During the “Clear the Shelters” adoption event on Saturday, August 15, four hundred animal shelters around the country reduced or completely waived adoption fees to help connect adoptable dogs and cats with loving families. Now the numbers are in, and we are thrilled to announce that more than 18,000 cats and dogs found homes during this nationwide event!
The ASPCA granted $134,000 to 16 participating organizations for “Clear the Shelters,” which was sponsored by the NBCUniversal-Owned Television Stations division of NBCUniversal and Telemundo. Shelters also got a boost from their local NBC and Telemundo stations to promote their events.
At the ASPCA Adoption Center on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, a line stretched halfway down the block. To handle the heavy influx of adopters, staff set up hospitality stations and even a children’s activity table where kids colored pictures of dogs and cats as their parents waited patiently to look at available pets.
Irving, age 3, colored dogs and cats while his family waited to look at available dogs.
“It was an amazing day,” said Gail Buchwald, Senior Vice President of the ASPCA’s Adoption Center, which placed 76 cats and five dogs in new homes. Across the New York tri-state area, 1,046 dogs and cats were adopted.
At the Animal Care Centers of NYC (AC&C), 148 adoptions took place, and the organization is extending the promotion for 60 days for anyone who came Saturday but didn't find their perfect match.
For Morgan Castilla, 21, a student at the Fashion Institute in New York City, the perfect match came in the form of a cat. “I dreamed last night that I would come home with an orange kitten,” said Morgan, who adopted an orange, two-month-old tabby that she named Harvey.
Morgan and the newly-named Harvey.
Vaughn Moore of the Bronx visited the ASPCA with his wife Marcia and daughters Brianna, 8, and Anyah, 10. They chose two long-haired kittens in memory of their 15-year-old cat, Muff Muff, a Turkish Angora who recently passed away after battling cancer. “We were crushed at her death,” Vaughn said, but matching grey tabbies Cobey and Coffee helped ease their grief.
The Moore family of the Bronx adopted two long-haired kittens, Cobey and Coffee.
“It feels like a dream come true,” said Corey Price, manager of Irving Animal Services who conceived and hosted ‘Empty The Shelter’ events in the past in North Texas. “I never thought I would see empty kennels,” she confessed. “I’m thankful so many caring and dedicated people were willing to take a chance on a crazy idea.”
Dallas/Fort Worth ranked No. 1 across the country with 3,045 total adoptions, followed closely by Los Angeles with 2,360 adoptions.
Nancy Turner and her daughter, Nicole, 10, of the Bronx, had been thinking about adopting a cat when they decided to visit the ASPCA on Saturday. They waited patiently for four hours before leaving with a solid gray, three-month-old kitten whom Nicole named Mr. Boots.
Nicole, 10, of the Bronx, with her newly-named kitten Mr. Boots.
“It wasn’t just about being free,” said Nancy. “At the end of the day, what matters is you’re saving a life.
Give the raven-coated feline in your life a squeeze because it’s Black Cat Appreciation Day! Every year on this day, animal-lovers celebrate these special kitties and spread awareness about what great pets black cats can make.
Here at the ASPCA, it’s no surprise we love black cats, but because of outdated—and incorrect—myths and superstitions, they have long been unfairly linked to bad luck for centuries. But the truth is, while black cats get a bad rap, they’re just as sweet and loveable as the next feline! In fact, in many cultures black cats are considered a prized pet. In places like Japan and the British Isles, they’ve even been thought to bring their pet parents good luck.
We hope you will join us today in celebrating Black Cat Appreciation Day by sharing this article with your friends and family to encourage black cat adoption, or consider bringing home your own ebony-colored friend by heading to your local shelter and adopting a black cat.
If you already have a resident black kitty at home, we’d love to see your photos! Share your best photo using the hashtag #BlackCatAppreciationDay—you just might persuade someone else to give these sweet felines a little extra attention.
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Welcome to The Paw Print! In this recurring feature, we highlight the latest news affecting animals and animal-lovers around the country. Here are some of the top stories right now:
Family Reunites with Dog After Nine Year Separation: An Alabama family is happy to have its dog, Boozer, back with them after a nine year separation. Boozer, now 10 years old, went missing during the family’s move from Tennessee to Alabama, and recently turned up at a Denver, Colorado animal shelter. [ABCNews.com]
Hero Dog Calls 911, Leads Blind Pet Parent to Safety During Fire: When a Philadelphia woman named Maria smelled smoke in the night, she yelled, “Danger!” which led her service dog, Yolanda, to call 911. Yolanda is trained to respond to “Danger!”, and pressed the emergency button on Maria’s phone to alert authorities. Yolanda also led Maria safely out of her apartment. [NBCPhiladelphia.com]
Cat Found With Paws Zip-Tied Together Expected to Recover: A domestic long-haired cat, now named River, was rescued from the bank of the Westfield River in Massachusetts with her paws zip-tied together. Fortunately, her caretakers at the Westfield Regional Animal Shelter expect River to make a full recovery. [MassLive.com]
10-Year-Old Boy Rescues 40+ Animals After Founding His Own Animal Shelter: A young animal advocate named Ken has helped more than 40 cats and dogs after starting his own animal shelter, called the Happy Animals Club, at his home in the Philippines. Ken and his team provide food, shelter and medical care for homeless animals. [TheDodo.com]
Sweet, sensitive Tootsie has been waiting for a loving home for more than two years. This shy girl needs some extra time to adjust to new friends and faces, but once you’ve earned her trust, she’ll come to you for playtime and chin scratches! Our Adoptions team can provide some great tips on how to help Tootsie acclimate to her new home.
Tootsie prefers a quiet environment where she is the only cat. She does have experience living with human siblings, and would do best with kids aged 12 or older. Adopt Tootsie today!
Tootsie is available for adoption at the ASPCA Adoption Center. If you are interested in adopting Tootsie, please call our Adoptions Department in New York City at (212) 876-7700 ext. 4120.