"The dogs in our lives offer more than fidelity, consolation, and companionship. They offer comedy, irony, wit, and a wealth of anecdotes, the "shaggy dog stories" and "stupid pet tricks" that are commonplace pleasures of life."
Jack has always surprised and delighted me, and every time I see a sticker that asks "who rescued whom?" I think the phrase "dog owner" is inaccurate. To call a dog one's "pet" is a disservice to the dog. Jack has been a remarkable friend.
Not only do foster families provide a much needed safe haven for animals, but they also give each dog or cat the opportunity to feel comfortable enough to reveal his or her true personality.
You may be familiar with the saying "A bad penny always comes back to you." It's commonly used to refer to the bad son who unwelcomingly returns. This however, is the story of a very good Penny, and one we don't expect to see returned.
Thousands of Americans started April with an amazing weekend during which they saved animals through the ASPCA's first-ever "Mega Match-a-thon."
There are plenty of shelters that need help showing their animals in a better light. The trick is getting the attention of a shelter, making damn sure you are dedicated to the idea, and understanding the work involved.
Like any pet, rabbits require a serious commitment, just like bringing a dog or a cat into your home. Please spread the word to family and friends and other members of the community about not adding to the influx of abandoned bunnies coming into shelters this spring.
Sometimes there are people who forget that horses, our willing partners throughout the development of civilization, are sentient beings.
My dog Vicki Noodles has cancer -- melanoma in her mouth. Not good news. We've all been there with a pet. Friends tell me how lucky she was to have fo...
Until Congress passes the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act, which will prohibit the sale and/or transport of horses to slaughter for human consumption, there will be thoroughbreds in peril at the livestock auctions.
I started to think about the relationship between the gay community and rescue animals. Personally, keeping my gay identity secret for 18 years made me more empathic to the "underdogs" of society -- and there is no more heroic underdog than the shelter pet.
Days after the disaster, Fukushima's animals were starving. Rescue groups rushed to Tohoku to care for abandoned pets. A year later, challenges remain.
Homelessness is the leading cause of death for dogs and cats. This year, we are very excited to be teaming up with television personality, bestselling author and philanthropist Rachael Ray to save animals through the ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge.
Governor Jerry Brown wants to revoke the Hayden Law for shelter pets in California, which currently gives 4-6 days to allow owners to find their lost pets, injured animals to receive donated medical attention, or for fostering or adoption opportunity.
When I met my new dog Hope, she took a few steps toward me and fell, and then never seemed to fully regain her footing. Watching her struggle to walk was heartbreaking.
The decision to be a pet guardian is an enormous one. There are many factors to consider when deciding what kind of pet to bring home -- large or small, young or old, dog, cat, or tortoise -- and especially where to find your new animal companion.