Twitter, and tagging it with the hashtag #whatpet. For every photo shared on Instagram or Twitter using the #whatpet tag, Random House Children’s Books and Dr. Seuss Enterprises will donate one dollar to the ASPCA to help raise money for animals in need across the country, up to the first 15,000 photos.
We’re grateful to Random House Children’s Books and Dr. Seuss Enterprises for this wonderful opportunity to remind readers that no matter what type of pet you get, pet adoption is always the best option.
Join in on the fun! After you share your pet’s photo, be sure to check out other pet parent’s with their four-legged companions at www.WhatPet.com.
Since the ASPCA’s 2014 announcement of our $25 million, multi-year commitment to saving animals in Los Angeles, we have had the privilege of teaming up with many of LA’s most committed animal advocates to make a positive impact for thousands of cats and dogs in the area. One way in which we’re making a difference is by empowering community members to assist homeless pets in their own neighborhoods. Recently, two LA families did just that.
With guidance from the ASPCA’s Safety Net program, a collaboration with the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Control and the Los Angeles County Animal Care Foundation, the Fernandez family welcomed three neonate kittens into their home earlier this summer. After one month of care, the tiny felines were strong enough to be placed in loving homes. The Fernandez family helped to find willing adopters for the kittens, and stayed in contact with them following the adoption process to make sure the kittens continued to thrive.
A Good Samaritan named Christina found two abandoned kittens in her neighborhood, who she named Vanilla and Cinnamon. Christina brought the kittens to the ASPCA, where we provided her with vouchers for spay/neuter procedures, cat food and a crate to get her started. Christina plans to care for Vanilla and Cinnamon until they are old enough to be spayed/neutered and find loving forever homes.
“We are in the midst of kitten season, the time of year when the number of kittens entering shelters in Los Angeles and across the country skyrockets,” says Bernice Osorto, Safety Net manager for the ASPCA. “Fostering kittens during this busy season can help free up space in crowded shelters and save lives.”
We are thankful to the Fernandez family, as well as Christina, for working toward positive change for animals in their communities.
The Fernandez family, pictured here, also adopted two dogs named Tbone and Nini.
We need your help urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to close a critical loophole for calves. Currently, slaughterhouses can slaughter “downer” veal calves (those too sick, weak or injured to stand and walk) rather than humanely euthanizing them. Investigations have revealed horrific animal abuse at slaughter plants, with workers kicking, slapping, dragging and electrically shocking calves in order to get them to stand and walk. Some of these calves are merely days old.
The USDA has proposed a rule requiring that downer calves be promptly and humanely euthanized on-site, and is now soliciting public feedback. Please help us ensure the proposed rule does not get watered down: let the USDA hear your voice today!
Animal hoarding is a complex animal welfare issue that can involve mental health and public safety concerns. Hoarding occurs when an individual has more animals than they can adequately care for, and in some cases—like that of kittens Hilary and Wendy—it can lead to some serious physical impairments. But old wounds weren’t enough to dampen these sweet cats’ spirits, and the bonded duo was eager to find a loving home where they could stay together. It took nearly a year, but they finally got the Happy Tail they were waiting for. Here is their story.
Hilary and Wendy came from an apartment with 14 cats and two dogs. The dogs lived in a partially-finished basement, while most of the cats lived outside and slept on and around the owner’s front steps. None of the cats were spayed or neutered, many were in poor health and some, including Hilary, had upper respiratory infections.
After their rescue in July 2014, Hilary and Wendy were taken to the ASPCA Animal Hospital (AAH) for further examination and treatment. It was there that we discovered the full depth of their suffering: In addition to stunted growth, both Wendy and Hilary were diagnosed with severe eye issues. Hilary, who is four months older, was nearly blind and, in addition to the aforementioned respiratory infection, arrived with an ear infection and chronic rhinitis. Wendy, who appears to have no eyes, actually does, but they are congenitally small, a result of the conditions in which she was born. She is blind.
Despite their hardships, the kitties had developed loving, distinct personalities. “Hilary’s like the big sister and Wendy is the little sister,” said Liliana Gomez, a Veterinary Technician who cared for the duo. “Hilary’s the leader, Wendy’s the follower. But they’re both very affectionate.”
William Rivera, an Animal Care Technician, remembers working at AAH the day that Hilary and Wendy arrived. “Hilary was sneezing blood,” he said. “But I’ve been in love with her since day one. They are the perfect combination: One’s spunky, the other’s laid back. They just feed off each other and love being together.”
Hilary and Wendy remained at AAH for eight months before they were ready to move into our Adoption Center in March 2015. For two more months, they waited and waited for the perfect adopter until finally, in May, they met an ASPCA volunteer named Elizabeth.
“I grew up with cats and my mother fostered cats throughout my childhood,” says Elizabeth, who volunteers as a cat socializer whenever her work schedule allows. “When I met Hilary and Wendy, I knew they were special. They immediately struck me as sweet and easy-going cats. I had a good feeling that they’d be happy in my home.” On May 2, she adopted them and changed their names to Pepa and Lola.
Pepa and Lola settled right into Elizabeth’s home, and it didn’t take long before their trademark personalities began to shine. “They seemed very comfortable on their first day,” Elizabeth reported, “especially Pepa—who likes to roll around on my blankets and have her belly rubbed.” After exploring every inch of the apartment, the cats were clearly in their happy place. “Within a day or two they were already able to hop onto my bed, despite their vision loss. I was really proud of them when the accomplished it the first time,” she says.
And Pepa and Lola are definitely enjoying living the good life. Elizabeth adds, “They love frolicking around the living room and dashing from one side to the other. They are both early risers, and so far I haven’t overslept my alarm once thanks to them!” she laughs. And it seems like the cats are also enjoying the safety and security of a stable, loving home—“Tonight we are watching old “Frasier” episodes on Netflix,” Elizabeth says with a smile.
From playful games to snuggly TV sessions, Pepa and Lola are a long way from their painful past. We are so thrilled that these kitties have found the perfect home together, and, despite their vision loss, we know they’ve got nothing but a bright future ahead.