Gavrielle B. shared the following story with us about meeting Chelsea, a spunky little dog at the ASPCA Adoption Center, after waiting years to meet her perfect puppy match. As it turns out, Chelsea was well worth the wait.
We had wanted a puppy for years, and adoption was the only option for us. We knew we wanted to adopt a female puppy that would grow up to be a small to medium-sized dog. When Chelsea's litter became available, we visited the Adoption Center and Chelsea's golden coat and spunky personality won us over.
We had never adopted before, and we visited the Adoption Center for the first time in September to start looking for a puppy. We went back to the Adoption Center to walk through the available dogs once more before finally meeting and taking home Chelsea.
The adoption process was surprisingly straightforward and quick. Before we met Chelsea, a behavioral specialist gave us lots of information about typical traits of her breed so we knew what to expect. We also really enjoy going to puppy kindergarten every week where the behavioral specialists help us train Chelsea as she gets older.
We spoil her with toys and attention. She loves running back upstairs after her walks outside to play at home. Chelsea is the princess of the apartment and she knows it!
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The U.S. Farm Bill is very close to completion. The House and Senate have each drafted versions of this five-year bill, and starting today, a committee made up of about 20 senators and representatives are meeting to iron out any differences and present a final, unified bill.
We have the opportunity to strike a major blow against animal fighting in this Farm Bill. The Senate’s version of the Farm Bill contains a provision to make it a federal crime to be a spectator at an animal fight—this language mirrors the Animal Fighting Spectator Prohibition Act, a stand-alone bill with an astounding 216 House cosponsors—that’s very close to half of the entire body!
Since the Senate passed identical legislation during the last session of Congress and the current version is supported by nearly half the House, the bill seems poised for success. However, if we can get the Farm Bill conference committee to keep it in the Farm Bill, it’s a done deal: We won’t have to wait for the House to take a vote on the stand-alone bill.
It is important to note that spectators at animal fights are not there accidentally; they intentionally seek out these illegal activities at secret locations, often traveling long distances and crossing state lines for the entertainment of watching animals fight to the death and the opportunity to gamble on the barbaric event.
Today, in honor of National Cat Day, we’re teaming up with Cheezburger, the online humor network, and Uber for a special three-city event, "I Can Has Uber Kittens.” For only $20 (with 100% of the New York proceeds benefiting the ASPCA), cat lovers can order a special “kitten car” to bring furry felines to their office for some exclusive kitty playtime!
Uber drivers in New York, San Francisco and Seattle will transport the kittens, accompanied by shelter volunteers as chaperones, from each city’s partner shelter. As a thank you for every visit, Cheezburger is including a delivery of designer cupcakes created by celebrity pastry chef Duff Goldman, star of Ace of Cakes on The Food Network. In addition to the proceeds from each kitten visit, Cheezburger will make an additional donation to all three participating shelters.
This fun and lighthearted event was created to highlight the importance of making pet adoption your first option. There are millions of cats in shelters across the country that may not be a part of the Uber kitten car but are still uber cute and waiting for a home!
Pit Bulls get a bad rap these days, but it wasn’t always this way. In fact, these dogs used to be considered such powerful symbols of bravery and loyalty that they were featured on World War One recruiting posters! They were also beloved family pets: Famous figures including President Theodore Roosevelt, Helen Keller and Fred Astaire shared their homes with Pit Bulls.
National Pit Bull Awareness Day, which takes place on October 26, was created to bring positive attention to the Pit Bull Terrier. By combating myths about the breed, we have the power to restore its good reputation. Here’s how you can help:
Become a myth-buster and breed advocate. You’ve probably heard that Pit Bulls have “locking jaws” and are naturally aggressive—neither of which are true. In reality, Pit Bulls’ jaws are no different from those of any other dogs. Spaying or neutering is the best way to eliminate aggressive behavior, as the vast majority of dog bites come from unaltered dogs. Read more facts about Pit Bull behavior here.
Combat dog fighting and breed-specific legislation. Become a voice for dogs who have been victimized by animal fighters and harmful laws. Join the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade to learn how you can get involved.
Considering adopting or fostering. Thousands of Pit Bulls end up in shelters every year due to abuse, over-breeding and abandonment. Rescuing a Pit could provide a lifetime of joy for your family. Consult our 10 tips for adopting a Pit Bull and find out if this breed is right for you!
Make your Pit Bull an ambassador. The best way to combat negative stereotypes is for you and your Pit to set a positive example! Take your well-trained dog with you to the park, store, and for long walks to show people the peaceful, gentle side of Pits. Additionally, consider having your dog earn an AKC Canine Good Citizen certificate, which may come in handy when facing breed bias from people who don’t understand the good that Pits truly can do.
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Over the course of a very productive weekend, animal welfare groups in 36 communities nationwide found homes for 5,685 cats and dogs during the ASPCA’s 2013 Mega Match-a-thon October 18-20.
The ASPCA granted nearly $300,000 to support large-scale adoption events across the country in an effort to help thousands of shelter animals join loving families.
Standouts from the weekend include the animal welfare community in Sacramento, California— City of Sacramento Animal Care Services, Happy Tails Pet Sanctuary, Sacramento County Animal Care and Regulation, and the Sacramento SPCA joined forces to adopt out a total of 526 animals. That’s a 336 percent increase over their adoption total for the same weekend in 2012!
The KC Pet Project in Kansas City, Missouri and Greater Androscoggin Humane Society in Lewiston, Maine, were left with countless empty kennels after their events, during which they found homes for 228 and 272 animals, respectively.
We’re so impressed by the adoptions successes in all 36 participating communities, and we’re thrilled that so many animals found forever homes in just one weekend! Congratulations to all of our 2013 Mega Match-a-thon participants for a job well done.