Is it snowing by you? Well, you could have snow all year long by adopting one of our furry snowballs! These frosty white pets promise cozier snuggles than a snowman and are guaranteed to keep you toasty on cold winter’s night. Check out their cute photos now! And remember, even if you can’t adopt a new pet today, you can help find these cuties a home by sharing their photos on your Facebook and Twitter pages.
Are you already the proud parent of an adopted or rescued snowball? Let us know by commenting below!
So you might be asking: Since we meet so many amazing, resilient animals and selfless adopters here at the ASPCA, how could we possibly select our favorites? Well, people, we really can’t. Instead, we’ve rounded up five ASPCA stories that stood out for their heartwarming outcomes and were shared far and wide via email, Facebook and Twitter.
Happy new year from all of us here at the ASPCA! As you set your resolutions for 2013, don’t forget to consider ways to improve your pet’s wellbeing, too. Providing a little bit of extra grooming or playtime for your pet can go a long way. We suggest you start by making a few simple resolutions that will keep your furry friends healthy and happy from January to December.
Here are some easy ways to get started:
Exercise time! Before you rush to join a gym, consider ways to incorporate your pet into your new workout routine. Healthy adult dogs need at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise twice a day—jogging, swimming and playing at the dog park are all great options. Engage your cat with rousing play sessions of chase and fetch with furry toys, small balls or toy mice.
Battle the bulge. Humans aren’t the only ones who might need to cut back on excess food after the holidays. This year, vow to lay off those table scraps and consider switching your cat or dog to a well-balanced, high-quality pet food.
Schedule a check-up. Give your veterinarian the chance to notice any developing illnesses by scheduling regular check-ups for your pet. If it’s been a year or more since your pet has seen a vet, make an appointment today!
IDs, please! Get an updated look by outfitting all of your animal companions—even indoor pets—with an ID tag. Implanted microchips are also a smart option.
Guest blog by Deborah Dubow Press, Regulatory Affairs Manager, ASPCA Government Relations
The ASPCA believes that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The more prepared animal facilities are for emergencies, the better responders, like the ASPCA, can stretch our resources and focus our relief efforts when disaster strikes.
That’s why today we applaud the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) new regulation requiring all facilities licensed under the federal Animal Welfare Act—this includes breeders, zoos, research facilities, dealers, and other exhibitors and intermediate handlers—to prepare emergency plans for protecting and caring for animals during disaster.
While the ASPCA will always provide zealous and expert response to imperiled animals, we believe that animal-related businesses should be prepared to protect their animals in emergency situations. Given the tireless efforts of theASPCA’s FIR Teamand other first responders, mandatory emergency planning is a small thing to ask and a reasonable cost of doing business.
We are hopeful that this new regulation will prevent animals from being harmed during man-made and natural disasters alike. To learn about establishing an emergency plan for your own pets, please visit our Disaster Preparedness page.
Because of you, we were able to accomplish so much for abused and homeless animals this year. From shutting down dog fighting rings and puppy mills to deploying widespread disaster relief, your support has allowed us to improve the lives of countless animals across the country.
We are grateful for and humbled by your unwavering commitment to animals. This short video is a thank you for all of the work you make possible—please enjoy it.
From our family to yours, have a healthy, happy new year.