It’s always a good idea to have some gifts on hand to share with the special people (and pets!) in your life. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of gifts for adults, kids and pets that are perfect for any occasion. Plus, each item supports our life-saving work for animals nationwide.
Pottery Barn Teen Pet Pals Pillow Cover: Created for the ASPCA, these Pottery Barn Teen pillow covers come in two sizes in colorful dog and cat-themed designs. These pillow covers are perfect for animal enthusiasts of all ages! Plus, the ASPCA receives $5 from the sale of each pillow.
ASPCA Tender Voices Plush Dog Toy: Created for the ASPCA and offered by Reeds Jewelers, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this plush toy will go to the ASPCA. Plus, the toy comes with a Reeds Jewelers collar and ASPCA Tender Voices medallion that can be removed and clipped on to any collar.
Spring is finally here, and the sun is shining at last. It’s the season for spring cleaning and outdoor adventures, but before you start enjoying the fresh air, consider a few tips for keeping your furry friends safe and happy this season:
Screen it: After months cooped up indoors, it’s tempting to throw open your windows to let the breeze in. However, pets—especially cats— are apt to jump or fall through open windows. Make sure your windows are fitted with screens before opening them.
Grow a green thumb: As you work to beautify your lawn and garden, be mindful that some popular springtime plants including Easter lilies, rhododendron and azaleas are highly toxic to pets and can easily prove fatal if eaten. Fertilizers, insecticides and herbicides are dangerous to pets as well. Visit our full list of garden tips, and consider teaching your kids which plants are potentially harmful to your furry friends.
Ah-choo!: Like humans, pets may suffer from allergies during the spring season. Dogs and cats can experience allergic reactions to pollens, plants, dust and foods. If you suspect your pet is suffering from allergies, take him or her to the vet as soon as possible.
Spring cleaning: As you prepare to divvy up the chore list and give your house a deep cleaning, be sure to keep all cleaners and chemicals away from your pets. Most commercially sold cleaning products contain chemicals that are harmful to pets. Always read and follow label directions for proper use and storage.
When you’re out and about: Chances are that as the weather warms up, your family will spend more and more time outdoors. If your family likes to ride in the car with the windows down, be sure your pet is safely buckled in or rides in a crate. Going for a walk in the park? Be sure your pet is wearing an ID tag and has been microchipped.
Black ASPCA Logo T-Shirt This classic black t-shirt is printed with the ASPCA logo. When you wear it, you’ll help us spread the word about our life-saving work for animals nationwide.
Camouflage Dog Collar Your dog will strut through the dog park in style while wearing this camouflage printed dog collar. The collar is available in various sizes ranging from petite to extra large.
ASPCA Logo Travel Mug You’ll be set for any car trip with this sturdy stainless steel travel mug, featuring the ASPCA logo. This 15-oz. mug is insulated and is perfect for toting hot or cold beverages.
Guest blog by Mary Dell Harrington, co-founder of the parenting blog Grown and Flown.
I love listening to family stories, especially when the protagonist is the family pet. Friends talk about cuddling kittens or welcoming kisses from new puppies when they were children. Their stories are vivid, filled with multi-sensory details.
In his book, The Secrets of Happy Families, author Bruce Feiler reveals that a commonality of happy families is in storytelling. He writes of the value to children who learn about ethical behavior and resiliency from parents who share family history. In my opinion, stories including pets should also be treasured as oral heirlooms, passed down through generations.
When I was little, twice a year, we drove eight hours to visit my grandparents who lived in far west Texas. I have vivid memories of my grandmother’s stories about “Kitty Boo,” the cat our mom dressed in doll clothes and strolled around the neighborhood. She told us about my uncle who rode horses and who once befriended an angora goat by sneaking him into the house.
Long ago, our children learned about Blackie, my husband’s dog who daily walked all six kids to school and returned home to await the end of classes. They heard about Pierre, the silver grey poodle my parents chose as a companion for their two little girls.
Our kids are already telling stories of growing up with Choco, Argus, Moose and Gus—our four chocolate labs. These pups have generated plenty of material—most of it humorous, some occasionally smelly, and much that is heart-in-your-throat poignant. Interwoven into each story is an ethic of responsible pet ownership that is one of our family’s core values. When I hear them begin a tale about their dogs, regardless of the details, what is most memorable is the loving regard in which the dogs have been held. That seems perfect to me.
Do you have a story to share about your family pet?Email your story to email@example.com and we might feature it on the ASPCA Blog!
Happy Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month! Here at the ASPCA, April is our favorite month of the year. We’re gearing up to commemorate a few special days this month that will help us spread the word about animals in need nationwide. Here’s a list of items that will help you join in on this month’s fur-filled occasions.
Dog Fighting Awareness Tee: For the first time ever, we’ve designated Tuesday, April 8 as National Dog Fighting Awareness Day. You can help raise awareness with this “Lover Not a Fighter” shirt designed for the ASPCA by David and Goliath. Through December 2014, 5% of the purchase price of this shirt will be donated to the ASPCA.
ASPCA Baseball Cap: Help spread the word about Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month by donning this orange baseball cap, which features the ASPCA logo and is sold in the ASPCA Online Store.