Every year, the ASPCA creates a top-quality wall calendar that we give out to our friends and supporters. These calendars feature ASPCA team members and their adopted pets—and around the office, competition to make it into the calendar is pretty steep!
We're putting our 2014 calendar together right now, and staffers representing all 12 months of the year have been photographed with their furry friends. There's only one big decision left to make, and we’re leaving the answer up to you: Who should grace the calendar’s cover?
We've narrowed down the field to four contenders. Check out the photos that are in the running, read a little about the sweet, adopted subjects, and then cast your vote for our 2014 Cover Dog or Cat. The pet whose photo gets the most votes will have his or her face in homes all over America!
In honor of Adopt a Shelter Cat Month last June, we teamed up with Threadless.com to find the best superhero feline t-shirt design—and more than 600 of you submitted ideas! There were laser cats, ninja cats, cats with beards and even cats on unicycles, but there can be only one top dog in this competition. And the winner is…Atomic Kitty!
The winning designer received an amazing gift bag, including a $500 Threadless.com gift code and two tickets to the ASPCA’s annual Young Friends benefit in New York City. And, of course, proceeds from this cute t-shirt will help prevent cruelty to animals across the country!
Thanks again to everyone who participated in the design contest. You can purchase Atomic Kitty t-shirts on Threadless.com.
When Allison B. visited the ASPCA Adoption Center in Manhattan for the first time earlier this month, she left with not one, but two kittens. Allison had considered adopting a cat for several months, and lucky for these kitties, she decided to bring home a pair. She named them Sierra and Tobias.
“My boyfriend and I have wanted a cat since we moved into our apartment back in October,” Allison says. “I was visiting family for the Fourth of July and on the drive home I just decided it was time. My aunt is a cat lover, and she was the one who suggested getting two.”
While Allison had been to other animal shelters before, this was her first visit to the ASPCA.
“The adoption process was very easy,” she says. “The staff was knowledgeable and friendly.”
Allison tells us it has been smooth sailing with Sierra and Tobias.
“Sierra and Tobias adjusted very quickly to home,” Allison says. “I think since they had each other it made it a lot easier for them to feel comfortable.”
We’re thrilled these two feline friends found a loving home where they can enjoy each other’s company!
Have you heard about Nickelodeon's "Paw Patrol" yet? We’re partnering with Nick on this exciting new show, which features super-cute puppies on a mission to help people and animals in their community of Adventure Bay.
The show premieres next month, but kids can get to know the show now with these fun coloring pages and pet adoption checklist, provided exclusively to the ASPCA by Nickelodeon.
You’ve brought a new dog into your home—congratulations! Now comes your first dog-training challenge: house training.
House training is not an exact science—there’s no sure-fire formula or timetable that will work for every dog. The important thing is to make it a positive, not a stressful, experience. Being attentive, patient and consistent are the keys to success, along with the following dos and don’ts:
Do: Closely supervise your dog. Limit the dog’s run of the house to the one or two rooms where you are able to see her at all times. Dogs usually show “pre-pottying” behavior such as sniffing, circling and walking with stiff back legs; all signs that you should get her to the potty area ASAP! As the training begins to take hold, you can slowly enlarge her territory as she learns where the potty area is—and that the house is not a toilet!
Don’t: Yell at or spank a dog for a mess she made earlier. If you catch her in the act, it’s okay to startle her by clapping or making a noise (hopefully this will stop her long enough for you to whisk her outside). But a dog will not learn anything by being scolded for a past accident, even one a few minutes old. Just clean it up and soldier on.
Do: Offer big, enthusiastic praise when she gets it right. Whether your goal is for your dog to eliminate on pee pads indoors or to do it outside, you have to really throw a party for her when she succeeds. Lavish her with praise, affection and some yummy treats!
Don’t: Rub her face in it. Ever!!! In addition to this action making your dog fear you, she’s incapable of making the connection that it’s the act of soiling indoors you object to—to her, you just really hate pee and poop. If she thinks that the waste itself is what you dislike, she’ll only get sneakier about hiding it from you.