Thanksgiving is all about spending time with loved ones—human and animal alike. So it makes sense that we’re tempted to fix Fido a plate of all the scrumptious holiday food we’re eating, right? But wait! Put down the serving spoon. Are you sure that’s safe for your pet? Here’s what you need to know.
Ten Thanksgiving dangers. Some foods are totally off-limits to our furry pals. Ten of them are especially common around the holidays. Just say no to:
•sage •shocolate •candy with xylitol •bread dough •batter with raw eggs •onions and garlic •macadamia nuts •raisins and grapes •rich or spicy foods •alcohol
Let’s talk turkey. Good news for Fido! ASPCA experts say a little bite of plain turkey is usually safe for pets. If you decide to share, remember: Only boneless, well-cooked turkey is OK. Giving your pet undercooked or bone-in turkey, fat or gristle, or cooked bones for chewing is not OK.
Don’t overdo it. Lots of us overindulge at the Thanksgiving table, but when our pets do, it can be a real problem. It’s best to keep pets on their normal diets during the holidays, but if you do decide to share your holiday spread, make it just a taste. Eating too much can give your dog diarrhea, upset stomach, or even pancreatitis.
Play it safe. If your dog or cat consumes any potentially harmful foods or products, please consult your veterinarian, or the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 or www.aspca.org/apcc.
Thank you for your compassion for animals affected by Sandy. As you know, thousands of families are still enduring the far-reaching effects of the storm, and the ASPCA is working around the clock to help. Here’s how you can pitch in for Sandy pets.
Volunteer To learn about opportunities to volunteer your time or foster an animal, visit New York City’s Sandy relief page. You can also call the Sandy pet hotline at 347-573-1561.
For New Jersey residents who are willing to open their homes to pets in need, or those looking for temporary foster care, please visit Foster a Sandy Pet.
If you would like to volunteer with the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response team during our Sandy relief efforts, please email [email protected] with your availability and any special skills or qualifications.
Spread the Word Please follow the ASPCA on Facebook and Twitter. When we post information for families affected by Sandy, please share it with your social networks. On Twitter, remember to use the hashtag #sandypets to join the conversation about all things related to animals and the hurricane.
People affected by Sandy who need a place to keep their pets are welcome to bring animals to the Emergency Boarding Facility, open seven days a week from 9:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. and located at 1508 Herkimer Street in Brooklyn. Starting Monday, pets can also be dropped off at a few other locations in the hardest-hit areas.
On Monday, November 19, between 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M.: Belle Harbor, Queens: Waldbaum’s parking lot 112-15 Beach Channel Drive Map
On Tuesday, November 20, between 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M.: Rockaway Park, Queens: Rockapup 145 Beach 116th St Map
On Tuesday, November 20, between 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M.: Coney Island, Brooklyn: Municipal Credit Union (MCU) parking lot Surf Avenue and 19th Street Map
Families should bring the following, along with their pets, to the emergency facility or intake location:
One government-issued photo ID (i.e., driver’s license, passport, military ID or non-driver ID)
Proof of address (e.g., utility bill, driver’s license)
All pets entrusted to the ASPCA at these locations will be taken to the Emergency Boarding Facility in central Brooklyn. For more information, please read this post or call the Hurricane Sandy pet hotline at (347) 573-1561.
Please share this information with your social networks, and stay tuned to the ASPCA blog for updates.
Many who lost their homes to Sandy have told us that they don’t want to give up their pets, but that they have nowhere to keep them. In response, today the ASPCA is opening a 20,000 square-foot emergency boarding facility for hundreds of animals displaced by Superstorm Sandy.
Located in central Brooklyn, this emergency boarding service is offered to those who need a place to house their animals until they can get back on their feet. It will also provide shelter for pets of those in evacuation centers, as well as pets whose families are already boarding them at Sean Casey Animal Rescue in Brooklyn.
This effort is greatly aided by a $500,000 grant from generous animal lover Rachael Ray, as well as the donations of our compassionate supporters.
The ASPCA is operating this facility in collaboration with Animal Care & Control of NYC, the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Veterinary Response Team, and the NYC Veterinary Emergency Response Team.
“We will continue our disaster relief work to help animal victims in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, and hope that the emergency boarding facility will allow pet parents to focus on rebuilding their lives,” says ASPCA Field Investigations and Response Senior Director Tim Rickey. “It will take time, but we will work as a community, and the ASPCA will continue to provide ongoing assistance, personnel and resources as long as we’re needed.”
If you or someone you know was affected by Sandy and needs to temporarily house an animal at our facility, please see the details below.
Where: Pet parents in need can bring their animals directly to the emergency boarding facility, located at 1508 Herkimer Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11233, as early as today. Map
When: Starting today, the facility will be open seven days a week from 9:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M., and will remain open for 30 days.
Standard of care: Veterinarians and specially trained staff will care for these pets and keep them healthy and happy, and pet parents will be welcome to visit.
What to bring: Pet parents are encouraged to bring the following, along with their pets, to the emergency boarding facility: one government-issued photo ID (i.e., driver’s license, passport, military ID, or non-driver ID) and a proof of address (i.e. utility bill, driver’s license). If possible, we encourage people to put ID tags on their pets and bring a carrier or crate, vaccination records, and medications or supplies for pets with special needs.
Today the ASPCA was visited by none other than the owner of America’s best blowout, DJ Pauly D! In fact, the only thing more important than his hair is his love of animals. That’s why he’s helping us make sure that pets affected by Hurricane Sandy get the care and supplies they need.
Pauly D has already done so much to help Sandy victims, but he’s not done yet. We’re totally psyched to have him on board to help us out!
Maybe we can start calling it “GTLA,” for gym, tan, laundry and advocacy.