Holy moly, cuteness! Imagine our surprise when ASPCA staffers found two little piglets abandoned outside our Spay/Neuter Clinic in Queens, New York. The pot-bellied duo was locked inside a cat carrier left outside the building’s garage entrance. We immediately called our friends at Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary to see if they could lend a hand.
“We were happy to help,” says Sheila Hyslop, Woodstock’s sanctuary manager. “The boy, whom we named Humpty, was just neutered, and his sister, Dena, was given a clean bill of health, too.”
The sanctuary is following up with families who have expressed interest in adopting the butterballs and will be conducting site visits to check out possible homes.
“As I'm sure you can imagine, these babies are charming everyone they meet,” Hyslop tells us with a chuckle. “And, if possible, they seem to be getting cuter every day!”
This week, we’re beginning to wind down the Brooklyn emergency boarding facility we opened in November for Sandy victims’ pets and pets found in the aftermath. We’re trying as hard as ever to reunite the remaining animals with their families—and we need your help!
Since the boarding facility opened, the ASPCA and other local agencies have been working around the clock to track down the families of lost pets through grassroots outreach, flyers, advertising, public service announcements and the Animal Care & Control of NYC’s lost pets website.
To date, we’ve reunited more than 100 pets with their families, but nearly 140 displaced animals still remain at the emergency shelter. Of course, any unclaimed pets will receive the best possible placement when the facility closes, but we’d love for them to go home with their original families.
That’s why we need you to share the information below!
If you or someone you know is missing a pet post-Sandy, please tell them to come to the ASPCA emergency boarding facility (at 1508 Herkimer St. in Brooklyn) as soon as possible, or visit the lost Sandy pets site to view all lost pets residing at the facility. Pet parents who wish to reclaim their pets from the boarding facility should also call the Hurricane Sandy Pet Hotline at 347-573-1561..
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.