Animals make us feel alive; they make us feel needed. They give us trust and affection without hesitation. They deliver complete loyalty and unconditional love, and respond to us with affection even when we sometimes fail them.
These are priceless things.
Just ask Staff Sgt. Jesse Knott, whose cat Koshka got him through the darkest days of his tour in Afghanistan. Koshka gave Knott a reason to live. When he returned home to Oregon, Knott arranged for the cat to join him there. Koshka recently was named "Cat of the Year" at our annual ASPCA Humane Awards Luncheon.
Also consider our "Dog of the Year," a puppy from Georgia named Xena who was found so abused and neglected that no one expected her to survive. Xena miraculously rebounded and was adopted by the Hickey family, including eight-year-old Jonny, who suffers from Autism. Jonny forged a miraculous connection with Xena that brought out his personality and reconnected him to the outside world.
Animals give back in so many ways. But millions more still need our help. We hope you'll consider giving to the ASPCA today. It means the world to us, and to every animal we can assist together.