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.”
Planning to observe Black Friday with a shop-a-thon in NYC? Don’t forget to stop by the ASPCA, where we’re celebrating in our own way: with Cat Friday. You could just meet the cat or kitten of your dreams…and we think that’s a much sweeter deal than anything you’ll find on retail.
On Friday, November 25, the ASPCA Adoption Center is opening its doors for the extended hours of 10:00 A.M. to 10:00 P.M. and offering very special discounts on cat adoption fees that you won’t want to miss.
For Cat Friday only, felines one year and older have waived fees, and kittens four months to one year have an adoption fee of only $50! (It's normally $125.)
With each of these special adoptions, adopters will receive additional goodies including a free cat collar and ID tag and a cardboard carrier.
All ASPCA pets are spayed or neutered, up to date on vaccinations, and microchipped! Plus, adopters will receive a certificate for a free vet visit within two weeks of adoption at ASPCA Animal Hospital.
For those intent on holiday shopping, Gift-A-Pet certificates, good for one future cat or kitten adoption, will also be available for purchase.
Thanksgiving is all about spending time with loved ones—human and animal alike. So it makes sense that we’re tempted to fix Fido a plate of all the scrumptious holiday food we’re eating, right? But wait! Put down the serving spoon. Are you sure that’s safe for your pet? Here’s what you need to know.
Ten Thanksgiving dangers. Some foods are totally off-limits to our furry pals. Ten of them are especially common around the holidays. Just say no to:
•sage •shocolate •candy with xylitol •bread dough •batter with raw eggs •onions and garlic •macadamia nuts •raisins and grapes •rich or spicy foods •alcohol
Let’s talk turkey. Good news for Fido! ASPCA experts say a little bite of plain turkey is usually safe for pets. If you decide to share, remember: Only boneless, well-cooked turkey is OK. Giving your pet undercooked or bone-in turkey, fat or gristle, or cooked bones for chewing is not OK.
Don’t overdo it. Lots of us overindulge at the Thanksgiving table, but when our pets do, it can be a real problem. It’s best to keep pets on their normal diets during the holidays, but if you do decide to share your holiday spread, make it just a taste. Eating too much can give your dog diarrhea, upset stomach, or even pancreatitis.
Play it safe. If your dog or cat consumes any potentially harmful foods or products, please consult your veterinarian, or the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 or www.aspca.org/apcc.
Thank you for your compassion for animals affected by Sandy. As you know, thousands of families are still enduring the far-reaching effects of the storm, and the ASPCA is working around the clock to help. Here’s how you can pitch in for Sandy pets.
Volunteer To learn about opportunities to volunteer your time or foster an animal, visit New York City’s Sandy relief page. You can also call the Sandy pet hotline at 347-573-1561.
For New Jersey residents who are willing to open their homes to pets in need, or those looking for temporary foster care, please visit Foster a Sandy Pet.
If you would like to volunteer with the ASPCA Field Investigations and Response team during our Sandy relief efforts, please email [email protected] with your availability and any special skills or qualifications.
Spread the Word Please follow the ASPCA on Facebook and Twitter. When we post information for families affected by Sandy, please share it with your social networks. On Twitter, remember to use the hashtag #sandypets to join the conversation about all things related to animals and the hurricane.