Got a sec? We could really use your help. This week, we launched a new holiday video focusing on puppy mills and why you should never, ever shop at a pet store that sells puppies. You see, most pet store puppies come from puppy mills—you know, those large-scale breeding operations where dogs live in horrible conditions and never receive love. Well, every time you buy anything from a pet store that sells puppies, you’re actually supporting this very cruel industry.
We think our video has a really great message and we’d love for it to go viral. That’s where you come in. After you watch our “Puppies Are Not Toys” video, please share it with your friends on Facebook and Twitter, and kindly ask them to share it, too. Be sure to use the hashtag #NotAToy. We’re counting on your help to reach millions of people with this important message.
Are you ready to put on your stocking cap and take part in a little holiday trivia game? Join our #SantaPaws Holiday Trivia Twitter Party & Giveaway! Along with co-hosts Pet360 and Dogster, we’ll test your holiday knowledge…We’re talking reindeer and mistletoe, here!
Plus, we’ll give away treat-filled holiday stockings every FIVE minutes—and one grand prize winner will receive a sparkling diamond paw pendant by Zales Jewelers! Need a little more icing on the cake? All party guests will receive a secret coupon code for 25% off to use at the ASPCA Online Store.
Pour yourself some eggnog, get comfy on the couch and tune in to Twitter from 7:00 to 8:00 P.M. (ET) on December 12! Don't forget to use the hashtag #SantaPaws!
The ASPCA is on the ground today in cities across the country to celebrate with the winners of the 2012 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge and deliver some mighty big checks.
The $100K Challenge is our annual, three-month-long shelter contest to come up with new ways to get more homeless cats and dogs into loving homes. And get them into homes they did! In total, this year’s 50 contestants saved a whopping 56,232 animals’ lives.
When Alex Borghi was a bit tired of living solo in his apartment, he decided to find a four-legged roommate. But he didn’t want just any roommate. So Borghi met each of the dogs at the ASPCA Adoption Center in Manhattan, trying to find the perfect pooch with whom to share his home. He didn’t find a match at first, but after he saw Brad on the ASPCA website, he decided to go back to the Adoption Center to meet him.
Borghi decided that Brad, a beautiful tan-and-white pit bull terrier mix, was the best candidate for the job. He tells us Brad is adjusting very well to his forever home, and that he stays by his pet parent’s side at all times. It’s safe to say that these two are thrilled to share the apartment.
Plus, in addition to roommate and sidekick, Brad has another new role: He poses for lots of photos for his photographer dad. In just a few weeks, Borghi has taken plenty of adorable pictures of Brad, and this furry model seems to love posing for the camera!
Have you adopted a cat or dog from the ASPCA? Send us photos at [email protected] for a chance to be featured on the blog.
Sure, Giving Tuesday is a pretty new concept—but we happen to think it’s also a pretty important one. The idea is quite simple: An entire day dedicated to giving back to others and getting to the true roots of the holiday season. After the mega-shopping weekend many of us just had, Giving Tuesday feels like a breath of fresh air. Here are three easy ways you can spend today giving back to animals in need.
Hug a Dog, Cuddle a Cat.Shelters across the country rely on their volunteers to help keep the animals in their care happy—and that includes some serious cuddling. Whether it’s cozying up with a puppy or taking the time to befriend a skittish kitty, a little love goes a long way when you’re a homeless pet. Changing litter boxes, filing paperwork and scooping poop, are a BIG help for shelter staff, too!
Join the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade. Help us fight to get strong anti-cruelty laws passed on federal, state and local levels as a member of our Advocacy Brigade. When you sign up, we’ll automatically send you important actions you can take. It’s a great way to give back all year long!
Become an ASPCA Guardian. Okay, you kind of knew this ask was coming, but we really hope you’ll consider it. As a non-profit, our team really depends on the small monthly gifts our members provide. They are our backbone. Did we mention you get a really cute calendar and the donation is tax deductible?
Thanks for joining us for Giving Tuesday, and don’t forget to share this post with your friends on Facebook and Twitter!