If you’ve ever called the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC), you know it’s a critical resource for pet parents whose animals may have gotten into something toxic. But when it took its first call 35 years ago today, APCC was a tiny University of Illinois service based in a chicken coop.
APCC has come a long way since then. The first poison control center focused solely on animals, the center (called the Toxicology Information service until 1990, when it became the National Animal Poison Control Center) quickly established itself as a pioneer, creating the first toll-free pet poison hotline and developing a life-saving database that helps identify pet poisons. That database is the reason we now know Easter lilies, grapes and raisins, and Xylitol can harm our pets.
The center officially became the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center in 2000, and in 2006, it handled its one-millionth case. This year, APCC will take on 273,000 calls—that’s 500-plus cases per day.
With the resources and expertise to handle every type of poison crisis, APCC remains the leader in providing life-saving information to pet parents in need.
If you think your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance, call (888) 426-4435. You can also connect with APCC on Facebook and Twitter.
Be sure to Tweet APCC a happy birthday wish using #APCC35!
These organizations will put their grant funds to good use, utilizing them for purposes such as transport costs for 111 puppies or 37 adult dogs, a Rescue-Rehab-Rehome program that removes animals at risk of euthanasia from over-crowded shelters, and spay/neuter procedures for cats and dogs of low-income pet parents.
This weekend, the ASPCA teamed up with our partners to host an adoption event for some very special cats who our Cruelty Intervention Advocacy (CIA) team had removed from a severely overcrowded home.
For months we rehabilitated the cats and prepared them for adoption. On August 4, in partnership with One Love Animal Hospital and Sean Casey Animal Rescue, we set out to find them families. By the end of our special Summer Lovin’ adoption event, roughly 30 of these cats (and a few dogs from Sean Casey) found the loving homes they deserve.
Like all CIA clients, the cats’ owner worked with the program voluntarily. “This case was a perfect fit for CIA,” says CIA Director Allison Cardona. “We took it on immediately.”
The cats’ owner, a Bronx resident who had been a 9/11 responder, had 15 cats by 2012—neighbors knew he loved felines and would leave them on his doorstep, and he couldn’t help taking some in off the streets. But last year, he had two heart attacks and was diagnosed with cancer. He struggled to keep up with spaying and neutering his animals, and they rapidly multiplied to an unmanageable number.
Fortunately, the CIA program was there to throw him the lifeline he and his cats needed.
This case is typical of CIA’s work, and we’re so glad this team could step in and help. We never forget this life-saving program is all thanks to the support of our members. If now is a good time for you to give, we hope you’ll consider donating to the ASPCA today. You’ll touch the lives of countless animals. Thank you!
After the 2013 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge began in June, we asked pet parents of cats and dogs adopted from competing Challenge shelters to send us photos of their new furry friends. We received hundreds of adorable submissions, and after much debate, we narrowed it down to 40 finalists. We’ve tallied up thousands of votes for these super cute photos, and the results for$100K Challenge Photo Contestare in!
During Diana M.’s first visit to the ASPCA Adoption Center in Manhattan, she met Banksy, a small, lively pup she first saw on our website. Soon, Banksy joined her family, and he fit right in. Diana shared the following story with us:
We wanted a companion for our current dog Oliver, who is also a rescue. We also felt it was important to adopt and wanted to give a dog in need a good home.
Banksy by far was our favorite from the beginning. He was a bit bashful, but after seeing him at the ASPCA we knew we wanted him. We talked about it often during the week and, the following weekend, we returned with my resident dog, a Dachshund and Beagle mix named Oliver, to ensure that it would be a good match.
Banksy and Oliver hit it off immediately, and we fell in love. We knew we wanted to take him home right away. The Adoption Center staff was extremely personable, helpful and knowledgeable. It was evident that Banksy was very much loved and cared for, and that the first priority of the staff was to ensure that he had a good home.
Bansky adjusted to his new home quickly. By the second day, he was accepting treats from us, and it was clear he was feeling more and more at home. Once he got to know us, he was extremely affectionate. He likes to jump on us all the time and gives tons of licks and kisses.
Oliver and Banksy are great companions; they've even switched beds and chew toys and love to run outside together. As Oliver is a bit older, I think it makes him very happy to have playful Banksy as a companion.