ASPCA Has Dogs Ready For New Homes!

The ASPCA Onyx and Breezy Shefts Adoption Center, located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, is a spacious, state-of-the-art shelter with highly qualified veterinarians and behavior counselors on staff. The ASPCA is located at 424 E. 92nd St. (between 1st and York Avenues) in Manhattan, New York City, 10128. The phone number is (212) 876-7700 ext. 4120. Below is the information for my favorite dog this week!

Name:
Portland
Color:
Grey/White
Breed:
American Pit Bull Terrier Mix
Gender:
Male
Age:
2 years
This animal is available for adoption via our Adoption Center. If you are interested in adopting please call our Adoptions department in New York City at (212) 876-7700, ext. 4120.

With his goofy grin, playful nature and charming personality, Portland will quickly make you laugh! He is eager to become your new best friend. Adopt Portland today!

Big fan of: You! This friendly pup loves everyone he meets. Portland has plenty of energy and benefits from daily exercise. He is interested in meeting with other dogs, but may need time to learn how to play politely.

Not a fan of: Portland may play using his mouth when he’s excited, and will need to be taught not to do so. Our Behavior team can give you some training tips.

Special features: This smart dog already knows how to sit, and is learning “drop it!”Portland would love to have you teach him other tricks. With guidance and supervision in his new home, Portland will learn quickly to only use the bathroom outside.

Dream home: Portland is looking for an active adopter who will provide him with plenty of exercise and playtime. We think he’d do best in a home with teens-and-up.

If you’re interested: Please call our Adoption Center in New York City at (212) 876-7700, ext. 4120.

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Second Chance Rescue…Needs Your Help!

This week I wanted to center my post on local animal shelters you can adopt your puppy. This week I wanted to show case Second Chance Rescue. I choose this shelter because they are on a high alert for fosters and they need your help. new-website-banner-2014-960

Second Chance Rescue NYC:

We desperately need foster homes, for young adolescents as well as adult dogs who are in boarding right now. We have something for everyone- 4-5 month old mix breeds, and adults of course. Please consider helping us at this time. We are freezing our intake, and turning dogs away right now, which breaks our hearts.

Second Chance Rescue is always in need of volunteer help.
Some areas we need help with include:

  • Process Applications
  • Transport
  • Attend adoption events/fundraisers
  • Dog Walking

 

How to Rescue a Dog!

My last post touched on the importance of rescue dogs and some of the facts. This post I wanted to focus on how to rescue a dog. Many people are curious about dog rescue, but don’t know how to go about it. I will outline the simple steps of rescuing a dog today. Here are the steps:

1.Landlord approval

If you lease your home, check with your landlord before adopting to be sure you are allowed to have a pet and can afford all required pet deposits. Pets are sometimes returned because of lease restrictions and/or landlord’s disapproval of the pet chosen. This can be an expensive lesson since the adoption fees are non-refundable and being returned to the shelter can be a stressful experience for the animal.

2.Other household members

Other members of your household should be aware you want to add a pet and should meet the pet before you decide to adopt. Also consider:

  • Does anyone have allergies?
  • Are other members of the household, including children, afraid of animals?
  • Are you expecting other members of the household to share in the care of the pet?

3.Costs

Consider the initial and on-going costs of a new pet. These costs include:

  • Adoption fees
  • Food
  • Grooming
  • Obedience training
  • Pet supplies
  • Licensing
  • Additional veterinary care such as diagnostic testing and preventative medication. These costs can easily be $200-400 or more within the first few weeks of adoption.

4.Other pets

We recommend that you do not immediately expose your existing pets to a new pet. Consider how you will manage an isolation period and be sure all existing pets are up to date on vaccinations and other routine health care before bringing a new pet home.

Facilitating positive pet-to-pet introductions will require some management on your part too. Not all pets are instant friends and may require temporary or intermittent separation to ensure a smooth transition. Some pets are happy to share their home within a week or two, others may take a month or longer to adjust. Our adoption staff will be happy to review steps to properly introduce your new pet to your resident pets.

5.Time commitment

All dogs and cats making the transition to a new home will need time to adjust to a new family and may require housetraining and behavior training to correct problem behavior. If you aren’t prepared to invest your time to teach your new pet appropriate behavior and help the animal adjust, you should not consider adopting a pet at this time. Positive reinforcement-based training is recommended for all newly adopted dogs and puppies.

Please make a lifetime commitment to your pet. Remember that the animal you choose has already been abandoned or unwanted at least once in its life. Dogs and cats may live 12 to 15 years or more. Your thoughtful consideration, preparation and commitment will help insure a lifelong placement. (Animal Humane Society.com)

After following this steps provided by the Animal Humane Society, you are all set to pick out your new rescue dog. Start looking now!

 

Why Rescue Dogs?

I am an owner of two beautiful dogs and I could not imagine life without them. Prince is four going on five and Dutchess is  going on three and they are my world. So many dogs are not as lucky to have caring owners like me. Everyday a dog is beaten, starved, abandoned and even killed. Rescue dogs would not only help solve the problem but it would save our country over two million dollars a year spent on housing and euthanizing them daily. Many people buy dogs from breeders who are essentially abusing dogs as well by using them as cash cows. Rescuing a dog not only saves lives but complete families.

I would recommend rescue dogs to any family or person looking for a faithful companion. Here are a couple of facts:

  • Approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats.
  • Each year, approximately 2.7 million animals are euthanized (1.2 million dogs and 1.4 million cats).
  • Approximately 2.7 million shelter animals are adopted each year (1.4 million dogs and 1.3 million cats).
  • About 649,000 animals who enter shelters as strays are returned to their owners. Of those, 542,000 are dogs and only 100,000 are cats (ASPCA).

With all these numbers there is no denying that rescuing a dog is for the greater good. Change a dogs life today, rescue a dog!