May 24, 2017

Don't Judge a Cat by Her Cover: Chroma's Happy Tail

Chroma first arrived at the ASPCA in September 2014 after her guardian had to make the difficult decision to surrender her due to his own health.  The then three-year-old cat had not yet been spayed or microchipped, and was in need of urgent dental care.  The veterinary team at the ASPCA Animal Hospital (AAH) moved quickly to take care of all of Chroma’s needs—including a spay surgery and multiple dental extractions.  

Once Chroma fully recovered from her surgeries, she was transferred to the ASPCA Adoption Center, where the Adoptions team soon noticed that she did not like other cats and needed slow introductions to new people. To reduce her stress level, the Adoptions team put a small piece of cardboard in front of her glass enclosure to ensure that Chroma could no longer see her fellow resident cats. Everyone knew that due to Chroma’s anxious nature, she would require just the right adopter for her permanent home—someone patient and willing to give Chroma the time and gentle affection she needed.  

Meanwhile, James V. and his wife, Julia, had recently moved from Manhattan to Astoria, Queens. The couple tells us that in this time, they began taking long evening walks around their new neighborhood.  “During those walks, we noticed several feral cats roaming the streets near our apartment building, and we began to see just how many cats were in need of adoption,” Julia said. 

While neither James nor Julia had ever had a pet as an adult, their experience with feral cats in Astoria convinced them that they should adopt a shelter cat. “We visited several animal shelters across New York City, but the ASPCA really stood out. We were so impressed with the level of care and effort the ASPCA staff put into helping each cat find a home,” James said.

The couple wanted to adopt a cat who may have had a tougher time finding the right pet parent. During their third trip to ASPCA, James and Julia noticed a glass enclosure that was covered by a bit of cardboard and were instantly intrigued by the cat on the other side: Chroma.

“We were told that she’d had some problems with the other cats, and we were warned that she could be unpredictable,” Julia recalled. “When the ASPCA staff removed the cover and opened the enclosure, a small, beautiful gray cat with a shaved tummy (from her spay surgery) and a shaved arm (from her IV), gracefully approached me, gave me a head butt and then asked for a belly rub.” It was love at first sight.

 After they officially adopted Chroma, James and Julia took their new furry family member home and renamed her Asina. They felt that Asina, the name of a Nordic Goddess, was perfectly suited to her because of her dense grey coat and aloof, yet cuddly personality.  After a few days of hiding and a slow integration into her new home, Asina became a regular, beloved member of the family.

In 2016, James and Julia relocated to Phoenix, Arizona. To their surprise, the once-anxious Asina handled the five hour flight remarkably well, and instantly adapted to her new, spacious surroundings. Julia tells us that Asina’s new favorite pastimes include watching the birds from the windows, sleeping on any piece of clothing she can find and wildly chasing her crinkle ball across the living room.

In the end, the “unpredictable and shy” cat has proven to be extremely affectionate and playful—highlighting the fact that you should never judge a cat by her (cardboard) cover.  

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Feb 23, 2017

Jamie Is Finally Given Her Chance to Shine

In April 2016, the NYPD brought two scared, emaciated pit bulls into the ASPCA Animal Hospital (AAH) after executing a search warrant on a house in Brooklyn, New York. Officers had found the dogs, Jamie and Zaza, in deplorable conditions. Not only were they malnourished, but Jamie’s coat and paws were also covered in urine and her nails had grown so long that they were curving into her feet. The four-year-old dog was also lactating from a litter she’d previous whelped. It was clear that these two sweet pit bulls desperately needed help, and the team at AAH didn’t waste a moment.

Over the next six months, Jamie spent time at AAH and in a foster home as everyone worked round-the-clock to get her weight back up and treat any deficiencies and ailments she may have been suffering from. In October, Jamie was finally happy and healthy enough to move on to the ASPCA Adoption Center and begin her journey toward a new life and a permanent, loving home. 

That same month, Jamie was given a very special treat: A day out with the NYPD, where she was able to spend some time away from the Adoption Center and enjoy plenty of affection and pup-cakes from doting officers. Jamie’s big day out was a wonderful reminder of how far she had come, and that her future on the horizon was brighter than ever. 

It wasn’t long after Jamie’s day on patrol that Einat L. and her husband first came into the Adoption Center. The couple had recently celebrated Einat’s birthday at the end of November, and Einat (an avid dog-lover and longtime ASPCA supporter) wanted this year to be the year that they welcomed a dog into their family. After some discussion, Einat’s husband told her that this year’s birthday gift would in fact be the dog she’d been longing for.

The couple came into the Adoption Center without many preconceived notions about what type of dog they wanted, but there was one thing they knew for certain. “We came to the ASPCA knowing that we want to save a dog,” Einat says. “We didn't care which dog, what size, or any of that. When we first got there we asked for the dog that had been waiting in the shelter the longest, is constantly over looked, and has the slimmest chances of finding a new home.”

That’s when the Adoptions team took the couple to meet Jamie. Einat tells us that the rest is history. The couple made the adoption official at the beginning of December and took Jamie to a place she’d waited her entire life to see: home.

With her new life, Jamie was given a new name—Lucinda. According to Einat, Lucinda’s transition from shelter dog to living at home was easy. “From the first minute, she felt right at home,” she says. “She's doing so great!” Einat and her husband have worked hard to train Lucinda, and she tells us that she’s making incredible progress and is a very fast learner. 

Lucinda’s journey from a suffering, neglected dog to a beloved pet is truly remarkable. She met her perfect pet parents in Einat and her husband, and now she can rest easy knowing that she is unconditionally loved.

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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: Thank you for your support! 

Happy Family
Happy Family


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