This guest blog is written by Lourdes Cabrera, proud pet parent of Milo.
We remember it as if it was yesterday. A friend sent us a photograph of a scruffy, scraggly, skinny black kitten with ears too big for his small head. As a matter of fact, he looked like a bat. His name was Mr. Scruffy.
My husband was allergic to cats, so we knew we couldn't keep him. Plus, we already had two rescue dogs who took up a lot of room in our modestly-sized apartment. But there was just something about his little face, and I kept looking at the photos. I also kept throwing hints at my husband…but the answer was always a firm, "NO!"
Despite all of this, I kept checking on the kitten’s progress through emails. After a few weeks, my friend became worried that she wouldn't be able to find him a good home. I became determined to convince my husband that we should take in Mr. Scruffy. Even if it meant he'd have to go through an allergy regimen.
Luck was on my side. That or my husband eventually grew tired of my reminders and pleadings. Either way, he finally gave in. One day he turned to me and said, "FINE, you can have the cat, but I'm not changing any litter!"
The very next day we picked up Mr. Scruffy. The moment my husband saw him, it was love at first sight. He went to the doctor, got a prescription for allergy pills, and that was that. Milo, as we renamed him, became an important member of our family—and my husband’s best friend. Milo grew into a wondrous, regal, appreciative cat.
Today, Milo is going on three years young. We can't imagine our lives without him. And, just for the record, my husband has been changing his litter for three years!
Shame on Skechers: The mega-shoe company recently filmed its new Super Bowl ad at an Arizona Greyhound track. The soon-to-be-released ad features a small French Bulldog wearing Skechers sneakers and competing against Greyhounds at Tucson Greyhound Park. The small dog wins.
Unfortunately, we know the same cannot be said for racing Greyhounds. Just last month, GREY2K USA, with funding from the ASPCA, released a report detailing the horrific conditions of race dogs in Florida. Dogs are confined in small cages for 20 hours or more a day, often wearing muzzles; they are bred excessively in the quest for good runners, with the “excess” puppies killed or otherwise discarded; and they regularly endure serious and fatal injuries. You can access a copy of the report here [PDF].
Take Action! Animal lovers across the nation are demanding Skechers pull the ad or suffer a major boycott of the company. To date, nearly 50,000 advocates have already signed a petition voicing this demand. For more information and to add your name to the petition, please visit ASPCA partner organization GREY2K USA.
Brr…winter’s chill may have settled in your neighborhood, but Fido still needs to go out for walks. Please take it slow, pet parents, and keep your eyes open for suspicious puddles.
ASPCA poison control experts warn that the toxic dangers of antifreeze can turn a simple stroll into a devastating event for our furry friends. Used to protect cars from extreme temperatures, antifreeze contains ethylene glycol, a colorless and odorless alcohol known for its sweet taste.
“Antifreeze is a serious safety concern for both cats and dogs,” says Mindy Bough, Vice President of Operations for the ASPCAAnimal Poison Control Center. “Unfortunately, just a few licks can cause kidney failure and death in a matter of days—even a small amount that may be licked off a paw is enough to cause serious harm.”
As always, if you suspect your pet has consumed a toxic substance, please note the amount ingested and contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.
What better way to kick off the New Year than by joining the ASPCA. The truth is we need you on our team. While 2011 was a great year for helping animals, sadly our work is far from over. Puppy mill cruelty still exists, dog fighting still prevails, and there are still millions of animals sitting in shelters across America.
Now more than ever animals are counting on us to work together.
As an ASPCA Guardian, you’ll help us directly impact the lives of millions of animals across the country. From puppy mill raids to rescuing animal victims of natural disasters, you’ll be right there with us on the frontlines.
Sure, we did great work in 2011. But for just 60¢ a day, you can become an ASPCA Guardian—and together we will make 2012 even better!
It’s been a long time since sweet hound mix Chrissy came to us. A staff favorite, she is the total doggy package: loyal, fun-loving and affectionate. Yet, adopters consistently pass her by. And it’s no joke that Chrissy gets a little down each time she watches one of her shelter friends find a family and leave her behind.
So, what gives?
To find out, we asked some of the people who know her best: Robin and Trevor, ASPCA Animal Care Technicians who spend tons of time with Chrissy each day. We asked them, if you guys could choose an ideal home for Chrissy, what would it be like? “It would be in Vermont,” Trevor joked, explaining that Chrissy gets spooked by city sounds and needs to live in a rural or suburban area.
Trevor continued: “She should live with people who understand that it’s going to take time for her to get comfortable in a new place, and will give her lots of love…and rope toys and belly rubs—she loves those. Oh, and a big window to look out of.” Trevor and Robin both pulled out their phones and showed us several photos they’d taken of Chrissy, all featuring her perched at a window and gazing onto the street below.
“Chrissy needs time to warm up,” Robin explained. “So when adopters first meet her, she doesn’t put on a show—she just sits quietly.”
But once you get to know her, she’s an energetic and loving pup. “She likes to rest her head in your lap.” says Robin. “She already knows Sit, Down and sometimes Paw,” laughs Trevor. “She’s just a really good girl.”
Unfortunately, most adopters don’t get to see the “real” Chrissy. And most visitors to our NYC Adoption Center aren’t qualified to take her home—to adopt Chrissy, you’ve got to live in a suburban or rural area in a teens-and-up home, and have some dog experience.
If you’d like to come to Manhattan to meet Chrissy, please call our Animal Placement department in New York City at (212) 876-7700, ext. 4120, between 11:00 A.M. and 7:00 P.M EST (between 11:00 A.M. and 6:00 P.M. on Sundays).
Update: We are happy to report that Chrissy has been transfered to an ASPCA partner shelter located in the lovely Hamptons. There, she will have a much better chance at finding the suburban home of her dreams. We are monitoring her story closely and will keep you updated!