Shopping for items for the whole family? Why not help animals in need while you shop? Here are a few products featured in the ASPCA Online Store and offered by our partners that support animals nationwide.
ASPCA Plush Rescue Pets: Our line of plush dog and cat toys offers kids a chance to snuggle up with their very own rescue pets—no housetraining required! The ASPCA rescue plush teaches children invaluable lessons about the importance of finding loving homes for shelter animals.
Paws n Claws Eyewear: Paws N Claws offers an eyewear collection made especially for animal lovers. The frames feature paw prints and animal prints, and 2-3% of the proceeds from your purchase will go to the ASPCA. You can visit the Paws N Claws website to find a retailer near you.
We’re beyond excited about our line of plush dog and cat toys that offers kids a chance to snuggle up with their very own rescue pets—no housetraining required! Besides being adorable, the ASPCA rescue plush also teaches children invaluable lessons about the importance of finding loving homes for shelter animals.
If you’ve already purchased a plush dog or cat for your child—congratulations on your adoption! Here are a few fun things you and your child can do together to get off to a great start as the proud guardian of a plush rescue pet.
Take photos of your child with his or her plush rescue pet and send it to us at email@example.com. We’ll feature our favorite images on ASPCA Parents!
Sign our pledge to always make pet adoption your first option. There are tons of healthy, sweet animals in shelters nationwide. Please join our effort to find them homes.
Read our pet care guides. Your plush adoption package includes some helpful hints, but we have tons of great guides to caring for live pets on ASPCA.org. Teach your kid how to trim your cat’s nails or give your pooch a bath.
Get involved by becoming a member of Team ASPCA. Does your kid want to have a bake sale or lemonade stand for animals? Great idea! See our Get Involved section for more info.
More Ways to Help Animals
Talking to Your Kids About Pet Store Puppies Talking to kids about pet store puppies and puppy mills is no easy task. 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.
Adjusting to life post-maternity leave was a struggle. We encountered day care drama and I fought to find the energy to get everything done.
One day, all the pieces came together for my husband, Matt, and me. We even made our bed. I felt like Super Parent with a milk-stained, sparkly cape.
That was until I returned home and pulled back the covers on the bed. Screams and panic followed. There in the center of the bed was a Lake Superior-sized puddle of yellow dog pee, and it reeked. Mr. Happy, our dog, had not only urinated all over the bed and pillows, but also had the chutzpah and talent to somehow get the blankets back to look like the bed was still made.
Occasional canine bladder accidents come with dog ownership. But when is it normal behavior versus cause for medical concern? Frequent dog urination can range from medical or behavior issues to the failure to spay or neuter your pets. Your veterinarian is a key partner in addressing frequent dog urination, and the ASPCA website offers fantastic information on dog marking. Solving the problem is often a simple fix (pardon the pun), and low-cost spay/neuter services are offered in many communities.
Our situation fell on the more serious side. After Mr. Happy engaged in other destructive behaviors, our vet referred us to a board-certified veterinarian behaviorist. We learned that Mr. Happy's urination was a byproduct of separation anxiety. Our beloved dog had grown accustomed to having someone at home, and was devastated when his humans left him for the day. Our behaviorist developed a treatment plan, which we continue to tweak based on Mr. Happy's mood. Separation anxiety impacts many animals, and it is important to consult a medical professional so you can get the best help for your pet.
In August, the ASPCA teamed up with the New York Public Library’s (NYPL) Literacy Leaders program to encourage first and second graders to write letters on behalf of our adoptable pets. See the students’ adorable letters and drawings below. Click each letter to enlarge.