It's true. We don't think Michael Vick would make a good doggie parent. The NFL superstar recently claimed on Piers Morgan Tonight that he's interested in getting a dog. Call us crazy, but we don't think it's a good idea. Far from it.
Despite spending 19 months in prison for running an illegal interstate dog fighting business, Vick hasn't expressed a shred of empathy toward the dogs he brutalized and killed. And rather than talk about the horrors of dog fighting, he has consistently chosen to focus on the consequences of getting caught.
In a nutshell, his actions are self-serving. We've seen little remorse and even less compassion. And let's not forget, he caused unspeakable suffering to hundreds of innocent dogs. Frankly, the ASPCA has serious concerns about Vick's ability to be a responsible pet parent.
Your two U.S. senators and your U.S. representative will be home next month—don’t let this opportunity pass you by!
Every year, Congress takes the month of August off (pretty sweet job!). During the August recess, senators and representatives travel back to their home states and districts—after months spent in Washington, D.C., this is a time for them to reconnect with their constituents. This means you! Next month is going to offer great opportunities for you to meet with your congress members in-person, on your home turf, to advocate for animals.
Attending town hall meetings or scheduling time with your legislators in their state or district offices are great ways to advocate for animals. You can find out when town hall meetings are scheduled by contacting your legislators’ offices—before you go, you might want to read up on how to participate in town hall meetings). We also have some simple dos and don’ts for meeting with your legislators.
Speaking with your legislators face-to-face is the most effective thing you can do to promote animal welfare legislation! Look up your legislators’ information here and contact them today!
Cats across America are mad as hell. Why are they so angry? Just like us, cats are tired of the way their canine pals (yes, cats and dogs do get along!) are being treated in puppy mills. Cats are sensitive creatures, and they are sickened by the sight of puppy mill dogs living in tiny, cramped cages, suffering from malnutrition and neglect, and forced to bear litter after litter without a break.
So, what’s a cat to do? Our feline friends are wise: They’ve joined the ASPCA’s No Pet Store Puppies campaign! Cats have realized, along with over 100,000 people who have already signed theNo Pet Store Puppies pledge, that all pet owners have the ability to help us put an end to puppy mills. They know that most pet store puppies come from puppy mills, and they are throwing their support behind our pledge not to buy anything from pet stores that sell puppies. Cats are sending a clear message to humans everywhere—“go buy our toys and treats somewhere else!”
Join these smart cats today and support our efforts against puppy mills! Here’s what you can do:
After you’ve signed the pledge, share one of our new Cats Against Puppy Mills badges on your Facebook page, Pinterest board or other social media site.
Spread the word! Tell everyone you know to take the No Pet Store Puppies pledge, and Tweet your support by including the hashtag #CatsAgainstPuppyMills.
Finally, always make pet adoption your first option! Want a puppy? Visit your local shelter to meet your next furry friend, and be sure to buy your new companion’s treats, toys, food and other supplies at pet stores that don’t sell puppies!
Watch the video...and share it! Check out the No Pet Store Puppies' mascot as he schools customers in a pet store that sells puppies!
To learn more about the ASPCA’s work to end the inhumane practices of puppy mills, please visit nopetstorepuppies.com.
Nearly everywhere in America, this summer is a scorcher, and we know that as a responsible pet parent, you want to do everything you can to keep your best four-legged friends cool. So when you look at your Pomeranian, Golden Retriever or long-haired cat wearing a thick, fluffy coat, you might feel tempted to break out your grooming tools and give him a serious hair cut.
But hold those clippers! While you or I would hate to sport a fur coat in 100-degree weather, your pets’ fur coats are actually providing them with heat relief.
“A dog’s coat is kind of like insulation for your house,” explains Dr. Louise Murray, Vice President of the ASPCA Animal Hospital. “Insulation stops your home from getting too cold in winter, but it also keeps it from overheating in summer—and your dog’s coat does the same thing.”
Dogs’ coats have several layers, and these layers are essential to your dog’s comfort in the heat. Robbing your dog of this natural cooling system can lead to discomfort and overheating. And keeping your dog cool isn’t the only reason to leave his coat intact, Dr. Murray warns. Your dog’s coat prevents your pup from getting sunburn and helps protect her from skin cancer.
So what can you do? “It’s OK to trim your long-haired dog’s long hair, such as any hair that hangs down on his legs,” Dr. Murray says. Just never attempt to clip mats off your pet’s coat with scissors, Dr. Murray adds. And if you’ve got a long-haired kitty, leave her coat intact. Instead, brush her a little more frequently during the hot summer months.
To protect your pet from sunburn and skin cancer, save longer walks for evenings, and consider applying pet-specific sun block to thinly covered areas like the bridge of your dog’s nose, the tips of his ears and his belly, Dr. Murray suggests, noting that pets with thin coats, as well as those with white or light-colored coats, are especially at risk for sun damage.
Of course, pet parents should remember to keep pets inside with plenty of water during hot days—hydration is key! For more important information on summer pet care, visit our Hot-Weather Tips.
Fellow kitty parents, we made a promise. We took an oath. We vowed to love, cuddle and care for our feline friends in times of sickness and health. But with veterinary costs on the rise, how do we keep doing what’s best for them without breaking the bank? One word: prevention. In honor of Take Your Cat to the Vet Week, the following tips will help you save on vet care—and help them live longer, healthier lives.
Don’t skip yearly exams. This is a big no-no. Remember the saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?” Well, it applies to our pets, too. It’s much more expensive—and risky—to treat an illness than to protect against it.
Vaccinate! Hard times are not an excuse to skip your cat’s annual shots, but it does make sense to talk to your vet about creating a vaccine protocol specific to their needs. Some vaccines are optional, while others are essential in preventing serious diseases.
You are what you eat. A good quality cat food—formulated under the guidelines of the American Association of Feed Control Officials—is often more cost effective than a cheap or homemade diet. Also, avoid overfeeding your feline, which can lead to obesity.
Spaying or neutering can save lots of money. This simple action prevents serious health problems including uterine, ovarian and testicular cancer. Visit our online database to find a low-cost program in your area. If you live in New York City, check out our mobile clinic.