You know what they say: kindness is contagious. That’s why we love Be Kind to Animals Week, which kicks off today! Be Kind to Animals Week is celebrated every year during the first week in May, and this year marks its 99th anniversary. And while we know that you’re kind to animals all year round, this week is a great excuse to get active. Here are four ways you can show your compassion for furry friends everywhere:
Join the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade: Sign up for the Advocacy Brigade to receive important alerts from the ASPCA. We’ll contact you when we need your help fighting for laws against animal cruelty.
Help Fight Puppy Mills: Most pet store puppies come from puppy mills—large, sub-standard breeding facilities. Help us put puppy mills out of business by pledging not to shop in stores that sell puppies (not even for food or toys!).
Show Your Virtual Support: Spread the word about Be Kind to Animals Week through Facebook, Twitter, or your blog! And if you haven’t already, join us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Google+ to keep track of breaking animal welfare news.
Volunteer: From walking dogs to fundraising, there are tons of ways you can get involved with your local animal shelter. Even if you can’t make a long-term commitment, consider lending a hand today! We can always use the help.
Hal is a four-year-old cat who was found on the street, abandoned in a box. He suffered severe dental problems that caused him extreme pain. At the ASPCA Animal Hospital, Hal had several teeth extracted and all of his fur shaved.
It was a long road to recovery, and it took Hal some time to heal and warm up to his human companions at the ASPCA Adoption Center. Today, Hal is a social and affectionate cat who loves attention. He might feel a bit nervous in his new surroundings, but if you approach him slowly, he’ll soon come out of his shell and will be ready for plenty of lap time.
Hal would do best in an adults-only home with an experienced cat adopter. He doesn’t like to be around dogs, but with the proper introductions, he could cohabitate with a friendly cat.
Halis available for adoption at the ASPCA Adoption Center. If you are interested in adopting please call our Adoptions department in New York City at (212) 876-7700 ext. 4120. To learn more about Hal, please visit his page.
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In honor of National Animal Advocacy Day (April 30), we’re running a special series on the blog this week to honor those individuals who dedicate their energies to standing up for animals. Meet our final profiled citizen lobbyist, Lisa King of Columbia, Connecticut.
Though a frequent donor to reputable animal causes, including the ASPCA, Lisa King had never been involved in advocacy work at the grassroots level.
“I've signed petitions to save the wolves of Michigan or the baby seals of Canada, or any other cause that could result in responsible legislation that protects any animal,” she says. “But I've never done anything where I was actually physically involved in something as worthwhile as [for example] trying to eliminate puppy mills.”
Then she learned the ASPCA was asking Connecticut residents to attend our "Voices for Animals Day" in Hartford last February, “I knew I had to be there,” she says.
Lisa, an operating room nurse at a local hospital, likens an animal’s vulnerability to that of a child's. “The term ‘Voices for Animals’ explains it perfectly,” she says. “The weak and the vulnerable need our protection.”
An avid animal lover all of her life, the 59-year-old has been an ASPCA member “for as long as I can remember,” she says. “I respect the ASPCA’s tireless efforts to help animals, and the ASPCA, in turn, is respected by the community.”
Lisa has two rescued cats, Manny and Dexter, from the same litter. “They couldn't be more unalike. I love my boys,” she says.
What she loves about advocacy work is being part of the solution, “instead of sitting back and hoping someone else does the job.”
She says she will never forget her first day at her state Capitol. “I felt as if I had truly accomplished something,” recalls Lisa, who traveled to Harford with a fellow lobbyist, met other like-minded advocates, and visited her state representative’s office. “The trip was absolutely worth it,” she adds. “It’s important for [lawmakers] to realize that the people who vote for them have these concerns. Who will speak for animals if we don't?”
She even admits, “I'm not a big fan of snakes, but I respect their place on the planet and would support legislation designed to protect them, too."
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We’d like to introduce you to Gold, a super-friendly dog at the ASPCA Adoption Center who is anxiously waiting to find his new home.
When you first meet Gold, you’re sure to notice this handsome boy’s shiny golden coat and ever-present grin. Gold knows no stranger and loves every person he meets! He’s very smart, and will work hard to learn new tricks—especially when his favorite treats are involved.
Gold underwent surgery to correct a condition called laryngeal paralysis, which occasionally inhibits respiration. He is doing extremely well! There’s a chance his condition could reoccur, so it’s best to keep him in a cool environment during the warmer months, and limit his exercise. Gold is the perfect companion for a picnic in the park or an afternoon on the couch.
This sweet dog has been under our care for nearly one year. He’s made many great friends at the ASPCA, but more than anything, we can’t wait for him to find a loving home of his own. Gold is looking for an adopter with some dog experience in a home with kids 12-and-up. He’s not a big fan of other dogs, so he’d like to be the only dog in your household.
Check out our slideshow below of adorable photos of Gold’s recent afternoon in the park with some of his favorite ASPCA staff members. If you or someone you know are interested in adopting Gold, please call our Adoptions department in New York City at (212) 876-7700 ext. 4120. Please share this post with all the dog lovers in your life. With your help, we’ll find Gold his perfect match.
Confine, medicate and mass-produce: This is the basic operating strategy of America’s factory farms, and it’s very bad news for farm animals. Today the ASPCA is releasing a new animated video that tells the chilling story of how modern, industrial agriculture practices defy common sense and cut corners—and how the industry follows that up by pushing for state laws to hide the rampant animal cruelty.
“Ag-gag” bills are attempts to criminalize efforts to investigate illegal or unethical activities—like animal abuse, food safety violations and unsafe working conditions—taking place on factory farms. Ag-gag legislation is sweeping this country like an epidemic, with almost half of all states having proposed these unconstitutional bills that would punish those who would speak truth to power. The ASPCA is fighting to block these bills wherever they appear.
Whistleblowers have brought to light horrendous cruelty and sickening conditions on factory farms. The American public deserves to know where our food is coming from, and the ASPCA is committed to improving the lives of farm animals—but these fundamental protections can’t be achieved when it’s a crime to simply expose the truth. It’s time for lawmakers to stop protecting Big Ag and start supporting American values like transparency, a safe food supply and animal welfare.