It has often been said that love comes in all shapes and sizes, and we couldn’t agree more. This Valentine’s Day, we invite you to make a difference for shelter pets in need. It’s easy! Simply share a virtual Valentine’s Day card promoting pet adoption. Here’s how:
Love is in the air—and it's time to plan that special date! Here are our top picks for animal-friendly outings that are sure to get those sparks flying.
Skip the circus and head to a movie! Unlike animals under the Big Top, movie actors aren't forced to do anything cruel or unnatural. Besides, there's nothing more romantic than holding hands and stealing a few kisses under the Big Screen. (Word of warning: skip the popcorn; kernels get caught in your teeth.)
Forgo the horse-drawn carriage and opt for sledding. Instead of making an overworked horse carry you through congested streets, find a big hill and go sledding. After all, what could be more fun than holding on tight to your sweetheart at top speeds? Don't forget the hot cocoa!
Instead of window shopping for puppies, volunteer at your local shelter. Many couples find picking out a new puppy together romantic. But before you take your date window shopping, remember that most puppies sold in pet stores come from puppy mills. Why not head to a shelter instead? You're sure to get warm fuzzies spending the day volunteering with your date—and you might not leave empty-handed.
Hey there, cute couples! Do you and your pet look smashing together…or maybe even alike? Maybe you're the proud pet parent of a charming pair of kitties? Or perhaps your pooch looks too-cute cozied up with his best friend? If your answer is yes to any of these questions, then this contest is for you!
Funny, assertive and loving Serena came to the ASPCA after a staff member found her living on the streets. That was in December 2009—779 days ago! That makes Serena the animal in our care who has waited the longest to find her family.
So she could get a break from the shelter life, Serena is currently at our administrative headquarters in Midtown Manhattan, sharing an office with ASPCA Vice President of Marketing and Licensing Elysia Howard. Naturally, we asked Elysia to tell us more about Serena. Here’s what she had to say:
Serena is a VERY cool cat. She is a spunky, forward, I-am-the-center-of-your-universe girl who will take over your space as fast as your heart. She will unabashedly plant herself in the middle of the room, in the middle of your conversation, on top of your desk, and even claim the very chair you are sitting in. All the while looking you in the eyes with this "Is this all you have for me?" expression.
Serena is so special that I don’t mind if being petted is not her thing. She grants me a few caresses to make me happy, and will lick my hand so I know she loves me back. Serena is looking for someone to accept her as she is: a smart, sassy lady!
If you’re an experienced cat adopter in a 14+ household, and you’d like Serena to be your only cat, please call our Animal Placement department in New York City at (212) 876-7700, ext. 4900. If you’re outside NYC but are able to come meet Serena and then work out transportation for her, give us a call. She’ll be here waiting for you!
How could she? Last Saturday,the ASPCA arrested Nicole Dennis for allegedly neglecting and starving her one-year-old Shih Tzu, Dora.
Back in December, our Humane Law Enforcement Agents arrived at Dennis’ Brooklyn home and found Dora in a severely neglected state. They rushed the skeletal dog to the ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital where veterinarians discovered she weighed 6.55 pounds. Dora was put on intravenous fluids to combat dehydration, and her coat was shaved due to excessive, painful matting.
“You don’t have to hit, beat or kick an animal to be cruel to them,” says Howard Lawrence, Senior Director of Operations for the ASPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement Department. “Animal cruelty also includes situations where an owner fails to provide necessary food, water, shelter or veterinary care.” Since 2010, 83 percent of the ASPCA’s arrests have involved some form of animal neglect.
Dennis, 32, was charged with one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty. If convicted, she faces up to one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine. She is due in Kings County Criminal Court on March 5.
After receiving intensive treatment, Dora now weighs 9.2 pounds—a 40 percent increase! She is continuing her recovery at the hospital and will eventually be made available for adoption.
If you suspect an animal may be the victim of neglect or abuse, please report it.