Moving to a new home may be one of the most stressful life events you’ll ever have to tackle. But in the chaos of cardboard boxes, packing tape and moving trucks, you might not realize how stressed your pets feel, too. We chatted with ASPCA Director of Anti-Cruelty Behavior Research Dr. Katherine Miller about ways to make the transition as safe and easy as possible for your furry friends.
Choosing a new ‘hood, house or apartment
Before you pick out your dream home, make sure your pet will love it just as much as you do. When it comes to square footage needs, cats and dogs differ. Older dogs, puppies and dogs with house training issues will need to go outside often, which might be difficult in an apartment building with lots of stairs or a house without a yard.
Packing up your stuff
Cats aren’t big fans of change. You can help your cats (and skittish dogs) adjust to the moving process by bringing in moving boxes early, and by keeping your furry friends in a familiar room you plan to pack up last. On moving day, keep your pets in a quiet room or at a friend’s house.
Planning your road trip
Many pets haven’t spent much time in crates or cars. In the weeks or months leading up to the big trip, you can prepare your pets by gradually acclimating them to their crates. First, place your pets’ food inside an open crate, and eventually have your pets eat meals in the crate with the door shut.
Settling into your new digs
When you arrive at your new home, it will be tempting to set your dog or cat loose to explore. But a new and unfamiliar space can be overwhelming to your pets. Start by allowing them to adjust to one room—their “home base”—which should include their favorite toys, treats, water and food bowls, and litter box for cats.
Hershey, before receiving treatment at the ASPCA Animal Hospital
Today the ASPCA arrested Queens resident Grimilda Amil for allegedly neglecting and starving her three-year-old male Yorkshire terrier, who has been recovering under our care for nearly two months.
Amil brought her Yorkie, Hershey, to an ASPCA Mobile/Spay Neuter Clinic on June 27. Alarmed at Hershey’s condition, Clinic staff called our Humane Law Enforcement Agents, who quickly responded.
Amil relinquished ownership of Hershey to the ASPCA, and Agents transported the tiny dog to the ASPCA Animal Hospital.
There, veterinarians determined Hershey— whom they found to be emaciated, anemic and suffering from pressure sores—had been starved. At that time, Hershey weighed just 5.2 pounds. Today he weighs in at 10.1 pounds, a 94% increase!
Hershey is completing his recovery in a caring ASPCA foster home. When he’s ready, he’ll be made available for adoption.
Amil, 55, 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 Queens Criminal Court on October 4.
If you suspect you’ve witnessed animal cruelty, please don’t hesitate to report it.
Guest blog written by Ben Li’ Gon, ASPCA Senior Manager of Intake and Foster Program
Thanks to the generosity of our wonderful volunteers, the ASPCA Foster Care Program has reached its largest numbers ever. In 2011, 654 animals were placed into foster homes—and this year we have already surpassed 638 animals!
The ASPCA Foster Care Program places animals in temporary homes until they are ready for adoption. The animals we place into foster care include moms with nursing kittens or puppies, sick and injured animals, and animals in need of a bit more socialization, which can be essential to their adoptability. We also provide foster services for orphaned newborn kittens and puppies—a few of our very special foster caregivers offer these babies round-the-clock tender love and care.
By getting these guys out of the shelter and into a loving foster home, we can take in even more animals—saving even more lives. At the same time, we are providing these animals with the most comforting and nurturing environments possible until they are ready to return to the shelter and find their forever homes.
The effects of the foster care program are deeply felt throughout the entire ASPCA. If it weren’t for the hard work and dedication of all our foster caregivers, we would not be able to help nearly as many animals as we do. For this reason, we hope to see our program continue to grow each year.
Kudos to all of wonderful foster parents! The ASPCA would truly not be the same without you. To learn more about this life-saving program visit our Foster Care page.
Jill Rappaport’s horse models the “Opt to Adopt” halter. Photo Credit: Christopher Appoldt
Socialites, celebrities and horse lovers will soon head out to the Hamptons, Long Island’s swanky beach community, for the 37th Annual Hampton Classic Horse Show. The Hampton Classic is a world-class equestrian competition, but it’s also a hotbed of shopping, entertainment and philanthropy. For the sixth year running, the ASPCA will have a strong presence at the iconic, week-long event (August 26-September 2) to promote animal welfare and adoption, as well as to raise awareness of equine issues like horse slaughter and soring.
Visiting animal-loving celebrities and top riders—including ASPCA Equine Welfare Ambassador Georgina Bloomberg, daughter of Mayor Michael Bloomberg—will make appearances throughout the week at the ASPCA Patio and Animal Advocacy Station. We’re also hosting an adoption day on Monday, August 27, focusing on helping rescued, at-risk horses, dogs and cats find permanent homes.
We’re also thrilled that another ASPCA Equine Welfare Ambassador, Jill Rappaport of NBC’s Today, will be on hand at the Hampton Classic, personally selling her “Opt to Adopt” Rescue Me Collection of horse halters and leads. We’re honored to be the beneficiary of 15% of the proceeds from the sale of Jill’s items during the event!
Smitten by kittens? Well, good news—we’re transforming our mobile adoption unit into a Kitten Karavan this weekend! The ASPCA Adoption Center has received an overwhelming number of young kittens this summer, and we’re taking them on the road in an effort to find them loving homes.
“No kitten should have to grow up in a shelter, but unfortunately that’s what we have been seeing these past few months,” says Gail Buchwald, Senior Vice President of the ASPCA’s Adoption Center. “We are urging everyone who has considered adopting to come to our Kitten Karavan this weekend and help us empty our cages.”
Adoption fees for kittens younger than four months are just $99 and $50 for all kittens and cats ages four months to three years. Plus, the Buddy System is in full swing—adopt one kitten and you can bring home another for no additional fee.
Where: St. Anthony’s Market West Houston Street between Thompson and MacDougal Streets Manhattan, NY
When: Saturday, August 25 and Sunday, August 26, 1:00-5:00 P.M.
What to Bring: In order to adopt, potential adopters should bring the following: two forms of identification, one with their current address (such as a utility bill) and one government-issued photo ID (such as a driver’s license, passport, military ID, or non-driver ID). Adopters may also be asked to provide one personal reference, reachable by phone. The ASPCA strongly encourages all members of the household to come to the van to meet their potential pet.
For more information about adopting a new pet, please visit our Adoption Center online.