Imagine having a job where you never looked at the clock, and worked 60 hours a week with no regrets. Responding to disasters and rescues has just been the "glamorous" part of the job. And it's not just about the animals; it's also the people.
It's inconceivable to think that anyone would dump a young cat on the street but, unfortunately, it happens too often.
Sometimes you rescue a cat, and sometimes that cat rescues you right back. Talk to a few of New York City's ACR volunteers and you will hear amazing tales of cats that have entered the lives of their human adopters and changed them for the better.
When I founded iGive.com in 1997, I could only hope that it would grow into 350,000 socially-conscious consumers shopping at over 1,000 socially-respo...
Almost without exception, people who adopt older animals feel a special sense of pride and purpose in opening their heart to a hard-to-place pet. Doing a good thing really does make you feel good!
Sites like Petfinder, AdoptaPet and ASPCA.org are doing incredible work. But can we support their missions, make them easier and more effective, by integrating some of the latest technologies to enable better searching, better matching and easier processes?
As Naja settles in, I start to see how the abuse has hurt him. Any quick movements make him jump; any attempts to pet his head cause him to flinch. I have my work cut out for me, as I want him to trust and feel secure.
"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.