Do you have room in your home and your heart to be a lifeline for needy animals? Shelters often need outside help caring for pets until they’re ready for adoption. Becoming a foster parent is a great way to make a hands-on difference in the lives of animals in your community! Shelter pets who may benefit from some quality time with a family often include newborns and those recovering from surgery.
Fostering is a wonderful way to help your local shelter create more space for needy animals, and it’s a great way to enjoy the many benefits of having a pet in your life without the long-term commitment.
Still need convincing? Check out our Foster Stories for real, first-person accounts of how rewarding fostering can be!
P.S.: Live in NYC and want to become a foster caretaker? Learn about the ASPCA’s Foster Care Program and enroll today! Remember, many shelters across the country sponsor similar programs, so be sure to check with your local shelter if you’re interested in fostering needy pets.
In an exciting weekend of pet adoption events nationwide, 50 animal shelters kicked off the ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge by finding loving forever homes for more than 2,700 animals. From California to Maine, adopters visited local shelters to show their support for the Challenge and went home with furry best friends of all shapes and sizes.
Here are some of the highlights from this fur-filled weekend:
When Bangor Humane Society had just one puppy left in the building, Ike—previously accompanied by his brother, Spike—the Maine agency promised his adopter a special surprise. "Spike and Ike's adoption fees were paid for by their foster parents, in turn making their adoption fees free to their new families," BHS explained to its Facebook fans. "Because of this, BOTH of Spike and Ike's adoptive families decided to pay it forward, and pay for the adoptions of two other dogs that are still in the building!”
In what turned out to be a very successful partnership, the Flagler Humane Society teamed up with local groomer Animal House Groomers, which helped transform some of the scruffier pets into adorable candidates for adoption during kick-off weekend event. The groomers worked makeover magic on this lucky pup, Scrapie, who later found a loving home.
Beyonce, a pretty pup rescued from an inhumane situation, was one of 122 adoptions at Animal Rescue League Shelter & Wildlife Center over the course of the weekend. “Although her adoption was free today,” the Pennsylvania agency told its Facebook fans, “she had a $50 sponsorship, and her adopter left an additional $250!”
Sometimes a kitty comes along who steals the hearts (and laps!) of all those who meet him. Sherbert was one of those magical, four-legged wonders. ASPCA Humane Law Enforcement rescued Sherbert—then nine years old—in October 2008 from a home in Brooklyn, NY. Our Special Agents found him emaciated, abandoned and suffering from multiple untreated medical conditions. Once treated at the ASPCA, the elder feline was diagnosed with Inflammatory Bowel Disease and given a special diet as well as anti-inflammatory medication to ease his discomfort.
Despite his condition, it didn’t take long for Sherbert to settle into life at the ASPCA and attract many fans among staff and volunteers. Described as an “eternal optimist,” Sherbert was famous at the ASPCA Adoption Center for his fuzzy face and love of laps. And even though life threw a whole lot of challenges his way, he never gave up his adoration of the human kind. Lucky for Franni Burke of Manhattan! She met Sherbert in April 2009, and was smitten by his outgoing, cuddle-bug nature. The rest is history—today Sherbert is thriving in his "cushy" new life with Franni and his forever family.
Before the holidays, Franni contacted us to report that her favorite furry guy is doing exceptionally well and will receive many Christmas presents this year. Needless to say, news of Sherbert’s well-being was welcomed by more than one ASPCA staff member. “I absolutely LOVE Sherbert!” says Diane Wilkerson. “We took him on the WPIX morning show once…and even with all the cameras and commotion, he did great! He just snuggled and purred!”
This reserved little showstopper will always hold a special place in our hearts, minds and, of course, laps!
Can’t stand leaving your pet behind on vacation? You don’t have to! More people are choosing to include their animal companions in family vacations than ever before. Just keep in mind that a bit of extra planning—and packing—may be in order.
Time for a check-up. A trip to the vet is a good idea. Make sure your pet’s vaccinations are up to date before you hit the open road.
Location! Location! Location! It's essential to make sure your accommodations, hotel or apartment, are pet-friendly. Otherwise, you could be in for an unpleasant surprise when you arrive at your destination.
Prevention is key. Mistakes happen and pets get lost, so make sure your pet has a microchip and is wearing a collar and ID tag.
Pack for your pup! Be sure to bring along all of the necessary supplies to care for your pet. Double check to make sure you have a crate, toys, plenty of food and a doggy seatbelt!
Check out these ASPCA pet travel essentials!
Car Harness Just like a human seatbelt, this dog harness is your pooch’s first line of safety when traveling by car.
Floppy Moppy Plush Car rides can be boring! This fun mop-style plush will keep any doggie engaged for hours.
Seat Cover Protect your car seat from pet odors, dirt and spills with this heavy duty seat protector.
Every year, the ASPCA creates an exclusive wall calendar for our special friends and supporters. This year's calendar features ASPCA team members and, of course, their beloved rescued companions.
For the past several months, our creative team has been hard at work designing the calendar layout. But there's one big decision left to make: Who should grace its cover? Well, folks, this is not an easy decision for us! We've narrowed down the field to four contenders, but we're counting on you to make the final decision.