Television actress Sarah Hyland visited New York City this week to kick off Swiffer’s year-long campaign to help the ASPCA find homes for animals in need. On Monday, Hyland had the opportunity to interact with multiple adoptable dogs and tour the ASPCA Adoption Center.
Hyland also helped to host a pet appreciation party, which featured adoptable pets, in Manhattan on Tuesday with Swiffer and the ASPCA. There she shared her about her personal experiences with her dog Barkley Bixby by her side.
The event was a celebratory culmination of the ASPCA’s Mega Match-a-thon adoption weekend that took place from October 17-19 at shelters nationwide, and resulted in 4,865 cats and dogs finding new homes. During Mega Match-a-thon, Swiffer gifted each adopter with a new Swiffer Sweeper, and participating shelters received one of the brand’s Big Green Boxes full of its cleaning tools.
Hannah is sure to make you smile with her funny antics. This sweet girl is full of energy and loves playtime with her favorite people—she’d make a great companion for your morning run or favorite fall activity! Hannah would be thrilled to go home with an active adopter who will give her plenty of exercise to keep her busy, happy and healthy.
This social butterfly loves her people friends, but feels uncomfortable around other dogs and could benefit from training to learn how to play politely with her human companions. Our Behavioral team is available to give you tips to help Hannah play with manners. Hannah would do best with an experienced adopter in a household with kids 10-and-up, but we think she could make friends with younger children, too if they are introducted prior to adoption. Adopt Hannah today!
Hannahis 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 Hannah, please visit her profile page.
Ozzie was just six months old when she was abandoned after Hurricane Sandy. Found in a box with a sign that said, “Help me, I’m handicapped,” the tiny kitty was quickly diagnosed with cerebellar hypoplasia—a neurological disorder that affects balance. She was placed into a foster home with many other cats, which is where Jami DeAngelis, Senior Director of Internal Audit at the ASPCA, first met her.
“Although I was there to see another cat, Ozzie spent the entire visit trying so hard to be near me,” Jami recalls. “She was extremely dirty from constant falls in her litter, so I finally sat her on my lap and brushed the filth away.” Jami decided to bring Ozzie home as a temporary foster to see if she could help manage her needs, but Ozzie’s sweet, positive nature quickly won Jami’s heart. Ozzie became a permanent member of her family in June 2013.
“Nothing gets her down, she’s just always happy,” Jami says. “She falls all the time and just gets back up—she doesn’t know that there’s anything different about her.” In fact, Ozzie is such a special girl that we couldn’t wait to share her story in the 2015 ASPCA calendar. Take a look at this touching behind-the-scenes video of Ozzie and Jami’s photo shoot.
Have you received your 2015 calendar? Want another one for friends and family? Donate $25 or more to the ASPCA, and we’ll send you our 2015 calendar today. Thank you, as always, for your support. It makes stories like Ozzie’s possible.
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the agency responsible for protection of wild horses and burros as cultural icons, is considering a plan to ship many of these burros to Guatemala to become working animals. Once off of U.S. soil, the fate of these animals becomes largely unknown. What’s more, if carried out, this plan establishes a dangerous precedent for other federally protected equines.
The proposed taxpayer-funded plan is in direct conflict with the BLM’s mission of protecting these cultural treasures. Additionally, this plan is a waste of critical resources and fails to address the agency’s on-going problem of unsustainable wild horse management.
Currently, the BLM has over 50,000 wild horses and burros—who have been rounded-up and removed from public lands—in their holding facilities. Yet, despite this, no comprehensive on-range population management plan has been adopted. Shipping these animals to other countries to suffer undetermined fates is not the answer. The BLM should instead implement a long-term strategy that prioritizes on-range management tactics including fertility control, a method recommended recently by the National Academy of Sciences.
Action must be taken to stop this misguided plan in its tracks and safeguard the welfare of our wild horses and burros. We urge concerned readers to stand up for these wild equines by visiting the ASPCA Advocacy Center today.
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It’s no coincidence that many of our Happy Tails begin with a magical moment. Adopters often describe the first encounter with their pet as, “meant to be” or, “love at first sight.” But not everyone believes in kismet and fairy dust, and Stephen L. was one such person. Assuming that dog adoption would be as simple as “picking a pet,” he never expected to have his heart stolen by a pit bull named Clipper. Here is their Happy Tail.
The first thing people notice about Clipper is his smile. It’s famous at the ASPCA, and it’s one of the sweetest things about him. The second thing people notice, however, is his scars. Clipper was rescued from an abusive situation in April 2014, and when he arrived at the ASPCA Animal Hospital he was covered in multiple bite wounds on his front legs and face. The wounds—both new and old—would leave him with permanent marks.
In June, Clipper was adopted for two weeks before being returned for being “too noisy” and “frightened of loud noises.” We knew he would need someone special, and, fortunately, Stephen showed up a few weeks later.
"I grew up with dogs and remember them being some of the best parts of my childhood,” Stephen says. “I decided to adopt because I knew that there are so many good dogs that need a home. This applies especially to pit bulls.” At the ASPCA Adoption Center, Stephen set out to find a pit mix between 30 – 40 lbs., or as he calls it, “the perfect apartment-size dog.” He thought having a sense of weight and breed would be enough to guide the process, stating, “People told me, ‘Don’t worry about finding a dog, the dog will find you.’ I was just going to pick something cute and call it a day.”
Stephen met two pit mixes before being introduced to Clipper. “Since he fit my size requirements, I decided to meet him,” he recalls. “Before Clipper arrived, I was told that he was kind and sweet but very shy from being abused in his past, so not to worry if he didn’t approach me.” Not expecting anything miraculous, Stephen was taken aback by what happened next. “The elevator opened and out came Clipper. As soon as they brought him into the meeting area, my heart broke when I noticed his scarred face. Then he walked right up to me and gave me a big sloppy kiss on the cheek.”
Stephen finished his scheduled meetings with other dogs, but from that moment on, he couldn’t stop thinking about Clipper. “His big smile and his playful spirit, despite his rocky past—I knew then and there I had to make him my family.” He came back the next day for a “second date,” took Clipper for a walk, and then promptly took him home—after changing his name to Mr. Bingley, of course.
In the weeks that followed, Stephen and Mr. Bingley became inseparable friends. “It must be really difficult to uproot your life and, on top of that, to trust a complete stranger,” Stephen says of Mr. Bingley’s adjustment. “But he does not carry any of his past life in his personality.” The sweet dog now spends his days rolling in the grass, playing with his toys, and starring in his own Instagram account, @TheAdventuresOfMrBingley. Stephen says, “I know our relationship is still new, but I can’t imagine my life without him. He is the perfect thing to come home to, a bundle of sweet energy and puppy kisses!”
And though he had been skeptical of “love at first sight,” Stephen admits that he has learned so much from Mr. Bingley. “To say he had me at hello is a bit of an understatement.”