With Halloween just around the corner, you might be tempted to make your cat or dog a star by dressing him up in the cutest mini-sized costume you can find. But wait—is trick-or-treat apparel really safe for your furry friends?
Our experts suggest putting your pet in a costume only if you’re sure he will enjoy it. Some pets love the limelight: wearing a costume and posing for pictures is a blast! Others prefer to stick to their birthday suits for all occasions, and being dressed like a pumpkin for their pet parents’ amusement can cause unnecessary stress.
If you decide to have your pet wear a costume, here are some helpful safety tips to keep in mind:
Your pet’s Halloween garb should not constrict his movement or hearing, or impede his ability to breathe, bark or meow. Be sure to try on costumes in advance—and if your furry friend seems distressed, you’ll want to ditch the mini-pirate hat and vest.
Examine your pet’s costume and make sure it doesn’t have any small, dangling or easily chewed-off pieces that he could choke on. Also, ill-fitting outfits can get caught on external objects or your pet, leading to injury.
IDs, please! Make sure your dog or cat has proper identification on underneath that cute costume. If for any reason your pet escapes and becomes lost during Halloween festivities, a collar and tags and/or a microchip can be a lifesaver.
Sometimes using a creative approach to pet adoptions makes all the difference in the world. In a recent life-changing trip, 36 lucky dogs and puppies from an ASPCA partner community agency, the Asheville Humane Society, received new chances to find loving forever homes. These sweet pups were transported by plane from North Carolina to Florida in an “Airlift of Love,” during the annual Pilots n Paws event.
Over the course of the event, 300 dogs were flown to parts of the country where there are plenty of willing adopters waiting to open their homes to shelter pets. This impressive event could be considered the largest canine rescue in American history!
Check out the video to follow these sweet dogs, including one special pup named Betty, on their exciting journey toward adoption.
On a cold December day last year, eight-year-old Hennessy came to us limping and suffering from multiple untreated conditions. In January our veterinarians repaired her torn ACL and gave her other treatment she needed. Almost two months after arriving at the ASPCA, Hennessy was ready for adoption.
But though she’s one of the world’s most loyal, sweet-natured and easy-to-care-for dogs, Hennessy has been waiting almost 10 months to find a home. She needs to be an only dog and she takes two medications (though they’re inexpensive and she takes them so nicely!), and that means lots of people pass her by without noticing how great she is.
How great, you ask? Hennessy’s biggest fan at the Adoption Center, Behavior Department Manager Marny Nofi, says Hennessy is housetrained, smart, quick to bond, and very eager to please. And while she has some pep in her step, she’s a fairly low-key dog who loves to lounge around with something good to chew on—perfect for city, country or suburban life.
Like most adopters, Marny didn’t notice Hennessy’s particular charms at first—then she started working with her for our talent show.
“Right away, I knew she was special. In just two short sessions, she already was catching on to the tricks I was teaching her.” Marny says. “You know she loves you back when she does her little dance when you go to see her: She’ll hop around in a circle with a big goofy smile on her face.”
“I expect she’ll be a very polite and easy dog in the house,” Marny tells us, adding, “How can you not get hooked on a dog that shouts ‘I love you!’ in her behavior every time you see her?”
We don’t know, Marny! All Hennessy really wants is a family (teens and up without other dogs, please) and we know they’re out there. We’re hoping you’ll help us find them.
This diamond in the rough needs a home, and she doesn’t deserve to keep waiting. So start sharing, tweeting and emailing! It worked for Britney, Reina, Tammy, Spruce and many other ASPCA pets. Let’s make it work for Hennessy!
When the M. Wells Dinette, which recently opened inside MoMA (The Museum of Modern Art) PS1 in Queens, announced plans to add horse meat to its menu, New Yorkers did not take it lying down. In fact, animal lovers all over the nation joined the ASPCA in speaking out against the idea—and we’re thrilled to share the news that the restaurant’s owners have graciously agreed to keep horse meat off the menu…permanently.
“We are thrilled that the outpouring of concern and outrage coupled with startling health concerns about the toxicity of horse meat won the day, and the M. Wells Dinette decided to step away from this idea,” says Nancy Perry, Senior Vice President of ASPCA Government Relations.
A national poll conducted earlier this year showed that 80% of American voters oppose the slaughter of U.S. horses for human consumption—and that sentiment was certainly borne out over the past week in New York City, where the M. Wells story ignited a firestorm of media coverage as well as hundreds of letters and phone calls directly to MoMA’s offices.
The ASPCA urges all Americans to contact their federal legislators in support of the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, which would prohibit the sale and transport of horses for slaughter in the United States, as well as across the border to Canada and Mexico. Passage of this critical legislation would end the current export and slaughter of approximately 100,000 American horses each year.
It’s hard to believe that we’re just about a month away from Election Day! With so much attention on the race for the White House, it’s easy to overlook that fact that there are a lot of other elections happening that day, too.
On November 6, all 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives are up for grabs, and so are 33 out of 100 Senate seats. And when you go to vote, many of you will also be choosing city council members, mayors, state-level representatives and governors. We can’t tell you who to vote for, but we encourage you to use online resources to research your candidates’ positions and voting records on the issues that matter to you.
It’s not too late to register to vote, but please don’t delay—there are several states with voter registration deadlines as soon as Saturday, October 6. In many states, you can register online in just minutes through sites like registertovote.org.
There are a lot of weighty issues facing our country, and you can help make a difference this election. Please register to vote!