Every now and then, we come across a special pet who needs a little extra help finding a home. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we’re focusing our Adoption Spotlight on Patty, a sweet and affectionate cat who is who is ready to find his forever family.
Need a St. Patrick’s Day sidekick? Look no further than Patty. This handsome cat is currently being fostered at the ASPCA offices, but he can’t wait to join a loving home. We know he’ll make one lucky adopter very happy!
Patty is an affectionate cat who loves attention from his favorite humans. He can be shy at first and it might take him some time to settle into his new home, but don’t be fooled. With a little space to himself and some yummy treats, he’ll come out of his shell for lots of playtime in no time.
This stately guy is big fan of chin scratches and gentle pets on the back—oh yeah, and plenty of naps! His foster mom says he has the most adorable soft snore. When he’s not sleeping, Patty takes his job of monitoring the world outside your windows very seriously. Patty even makes a great assistant—he’ll remind you if you’re late with breakfast or dinner and will inspect your lunch on a daily basis.
Patty has a couple of special health conditions and can be particular about his litter box, but our Behavioral team can walk you through the best ways to manage his needs. If you are interested in adopting Patty, please call our Adoptions Department in New York City at (212) 876-7700 ext. 4120. To learn more about Patty, please visit his profile page.
Can’t adopt? Help find Patty a home! Post our card below to your favorite social media site to share Patty with your friends and family.
We’ve got big news for anyone looking to get more involved in the ASPCA’s life-saving work: It is now easier than ever to raise money for homeless, abused and neglected animals through Team ASPCA! In 2014, we launched the all new aspca.org/teamaspca to help animal-lovers create personal fundraising pages in honor of a special person, pet or event. Here are three of the many new ways you can fundraise for the ASPCA:
1. Fundraiser Events. Help save more lives by putting your talents to work to raise money for the ASPCA. From bingo night to bake sales, wine-tasting parties to neighborhood dog walks, you can host whatever type of fundraiser works for you. Every dollar you raise furthers the ASPCA’s groundbreaking work and helps build a more humane country for animals in need.
2. Online Campaigns. Now you can help save lives from the comfort of your own home. The ASPCA has custom pages for Birthdays, Weddings, Memorials and more to help you celebrate milestones or remember the life of a beloved person or pet. And if you don’t want to wait for a special occasion, you can simply start a Rock Star Pets campaign to honor the “rock star” pet in your life! There is no fundraising minimum—a gift of any amount is much appreciated and goes a long way in helping our animal friends.
3. Team ASPCA Athletic Events. Join Team ASPCA for one of our signature athletic events across the country to walk or run toward helping the ASPCA provide life-saving programs and services to millions of animals nationwide. Team ASPCA participates in world-renowned marathons, half-marathons and other major athletic events. By joining us, you’ll reach your fitness goals AND make a real difference for animals in need. Already have your entry in a local race or walk? You can still join Team ASPCA by becoming an athletic ambassador and receive an ASPCA shirt by reaching the fundraising milestone.
When you fundraise for the ASPCA, you are not only raising crucial funds to support our life-saving programs and initiatives, you are also spreading awareness of our mission to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. Visit aspca.org/teamaspca to learn more.
Tax season may not be your favorite time of year, but we have good news—you can actually help animals while filing your taxes!
To participate, sign up at We-Care.com, and the ASPCA will automatically receive a donation when you file with TurboTax—at no cost to you. A donation of 7.5% is made for each TurboTax Online product and $0.50 for each TurboTax Online Federal Free Edition product. This opportunity is made possible through the ASPCA's partnership with We-Care.com, allowing users to unlock donations while shopping at over 3,000 participating merchants.
April 15 is closer than you think! So get a jumpstart on your taxes—and make a difference for countless animals at the same time.
As our recent puppy mill raid in Alabama illustrates, there is a real need for states to step up and regulate commercial dog breeding facilities. These laws not only benefit dogs, but also potential pet owners, taxpayers, animal shelters and the rescue community: states with no laws to oversee these businesses pay a high price when these facilities spiral out of control.
Puppy mills usually house dogs in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions, without adequate veterinary care, food, water and socialization. Puppy mill dogs do not get to experience treats, toys, exercise or basic grooming. Breeding dogs at mills often spend their entire lives outdoors, exposed to the elements—or crammed inside filthy, wire-floored structures, stacked on top of one another, where they never get the chance to feel sunlight or breathe fresh air. To maximize profits, female dogs are bred at every opportunity with little to no recovery time between litters.
Many people think that what we’ve just described is already illegal—but that’s not the case. The federal Animal Welfare Act regulates some breeding facilities, but not all of them. Further, the federal standards are far from what most people consider to be humane and amount to nothing more than mere survival standards for dogs. Most importantly, poor enforcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture means thousands of dogs are left to suffer in inadequate and inhumane conditions year after year, even in federally licensed facilities.
States have the authority to enact and enforce higher standards of humane care for commercially bred animals, yet 21 states still do not have any laws regulating large-scale dog breeders, making them magnets for puppy mills. Alabama is one of these states. Kentucky is another, and so is Michigan (are you seeing a pattern yet?). Please see the chart below to learn how your state stacks up. You’ll see that we have a lot of work left to do.
The ASPCA has a long history of working to pass laws that protect dogs in commercial breeding facilities. You can help us by joining ASPCA Advocacy Brigade. If you live in North Carolina or Montana, you can take action right now by supporting puppy mill legislation that’s pending in those states. And to learn more about puppy mills, please visit nopetstorepuppies.com.
Update, 3/14: Thanks to those of you who pointed out that we had mistakenly identified Wisconsin as a state with no substantive standards of care when in fact, there are some strong standards in place for commercially bred dogs there—our apologies for the mistake! Wisconsin's status has been updated in the version below. We do our best to keep these charts up to date, but sometimes we miss things and we want you to let us know if you see anything inaccurate.
For the seventh year in a row, the ASPCA was selected as one of four national charities to participate in the Subaru “Share the Love” event, which ran from November 20, 2014, to January 2, 2015. This year, Subaru exceeded our expectations with the decision to increase their total charitable donation from $10 million in 2013 to $15 million in 2014, and the ASPCA received over $2 million from Subaru of America as a result of our participation in this year’s campaign.
For the second consecutive year, Subaru also encouraged local retailers to select a local Hometown Charity to participate in the campaign. In addition, the ASPCA provided 50 animal welfare organizations with up to $5,000 in grant funds to host a one- or two-day “Share the Love” event with their local Subaru retailer during the six-week campaign. The results are still coming in, but shelters have reported hundreds of adoptions, over $70,000 in cash donations, thousands of donated supplies and an increased awareness and celebration of animal welfare in communities across the country!
During the “Share the Love” event, the ASPCA also provided $100,000 in grants to 19 animal welfare organizations across the country to conduct ASPCA/Subaru “Share the Love” Rescue Rides for the second year in a row. These Rescue Rides are a series of life-saving animal transports that move homeless pets to shelters where they have a greater chance of finding a home. Transports began on November 20, 2014 and will go through March 20, 2015. While the results are still coming in, the estimated animal impact is nearly 3,000 animals.
Thank you to Subaru of America and Subaru owners for your dedication and support of the ASPCA—and for the countless animals that you have helped through the “Share the Love” event!