Her name is Cupid, and there’s a reason: This Bulldog mix lady is all about love—sharing it, spreading it and sopping it up.
She’s a goofy, affectionate joy of a dog with so much to recommend her! She knows all kinds of commands, has excellent leash manners, can entertain herself quietly when you’re busy, comes housebroken and crate-trained and lives to snuggle. She has enough energy to play with you or go for a run with you, but not so much that she can’t enjoy a lazy evening by your side watching Netflix.
And yet, as Valentine’s Day approaches—her second in a row at the ASPCA—Cupid still lacks someone to call her own. Can you help?
Staff at the ASPCA Adoption Center make sure to give Cupid as much of the love she craves as possible, but we know she’d prefer a family. She’s gone without a special person for so long…perhaps her entire life.
In fact it was a Humane Law Enforcement Agent who brought Cupid to the ASPCA more than 14 months ago. She was so sick then, but our vets brought her back to the pink of health through treatments including eye surgery, dental surgery, a double mastectomy and daily medication for her creaky joints.
Through it all she was so brave, taking medicine without a complaint, happy to get the care she so desperately needed and to finally feel OK again.
In October, an ASPCA volunteer named Kathleen took Cupid home for a night, and we learned that she’s quiet as a mouse in an apartment.
But in the Adoption Center, she barks at passersby—and we think this might be why it’s taking her so long to find a home. It’s a real shame since it’s not indicative of her “real life” behavior. We think she’s just saying, “Take me home! It’s my turn!”
And you know what? It is her turn to go home. Are you out there, Cupid’s family? Maybe it’s you, or maybe it’s someone you know. She’d like to be an only dog in a 12-and-up home. Please don’t let her spend another Valentine’s Day alone!
Please share Cupid with your social networks. If you can’t take Cupid home, consider helping her and others like her by becoming an ASPCA member.
Last week a judge sentenced Sanchez to one to three years for animal fighting, one year for animal cruelty and one year for criminal possession of a weapon. (Sanchez will serve these sentences concurrently.)
He’s also been slapped with a ban on keeping animals for the duration of his parole. Sanchez waived his right to appeal.
We hope Sanchez’s sentence serves as a reminder to dog fighters that their crimes against innocent animals carry serious consequences.
Even after a terrible experience purchasing a pet store puppy last fall, it appears Britney Spears hasn’t quite learned her lesson. Spears recently purchased a new puppy from a breeder and introduced her “new baby” to fans on Twitter this weekend.
Last fall, Spears reportedly purchased a puppy named Hannah from a Barkworks pet store in Thousand Oaks, CA. The young puppy suffered from multiple illnesses and spent weeks at the vet. What Spears experienced is no surprise to us. Most pet store puppies come from puppy mills where they are kept in filthy cages. These horrific living conditions often lead to poor health and chronic illness.
Pet stores purchase sick dogs and sell them to unsuspecting consumers, leaving the cost of care up to them. This sad truth also applies to dogs sold over the internet.
The standards of care required by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for breeders are also inadequate and leave a lot of room for dogs to be severely mistreated. We can only hope Spears chose a reputable breeder.
We wish Britney good luck with her new dog but urge her to consider making adoption her first option in the future.
Visit NoPetStorePuppies.com to learn more about puppy mills and take the pledge not to buy anything at pet stores that sell puppies.
Of course at the ASPCA we’re all about animals, but we also love music. And songs about animals? Forget it. We’re big fans before we’ve even heard them.
In honor of the 2013 Grammy nominations, we’ve compiled our top 10 songs about animals. Here are our faves:
1. “A Horse with No Name” – America 2. “Blackbird” – The Beatles 3. “Crocodile Rock” – Elton John 4. “Ben” – Michael Jackson 5. “Black Dog” – Led Zeppelin 6. “Hound Dog” – Elvis Pressley 7. “I Love My Dog” – Cat Stevens 8. “Eye Of The Tiger” – Survivor 9. “Who Let the Dogs Out?” – Baha Men 10. “Rock Lobster” – The B-52s
What are your favorite songs about animals? Sound off in the comments section! Or use the hashtag #AnimalTunes on Twitter!