These dogs’ lives were very different just one year ago. On June 21, 2012, we found them living in the dark, dirty basement of a six-story apartment building complete with a makeshift fighting arena, dog treadmills and a shopping cart full of raw chicken parts.
For months, ASPCA responders provided the dogs with extensive socialization, a healthy diet, medical care and exercise at a temporary shelter. Our goal was to prepare the dogs for adoption into loving homes, and give them a second chance to enjoy the rest of their lives free of pain and suffering. We’ve told you some of their stories. Watch the whole story and an interview with Unicorn’s adoring pet parents:
The Bronx dogs’ owner, Raul Sanchez, who pleaded guilty to dog fighting earlier this year, was sentenced to one to three years for animal fighting, one year for animal cruelty and one year for criminal possession of a weapon.
We can’t wait to see the parade of pooches that will walk through our office doors. If your workplace is participating in this fur-filled occasion, we hope you’ll join the fun and consider bringing your pup along with you. But, before you head to work, take a look at these tips for preparing your dog for the 9 to 5 workaday:
1. Dog-proof your workspace. Make sure there are no loose cords hanging from your desk, and that you stow any potentially toxic substances such as plants, markers, and other office supplies. It’s also a good idea to empty any trash cans near your desk so your pooch won’t attempt to sniff out any tasty leftovers from yesterday’s lunch.
2. Brush up on manners. Go over Sit, Stay and Come, and you should be off to a great start. Check out the ASPCA Animal Behavior Center for a full list of training tips.
3. Pack your bags. Bring food, treats, bowls, a leash, and paper towels to clean up any accidents. You might also want to bring a dog bed or blanket and your dog’s favorite chew toys. If you’ll be away from your pup at any point; you may wish to bring an ex-pen or baby gate for your doggie area. And as always, make sure your four-legged intern is wearing a sturdy collar with an ID tag.
4. Take it easy. Keep in mind that even the best-behaved dog might feel overwhelmed by the new environment of your office, or by your co-worker’s furry friends. Ease your dog into the workday by keeping him close to your desk, and by taking a few ten-minute breaks to give your dog some fresh air and exercise.
5. Get your cameras ready! If you bring your dog to work tomorrow, snap plenty of photos—we’d love to see them! Tweet us your pictures @ASPCA using the hashtag #takeyourdog, and we’ll share our favorites!
Amber G. had seen nearly all of the adoptable cats at the ASPCA Adoption Center in Manhattan one October day in 2011 and feared she might leave empty-handed. But lucky for Diamond, a cat with special needs, Amber decided to check out one more room of cats before heading home.
“When I went into the room and sat on the floor, Diamond just got into my lap like it was the most natural thing in the world, and curled up to purr and sleep,” Amber says.
Diamond was classified as an “over-groomer,” which meant that she tended to groom herself so much that she was bald in many places.
“The vet told me they hadn't discovered the cause, but she might need medicine in the future,” Amber says. “He said, ‘Who knows? Maybe she just needs a loving home,’ and it turns out that was true.”
Over time, Amber has learned that Diamond, now called Frita, becomes stressed when she’s lonely. Lucky for Frita, there is plenty of companionship to go around in Amber’s home.
“Almost two years later, she is no longer bald and will be by my side from now until forever,” Amber says. “Frita now sleeps in a king size bed, likes tuna treats, and loves to play with toy mice.”
We’re so glad that Amber persevered to adopt a kitty that day at the Adoption Center, and it’s safe to say that Frita feels the same way!
Guest blog by Nancy Perry, Senior Vice President of ASPCA Government Relations
Horses have been central to the ASPCA’s work since our founding in 1866. Trying to help horses through congressional action often demands patience and persistence, and the interests of animals are not always at the forefront in Congress—but tomorrow is the exception.
We worked closely with the House Appropriations Committee to secure a vote to accept the Moran-Young Amendment to prevent horse slaughterhouses from opening on U.S. soil. Tomorrow, it is the Senate’s turn, and our stalwart leaders, Senators Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), are offering the Landrieu-Graham Amendment to do exactly the same thing in the Senate Agriculture Appropriations bill—to prevent the flow of our tax dollars to the horse slaughter industry. You can help by checking to see if your U.S. senator sits on the Appropriations Committee and then taking action.
Prohibiting federal funding for horse slaughter facility inspections is a critical step toward ending the slaughter of American horses for human consumption. If the Landrieu-Graham Amendment is adopted by the Senate Appropriations committee, planned horse slaughterhouses will be prevented from opening on U.S. soil, and we will have that much more support and momentum for passing a full ban on horse slaughter and transport to slaughter.
Simultaneously, our leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives worked diligently this week to offer an amendment to the House Farm Bill that would ban horse slaughter for human consumption altogether by prohibiting the slaughter of horses here as well as transport for slaughter to other countries. Unfortunately, the House Rules Committee rejected that amendment late last night—but we will persevere and direct our full energy to the Landrieu-Graham Amendment in the Senate. And when we are able to bring the issue of a full horse slaughter ban to the House floor, we will be ready.
Hurricane season officially started June 1, and experts are predicting an extremely active Atlantic Hurricane Season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center anticipates that up to 20 named storms will hit the U.S. over the next five months, with more than half of them hurricanes!
That means pet parents in hurricane-prone areas should develop an emergency plan in advance to make sure the whole family—including its furriest members—stay safe.
Here are the ASPCA’s top six tips for hurricane season prep:
• Always bring pets indoors at the first sign or warning of a storm or disaster.
• Make sure all pets wear collars and ID tags with up-to-date identification—the ASPCA also recommends microchipping your pet as a more permanent form of I.D.
• Obtain a rescue alert sticker, which will let rescuers know that pets are inside your home. You’ll get these when you order a free ASPCA Pet Safety Pack.
• Keep a pet emergency kit and supplies handy with items such as medical records, water, pet food and medications, and pet First Aid supplies.
• Arrange a safe haven for your pets in the event of evacuation. Do not leave your pets behind.
• Choose a designated caregiver who can take care of your pet in the event you are unable to do so.
We hope you and your pets have a fun and safe summer!