This week, you can shop for your kids with both two and four legs! Here are some items in the ASPCA Online Store for furry and human children. Plus, each item supports our life-saving work for animals nationwide.
Tomorrow is the first day of spring, and it’s time to celebrate outdoors! Here's a list of products sold in the ASPCA Online Store that you could bring along for a family picnic. Plus, each item supports animals in need.
Turquoise Beach Towel: This super soft beach towel features the ASPCA logo and an adorable cat and dog image. You’ll want to spread this towel out in the grass and soak up some rays.
ASPCA Can Cooler: Keep your picnic beverages cool with this foldable orange can cooler, printed with the ASPCA logo.
Animal-Themed Wayfarer Sunglasses: Celebrate the fact that the sun is finally out with these super-stylish Wayfarer sunglasses. These classic shades feature an animal print and come with a signature case.
Portable Folding Chair: Relax in comfort at the park or in the backyard with this portable folding chair, adorned with the ASPCA logo. Made with orange polyester fabric and a sturdy black steel frame, this chair also features two built-in cup holders.
Happy shopping, and we’ll see you at the park this weekend!
Talking to kids about pet store puppies and puppy mills is no easy task. The last thing parents want to expose their children to is the harsh reality of painful cages, overcrowded conditions, diseases and emotional abuse. To help children understand why they can’t have “that puppy in the window” of your neighborhood pet store, we’ve put together some kid-friendly talking points for tough questions.
Where do pet store puppies come from? Most pet stores puppies come from crowded and unhealthy places called puppy mills.
What is a puppy mill? Puppy mills are like big factories for dogs. This means that many dogs are kept there their entire lives and forced to breed (have puppies). Sadly, puppy mill dogs are not happy. They don’t get to play outside or sleep in a comfy bed. A lot of times they get sick. And there’s usually no one to give them any love.
What happens to puppy mill dogs? Puppies born in a puppy mill are taken away from their mothers very young and usually sent to a pet store, where they are sold to people who don’t know where the puppy really came from. The puppy mill owner doesn’t care about the puppy or the puppy’s mom and dad, who are left behind at the puppy mill after the puppies are sent to the pet store. He or she only cares about making money. That’s why we don’t like buying dogs from pet stores!
Why are people cruel to animals? It’s hard to say what drives a person to be cruel to an animal. In puppy mills, the owners are thinking more about the money than the dogs. Organizations like the ASPCA are working hard to make sure that every animal is happy, safe and loved by helping shut down puppy mills and educate people about why they shouldn’t buy a puppy in a pet store.
What happens to the puppies in a pet store if no one buys them? If a store doesn’t sell a puppy quickly, it will lower the price until someone buys the puppy. The more often pet stores have to do this, the more money they lose. Next time, they won’t order as many puppies.
So how CAN I get a puppy? Good news! Shelters are full of happy, sweet puppies waiting for forever homes. If your family is ready for a pet, you can head to your local shelter to adopt. Not only will you be saving a life, but also you’ll be sending a message to puppy mill owners that what they do is unacceptable! The fewer people who buy their puppies, the fewer puppies they will “make.”
What else can I do? You can start by setting a good example for your friends and community. Ask your mom and dad to take our No Pet Store Puppies pledge not to buy anything (food, supplies, etc.) from pet stores that sell puppies and spread the word about animal adoption.
We’d like to extend a huge “Thanks!” to the inspiring young members of New York City’s Girl Scouts Brownie Troop 3444, who donated a portion of the troop’s cookie sales proceeds to the ASPCA!
Troop 3444’s members are in third grade at The Chapin School on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The girls wanted to help abused and abandoned animals recover and find loving homes, so they earmarked a portion of the funds they raised by selling 4,000 boxes of cookies for the ASPCA. One Troop 3444 Brownie, Holly Rosen, sold 750 boxes of cookies! Fellow Brownie Ella Clifford sold an impressive 355 boxes.
We were pleased to welcome the Troop’s members to the ASPCA Adoption Center, where they proudly presented their donation. This group of girls’ dedication to animal welfare is truly an inspiration. On behalf of animals in need nationwide, thanks, Troop 3444!
ASPCA Dog-Themed Shoes by Vans: Vans has teamed up with the ASPCA to create shoes, hats and backpacks featuring adorable dog and cat patterns. These slip-ons are available for adults, kids and toddlers.
Five-Piece Dog Gift Set:We don’t think you need an excuse or occasion to give your canine friends a gift. This five-piece gift set, sold in the ASPCA Online Store, is filled with toys that will keep your pups busy and happy all afternoon long.