Happy first day of spring! This time of year brings on the urge to purge, and we all have items that we no longer need but are too good to be trashed. Every animal deserves a good home—and so does your gently used stuff!
At WebThriftStore, others can bid on and purchase your treasures to benefit the ASPCA. You set the price and get a tax write-off for 100% of your item’s value; the ASPCA gets 80% of the sale’s proceeds; and some lucky buyer gets a great bargain. It’s a win-win-win!
So get selling, and maybe do a little spring shopping while you’re at it: WebThriftStore has a special offer through Sunday for all spring shoppers!
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.