We can feel it in the air—spring is just around the corner! What’s a better way to celebrate the return of warm weather than to lace up your running shoes and hit the trail for some fresh air? Whether you prefer to run, walk or ride your bike, there’s a unique way you can put your time outdoors to good use—join Team ASPCA!
Presented by Subaru, Team ASPCA is a national endurance training and fundraising program dedicated to helping animal lovers walk, run or cycle toward helping the save animal lives nationwide. Team ASPCA members participate in major endurance events such as marathons, half-marathons, and cycling events.
In addition to helping us do our life-saving work for animals, there are other benefits to joining the Team. You’ll receive professional training, weekend travel accommodations at the time of the event, guaranteed race entry, official Team ASPCA gear and access to exclusive race weekend events and parties.
When Midnight, a six-year-old Labrador Retriever mix, came to us, he suffered from severe skin disease and ear infections and looked emaciated. He underwent treatment at the ASPCA Animal Hospital and slowly began to recover. When he was ready, Midnight stayed for months in our Adoption Center, waiting patiently for someone to take him home.
In February, Victoria D'Asto and Michael Pisula did just that, giving Midnight a new life as part of their family.
“My husband and I waited a year and a half after the passing of our last dog before visiting the ASPCA in Manhattan,” Victoria says. “After looking at all the dogs and meeting several of them, we settled on Midnight, now known as Harley.”
Harley has come a long way, but he still suffers from chronic ear infections. With medication and TLC, Harley’s ear infections are manageable.
“Even with his health issues and difficult past, we felt that he would be a great addition to our family,” Victoria says.
And they were right. Harley is thriving in his new home.
“It turns out that we really lucked out—Harley is so well trained and sweet with everyone he meets,” Victoria says. “He seems to enjoy his new diet and exercise program as he gains those last five pounds to bring him back up to a healthy weight.”
Victoria tells us that Harley loves to go for walks in Manhattan’s Riverside Park, on shopping trips, and enjoys romping around at Victoria and Michael’s country home on the weekends.
“He loves destroying his toys, fighting for the peanut butter in his new Kong toy and lounging by the fireplace,” she says. “It's been almost two weeks, and he's already become our best friend! Thanks, ASPCA!”
A new donation-based program called Pet Food Stamps wants to ensure that furry members of low-income families receive the pet food they need. The new program is open to anyone in the United States, and already more than 45,000 pets are registered, Marc Okon, the program’s founder and executive director, told ABC News.
Approved applicants to the program receive pet food from the retailer Pet Food Direct for six months, Okon says.
The program does not receive federal funding. “Should the government be willing to provide assistance further down the line, we will look into it,” Okon told ABC News.
Approximately 46.6 million people used the federal food stamp program in 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Do you think food stamps for pets are a good idea?
Have you always wanted to cuddle with Daniel Day-Lewis or shake paws with Robert De Niro? Well, now you can! In honor of Hollywood’s biggest night, we’re inviting animal lovers and film fanatics to celebrate the Pawcademy Awards with the ASPCA.
On Sunday, February 24, you’ll be able to meet and mingle with 10 award-winning dogs and cats, all nicknamed after this year’s nominees, at the ASPCA in Manhattan. And if you happen to adopt one of our pet-celebs, you’ll receive a surprise gift. It’s like winning your own golden statue!
But the celebration doesn’t stop there: On Monday, February 25, the adoption fee for any pet whose namesake takes home an award at Hollywood’s big event will be discounted by 50 percent!