It’s National Foster Care Month, and we wanted to take this opportunity to highlight an exciting way to help animals in need. If don’t have the capacity to add a permanent furry friend to your household, becoming a pet foster parent is a great way to pitch in. By fostering a dog or cat, you’ll free up crucial space in your local shelter and you’ll help pave the way for that animal to find a loving home.
At the ASPCA, we rely heavily on our volunteer animal foster caregivers, who create “a shelter outside of our shelter” in their homes for thousands of animals who are not quite ready for adoption. Foster caregivers provide these animals with the time and attention they need while preparing them to find forever homes. As a result, our Adoption Center staff has additional time and shelter space to help thousands more animals.
If you’re in the New York City area and would like to find out more about fostering for the ASPCA, please email [email protected] and visit our foster care page to learn more. If you’re not in New York City, visit our shelter finder to locate a shelter or rescue group in your area that might be in need of foster volunteers.
This Mother’s Day, the ASPCA Adoption Center is offering various adoption specials in the hopes of finding special moms (or dads) for our many adorable cats and dogs in search of loving homes. If you have two-legged or four-legged kids at home already, or you’re considering adopting, now is a great time to expand your family!
From Friday, May 8 through Sunday, May 17, we’ll be offering the following adoption specials:
Cats older than 1 year will have their adoption fee waived
Kittens younger than 1 year are “AOGO,” or, adopt one kitten and the second kitten has no adoption fee
Dog adoption fees are reduced by 50%
All adopters will receive a free custom-engraved heart shaped ID tag
All cats will go home with a free cardboard carrier
All dogs will receive a free collar and leash
As always, all pets are vaccinated, spayed/neutered and microchipped
Not in the New York City area? Visit our Adopt section to find adoptable dogs and cats in your local shelter. Thanks for making pet adoption your first option!
While there are many differences between being a pet parent and parenting a child, we think there are some similarities, too. Here are some of the adorable dogs and cats at our Adoption Center who would love to be your furkid.
Looking for a fun and friendly feline companion? Then Ginny’s your girl. This social cat thinks playtime is the best time. She’d be thrilled to go home with a new family who will spend time playing with her and give her plenty of daily exercise. If Ginny’s not getting enough attention, she’ll look for ways to amuse herself—like pouncing on feet as they walk by. But this pretty girl also enjoys her space and will let you know when she’s ready for a little alone time.
Ginny prefers to be the Queen Bee and should be the only cat in an adults-only home. She would do best with an experienced adopter who is good at reading feline body language. Adopt Ginny today!
Ginny is available for adoption at the ASPCA Adoption Center. If you are interested in adopting Ginny, please call our Adoptions Department in New York City at (212) 876-7700 ext. 4120. To learn more about Ginny, please visit her profile page.
Check out the video below to see Ginny play with her friends at the ASPCA Adoption Center.
As we prepare to celebrate Mother’s Day this weekend, we’ll reflect on the way our moms inspire us, love us and cheer us on. But before we do, we’d like to pause to remember that for millions of puppies nationwide, the word “mom” is nothing but a distant memory.
Every day, thousands of puppies are born into large, substandard breeding facilities commonly known as puppy mills. They're pulled away from their mothers, sometimes after just eight weeks, and sold into the commercial dog market. After little-to-no recovery time, the mother dogs are forced to breed again. When they can no longer reproduce, they are often abandoned or killed.
Many of you may remember the story of Chuck. In 2013, he was abandoned with hind leg fractures outside of a New York City park. It was a frigid December day, and Chuck, unable to walk, had been left for dead. At the ASPCA Animal Hospital, the 2-year-old pit bull received surgery and underwent intensive physical therapy, and by the summer of 2014 he was ready for a forever home. It was an inspiring recovery, and today we are thrilled to bring you Chuck’s Happy Tail.
The first few years of Chuck’s life were anything but easy. At the time of his abandonment, he was suffering from an untreated joint disease in addition to the painful hind leg fractures. But his rescue from the cold was just the beginning of his journey: It took six months of surgery, hydrotherapy and treadmill work to help him regain the use of his legs, only after which we could begin the search for his forever home. Chuck was a happy, energetic pup, but his needs were extensive and we knew it might take some time to find a dedicated adopter. We decided to share his story with the world, and fortunately, fiancés Joan and Christian heard our message loud and clear.
Joan recalls her first impression of Chuck fondly. “Christian and I saw him on the ASPCA website and cried at his story,” she says. “Within minutes of reading about him and watching his video, we decided to adopt Chuck.” For Christian, the connection was personal. He says, “Chuck’s story hit home with me. I’ve had a few surgeries on my leg and I have a big pin in my hip…I gravitated right to him.”
Neither Joan nor Christian had been to the ASPCA before, but they couldn’t wait to get to the Adoption Center and meet the 40-lb. pooch in person. “We knew we loved Chuck as soon as we met him,” Joan says. “We wanted to give him a loving home and a chance for a happy life.” Although Chuck had made amazing progress during his six months in our care, he would always have special needs, so we made sure the couple was fully aware of his requirements. They were unshaken. “Who could resist that face?!” Joan laughs.
At the couple’s apartment in Queens, New York, Chuck made himself right at home. “It was as if he’d lived with us forever,” says Joan. The sweet pup is loving his new life and seems to have forgotten all about the hardship he’s been through. He’s got a constant smile and wagging tail, and Joan says, “Christian and I couldn’t be more in love with him. We were meant to be.”
To see Chuck in his happy new home, check out the video below. Congratulations, Chuck!