Chase and Blaze are a dynamic duo looking for a loving home. These two loveable, low-key Shih Tzus are brothers with an inseparable bond, and would do best in a home where they can live and play together!
Both pups get along well with most people they meet, but aren’t always interested in playing with other dogs. Chase and Blaze love to go for walks, and will stick close to their pet parents when out for a stroll. At home, these two couch potatoes love to relax, and are excellent lap dogs. Adopt Chase and Blaze!
Chase and Blaze are available for adoption at the ASPCA Adoption Center. If you are interested in adopting them, please call our Adoptions Department in New York City at (212) 876-7700 ext. 4120.
In a landmark announcement last week, McDonald’s Corporation committed to using only cage-free eggs in all of its U.S. and Canada store locations within the next 10 years. Given the purchasing power of McDonald’s, this is huge news for animals.
Battery cages—archaic wire cages in which egg-laying hens are forced to live so closely packed together they can barely move—are still standard in the egg industry. Hens suffer injuries, disease and the repression of their natural behaviors in these conditions. Some states and companies have turned away from this cruel practice, but this move by McDonald’s, which purchases billions of eggs annually, is a giant leap toward our goal of eliminating battery cages for good.
The McDonald’s announcement coincides with efforts by the ASPCA and other groups to pass a historic ballot measure in Massachusetts to ban the sale of products from farms using battery cages, veal crates and gestation crates (severe and cruel forms of confinement that barely allow egg-laying hens, veal calves or pregnant pigs to move or engage in normal behaviors). A large and exciting effort is underway right now to gather enough signatures in Massachusetts to get this measure on the November 2016 ballot. Even if you don’t live in Massachusetts, you can help! Please visit the campaign website to learn more.
Lots of people come to the ASPCA Adoption Center with a “wish list” of traits for their new pet. They have a certain, age, breed, gender or temperament in mind, and we do our very best to provide them with a perfect match. But often, these same people meet an animal that inspires them to throw their whole list out the window, and Natasha was one such person. She and her new cat, Lala, are proof that sometimes, there’s just no formula for a new best friend. Here is their Happy Tail.
Lala arrived at the ASPCA in January after being transferred from the local city shelter with five other cats. She was friendly but extremely shy, and she had a tendency to cower away from loud noises, strange objects and new people. We worried that her reticence would make it difficult to woo adopters, and for weeks she was continually passed over for other, more gregarious pets. Then, just before Valentine’s Day, Natasha showed up.
“I’ve wanted to adopt a cat for a very, very long time, and this year was the first time that I had the capability to do so,” Natasha tells us. After moving into a new pet-friendly apartment in January, she became what she describes as “cat crazy,” stating, “I absolutely needed a cat to join the family. All I could think about was cats!” She spent some time researching shelters in her area, but was ultimately drawn to the ASPCA for our variety of benefits, including the fact that cats over the age of three are free.
You see, an older cat was part of Natasha’s specific plan. She says, “My checklist for what I wanted in a cat included adulthood (as a first-time cat owner, I wanted a cat who already knew itself), self reliance (ability to be left home alone) and, most importantly, a lap cat.”
But when she arrived at the Adoption Center, the very first cat she met was Lala. “Lala was not a lap cat,” Natasha says. “She enjoyed being petted, but only if she got to stay in the far corner of her kitty condo. When we put her in the interaction area, she immediately bolted to hide behind any structure and refused to be bribed with treats.” Thinking that Lala wasn’t the perfect fit, Natasha went on to meet other adoptable cats who fell more in line with her request for “lap cattitude,” but none of them felt like the one. After heading home, she couldn’t get Lala out of her mind. “I realized I may have recklessly given my heart away when I showed Lala’s—and only Lala’s—adoption profile to people whenever I discussed getting a cat,” she says.
A week later, Natasha decided to return to the Adoption Center to “make absolutely certain I wasn’t just delusionally building up my connection to her in absentia,” she jokes. “Nope! I still felt a great rush of affection for her, even when she stayed in the corner of her cubby.” On February 18, Natasha made the adoption official, and she and Lala headed home to begin their new life together.
“I was prepared to wait weeks for Lala to stop hiding under the bed,” Natasha tells us of their initial adjustment period, “but she started exploring the day after she arrived!” The transition continued to go smoothly in the months that followed. Natasha says, “I think the best sign of her increased confidence and comfort is that, when keys would jingle at the front door, she used to bolt into one of her hiding spots. Now, she walks toward the door to investigate. She also loves jumping on my bed in the morning to be petted. I’m quite proud of her.”
In closing, Natasha has a message for the ASPCA volunteer that decided to introduce her to a pet who didn’t quite fulfill her all-important requirement of a lap cat: “Thank you so much for having done so. I love Lala so much, and chances are I would never have been introduced to her at my visit if I had been much firmer with my checklist. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”
Congratulations to Lala for finding the perfect fit!
September is National Chicken Month, making it the ideal time to issue a special challenge to consumers: Change Your Chicken! This 30-day challenge encourages shoppers to avoid the worst factory-farmed chicken products and instead choose those bearing meaningful animal welfare certifications.
Most chickens raised in the U.S. come from factory farms and live in deplorable conditions. They’re crammed together by the tens of thousands on top of their own waste, never seeing sunlight, and are bred to balloon up to crippling weights. The industry isn’t motivated to make improvements because business is booming—that’s where you, as a consumer, come in. Vote with your wallet and tell Big Chicken that it’s time for a change.
Here are some ways to participate in this important challenge:
Whether or not you buy chicken, we can all agree that these birds deserve better lives and that consumers should be making informed choices, so spread the word to friends and family. Together we can change chickens’ lives.
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:
Brave Pup Survives for 42 Days in the Wilderness: Jade, an 18-month-old Australian Shepherd, ran off after an auto wreck in July. She spent 42 days in Wyoming’s Yellowstone National Park, and Jade’s pet parents never stopped searching for her. They were happily reunited this week. [TheDailyMail.com]
Woman Surrenders Tiger Cub at California Shelter: Shelter staff in San Jacinto, California, were shocked after a woman anonymously surrendered a three-month-old tiger cub at their facility. The cub had been declawed and was suffering from a few minor health issues at the time. He was soon transferred to a local wildlife rescue group. [TheDodo.com]
Cats Are Independent Animals, Study Confirms: While many cats love their pet parents, a new study shows that our feline counterparts do not rely on humans as a source of safety and security. Cats have been found to be very independent, and though they may form attachments to their human companions, they do not see them as “parent-like figures.” [NBCNews.com]
Dog, 4-Year-Old Boy Rescued from Well: A small boy and his dog were rescued this week from a 24-foot deep water well in Mississippi. The pair had spent three hours in the well prior to being pulled out by emergency workers. Fortunately, both the dog and the boy were mostly unharmed. [USNews.com]
Presidential Candidate Clinton Speaks Out Against Puppy Mills: During a recent presidential campaign speech in Iowa, Hilary Clinton acknowledged the cruelty of puppy mills. “From everything I know about them, they really are terrible places for any animal, and particularly for dogs and cats,” she said. [NYTimes.com]