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“Rare” or “Exotic” Puppies Signal Red Flags

“Rare” or “exotic” puppies with unusually patterned or colored coats may seem enticing—but these striking and unusual qualities could signal a problem. Considering buying a dog who is “unusual,” “exotic” or “rare?” It’s critical that you dig deeper into where the puppy came from by researching the breeder and their breeding program. While puppies can […]

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Keep Military Servicemembers and Their Pets Together

Good news for our troops: Congress is on the verge of repealing years of misguided, breed-specific bans affecting the pet dogs of military families. Currently, the Air Force, Army and Marine Corps all have varied discriminatory breed bans that prevent military families from having certain breeds of dogs—like American Pit Bull Terriers, Doberman Pinschers and […]

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The ASPCA Grants Cats’ Wishes

Spring marks the beginning of “kitten season” which typically runs through October, a time of year when thousands of homeless kittens and cats overwhelm animal shelters across the country. Each year, roughly 3.2 million cats enter our nation’s shelters. Over the years, we have dedicated resources to help promote cat adoptions and fund lifesaving initiatives […]

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Our Pups Need Homes! Meet Rockstar and Blondie

Meet Rockstar and Blondie! These two special dogs need your help finding loving homes to each call their own. They’ve both made great progress with the help of the ASPCA and are so eager to find families now. Read more about these great pups and spread the word to help them get adopted today! Rockstar […]

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Breaking News: NY Senate Passes Bill to End Retail Pet Sales

Today, on National No Pet Store Puppies Day, New York State moved one step closer to shutting down the puppy mill pipeline for good: The State Senate has just passed S. 4234-A, the New York Puppy Mill Pipeline Bill. This bill, introduced and championed by New York State Senator Michael Gianaris, would prohibit the sale […]

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Your Voice Matters: Virtual Advocacy at Home

Now more than ever, animals need citizen lobbyists to take a stand against animal suffering and voice their concerns to their elected officials. The ASPCA offers a variety of educational webinars that can help you be a better advocate for animal welfare. You can speak up for animals and advocate from home by joining our […]

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Two Former Foster Cats Find Each Other

Megan T. had been living in Los Angeles for just two weeks when she spotted a flyer at her local Petco offering opportunities to foster kittens for the ASPCA. “I thought fostering would be a good introduction to having a cat or dog,” says Megan, who joined the ASPCA’s L.A. Kitten Foster program and took […]

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Puppy Mill "Mom” Beats the Odds, but Carries the Trauma

Submitted by Isabella D., Midland, MI When I adopted my dog Groovy from an animal shelter, her backstory broke my heart. The shelter told me she was a breeding dog at a puppy mill, but after trying to breed her several times without getting any puppies from her, the mill dumped her at the shelter. […]