Planning an outdoor activity for your family this weekend? You can check out these accessories for an afternoon in the park or a weekend by the lake, sold in the ASPCA Online Store. Each purchase supports animals in need!
Insulated Tote Bag: This roomy insulated tote will keep your beverages and snacks cool for this Saturday’s family picnic.
Colorful Paws Dog Collar: Your canine companion will be the talk of the dog park in this brightly colored collar, which is available in sizes ranging from petite to extra large.
Mother’s Day is just a few days away, and here at the ASPCA, we plan to celebrate moms of all types of kids, furry and otherwise. We appreciate those moms who spend countless hours packing school lunches, coordinating the carpool, helping out with math homework and still find the time to take Fido for a brisk neighborhood stroll every evening.
If you’re still looking for the perfect way to salute the moms in your life this Sunday, May 11, look no further: Please consider making a Mother’s Day Honor Gift to the ASPCA. This Honor Gift is a meaningful way to celebrate moms who love animals. Your donation comes with the customizable e-card pictured above for your recipient, and the e-card is sent immediately after your donation is processed.
We’d like to thank all of the moms who make a difference for animals each and every day. Happy Mother’s Day from the ASPCA!
Guest blog by Mary Dell Harrington, co-founder of the parenting blog Grown and Flown.
Moose is my seven-year old chocolate Labrador and we are partners. While I hold one end of the leash, he goes to work: he leans in, patiently, delighting in the ear scratches and hugs that follow. It is not uncommon to watch him dissolve onto the floor for full-out belly rubs. We are a pet therapy team and this is how he comforts our clients, psychiatric patients at New York-Presbyterian Hospital in White Plains, New York.
Before we began working there as volunteers, we were trained and certified by Pet Partners, a non-profit organization that has long promoted the health benefits of the “human-animal bond.” (You can learn more about Pet Partners on the ASPCA website. Our first class was a refresher obedience course and helped me gain better control over my then, still puppy-like, two-year-old dog. The second taught me about the professional protocol expected of a therapy team.
Every Monday we visit men and women whose health challenges include schizophrenia, depression, addiction and other mental illnesses. Those who call his name are delighted when he trots over, greeting them with a friendly, tail-wagging response. The broad smiles on every face in the community room reveal a general sense of contentment as I take a moment and stop to let each person stroke Moose’s back and velvet-like ears.
Enthusiastic greetings and smiles are outward signs that Moose’s visits are a source of happiness, if only momentarily. What is not visible but, perhaps, even more compelling are the deeper benefits that can come from animal therapy.
In an article published by CNN Health Hal Herzog, professor of psychology at Western Carolina University, says evidence suggests that for some people, interacting with pets produces biochemical changes in the brain. Psychiatrist Dr. Carole Lieberman notes in the article that caring for a pet helps people become less frightened, more self-sufficient and secure.
Mother’s Day is just a few days away, but you’re in luck! It’s not too late to order gifts for moms who love animals. You can shop the ASPCA Online Store and select next day or two-day shipping at checkout to ensure your gifts arrive on time. Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
Paw Print-Themed Sunglasses: These classic black frames feature crystal paw prints on each side—perfect for sunny spring walks through the park with fluffy.
Love Me, Love My Dog T-Shirt: This playful pink t-shirt features an adorable dog image and the ASPCA logo. Made of 100% cotton, this shirt comes in sizes Small, Medium and Large.
Heart, Bone and Paw Print Necklace: Featuring a gold plated bone and paw print, as well as a rhodium-plated heart, this whimsical necklace is packaged in a complimentary gift box.
ASPCA Travel Mug: Moms on the go will lovet this insulated stainless-steel travel mug features the ASPCA logo.
May 7 is the final day of the ASPCA Online Store sale, featuring 50% off discounts on a wide variety of items.