Whether you’re already camped out for the Black Friday sales or avoiding the crowds like the plague, there’s one promotional event happening this Friday that we can all get behind—Cat Friday at the ASPCA!
If you attend Friday’s event but don’t meet your feline match, you’ll receive a voucher for $20 off cat adoption fees, valid for three months. Consider skipping the lines and crowds to meet your new best furry friend this Friday!
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Tito is a super-affectionate canine who’ll stick to you like glue once he gets to know you. He is known to form very strong bonds with his people. He also enjoys playing with other dogs, but needs a bit of guidance to learn to play with good manners. Tito already knows Sit, and would love to have you spend some time teaching him cool new tricks.
As adorable as Tito is in photos, we think he’s even cuter in person! This special pup would do best in a home with experienced dog people and teens 15-and-up. Adopt Tito today!
Tito is available for adoption at the ASPCA Adoption Center. If you are interested in adopting please call our Adoptions department in New York City at (212) 876-7700, ext. 4900. To learn more about Tito, please visit his page.
When Liz D. went to the Orlando SPCA, she wasn’t expecting to leave with a dog. But Elsie the pit bull was special—a 10-12 year old girl who proves that senior pets can be the perfect addition to any family. Celebrate the end of Adopt a Senior Pet Month with their touching story, as told by Liz:
About two years ago, I was recovering from the loss of my senior German Shepherd. I found myself on the Orlando SPCA website when the photo of a senior pit bull caught my eye.
When I called about “Baby Girl,” I was told she was in the infirmary for kennel cough, and I couldn’t see her for two weeks. When I finally went to the shelter, I expected to meet her and leave. Instead, she came home with me that day! A few days later, we changed her name to Elsie.
Elsie is incredible! From the moment I got her home, it was as if she had grown up there. She is smart, funny, and so loving and sweet. I trust her with ALL my dogs, cats and livestock.
Elsie is between 10-12 and has elbow dysplasia, so she has difficulty walking and getting up. But I am so grateful that I got the chance to adopt Elsie and I have never looked back. Seniors are awesome. She has a “been there, done that” attitude, is housebroken, and is just a perfect dog!!!
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The ASPCA’s Field Investigations and Response team is currently on the ground in Spokane, Washington, assisting Spokane County Regional Animal Protective Services (SCRAPS) with the sheltering and daily care of 63 horses seized Nov. 15 as part of an animal cruelty investigation.
ASPCA responders will remain in Spokane, an ASPCA Partner Community, for at least the next 30 days to nurse the horses to health before their placement with various rescue groups for adoption. The ASPCA is also providing a $5,000 grant to SCRAPS to help cover expenses related to the horses’ care.
SCRAPS officials discovered the severely emaciated and dehydrated horses, who had no access to water or acceptable food, on an abandoned property. Eleven horses in critical condition were taken to a local veterinarian for immediate medical attention. The remaining horses are being cared for at the Spokane County fairgrounds by SCRAPS and ASPCA responders. Agencies assisting the ASPCA with care and sheltering include: Days End Rescue (Woodbine, Maryland); Code 3 (Longmont, Colorado); Equine Emergency Rescue Unit (Overland Park, Kansas); and Washington State Animal Response Team (Enumclaw, Washington).
Local authorities have issued a warrant for the arrest of the property owner on charges of animal cruelty in the first degree and transporting or confining animals in an unsafe manner. The suspect has a history of animal cruelty charges, but has ceased appearing in court for proceedings related to these prior charges. Her current whereabouts are unknown.
A group of amazing people and animals will be honored today at the 2013 ASPCA Humane Awards Luncheon in New York City. The annual ceremony recognizes special animals and individuals who made a positive and lasting impact during the past year.
The 2013 Humane Awards winners include:
ASPCA Cat of the Year
Koshka was a stray cat when she struck up a friendship with Staff Sgt. Jesse Knott at a base in southern Afghanistan. Koshka was a pleasant reminder of life at home in Oregon. Koshka stayed by Knott’s side, helping him through some of his darkest moments at war. Knott’s parents helped him bring Koshka home with him to Oregon, where she now peacefully resides.
ASPCA Tommy P. Monahan Kid of the Year
Six-year-old Catherine Hubbard had a natural ability to connect and care for animals. She designed her own business cards and appointed herself head of “Catherine’s Animal Shelter” with the title “Care Taker.” On December 14, 2012, Catherine was among 20 children killed during a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Catherine’s parents chose to honor Catherine by asking that donations be made to The Animal Center in Newtown. With these funds, The Animal Center hopes to build the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary.
ASPCA Dog of the Year
In September 2012, an animal control officer in Dekalb County, Georgia, responded to a call reporting an extremely malnourished abandoned pit bull puppy. The officer took the fragile puppy, on the verge of death, to the Dekalb Animal Shelter. Chrissy Kaczynski, one of the founders of Friends of Dekalb Animals (FODA) took her home. Remarkably, the puppy bounced back, prompting Chrissy to name her Xena the Warrior Puppy. Xena later became a companion for eight-year-old Jonny, who is autistic. Jonny and Xena spread a message of compassion for both animals and those with autism throughout America and 89 countries, territories and provinces around the world.