Pit bulls are one of the most common—and most commonly misunderstood—dog breeds in America. Though they get a bad rap, the truth is that these intelligent, affectionate dogs have a lot of love to offer to the right adopter, and Boo Boo was no exception. Rescued from abuse, this sweet dog overcame his tough past and let his happy-go-lucky personality shine. Here is Boo Boo’s Happy Tail.
Boo Boo came to the ASPCA in February 2014. Rescued by a police officer as part of our partnership with the NYPD, Boo Boo was discovered abandoned and emaciated in the Bronx, New York. He was skeletal, starving, and covered in pressure sores on various areas of his body. At the ASPCA Animal Hospital, he received immediate medical attention and was put on a supervised diet to recover strength and lost weight.
Over the first four weeks in our care, Boo Boo’s health progressed steadily. In addition to regaining some weight, he received specialized treatment for his skin sores and antibiotics to help fight infections. By the beginning of March, he was a healthy 47 pounds and ready to start his search for a forever home. On April 1, we received the good news: Boo Boo had been adopted.
Unfortunately, our joy was short-lived. After being adopted, Boo Boo was returned two days later. The adopter told us that Boo Boo had been wonderful, but his landlord was afraid of Boo Boo’s size and appearance and forced him to return the dog. Though he had done nothing wrong, Boo Boo was back at our Adoption Center hoping for a home.
Fortunately, Boo Boo’s wait was worth it. On April 12, Miguel S. walked through our door searching for a friend. “I was ready for a companion,” he says, “and I wanted to adopt rather than purchase a dog.” After meeting some of our available animals, Miguel spotted Boo Boo. He recalls, “The way he looked at me…I cannot explain it exactly! He was the third dog I saw and the only one I wanted!” He adopted Boo Boo that day and changed his name to Kaine. The new duo headed home to begin their new life together.
Back at Miguel’s apartment, Kaine proved what we had known all along: He is an amazing dog. Miguel says, “Kaine is very much adjusted at home, but I don’t really go anywhere unless he is coming with me.” The two pals spend a ton of time together, and Kaine recently experienced his first ride in an NYC taxi cab and his first visit to the beach.
Looking at Kaine today, it’s hard to tell that he ever suffered at the hands of abusers. Like many pit bulls, his “tough” exterior is quickly overcome by his sweet personality. He is a goofball and a total lover, and Miguel describes him as “the best decision I’ve ever made.” We are so grateful that Miguel could look beyond the stereotype and see Kaine for the caring companion he was meant to be—and we know that Kaine feels exactly the same way.
We have great news for New York City’s neediest animals: Thanks to a grant from The John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold Foundation, the ASPCA Cruelty Intervention Advocacy Program (CIA) has received a new vehicle for the transport of animals rescued from hoarding or other harmful situations to the ASPCA Animal Hospital and our partner veterinary clinics for emergency care. The CIA Program is also utilizing this vehicle to move animal cruelty victims who are seized by the New York Police Department (NYPD) and taken to partner emergency hospital Blue Pearl, whose emergency clinics are located in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, to transport animals the ASPCA Animal Hospital for further care and case investigation. Safe, humane transport is needed to ensure that animals receive prompt medical attention and cruelty cases are addressed as quickly as possible.
The sprinter van provides ample space to accommodate pet carriers and cages and animal rescue supplies. The vehicle includes many state-of-the-art features, including a constant monitoring camera mounted in the rear area of the vehicle to provide surveillance of the animals by the driver and passenger.
As the holiday season approaches, we want to take a moment to give thanks. We are thankful for all the animals who have inspired us, we are thankful for all of the lives we have saved, and, most of all, we are thankful for you.
As the oldest animal welfare organization in the country, the ASPCA has accomplished a lot over the last 148 years. But none of it would have been possible without the support of animal-lovers like you. Your donations are what keep us going, and what make it possible for us to save thousands of innocent animals from lives of abuse, abandonment and neglect.
Guest blog by Jessica Johnson, Senior Manager of Grassroots Advocacy for ASPCA Government Relations.
Are you interested in learning more about key animal-protection issues? Want to find out how you can do more to help the animals in your area? If so, please join me and my fellow ASPCA experts for our free December Webinar Series, where we will discuss several important areas of animal legislation, what has been accomplished, and what work still needs to be done!
Cost of Care Legislation: Empowering Rescue Agencies and Getting Animals Out of Limbo Wednesday, December 10 6:30 P.M. ET (1 hour) Presenters: Debora Bresch, Senior State Legislative Director, Mid-Atlantic Region; Chloe Waterman, Senior Manager, State Legislative Strategy
One of the largest obstacles facing abused animals today is that it costs so much to care for them while cruelty charges are pursued following their rescue. Law enforcement may be reluctant to assume this burden, and local shelters with limited resources may be forced to. Animal victims can remain in shelters for months—or even years—as their cruelty cases wind through the court system. Through this Cost of Care Legislation webinar, you’ll learn how the ASPCA is addressing these problems through the legislative process so that abused animals can be rescued but not left in legal limbo, and shelters can afford to serve other animals in need.
Puppy Mill Laws: How YOU Can Make a Difference for Dogs Wednesday, December 17 3:00 P.M. ET (1 hour) Presenters: Bill Ketzer, Senior State Legislative Director, Northeast Region; Cori Menkin, Senior Director, Puppy Mills Campaign
Dogs in puppy mills spend their entire lives housed in tiny cages, often stacked on top of each other, forced to produce countless puppies all for the sake of a dollar. The ASPCA is working to guard animals against this despicable industry, but we can’t do it without you! By attending this Puppy Mill Laws webinar, you’ll learn the ins and outs of the federal, state and local laws that help crack down on puppy mills, including all the new and innovative approaches that advocates are using to address this horrific problem.
Federal Legislation Wrap-Up: Looking Back at the 113th Congress and Its Impact on Animals Thursday, December 18 6:30 P.M. ET (1 hour) Presenters: Andrew Binovi, Federal Legislative Manager; Carolyn Schnurr, Federal Legislative Manager
The ASPCA works with Congress—100 U.S. Senators and 435 U.S. Representatives—to provide stronger legal protections for animals across the country. But before the 114th Congress convenes in January 2015, let’s review what the 113th Congress did to help animals! In this Federal Legislation Wrap-Up webinar, the ASPCA’s federal lobbyists will discuss what animal-related initiatives have been considered by Congress over the past two years and which bills we should expect to see next year!
After registering for the webinar(s), you will receive an email with more details and instructions on how to log-on and participate—then all you have to do is sit back and let us do the work while you learn! At the end of the webinar, you’ll have the chance to directly engage with ASPCA experts and ask them questions. Can’t tune in during the webinar? Register anyway and we’ll send you a recording of the presentation.
We hope you take advantage of this amazing opportunity and join us! Please register for the webinar(s) of your choice below:
Every now and then, we come across a special dog in our Adoption Center who needs a little extra help finding a home. This week, we’re turning our Adoption Spotlight to Guadalupe, a sweet three-year-old pup who is sure to make some lucky adopter very happy!
Guadalupe came to the ASPCA in May after being rescued from an abusive situation. At first, she was very frightened and hesitant to come out of her kennel, but after extensive training—including learning leash manners with the help of a fake dog—she began to come out of her shell. In fact, once she got comfortable, Guadalupe let us all see what a hilarious goofball she really is!
Guadalupe loves to look at herself in the mirror, chew on pig ears, and put her toys in a pile while she plays with them. She is much more comfortable with women than with men, but she has been living with a foster family since September and has grown to love her foster dad. She enjoys trips to the countryside and has been slowly meeting new dogs and people. Because Guadalupe is nervous with all the busyness of city life, she would do best in a home in the suburbs or the country.
Guadalupe is a very special girl who has been through a lot. She would love nothing more than to open her heart to her very own forever family!
If you are interested in adopting Guadalupe, please contact the ASPCA Adoption Center at (212) 876-7700 ext. 4120.