Cesar Perez is the ASPCA’s Office Services manager. Last month he adopted Trolley, an amazing office foster kitty who now has his own hilarious blog. Here’s his adoption story:
I met Trolley on one of my morning walks around the office.
I would see Trolley inside his office, at the highest point inside of his favorite box. He rarely came down from his box, so I had no idea what great personality and marvelous tail he had.
This was until I decided to open the door. He sprang out of the box and came toward me and let out a chirp as to kind of say “Hello, glad to see you finally decided to walk in and say hi.”
I sat in a chair with a brush in hand and he walked onto my lap and let me pet and comb him. I let out a laugh when he started to play fight with the brush.
It was a good friendship for a few weeks; I’d visit for a while in the morning or evenings and tell him, “Trolley, you will have a bigger home soon. You are too awesome to not go home.”
On November 17, my girlfriend Jelissa and I had moved into our new home. By November 21 Trolley was coming home. He is a perfect addition and is our baby. He truly enjoys our home and the space, darting around fast and playing hide-and-seek and catch.
I’d love to thank the ASPCA for giving me the opportunity to meet and adopt Trolley. There are some great cats here at with amazing personalities just waiting to find a home.
Friday is the first day of winter, and while we might be dreaming of a snowy holiday, icy conditions can present challenges for our pets’ health.
“During the winter, products used as de-icers on sidewalks and other areas can lead to trouble for our animal companions,” says Dr. Louise Murray, veterinarian and Vice President of the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital. “Pet parents should take precautions to minimize their furry friends' exposure to such agents.”
Keep these tips in mind when you bring your furry friends along for the neighborhood snowball fight:
•Bring a towel on long walks to clean off irritated paws. After each walk, wash and dry your pet’s feet to remove ice, salt and chemicals—and check for cracks in paw pads or redness between the toes.
•Booties for your pet’s paws help minimize contact with painful salt crystals, poisonous anti-freeze and chemical ice-melting agents. They can also help prevent irritating sand and salt from getting lodged in between bare toes.
•Massage petroleum jelly into paw pads before going outside to protect them from salt and chemical agents. Also, moisturizing can help heal chapped paws.
You’ll never guess who loves puppy kisses as much as we do? Yep, international supermodel Irina Shayk! Irina visited our Adoption Center last year, and the impression our adorable pets made had her coming back for some more love!
During her visit, Irina met Lady, one of our sweetest senior rescue dogs. In her usual fashion, Lady’s charm and playfulness turned Irina into an instant advocate for Lady’s adoption. Along with her admiration of Lady, Irina expressed her hopes that animal lovers would make adoption their first option.
We absolutely loved having Irina at our Adoption Center, and we hope that she continues to spread her passion for pet adoption. Please share this video to show your support, too!
Last week, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed three new laws that send a clear message to dog fighters: Bloodsports are not welcome in the Great Lakes State.
Animal fighting is a felony in Michigan, punishable by up to four years in prison and up to $50,000 in fines, and so is watching an animal fight. But these new laws crack down even further. Here’s how:
•SB 356 allows local authorities to seize homes and automobiles associated with animal fighting. •SB 358 adds animal fighting, shooting and baiting to the list of racketeering crimes. •HB 5789 gives law enforcement the ability to shut down any venue found to be associated with animal fighting and declare it a nuisance.
Dog fighting is widespread in parts of the state, and experts have identified regions of the state as national hotbeds for animal fighting. That’s why we’re so glad Michigan decided to arm its officials with these new legal tools.
“We thank Governor Snyder for signing these critical measures to improve upon the existing law, making Michigan one of the toughest states on animal fighting,” says Vicki Deisner, ASPCA State Director of Government Relations for the Midwest.
Way to go, Michiganders! We’re one step closer to ridding the U.S. of dog fighting for good. Ready to help? Visit the Advocacy Center.
We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: Don’t buy a puppy online! Dogs sold over the Internet and shipped directly to consumers almost always come from puppy mills, and mills shipping pups all over the country do not even have to be licensed and inspected by the USDA.
We’ve been fighting to change that, and we now have more ammunition on our side! Our friends at the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) have just published an extensive report that details the size and impact of the Internet puppy-sales industry. Read the report here [PDF].
The ASPCA’s Cori Menkin, Senior Director, Puppy Mills Campaign, served on IFAW’s advisory panel for the report and helped to develop the criteria for recognizing if an online ad was likely from a puppy mill; she also provided counsel to IFAW throughout the process.
When the USDA implements its rule and begins inspecting this new category of breeders, adequate resources will be needed to insure that they are in compliance with the law. The ASPCA and IFAW will work with Congress and the agency to determine how best to enforce the law and bring Internet sellers up to the standards of the Animal Welfare Act.