In honor of Adopt-A-Shelter-Cat Month, this guest blog is written by Lacy Paap, a longtime supporter of the ASPCA and proud pet parent of Smedley.
A seven-year-old orange tabby with dental disease, Smedley had been passed over for months at my local shelter. He didn't stand much of a chance. But for me, it was love at first rub.
As I sat down to pet a few of the cats, Smedley came right over and began to head butt me repeatedly. He then made himself cozy in my lap as if we'd already spent years together. At this point, no other cat stood a chance. This was my guy.
Today, this senior boy continues to give the best cat rubs you can imagine and spends every possible moment snuggling with me. He loves indiscriminately and has a surplus of adorable habits that charm everyone he meets.
Smedley is my feline soul mate, and he embodies the meaning of unconditional love. Take a chance on an older shelter cat—I'm so glad I did!
It’s no secret: Shelter cats get bored. What better way to keep them entertained than with a little nip? Crafting these easy-to-make toys is the perfect way for you (and your friends!) to feel good about helping homeless cats this summer. Did we mention it’s a kid-friendly project, too?
Gather Your Supplies: - New, infant- or child-size crew socks - Cotton balls or craft stuffing - Dried catnip - Non-toxic permanent markers - Non-toxic washable fabric glue
1. Stuff the toe of the sock with 1 tablespoon of dried catnip.
2. Next, stuff the foot of the sock with cotton balls or craft stuffing.
3. Squeeze fabric glue on the inside of the sock’s ribbing to glue the sock closed, or knot the top of the sock.
Thank you! With your support our grants team was just able to launch the ASPCA Disaster Fund to help shelters and other animal welfare groups affected by or responding to the recent storms.
“After our Field Investigations and Response Team witnessed firsthand the incredible devastation, we wanted to offer additional aid,” says ASPCA President & CEO Ed Sayres. “The ASPCA Disaster Fund will provide critical resources to help these local groups protect and care for animals in their communities.”
Thank You, Rachael Ray! As part of the relief effort, TV personality Rachael Ray, with her dog food line Nutrish and her philanthropic initiative Rachael’s Rescue, has pledged her support with a really generous contribution of both funds and pet food.
“I am a huge lover of animals, and I simply can’t bear the thought of them homeless, hungry and in need of care,” says Rachael Ray. “One of the main factories where our Nutrish Just 6 treats are manufactured is located in Joplin, so this tragedy has really hit home and we knew we needed to spring into action and help. I’m so happy I could join the incredible efforts already underway by the ASPCA in helping families find their pets and care for animals in their community—we started Nutrish and Rachael’s Rescue for this very purpose.”
Take Action! If your local shelter is in need of emergency funding, learn more about applying for an ASPCA Disaster Fund grant today. Want to help? The ASPCA relies on the continued support of our members to provide these vital services. Please text PLEDGE to 25383 to donate $10 to our disaster relief efforts!
We’re at it again! The ASPCA Forensics Team is currently on the ground in Alachua County, Florida collecting forensic evidence of nearly 700 cats found living in deplorable conditions at the Haven Acres Cat ‘Sanctuary’. The animals were rescued as the result of an ongoing investigation led by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and Alachua County Animal Services.
Found living in filthy wire pens throughout the eight-acre property, responders say many of the cats are underweight and appear to be suffering from upper respiratory infections and parasites. The animals are being transferred to an emergency shelter where they will be examined by veterinarians and receive critical medical care.
Evidence Collection The ASPCA Forensics Team is playing a vital role in the criminal investigation—mapping the cats’ locations, assisting veterinarians in documenting wounds and overall body conditions, and removing deceased cats for necropsies. Also on scene is the ASPCA’s fully equipped Mobile Animal Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) unit, outfitted with state-of-the-art forensics tools.
“This is the kind of thing that local animal organizations dread getting involved in, because we just don't have the resources, says David R. Flagler, Director of Alachua County Animal Services. “But when we work with national organizations like the ASPCA, you make it a lot easier."
The HSUS and United Animal Nations will continue to provide ongoing care for the animals until their custody is decided in an upcoming disposition hearing.
From shutting down puppy mills to responding to natural disasters—the ASPCA is on the ground fighting cruelty every day. Check out some of our recent deployments!