During the holiday season, there is nothing more fulfilling than the feeling of giving back—and we believe the magic of social media can do just that. Social media can be a cool tool in our fight against animal cruelty. Think about it. You have friends. Your friends have friends. And they have friends, too. There is a pretty good chance you can reach hundreds—even thousands—of people with just one status update. So why not make it count for animals?
Follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. First, be sure to Like our page on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and check out our boards on Pinterest. Now that we’re connected, you’ll start seeing updates about adopted animals, top pet care tips, and animal cruelty news in your newsfeed. Plus, this simple action will spread the ASPCA’s mission to your friends, and their friends, and their friends, and so on!
Give the Gift of a Status Update, Tweet, or Pin Board. Let the world know that adopting a pet will warm up any home for the holidays! Giving back to help animals this holiday season can be as simple as dedicating your Facebook status to an adoptable animal every week, sending out a Tweet, or Pinning a photo of an adoptable animal onto your board. It’s a great way to help homeless critters find the forever homes they deserve.
Share! Share! Share! Like what you’re reading? Be sure share it on your wall, it’s the best way to get your friends involved, too. Again, this simple action can make a BIG difference!
Join our Holiday Twitter Party on December 12! Are poinsettias poisonous to cats? Are leftover turkey bones safe for dogs? We’ll be asking these questions and many more during our #SantaPaws Holiday Trivia Twitter Party and Giveaway Extravaganza. Join us on Twitter by following the hashtag #SantaPaws on December 12 at 7 P.M. (EST).
There’s a lot to be done, so let’s get started! Can you think of other ways to help animals this holiday using social media? Let us know!
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the ASPCA has been ensuring that animal shelters in some of the hardest-hit areas have the resources necessary to stay in operation.
One such shelter in need was the Monmouth County SPCA’s shelter in Eatontown, New Jersey, and its small adoption center in Freehold, New Jersey. After Sandy hit the area, the shelter lost power for a week. A combination of emergency power and a gas generator provided animals with heat, fresh water and light, and allowed the staff to continue to perform their regular duties.
But after operating at full capacity, the financial toll was staggering. To support the organization’s heroic efforts, the ASPCA awarded a $4,000 grant to the Monmouth County SPCA to ease that strain.
Was Your Local Shelter Affected By Sandy? Please tell them about our Emergency Grant Program! We are continuing to give grants for Hurricane Sandy response and recovery and highly encourage shelters to apply.
The ASPCA Emergency Boarding Facility has been up and running in Brooklyn since Saturday November 17! Our dedicated staff and volunteers are currently caring for about 150 animals and providing relief to Sandy victims who need temporary housing for their pets. Check out photos of the operation in our Facebook album.
This week, we received pets at locations near the hardest hit areas, including the Rockaways and Coney Island on Monday and Tuesday and Staten Island and Red Hook later in the week. The facility has also welcomed pets who were being housed at evacuation centers or a Sean Casey Animal Rescue facility, as well as animals dropped off directly by their families.
Made possible in part thanks to a $500,000 grant from Rachael Ray, this free service was created in response to the many pet parents who asked for a place to board animals until they found new homes. With the help of volunteers from the ASPCA Adoption Center, Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals and elsewhere, we’re aiming to give hundreds of families a chance to rebuild their lives without having to say goodbye to their beloved furry family members.
Watch this blog for updates.
If you or someone you know was affected by Sandy and would like to use our free boarding service, please read this post for details.
If you would like to donate to our Disaster Relief Fund, you can do so here.
All over America, people are gearing up for the shopping and gifting frenzy that goes hand in hand with the holiday season. You’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but what about Giving Tuesday? Giving Tuesday, taking place this year on November 27, brings out the best in us by encouraging us to remember those less fortunate—including the at-risk animals we’re working to save all year ‘round.
The best part is, it’s super easy to participate in Giving Tuesday, even if you’re low on cash. Just post your unwanted stuff to the ASPCA’s Web Thrift Store, where others can bid on and purchase your items. 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!
“WebThriftStore.com enables the ASPCA and its supporters to get all the benefits of running a national network of thrift stores without the costs and risks of creating one with bricks-and-mortar,” said WebThriftStore.com founder and CEO Douglas Krugman. “It makes sense for everyone—charities, donors and shoppers—and it’s something everyone can feel good about.”