Nov 29, 2016

Grace and Karen Find the Perfect Home

Grace and Karen
Grace and Karen

Karen and Grace were surrendered to the ASPCA Adoption Center with two other senior Chihuahuas in April 2016. The condition of the dogs suggested that they may have been involved in "backyard breeding" practices. The small dogs were in extremely poor condition: Grace was missing most of her teeth, while Karen was missing all of hers and had a hole in her palate. Neither had much fur, and both needed immediate medical attention. 

After two months and four surgeries between the two pups, Grace and Karen were finally on the mend. Although the ASPCA’s veterinarians determined that both dogs were hypothyroid and would require lifelong medication, no one could deny that these resilient seniors had made a great recovery. Everyone was eager to find the pair a permanent home together.

A month later, the perfect adopter found the sweet and timid pups. Ana N., who had adopted from the ASPCA once before, was planning to visit the Adoption Center to make a donation and visit some of the dogs. The mother of four other rescues, she had no intention of adopting again, but while checking our website for the Adoption Center’s hours, she saw a video of Karen and Grace. 

Ana knew in that moment that the purpose of her visit had changed: She was going to make the two pups part of her family. “I knew I was in love and that my family would be as well,” Ana says. “If you have seen pictures of Grace and Karen, you can easily see why anyone would love these two senior ladies.”  

Ana went to the Adoption Center straight away, and the rest is history. Ana tells us that although Grace and Karen were initially timid and apprehensive of new interactions, they adapted to their new home immediately. Their fur even started to grow back very nicely!

“They are always sweet, and they now bark, run, play with toys and nap a lot in comfy beds that are situated in all corners of our home,” Ana says. “They are healthy and happy. Even though they do not have a single tooth in their mouths, they eat their food like champs.”

Grace and Karen found not only the perfect pet parent, but four furry brothers and sisters as well—including one who is their same age! Thanks to Ana and the team at the ASPCA, these two special seniors were able to transform from abandoned, sick strays into beloved pets.

Ana tells us that she believes in the many benefits of adopting senior pets and that she hopes others will follow her lead. “I would like to encourage any potential adopter to look at the older dogs and spend some time to see their personalities,” she says. “Their personalities are developed, and they mostly want to snuggle and be loved and cared for.”

Please note, the donation page for Marnie's Old Pals will soon be closed, but you can still support the ASPCA's mission to help dogs like Grace and Karen through Come To Their Rescue: https://www.globalgiving.org/dy/v2/pe/project-edit/edit-page-1.html?project.projId=19173. Thank you for your support! 

Lounging
Lounging
Happy Family
Happy Family

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Nov 28, 2016

Home at Last: Piglet's Charming Tale of Rescue

Piglet
Piglet

Piglet’s story begins like too many others: the small three-year-old tabby cat was surrendered to a city shelter in poor condition. She was scared and alone, but not much else was known about how she came to be that way or what had happened. But one thing was certain: the young cat needed help and care right away.

After Piglet arrived at the ASPCA Animal Hospital (AAH), she spent a month getting the treatment and care she so desperately needed. Fortunately, the veterinary team was able to help Piglet, and she was soon placed in the ASPCA Adoption Center in the hopes of finding her the perfect home.

In her time short time at the Adoption Center, Piglet’s playful and affectionate personality began to show—though deemed to be shy at first, the little cat became quite the goofball. It was, eventually, that same sense of silliness that attracted Melissa Y. and her boyfriend Michael to Piglet as they scanned the Adoption Center in June of 2016. The couple had been considering adopting for some time, and after a friend recommended the ASPCA Adoption Center, Melissa and Michael were finally ready to take the leap into becoming pet parents. 

On their first visit to the Adoption Center, the pair went later in the day, unsure of whether they would find “the right one” on the first try. As they filled out their paperwork, Melissa noticed something, or someone, looking at her from a distance. “We saw this curious cat staring at us...and then she promptly threw up her food,” Melissa tells us about when she first saw Piglet. “It was hilarious, and kind of sweet.” Michael even went on to joke that they could adopt any cat, except that one. But, there was something about goofy Piglet that the couple couldn’t deny.

“The next time we came, we were still drawn to her.  She has an inquisitive, hundred-yard stare and was just so sweet,” says Melissa. They decided then that Piglet was in fact the cat they’d been looking for, and the trio then became a family. 

When the couple first brought Piglet home, they assumed that she would take her time to adjust. However, after the first night with her, the couple awoke to find her sleeping in between their pillows. Piglet made herself right at home.

Now comfortable with her family, Piglet enjoys napping in her favorite window ledge and begging for human treats when she hears someone in the kitchen. Melissa kept Piglet’s name after seeing her love for food, and refers to her as her “cat-dog.” She feels like she acts more like a dog than a feline at times.

Melissa and Michael found that special connection that you can only find with the perfect pet, and their family has never been happier. 

 

 

Piglet gets a hug
Piglet gets a hug
Piglet at home
Piglet at home

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Oct 2, 2016

Omar's Long Journey Home

Omar
Omar

Looking at Omar today, one would never guess that the goofy, grinning dog has been through so much. But the truth is that after being adopted and returned several times, this Shar-Pei/pit bull mix has experienced many ups-and-downs in his seven-and-a-half years. Thankfully, after a long and winding journey, Omar has finally found a loving home that will last a lifetime. Here is his Happy Tail.

We first met Omar all the way back in 2008, when he was just four weeks old. He was part of an unplanned litter, and he and six other puppies were surrendered to the ASPCA. We knew that the precious pups would have no trouble finding a home, and they even made an appearance in one of our earliest YouTube videos.

Omar was soon adopted, but sadly, that wasn’t the last we would see of the big brindle dog. In June 2015, Omar’s adopter returned him after more than seven years together. Her son had developed asthma and was allergic to Omar. It broke our hearts to see him returned after all those years in a home, but we were happy to see him adopted again just a month later. Unfortunately, that, too, did not last—three weeks later, he was returned due to landlord issues.

By this point, it was September 2015 and Omar was 57-lbs., seven years old and suffering from a bad knee. We performed a ligament operation on Omar at the ASPCA Animal Hospital, then we hoped upon hope that the sweet dog would find a loving, stable home. Thankfully, it wasn’t much longer before Omar met Christine.

Christine initially took Omar in as a foster dog because she wanted to help him in his time of need, but it wasn’t long until the foster became “forever.” “Omar stole our hearts,” says Christine. “We decided to adopt him because he was so awesome!” In the eight months since, he has confirmed what we all knew all along: that he is an ideal pet.

“Omar is the perfect balance of playful, calm and loving,” Christine tell us. “We are so happy with our decision to give him a forever home.” Christine also reports that Omar is very attached to his new home and loves his new life. “The idea of Omar not having a loving family was not an option,” she says, and we couldn’t agree more. 

Your donations to Marnie's Fund for Old Pals helps dogs just like Omar! Thank you so much for your support. 

Omar enjoying life with his new family.
Omar enjoying life with his new family.
Omar smiles
Omar smiles

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