As part of the Subaru 'Share the Love' Event, we hosted a special photo contest in December to celebrate rescued pets and the people who gave them a second chance—and a loving home.
We asked each entrant to tell us what is so special about having their pets home for the holidays and received hundreds of heartwarming responses and adorable photos. Meet the winners below!
Bart, Buckley and Luna
Rescuing animals runs in Helen’s family—her grandmother still fosters animals through her local shelter and runs a horse farm at 78 years old! Through volunteering with her grandmother, Helen writes, “I learned about how special a bond can be between a person and a rescue pet. They've been dumped, cast aside, or lost. To me it's all about second chances, and giving loving homes to the ones who really need them. Buckley, Luna and Bart (all rescues) are more than just pets to me. They're family. And the holidays just wouldn't be the same without your family!”
Second Place Winners
“I'm always excited to get home because I know Rukas will be right at the door! He walks right up to me and falls over like a rag doll waiting to be picked up or rubbed on his belly,” Athina writes.
“My husband and I rescued a Pit Bull in October. He has changed our lives for the better and we cannot imagine a life without him. This will be his very first Christmas with us and we are beyond excited to give him a proper happy holiday filled with lots of love, treats and toys,” Chelsea writes.
After Christina lost her beloved 17-year-old cat, she knew she still had lots of love to give. As Christina walked through the shelter, Sophie appeared at the front of her cage, mewing right to her. “I knew the minute I saw her sweet face she was the newest member of our family,” she said. “She has been the best thing to come into our lives. She is full of energy and affection all of the time and we just love having her around. We're so happy she can fully enjoy life now and know she will be forever loved.”
All 50 state legislatures will meet this year, and almost all of them have hit the “reset” button on pending legislation: Any bills that didn’t pass in 2014 are dead, and the slate has been wiped clean. The same also applies to the 114th United States Congress, which convened on January 6 for the first of its two one-year sessions.
Here at the ASPCA, we’re already off and running: Meeting with new and returning legislators, helping to draft new animal-friendly legislation and garnering support for the reintroduction of our priority bills from last year.
On the federal side, we remain fiercely committed to passing legislation that would permanently ban horse slaughter within the U.S. as well as stop the export of American horses for that purpose. Other familiar federal bills we intend to revive include disaster planning for animals and protecting domestic violence survivors and their pets. Establishing quicker processes for re-homing animal victims of cruelty cases and working with the USDA to shape the organic animal welfare standards for chickens are just a few of the new issues we’ll tackle this year.
We also have an ambitious state-level agenda for 2015. Among other priorities, we’re working toward the day when all 50 states will regulate large-scale commercial dog breeders (puppy mills); making sure veterinarians can take action to help animals during disasters and rescues that occur outside their home states; and supporting animal shelters and law enforcement agencies that rescue and care for animal cruelty victims. We’ll also continue to battle insidious and dangerous ag-gag bills that aim to cover up animal cruelty on farms and other agricultural enterprises.
Input from constituents is often the tipping point in your elected officials’ voting decisions. It is up to you to let them know that you care deeply about protecting animals. Here are a few ways you can get involved in the legislative process and ensure that animals have the protections they deserve:
Participate in an ASPCA Voices for Animals Day to lobby at your state capitol, or join one of our online training sessions on citizen advocacy. After joining the Advocacy Brigade, watch your inbox for the ASPCA’s invitations to events in your area.
Make a New Year’s resolution to get involved and be a strong voice for animals!
Here at the ASPCA, we’ve hit the ground running in 2015. But as we move forward, we’d like to take a look back at some of the benchmarks we set in 2014. “We saved and protected an extraordinary number of animals in 2014, but couldn’t have done it without the backing of our supporters,” says ASPCA President and CEO, Matt Bershadker. “It inspires us to continue working hard to help even more animals, people and communities in the coming year and beyond.”
From coast to coast, we helped more animals than ever before. Here are a few of the highlights:
Our Behavior team calls Gary a “busy body,” and for good reason! Like many New Yorkers, this affectionate and friendly pup is happiest when he’s on the move. Gary is an energetic guy who loves to be out and about—he’d make the perfect sidekick on your afternoon run or walk through the park.
Gary shows interest in playing with other dogs and with some guidance, we think he could make a few canine friends! This sweet dog would be thrilled to go home with an experienced adopter who is willing to give him plenty of daily exercise and playtime. Gary would do best in a household with teens-and-up. Adopt Gary today!
Garyis 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 Gary please visit his profile page.
After receiving months of medical care and behavioral enrichment by ASPCA responders at a temporary shelter, a number of dogs surrendered to the ASPCA are one step closer to finding loving homes. The ASPCA stepped in to care for the dogs, who were surrendered in October 2014 by a self-described no-kill rescue group in Okeechobee, Florida, after a lack of sufficient resources and proper care led to the deterioration of the center and conditions of the dogs.
“This was a case where the no-kill shelter operator set out to save animals at risk of euthanasia, but did not have the capacity to meet their physical and mental needs or implement an effective adoption program, ” says Tim Rickey, vice president of ASPCA Field Investigations and Response. “It’s an unfortunate but not uncommon scenario.”
Throughout the month of January, the ASPCA transport vehicle will travel thousands of miles to deliver these dogs to the following animal shelters and rescue groups in 15 states, where they’ll continue to receive care until they are ready to be made available for adoption:
Animal Humane Society, Golden Valley, Minnesota
Animal Welfare League of Arlington, Arlington, Virginia
Atlanta Humane Society, Alpharetta, Georgia
Australian Cattle Dog Rescue Association, Homestead, Florida
Cedar Bend Humane Society, Waterloo, Iowa
Humane Society of Pinellas, Clearwater, Florida
Kansas Humane Society, Wichita, Kansas
Larimer Humane Society, Fort Collins, Colorado
McKamey Animal Center, Chattanooga, Tennessee
Monadnock Humane Society, Swanzey, New Hampshire
Providence Animal Rescue League, Providence, Rhode Island
Second Chance Rescue, New York, New York
Texas Humane Heroes, Leander, Texas
Toledo Area Humane Society, Maumee, Ohio
Wayside Waifs, Kansas City, Missouri
MSPCA Cape Cod, Centerville, Massachusetts
We’re so glad that these dogs will have a second chance to experience lives as beloved pets.