Black cats have never had it easy. In fact, they have long been considered bad luck and unfairly linked to witchcraft for centuries. With it being Friday the 13th, we think it’s the perfect time to put some common assumptions about black cats to the test.
Black Cats Bring Bad Luck False. In reality the color of a cat's coat has nothing to do with good or bad luck. And just for the record, in many other cultures, a black cat is a prized pet. In places like Japan and the British Isles, they’re even thought to bring their pet parents good luck!
Black Cats Are Evil False.Sure they may jump on the kitchen counter or use your favorite chair as a scratching post. And just maybe they even try to nibble your toes while you sleep. All cats can be playful. But evil? We think not.
Black Cats Are Often Unwanted True.Ask any shelter or rescue worker and they will tell you—black cats are the hardest to get adopted. In fact, they are only half as likely to find homes as other cats. So, what’s the problem? An unfairly earned reputation? Yep.
Black Cats Make Awesome Pets! True.Black cats may get a bad rap, but really they're just as lovable as the next furry feline. So help us turn their luck around.Share this article with your friends, and consider adopting one of the cuties currently available at the ASPCA Adoption Center!
Ready for a little romance next Monday? As you make your Valentine’s Day plans, consider giving your dog or cat the sweet gift of safety. According to ASPCA experts, Valentine's Day is one of the most poisonous days of the year for pets. Here are a few tips to ensure a loving and safe holiday—for Romeos and Rovers alike!
We all know a little ambiance goes a long way on Valentine’s Day, and a candlelit dinner is about as high on the romantic scale as you can get—but please don’t leave the room while flames are still burning. Many pets are attracted to the light and could get seriously singed.
And while nothing says I love you like a box of gourmet chocolates, let’s not forget cocoa is potentially life-threatening to our pets. Milk, dark, semi-sweet and baker’s—all kinds of chocolate—can affect your pet’s gastrointestinal, neurological, and cardiac systems. So make sure not to share that box of chocolate (with your pet at least) and more importantly, don’t leave it on a low shelf or table where Fido can find it!
Before sending your honey a gift that blooms, remember that certain flowers including lilies, daisies and baby’s breath can be potentially fatal to cats and dogs. Check out our Safe Flower Guide for a list of safe alternatives.
Finally, when choosing whom to give gifts from the heart, don’t forget your beloved companions. Just make sure to show your love with toys that are pet-safe. Check out the ASPCA Online Store for a great selection of Valentine’s pet-friendly gifts that are sure to please. And if you’re not sure what to get your human love, consider making a Gift Donation to the ASPCA—the perfect way to celebrate special people and saves lives.
Dog fighting stinks. Forced into lives of abuse and neglect, dogs used for fighting often spend their entire lives tethered to short, heavy chains. They receive little socialization and can go for days without food or clean water. And if that weren’t bad enough, when they are old enough to fight, many die of blood loss, shock and exhaustion. Others are simply killed for failing to win.
From the very beginning, these dogs are fighting for their lives—and they are counting on you for help. Here are three ways you can take action to end this cruel sport.
Make the Call If you suspect dog fighting in your neighborhood, please contact the police or your local animal control officer. This simple act could mean the difference between life and death for dogs in danger.
Fight for Stronger Laws A great way to help is to take action on dog fighting legislation in your state. Sign up to become a member of the ASPCA Advocacy Team!
After last month’s victory for Caboodle’s kitties, the ASPCA got right to work preparing for their eventual adoption.
Our first step, naturally, was to begin the process of ensuring that each cat was spayed or neutered. With that in mind, we sent the ASPCA National Spay/Neuter Project team to our temporary shelter in Jacksonville. Working with University of Florida veterinarians, the team performed surgery on every unaltered cat on the premises, save a number who were not yet healthy enough.
The spayed and neutered cats included roughly 20 kittens born to cats who were pregnant when we rescued them, and we’ve confirmed from our sources on the ground that they’re extremely adorable. Says Communities Manager Marta Arroyo of the National Spay/Neuter team, “These kittens will have no problems getting adopted!”
Adds Arroyo, “There are some really sweet cats here, and they’re all really cute.”
Our dedicated responders and volunteers have made all the difference for these kitties since we rescued them from Caboodle Ranch in February. The Spay/Neuter team reports that the cats are steadily gaining back their health and strength, and that it’s clear that they’ve made vast improvements during their time in the temporary shelter.
“These cats are definitely getting better and getting ready, and I hope they can join families soon,” says Arroyo. “They all deserve good homes.”
Stay tuned to ASPCA.org for updates on the Caboodle Ranch cats.
We need your help. Many of you already know that puppy mill dogs endure horrible lives of suffering and neglect. But because of a loophole in the Animal Welfare Act, puppy mills that sell puppies exclusively online operatewithout any federal regulation at all. Dogs are suffering, and it’s time we put an end to the hidden inhumane treatment.
Please Help! Right now we have a chance to help close this loophole forever. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is considering a rule that would regulate online puppy sellers, and we're fighting hard to make sure it's effective. But we need your help today!