We all love cats, but it’s so much easier to spot a dog lover. They can publicly parade their pooch with pride. Well, cat lovers, that’s all about to change—now’s your chance to put your kitty love up front and center! We’ve just teamed up with country music star Kellie Pickler and Fresh Step® to celebrate February as Cat Appreciation Month.
Here’s the deal: We’re asking cat lovers to show their feline pride by posting a picture of themselves wearing their favorite cat-centric clothing or accessory to the Fresh Step® Facebook page. Cat lover Kellie Pickler is leading the charge! She’ll be wearing a limited edition cat sweater designed exclusively for the ASPCA with fashion designer Geren Ford.
Fresh Step will donate $1 (up to $100,000) to the ASPCA for each picture posted by March 15. Don’t have any kitty couture? Check out the cool app Fresh Step® created—you can digitally photoshop one of Kellie’s sweaters onto your photo. Upload your pic here!
Our snuggly, playfulpuppySpruce has spent most of his young life at the ASPCA. On January 25, Spruce will turn one year old—and we’re pretty sure his Number 1 birthday wish is a loving forever home. (OK, Number 2 is probably a rope toy.) Will you help us find him a home?
Spruce loves snuggling with people, playing with other dogs, and getting lots of exercise. (He’s the perfect running buddy.) He’s loved by those who work closely with him, but he’s had lots of bad luck in his short life.
Spruce first came to us as a three-pound, little puppy. He and his siblings had just been rescued from the streets of the Bronx. We watched Spruce grow and get adopted…and then come back to us due to a change in his adopter’s life. Unfortunately for Spruce, this happened a few more times—always because his adopters had a life change.
Enough is enough. Spruce deserves better. He needs stability, and a family who will love him forever—no matter what. Could that be you?
We’re hoping that some experienced dog folks will give Spruce the happy first birthday he deserves. If you live in a 12-and-up household and would enjoy cuddling and working with this energetic sweetie, come meet Spruce! Call our Animal Placement department in New York City at (212) 876-7700, ext. 4120, to learn more. Know someone who’s perfect for Spruce? Share him on Facebook and Twitter!
Just in: Jonathan Kennard Williams, 27, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for charges related to dog fighting, weapons possession and drugs. Last April, the ASPCA assisted in the rescue and forensics evidence collection of 41 dogs seized from Williams’ property in Halifax, Virginia. The dogs, many of them used for fighting, were found living in deplorable conditions with no access to clean water.
In addition to conspiring to sell dogs with the intent for the animals to be used in dog fighting, Williams pleaded guilty to several counts of distributing drugs and weapons possession. He was also sentenced to six years’ probation after his release from prison.
“Dog fighting is often associated with other illegal activity such as drugs and weapons,” says Terry Mills, ASPCA Blood Sports Director. “It’s a heinous crime that has become both an animal welfare and public safety issue.”
The ASPCA remained involved with the dogs rescued during the raid, and today dogs from Williams’ compound are in loving homes across the country.
“Thanks to the diligence of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the local agencies, Mr. Williams was held accountable for exploiting these innocent animals,” says Mills.
Dog fighting remains a felony in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. For more information on our efforts to stop dog fighting, please visit Raids and Investigations.
Queens resident Davanand Raghunath, 28, was convicted of misdemeanor animal cruelty and sentenced yesterday to three years of probation for starving and neglecting his cat, Leo. Raghunath was also barred from owning an animal for three years.
In August 2010, Agents from the ASPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement department discovered the seven-year-old cat living in the basement of a store in Ozone Park. He was starved, dehydrated, infested with fleas and close to death. Agents quickly rushed him to ASPCA’s Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital for treatment.
“Although we would have supported a stiffer sentence, we are at least gratified to know that Raghunath now has a criminal record,” says Stacy Wolf, Vice President and Chief Legal Counsel of the ASPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement department. “We can only hope this experience was sufficiently sobering for Mr. Raghunath, and that he will not victimize other helpless animals.”
As for Leo, after three months of intensive care, he made a full recovery and was adopted by a loving family from New Jersey.
This guest blog is written by Lourdes Cabrera, proud pet parent of Milo.
We remember it as if it was yesterday. A friend sent us a photograph of a scruffy, scraggly, skinny black kitten with ears too big for his small head. As a matter of fact, he looked like a bat. His name was Mr. Scruffy.
My husband was allergic to cats, so we knew we couldn't keep him. Plus, we already had two rescue dogs who took up a lot of room in our modestly-sized apartment. But there was just something about his little face, and I kept looking at the photos. I also kept throwing hints at my husband…but the answer was always a firm, "NO!"
Despite all of this, I kept checking on the kitten’s progress through emails. After a few weeks, my friend became worried that she wouldn't be able to find him a good home. I became determined to convince my husband that we should take in Mr. Scruffy. Even if it meant he'd have to go through an allergy regimen.
Luck was on my side. That or my husband eventually grew tired of my reminders and pleadings. Either way, he finally gave in. One day he turned to me and said, "FINE, you can have the cat, but I'm not changing any litter!"
The very next day we picked up Mr. Scruffy. The moment my husband saw him, it was love at first sight. He went to the doctor, got a prescription for allergy pills, and that was that. Milo, as we renamed him, became an important member of our family—and my husband’s best friend. Milo grew into a wondrous, regal, appreciative cat.
Today, Milo is going on three years young. We can't imagine our lives without him. And, just for the record, my husband has been changing his litter for three years!