Have you seen blue skies this week? While it’s still officially winter, the sun has started to peek out from behind the clouds a bit more, making us all the more excited for spring to arrive. The snow is melting, and daily trips to the park with our furry friends are just around the corner! Now is the time to stock up on spring essentials that benefit animals in need.
ASPCA Water Bottle: This aluminum water bottle, sold in the ASPCA Online Store spreads the message that you’ve joined our fight against animal cruelty. The lid features an O-ring, extra stopper and carabineer snap-on clip—convenient for carrying on walks with your pups!
Godzilla Cat Tee: Featuring a cheerful yellow hue, this humorous cat-themed tee is perfect for the warm spring days ahead. Created for the ASPCA by David and Goliath, 5% of the purchase price of this shirt goes to our life-saving work for animals nationwide.
No matter the season, clothing items and accessories in black and white are sure to go with everything. This week, we’ve rounded up a selection of black-and-white items that benefit animals, made for the whole family:
ASPCA Jumbo Black Tote: This oversized tote bag, sold in the ASPCA Online Store is the perfect carry-all for outings to the park. Made of 100% cotton twill, this sturdy bag is large enough to bring along on a weekend getaway. Bonus—it’s currently on sale!
Houndstooth Pet Collar: Your dog is sure to strut the sidewalks in style in this high-fashion houndstooth pet collar. Sold in the ASPCA Online Store, this collar comes in various sizes ranging from petite to extra large.
Atomic Kitties Tee: Designed in honor of Adopt a Shelter Cat Month, this Threadless tee is perfect for any cat lover in your life. Plus, it’s on sale now!
Winter 2014 seems to be the season that just won’t quit. Here in New York City, and in many parts of the country, we’ve become accustomed to heavy snow at least once a week. While there doesn’t seem to be an end to this cold weather madness in sight, you can still stock up on winter weather items that benefit animals—we have a feeling you’ll be using them for several weeks to come!
ASPCA Logo Beanie: Perfect for running errands on the coldest, snowiest days, this ASPCA logo beanie is sure to keep you warm. Sold in the ASPCA Online Store, this hat is one-size-fits-most.
Throw Your Tails in the Air Mug: As the snow keeps falling, keep the hot cocoa flowing! This playful cat-themed mug in the ASPCA Online Store is the perfect distraction from steadily declining temps.
Winter Apparel via WebThriftStore: Looking for a discount? Shop WebThriftStore, an online marketplace where users can buy and sell used items including clothing, books and more. When you select the ASPCA as your charity of choice, 80 percent of the sale price of items you post to WebThriftStore will go toward our life-saving work for animals.
ASPCA Hooded Sweatshirt:No matter how long winter lasts, this cozy hooded sweatshirt, sold in the ASPCA Online Store will keep you warm. Plus, you’ll show the world how much you love animals when you wear it!
We’ll keep our fingers crossed for spring to make a speedy arrival. In the meantime, stay warm, and happy shopping!
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and there’s still time to order thoughtful gifts for all the loves of your life—including those with two or four legs! Plus, you can share the love with animals in need when you shop for items that benefit the ASPCA:
Heart-Shaped Collar Charm This adorable heart-shaped charm, sold in the ASPCA Online Store, is the perfect accessory for all of your furry friends this Valentine’s Day.
I Love My Shelter Dog Tee this heart-themed “I Love My Shelter Dog” tee, sold in the ASPCA Online Store, is the perfect gift for the animal lovers in your life.
Walkers Shortbread Scottie Dog Cookie Tin If you’re stocking up on Valentine’s Day treats for your loved ones, these adorable red tins of dog-shaped cookies fit the bill. When you purchase Walkers Scottie Dog products, you'll support the ASPCA's work nationwide.
Love to shop for a cause this Valentine’s Day and beyond? Check back next week for more of our Wednesday Wish List items.
Guest blog by Mary Dell Harrington, co-founder of the parenting blog Grown and Flown.
We do our best, as moms, to protect our kids from dangerous situations. If your family has pets, that same protective instinct applies to the four-legged members of the family. On Valentine’s Day my vigilance will be put to the test as I try to keep the red satiny boxes filled with chocolates away from our chocolate Labradors.
We have owned four Labs during our 25 years of marriage, and each one has been a terrible food thief. Though I’m annoyed when a pup snatches a peanut butter sandwich from the kitchen counter top, I don’t worry about the ingredients the dog ingested. However, if the Valentine’s chocolates are accidentally left on that same space in the kitchen, there can be cause for concern.
According to the ASPCA, “Chocolate can contain high amounts of fat and caffeine-like stimulants known as methylxanthines. If ingested in significant amounts, chocolate can potentially produce clinical effects in dogs ranging from vomiting and diarrhea to panting, excessive thirst and urination, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures and even death in severe cases.”
If you discover that your dog has eaten chocolate, try to remain calm and ascertain these three things before you call your vet:
Determine if it was dark, milk or white chocolate
Try to estimate the ounces consumed
Know your dog’s weight
Better yet, take a look at the video below, created by the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center, which illustrates helpful things to note about the dangers of quantities and types of chocolate. It’s helpful to watch the video now, before your dog has a chance to snack on any unsafe treats this Valentine’s Day.