We have great news, blog readers! Earlier this month, Random House Children’s Books and Dr. Seuss Enterprises hosted a very special social media campaign to promote pet adoption and help raise money for animals in crisis in honor of the newly-released Dr. Seuss book, What Pet Should I Get?
As part of the campaign, Random House asked you to share the love you have for your furry friends by posting a photo of your pet to Instagram or Twitter. For every photo posted using the hashtag #whatpet, Random House and Dr. Seuss Enterprises would donate one dollar to the ASPCA, up to the first 15,000 photos—and the results were pretty amazing!
Thanks to animal-lovers like you, the 15,000 photo goal was reached within just 6 days! Even big name participants like BigCatDerek and AmyPoehlerSmartGirls both joined in on the fun. The funds raised from the #whatpet campaign will go towards supporting the ASPCA’s lifesaving services that help animals in need nationwide every day.
This is no small feat, and we’re so thankful to pet parents like you who shared photos of your animal companions! We again want to thank Random House Books and Dr. Seuss Enterprises for this amazing opportunity to remind readers that pet adoption is always the best option.
Already shared your photo? Check out all the photos and see other pet parents with their four-legged friends at www.whatpet.com.
Animal Care & Control of NYC (ACC) delivers kittens to the nursery daily. Those with nursing mothers usually go into foster care, while orphans are hand-fed every two hours by the more than 50 caretakers and staff.
“It’s a huge accomplishment to be able to help an organization like the ACC,” said Nursery manager Eric Burgie, who added that knowing when the kittens are adopted is the staff’s ultimate reward.
Sometimes, those adopters are the caretakers themselves. Pamela Harris, a Nursery caregiver, wanted a playmate for her younger cat and chose Yvonne, a four-month-old tabby who survived several brushes with illness. “It’s hard to resist the cuteness,” Harris says.
Colleen Moore, another Nursery caregiver, fell in love with Mojave, a tiny white-and-orange kitten, and has already amassed a collection of photos of him on her iPhone.
Caregiver Teandra Henry pointed to a black-and-white kitten, also named Teandra. “We’ve been through the alphabet 15 times,” she said, explaining how each incoming litter is assigned a letter of the alphabet that’s designated as the first initial of each kitten’s name. Sometimes, “larger litters get assigned tougher letters, like X and Z,” she said, laughing. “It never fails.”
While we are thrilled by this milestone, we are already back at work, caring for more and more kittens every day. We look forward to celebrating as they move on from our Nursery to find loving homes.
Bevin is a friendly, affectionate, super-loveable pit bull who is looking for a home with an experienced adopter. This happy pup loves to make new friends wherever she goes, and holds a little extra space in her heart for people she can show off her toys to or play ball with. On walks Bevin loves to say hello to other dogs of all sizes, but isn’t always in the mood to share in playtime with them.
Bevin already knows how to sit, and retrieve and drop her toys. Our trainers aren’t sure if she’s housetrained, but guidance and supervision will help her learn to only use the bathroom outside as she adjusts to her new home. Bevin would do best in a home with children ten years of age or older. Adopt Bevin today!
Bevin is available for adoption at the ASPCA Adoption Center. If you are interested in adopting Bevin, please call our Adoptions Department in New York City at (212) 876-7700 ext. 4120.
In the veal industry, calves are often confined and tethered by their necks, rendered virtually immobile for nearly all of their short lives. Female breeding pigs face a similar fate: Confined to gestation crates, pregnant pigs cannot take more than one step in any direction. But if voters get their say, that may soon change in Massachusetts.
This morning, animal advocates gathered in Boston as Citizens for Farm Animal Protection, a coalition of animal welfare groups including the ASPCA, announced a new ballot proposal to phase out extreme and inhumane confinement systems used for breeding pigs, veal calves and egg-laying hens in factory farms in the Bay State.
The cages and crates generally used to confine these animals are among the cruelest forms of factory farming. Forced to live in spaces barely larger than their bodies, hens, veal calves and pregnant pigs are often unable to even lie down, turn around or extend their limbs. The coalition will collect more than 90,000 signatures in order to qualify the proposal for the 2016 statewide ballot.
If approved by voters, Massachusetts will join 10 other states that have already passed laws cracking down on this type of farm animal abuse.
In addition to the ASPCA, the coalition includes the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Animal Rescue League of Boston and The Humane Society of the United States, along with family farmers, veterinarians and public health professionals. The measure has won support from food safety advocates.
This is a huge step forward for Massachusetts’s farm animals, but we’re not there yet! Bay State advocates: if this important measure is to get on next year’s ballot, we’ll need your help. Please join the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade today to stay up-to-date as the campaign moves forward and for opportunities to help.
“So many animal confinement practices on farms are unacceptably cruel, preventing animals from fully extending their limbs or even turning around freely,” said Matt Bershadker, President and CEO of the ASPCA. “No animal should have to suffer like that. We support this ballot initiative that rejects some of the cruelest farming practices used today.”
While cats and dogs are known to behave like, well, cats and dogs, the truth is that some animals are a lot like people. They have distinct personalities, quirks and needs, and occasionally, they find someone with whom they really “click.” That seems to have been the case for Spencer, a sensitive cat who was lucky to find equally sensitive adopters. It was a perfect match, and shy Spencer soon blossomed into a perfect furry friend. Here is his Happy Tail.
One-year-old Spencer came to the ASPCA after being abandoned near a cat colony in Astoria, Queens, last November. The handsome black-and-white cat enjoyed quiet, gentle attention, but was nervous around new people and had a tendency to act defensively when approached too fast. At the ASPCA Adoption Center, our expert Behavior team spent some time helping Spencer come out of his shell, and he was soon ready for adoption. In January, he met Linda and Stuart Miller.
The Millers’ 16-year-old cat, Max, had been with them since he was four months old. When he passed away in October, they were devastated. “He really was the king of our house and our baby,” she says. In the months that followed, Linda and her son, Jake, visited adoption events every weekend in the city, but she wasn’t entirely sure how she wanted to proceed. “I knew that getting over Max would never get easier, and I missed the love in our house that a pet created. But the bottom line was that my husband didn’t feel he was ready for a new pet yet,” she says.
As the months went on, Linda’s desire for a new pet grew but Stuart remained steadfast. “I continued to look online for pictures of cats for adoption, but not until many, many times of enticing my husband—where he did no more than glance at the photos—did he pay attention, until I showed him Spencer,” she recalls. As it turns out, Spencer reminded them of Max—so much so that Stuart immediately agreed to meet him.
At the Adoption Center, the couple learned about Spencer’s history and his nervous tendencies. Fortunately, they were perfectly-equipped to handle Spencer’s unique set of needs: “My husband and I both work with developmentally challenged babies, children and teens, so we are good with being patient, calm and extremely nurturing. We were okay with letting Spencer take his time,” she says. Their patience paid off, and the cat slowly allowed the couple to approach him, offer treats and even play a bit. “I knew my husband was hooked,” Linda laughs.
On January 28, the Millers adopted Spencer and changed his named to Marty, which was soon expanded to “Marty Pants,” due to his love for sitting on a pair of Linda’s sweatpants. And although Marty Pants had big kitty shoes to fill, he proved to be the ideal match. Linda recalls, “From the very first night in our home, we have never looked back.”
Within a couple of weeks with his new family, Marty grew into a much happier, more confident cat. “He has continued to blossom every week,” Linda says proudly. “He gets the best food, both canned and home cooked, and comes running when called, has lots of toys, settled into our home routine and is now giving and receiving lots of love. Marty is a perfect fit in our home.”
Although Marty Pants is still working on his nose-to-nose kissing skills, he has come a long way from the nervous nelly he once was. Linda says, “We play, he talks, knows his routine and is really happy. We all are.” Congratulations to Marty and the Millers for finding the perfect fit!