Ready for a little romance? As you make your Valentine’s Day plans, consider giving your pet the sweet gift of safety. ASPCA experts want you to know that Valentine's Day is one of the most poisonous days of the year for pets.
Watch those candles. We all know a little ambiance goes a long way, and a candlelit dinner is about as romantic 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.
Mind the chocolate. While nothing says “I love you” like a box of chocolates, let’s not forget cocoa is potentially life-threatening to our pets. Make sure you don’t share that box of candy (with your pet at least). And more importantly, don’t leave it on a low shelf or table where Fido can find it!
Flowers can be fatal. Before sending your honey a gift that blooms, remember certain flowers including lilies, daisies and baby’s breath are potentially fatal to cats and dogs. Check out our Safe Flower Guide for a list of safe alternatives.
Share the love! Check out the ASPCA Online Store for a great selection of Valentine’s Day gifts that are sure to please both pets and humans!
It has often been said that love comes in all shapes and sizes, and we couldn’t agree more. This Valentine’s Day, we invite you to make a difference for shelter pets in need. It’s easy! Simply share a virtual Valentine’s Day card promoting pet adoption. Here’s how:
Love is in the air—and it's time to plan that special date! Here are our top picks for animal-friendly outings that are sure to get those sparks flying.
Skip the circus and head to a movie! Unlike animals under the Big Top, movie actors aren't forced to do anything cruel or unnatural. Besides, there's nothing more romantic than holding hands and stealing a few kisses under the Big Screen. (Word of warning: skip the popcorn; kernels get caught in your teeth.)
Forgo the horse-drawn carriage and opt for sledding. Instead of making an overworked horse carry you through congested streets, find a big hill and go sledding. After all, what could be more fun than holding on tight to your sweetheart at top speeds? Don't forget the hot cocoa!
Instead of window shopping for puppies, volunteer at your local shelter. Many couples find picking out a new puppy together romantic. But before you take your date window shopping, remember that most puppies sold in pet stores come from puppy mills. Why not head to a shelter instead? You're sure to get warm fuzzies spending the day volunteering with your date—and you might not leave empty-handed.
Hey there, cute couples! Do you and your pet look smashing together…or maybe even alike? Maybe you're the proud pet parent of a charming pair of kitties? Or perhaps your pooch looks too-cute cozied up with his best friend? If your answer is yes to any of these questions, then this contest is for you!
Funny, assertive and loving Serena came to the ASPCA after a staff member found her living on the streets. That was in December 2009—779 days ago! That makes Serena the animal in our care who has waited the longest to find her family.
So she could get a break from the shelter life, Serena is currently at our administrative headquarters in Midtown Manhattan, sharing an office with ASPCA Vice President of Marketing and Licensing Elysia Howard. Naturally, we asked Elysia to tell us more about Serena. Here’s what she had to say:
Serena is a VERY cool cat. She is a spunky, forward, I-am-the-center-of-your-universe girl who will take over your space as fast as your heart. She will unabashedly plant herself in the middle of the room, in the middle of your conversation, on top of your desk, and even claim the very chair you are sitting in. All the while looking you in the eyes with this "Is this all you have for me?" expression.
Serena is so special that I don’t mind if being petted is not her thing. She grants me a few caresses to make me happy, and will lick my hand so I know she loves me back. Serena is looking for someone to accept her as she is: a smart, sassy lady!
If you’re an experienced cat adopter in a 14+ household, and you’d like Serena to be your only cat, please call our Animal Placement department in New York City at (212) 876-7700, ext. 4900. If you’re outside NYC but are able to come meet Serena and then work out transportation for her, give us a call. She’ll be here waiting for you!