In honor of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month, we put out a call for photos of pets that YOU helped rescue. Well, the winners are in! And if this furry bunch doesn't melt your heart (and have you wanting to rescue a pet), nothing will.
Shame on Chris Brown. The Grammy-award winning artist has turned to the internet to sell eight Pit Bull puppies for $1,000 a pop through a website called CB Breeds. Needless to say we are SUPER disappointed that Breezy allowed his two dogs to breed, contributing to our nation's extreme pet overpopulation problem.
Chris, don't you know that countless homeless pets are sitting in shelters right now? By spaying and neutering your animals, you'll make sure you are not contributing to this problem.
Take Action Hey folks, please make sure your pet is spayed or neutered. Visit our Spay/Neuter Database to see who in your community offers low-cost programs. Already done the deed? Great! Take your activism to the next level, create flyers promoting the organizations that offer discounts, and pass them out at central locations in your community!
Guest blog written by Beverly Pietrucha, ASPCA Volunteer Coordinator.
I discovered Agility about 20 years ago when my very young pup, Ginger, and I were taking a series of obedience classes. We signed up for an introductory class—and that was the beginning of the end. Ginger was an absolute natural on the obstacles: up the A-frame, over the dog walk, through the tunnel—all with no hesitation.
“This should be easy,” I thought. Well, was I wrong!
In Agility, dog and handler must work as a team to negotiate obstacles—in their numbered order. Well, sometimes Ginger would have another idea and get the "zoomies," much to the delight of the spectators. Frustrating for the handler? Perhaps. Lots of fun for the dog? You bet!
And so Ginger and I embarked on what would be an almost 15-year Agility journey, andthe bond that developed between us cannot be described.When you are negotiating an agility course without a leash, or food or treats in hand you become connected in a way that is very special.
What About Shy Dogs? Not sure if your dog is up to the task? Two years ago I adopted Charlie, who was very shy and lacking in confidence. I enrolled him in an agility class thinking that would perhaps build his esteem a bit. In that first class, he would barely go over a very low jump. I was told by the instructor that I should forget about doing agility with him. Well, we persevered—and Charlie is now competing.
If you’re interested: Signing up for good training classes with competent instructors is essential, even if you don't want to compete but just want to have a bit of fun with your dog. But be forewarned: Dog Agility can be addictive!
It’s heartbreaking: Every year, millions of cats and dogs become lost in the United States. Many are beloved pets who never make it home. In fact, research shows that only 10 to 30% of lost dogs and a mere 5% of lost cats are ever reunited with their families. It doesn’t have to be this way.
Taking the simple steps of microchipping and adding an ID tag to your pet can help improve these tragic odds. “It is as small as a grain of rice, but a microchip could mean the difference between life and death for your beloved companion,” explains Gail Buchwald, ASPCA Senior Vice President of the Adoption Center.
Visit your veterinarian and request a microchip. And be sure all of your animal companions—even indoor-only pets—wear a collar with an ID tag. After all, your pet is depending on you.
Great news: The Ohio exotics bill just passed the Senate! Ohio is one of only seven states where almost any animal can be kept by almost any person. Since the vast majority of people who try to keep exotic animals as pets don’t understand and cannot meet their needs, these animals often are caged, chained, beaten into submission, or mutilated via preemptive removal of their teeth and claws.
Last fall’s tragedy in Zanesville—where 56 privately owned big cats, primates, wolves and bears were released, and many were killed—showed the entire country what can happen when exotic and wild animals are kept in captivity.
We congratulate the Ohio Senate for passing Senate Bill 310 and hope the House will soon follow suit.