January 24 was Change a Pet’s Life Day, and in honor of this special day, we’d like to hear from you! How have you made a difference in your pet’s life?
Whether you’ve adopted a dog or donated your time to a shelter, we’d love to hear how you’ve helped animals in need. Share your story and spread the word on your social media channels using the hashtag #ChangeAPetsLifeDay! We’ll feature our favorite stories on the ASPCA blog, and the top five story entrants will each win an ASPCA gift pack. Best of luck!
Cold, blustery winter weather isn’t always fun for your kids and pets, but we’ve come up with one way to make the frigid temperatures easier to bear: a fun photo contest! Break out that hideous or hilarious pet sweater and have your kids help dress up your pet for the chance to win our “Cute Pet, Ugly Sweater” Photo Contest.
Submit your photo on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #CutePetUglySweater and tell us about your pet’s favorite winter activity—like whether he loves to fetch snowballs or prefers to curl up the couch for TV time. Only one photo will be accepted per person, so submit your best shot!
*Poco, our canine model, is available for adoption at the ASPCA Adoption Center in New York City! Visit her profile page to learn more about this friendly dog.
I adopted my service puppy in training, Finnegan, from the Marshall County Humane Society in Indiana at 10 weeks old. I have Spina Bifida, and I'm training him myself. He is a great help to me, and when he gets a bit older, he's going to help me do pet therapy at our local nursing home. Finn has learned to open and close doors, take my jackets off, pick up various items, pay at the stores and many other commands. Finnegan is so smart that he was sitting and laying down on command within 15 minutes after I met him. Finnegan is 15 months old now, and I don't know what I'd do without him.
He hung back when all the other dogs came charging, looking at me with those big brown eyes full of hope, worry and fear. His head was full of scars of troubles from an earlier time in his short life. That was the day a year ago when Petey stole my heart. Once a scared, abused puppy, Petey has left that terrible life behind forever. He now gives back to our community by working as a certified therapy dog—sitting with children at the local libraries while they read to him—between kisses, of course. He enjoys his work. After his day is done, there is a proud swagger to his step and he holds his head just a little higher. It hurts my heart to imagine the loss of happiness and joy to so many people of all ages if Petey hadn't stolen my heart that day at the local animal shelter.
Thanks, Jeannie! Stay tuned for additional winning rescue stories to come over the next few weeks.
We adopted Yoshi from the Darlington County Humane Society. He is a mix and is about 3-years-old now. He went from being a shelter dog on the euthanasia list to a therapy dog for an organization called Paws for People. Yoshi now is a certified "Courthouse Canine." He goes to court with children that have to testify in abuse cases and sits with them on the witness stand to provide comfort and security. He also visits the Children's Advocacy Center where he provides therapy to children being interviewed after allegations of abuse surface. When he’s not visiting children, Yoshi visits rehabilitation centers where he brings many smiles to the elderly. He is one of our family members and we love him!
Thanks, Deanna! Stay tuned for additional winning rescue stories to come over the next few weeks.