Do you know which pet poisonsare lurking in your home? Each year, thousands of pets accidentally ingest dangerous but common household items. Onions, grapes, gardening mulch…the culprits are surprising! In honor of National Poison Awareness Month, we’re holding a live Twitter chat with Dr. Tina Wismer, Medical Director of the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center. She’ll be on hand March 27 at 2:00 P.M (EST) to answer all your questions about protecting pets from harmful substances.
We’ll also test your pet poison knowledge with a few trivia questions. Three guests will receive ASPCA swag bags—and one grand-prize winner will receive an Emergency Ready Deluxe Pet First Aid Kit! All participating guests will receive a FREE pet coupon code for 15% off all ASPCA First Aid and responder kits.
We already knew that Greyhounds at racetracks suffer immensely. But today, Greyhound advocate group GREY2K USA released a report that shows just how bad things are for dogs forced to race in Texas.
The report, produced with funding from the ASPCA, showed that at Texas racetracks:
• Greyhounds are forced to live in confined, stacked cages, with large Greyhounds being unable to stand fully erect in their cages. • In 2012, six Greyhounds died at Gulf Greyhound Park from a form of canine influenza, often a recurring epidemic in cramped living situations. • In 2011, a Texas Greyhound trainer failed to obtain veterinary care for an injured Greyhound until two days after the injury occurred. • Greyhounds are fed 4-D meat from diseased animals to reduce costs.
The report also showed that1,507 greyhound injuries were reported at Texas racetracks from January 2008 through December 2011. Fifty-six of these injuries were fatal or required euthanasia, with the most commonly reported injury being broken legs. Other serious injuries reported included torn muscles, puncture wounds, a fractured skull and paralysis.
Frankly, we don’t see why the Texas dog racing industry doesn’t just throw in the towel—Lone Star State residents are way over dog racing. The report shows that gambling on dog racing and dog race attendance are way, way down.
It looks like twins for Zooey Deschanel! The "New Girl" star just broke the news that she’s the proud momma of two sibling puppies adopted from the Bill Foundation in Los Angeles. Posting pics of the pups—named Zelda and Dot—Deschanel joins Vinny Guadagnino, Miley Cyrus, Denise Richards and numerous other celebs who have shared their animal adoption stories over Twitter.
"I have to thank the #billfoundation for the greatest, sweetest, most wonderful dogs in the world," she tweets. "Apples of my eye!"
Three cheers for using social media to educate others about the awesomeness of animal rescue.
We’re gearing up for St. Patrick’s Day this Sunday—what about you? We notice that shelters all over the country are having special St. Patrick’s Day adoption events, and we’re so excited for all the animals involved.
Are you the proud parent of the world’s cutest pet? Well, we want to see! Enter the ASPCA “I Heart My Pet” Pinterest Photo Contest, sponsored by Reeds Jewelers and David & Goliath. Follow the contest directions below for a chance to win an ASPCA Tender Voices® diamond pendant or a super-cute David & Goliath T-shirt:
1. Register to enter in the form below. 2. Follow the ASPCA on Pinterest. 3. Follow the ASPCA board “I Heart My Pet Contest.” 4. Create your own Pinterest board titled “ASPCA I Heart My Pet Contest.” 5. Upload your favorite photos of your pet(s)!
As long as you follow those steps, we’ll be able to find your Pinterest board and see your adorable photos! We’ll chooseone valid entry from each board and re-pin that photo to the ASPCA “I Heart My Pet Contest” board, where Pinterest users can then vote for their favorite. Each “like” your photo receives earns it one point, while each re-pin earns two points. Three winners, including one grand prize winner, will be chosen!
Contest registration begins March 15,2013, at 12:00 PM (EST), and the submission deadline is April 1, 2013, at 5:00 P.M. (EST). Voting for finalist photos will open to the public March 15, 2013, at 5:00 P.M. (EST) and close April 3, 2013, at 5:00 P.M. (EST). Winners will be officially announced April 4.
For more information and to view the contest rules, click here. Good luck, and happy pinning!