One-year-old Pit Bull Zelliewas just skin and bones when ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement (HLE) Agents found her with no food or water. The neglected pup was shackled to a tree with a padlock attached to a short, heavy chain—and there was no escape for her. Not until we arrived.
Our Agents quickly rescued Zellie and transported her to the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital in Manhattan for treatment. Weighing just 32 pounds, veterinarians determined that she was both starved and dehydrated.
This Saturday, Shakisha Codling, 31, was arrested by ASPCA Special Investigator Mark MacDonaldand charged with one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty. If convicted, she faces up to one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine. She is due in Queens Criminal Court on July 31.
As for Zellie? After receiving treatment by ASPCA staff, she now weighs 48 pounds—a 51 percent increase! She is currently receiving lots of love and attention at the hospital and will eventually be made available for adoption.
In honor of Adopt a Shelter Cat Month—and the super-success of our HoverCat video—the ASPCA will be hosting a Livestream event tonight from 7:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. EST. The event will feature YouTube celebs Jesse and Jeana of Prank vs. Prank, Good Morning America anchor Dan Harris, our very own Diane Wilkerson, and three mega-cute kittens! Best of all? You’ll be able to watch right from your computer!
If you’re looking to make a difference for Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, how about adopting or spreading the word about an FIV-positive cat? In fact, how about one of our favorite cats ever, Dasher?
Dasher is a super-friendly kitty who’s never met a human, cat or dog he didn't like. He loves to cuddle, but also enjoys a little playtime. In fact, there's really nothing not to like about Dasher; he's essentially the perfect cat.
And yet, Dasher is still waiting for his forever home! You see, this extra special guy was rescued from a hoarder in April 2011—and he came to us infected with FIV.
Here are the straight facts about FIV:
FIV stands for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus, a disease that weakens a cat’s immune system.
Cats with FIV can live full, long, happy lives with proper care.
Humans, dogs and other animals cannot contract FIV.
Other cats can contract FIV—and that’s why you should adopt an FIV-positive kitty only if you have no other cats or you have only FIV-positive cats.
Of course, Dasher needs to find a person with only FIV-positive kitties or no kitties at all. That adopter will be one of the luckiest pet parents in the world—we promise!
Plus, if you'd like to take Dasher home with a friend, we've got a special room of FIV-positive cats at our Adoption Center, including Gloria, another wonderful, friendly feline
If you're inspired but you've already got a non-FIV-positive kitty, other special-needs cats need your help, too! Check out a few at the ASPCA.
Guest Blog by Kristen Limbert ASPCA Animal Relocation Manager
We're at it again! As part of our monthly transport program, the ASPCA just relocated 33 more dogs from Louisiana to New Jersey. In partnership with the Louisiana SPCA, AnimalWorks and St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center, we're able to bring a group of southern dogs to the Northeast, where they are more likely to get adopted—and we can do it every month!
A unique part of this transport is our partnership with AnimalWorks, a Tennessee spay/neuter group. Located at the trip's halfway point, it is the perfect pit stop. Our transport team is greeted by staff and volunteers, who help us offload all the dogs, as well as walk and play with them, giving them a nice reprieve from the cages on the truck.
Vets and vet students are also on hand to provide quick medical exams—checking for any signs of illness, injury or stress that would preclude a dog from making the rest of the journey. So far, all the dogs have handled the trip beautifully!
We have no doubt that this group of canines will find loving homes just as quickly as our April batch did—and we sure are happy help give them that chance.
It's a bird. It's a plane. No…it's a Hover Cat! Special thanks to ABC's Good Morning America anchor Dan Harris for making a soon-to-be-viral YouTube video that features adoptable pets. The video also stars Dan's adopted cat, George, whose incredible talents spring to life as soon as Dan leaves for work. This cat seriously knows how to keep a beat!
While the cuteness can't be ignored, neither can the video's ultimate message: Adopting a pet is awesome! So go ahead, take a peek…and be sure to share! It's a great way to encourage more folks to adopt.