The animals below and the millions like them all across the country are looking for a forever home. Take a moment to meet some of the animals at the ASPCA’s NYC Adoption Center, and click through to learn more about each. By choosing pet adoption you’re making a choice to save a life, and enrich your own.
- The cost of adopting a cat or dog can be much lower than traditional means of buying a new pet. In fact, the ASPCA offers no fee adoptions on all cats over 3 years of age.
- Approximately 5 to 7 million companion animals enter animal shelters every year in the United States. 60% of dogs and 70% of cats that are admitted into a shelter end up being euthanized.
- Approximately 3 to 4 million companion animals are euthanized every year in the United States.
- Choosing the right breed for you or your family’s needs is an important step in choosing the right pet, but you don’t have to go to a breeder to find the perfect companion. In fact, 25% of dogs who enter local shelters are purebred. Not sure which breed is right for you, Labradors and Golden Retrievers are calm animals that have a reputation for being a great family pet. Also check out the American Kennel Club’s list of recognized dog breeds.
- Pet ownership is as American as apple pie, and older than you might think. Fossils found in Russia during the 1970′s show that dogs were domesticated as many as 33,000 years ago. And pet ownership is still as popular as ever, now, 62% of U.S. households have a pet, which amounts to 78.2 million dogs and 86.4 million cats in the U.S.
- Even though, most homes in America have a pet, and there is an abundance of adoptable animals in shelters across the country, only 20 to 30% of pets are obtained from shelters.
- Everyone knows pets like to play, and part of the responsibility of owning a dog is making sure they lead a healthy active lifestyle. But playtime doesn’t just benefit your animal, in fact, a recent study indicates that people who own and regularly walked their dogs are 34% more likely to get the recommended amount of moderate aerobic exercise each week. The dog walkers in the study got at least 150 minutes of exercise each week.
- Dogs and cats are just plain fun. You can dress them up as a bandit or a pumpkin, go for a run with them or throw a ball, or just fill up your digital camera with pictures. Need inspiration on some of the most fun and silly ways to have fun with your pet, check out these hilarious Tumblr blogs: Hipster Puppies, Dogs Looking Like People, Dogs Eating Pasta, Cool Dogs
- A pet can contribute in more ways than one to your overall well-being. In addition to providing a fun excuse to get out and get active, studies show that pet ownership can be associated with high self-esteem, and lower levels of depression, and loneliness.
- Pets oftentimes become our best friends, but owning a pet can open you up to all sorts of human friends too. A dog or cat is a great way to establish a connection with other people or start a covnersation. Just grab a leash and hit the dog park, training class, or walking trail. There are even social networks where pet owners can connect like Dogster, Catster, or Petpop.
Little Will was enjoying his last days in the shelter before going home with his new owners
Shazam, a friendly and energetic 4 year old Cairn Terrier Mix greeted us anxiously.
Webber, the one year old brown tabby is still looking for his forever home.
Out of all the animals at the 92nd St Shelter, Julie, the 6 month old grey American Pit Bull Terrier, had the best photo pose.
Erda is a two year old domestic shorthair looking for a lap to curl up on or a new corner to explore.
Did you know that through We-Care.com, ASPCA supporters have now raised over $2 million dollars. We wanted to thank everyone who has made the choice to shop with purchase and earn donations for this cause, without our dedicated users we would have never been able to pass this milestone.
To mark the occasion, the We-Care.com team visited the ASPCA Adoption Center, located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side to see some of the ways that your donations are hard at work to rescue animals from abuse, pass humane laws, and share resources with shelters nationwide.The money raised by We-Care.com users enable the ASPCA to build and manage shelters and adoptions centers like the NYC Onyx and Breezy Shefts Center, and find forever homes for some of the wonderful animals above.
As we toured the center taking photos and meeting the animals, we were overwhelmed by the love with which the animals greeted us, the emotion that seemed to radiate from their stares, and the sadness of theirs and the millions of other homeless animals’ situation all across the country. We can not say enough how overwhelmed we are by the kindness and dedication that has made our accomplishments to date possible, but dollars and cents aren’t the only thing the ASPCA needs and our work is far from over. Literally, millions of animals need a home today, and without people who care they face euthanasia or homelessness.