Have you seen this ad, called “Shemp,” from The Shelter Pet Project? It has characters from Patrick McDonnell’s strip Mutts. We love Mutts! We also love adopted animals, and super-chill older dogs, and lonely people finding happiness and companionship with animal friends. What I’m saying is, this 32-second ad pushes all of my cry-buttons and I LOVE IT.
Adopt a bunny at the East Bay SPCA on Saturday! »
It’s another multiple-organization (woo woo) rabbit adoption event! Meet and greet bunnies from Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary, Hayward Animal Services, Tri-City Animal Shelter, and Bananas for Bunnies rabbit rescue. As always, you can also bring your fixed rabbit for help with matchmaking and free nail trims, get advice from rabbit experts, and purchase some bun-accessories. Plus, you can feed the rabbits fresh greens! If you haven’t watched a rabbit eat a big old carrot-top, you haven’t lived.
All the fun happens from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the East Bay SPCA Tri-Valley Adoption Center, at 4651 Gleason Dr. in Dublin. Contact them at (925) 479.9670 with any questions, and get ready to have fun with some adorable buns! Like Sidney, a male mini rex mix, who kindly agreed to lend his image to this post.
PS: You can preview the adoptable rabbits at each organization’s site: Harvest Home at PetFinder; Hayward Animal Services at Pet Harbor; Tri-City Animal Shelter at Pet Harbor; and Bananas for Bunnies.
Valentine’s Weekend Adoptathon at the SF SPCA! »
Looking for a child or romantic partner, but too busy/tired/misanthropic/low-wage-earning? Room for love in your heart, but no space for another human in your life? You need a pet, my friends! And just in time for Valentine’s Day (and Galentine’s Day, and Palentine’s Day*), the SF SPCA is hosting an Adoptathon! Get the pet you need at the price you can afford! Attend an animal-behavior workshop! Get a tattoo of your pet! Meet an Animal Planet celebrity!
Beginning Friday, Feb. 10, from 4 to 8 p.m., attend a cocktail party at the SF SPCA Adoption Center hosted by Jackson Galaxy of My Cat From Hell. Ken Een of Frisco Tattoo will doing animal-themed tattoos! The next day, Saturday, Feb. 11, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., you can attend Jackson Galaxy’s Cat Mojo Workshop, and get his help finding the adoptable animal for you.
Throughout the weekend, the SF SPCA will offer reduced adoption fees on all cats and dogs over six months of age: $10 on Friday, $11 on Saturday, and $12 on Sunday. Yay, pets! Go find emotional fulfillment in a mammal that won’t ever lose interest in you, or find you anything but perfect.
*Feb. 13 and 15, respectively.
[photo of actual SF SPCA kitties by Nyxy via Flickr]
This is Bubbles, a member of this year’s Puppy Bowl’s Piglet Pep Squad. HI BUBBLES! Buzzfeed got to visit the studio in Manhattan where Puppy Bowl was filmed and hang out with the puppies, kittens, and piglets participating in Puppy Bowl VIII.
I have several thoughts about this. First, why wasn’t Vegansaurus invited? Megan Rascal single-handedly runs our NYC HQ and that girl loves pigs. Yes, the likelihood of her putting a piglet in her purse and making a run for it would’ve been high, but can you blame her [Ed. note: I would do it. -Megan]? Look at those FACES.
Second, these piglets come from Ross Mill Farm, and that is unfortunate. Puppy Bowl puppies are all shelter dogs. Puppy Bowl kittens are all shelter kittens. Why not borrow piglets from a farm sanctuary? Or, you know, not include animals people can’t adopt? I am not complaining about pictures of adorable piglets! But I don’t like to put up photos of zoo animals, however devastatingly cute, because zoos are (mostly!) animal prisons, and I don’t like Animal Planet’s encouragement, however implicit, to buy piglets.
You guys, my enthusiasm for Puppy Bowl is dampened. This is depressing! Yes, Ross Mill Farm appears to keep excellent facilities; they seem to have a process in place to screen potential pig-owners, including a fostering program and an adoption program, which is awesome! But they also breed pigs for pets, while encouraging adoption. I’m torn. One thumb up? Man I hate having a conscience.
[all photos by Amy Sly for Buzzfeed]
Gothamist has behind-the-scenes photos of Puppy Bowl VIII! You guys, this is like getting preview passes to the opera! Or is that just exciting to me? Whatever, PUPPIES! Look at my girl Brandy, all tuckered out from a big day of clobbering the competition! Brandy for MVP!
You’ve got to check out all the photos. Best news of all: This year, “a piggy pep squad will ‘ham’ it up on the sidelines and squeal with delight for their favorite pups.” The Puppy Bowl was made for me and Megan Rascal! And, fine, everyone else who loves puppies and kittens and pigs (a.k.a. everyone with a SOUL).
Double-bonus: This preview video features about three seconds of the pigs!
[Can’t see the video? Watch it at Vegansaurus.com!]
Puppy Bowl VIII! Be there, Sunday at 3 p.m. EST on Animal Planet!
[photo by Katie Sokoler for Gothamist]
It’s time for Puppy Bowl VIII! »
Let’s get ready to PUPPIES!
All the players in Puppy Bowl VII are both totally adorable and totally adoptable. Who are your picks for MVP? Does anyone else dream about being the ref? PUPPIES I LOVE YOU. See you in two weeks!
Just a big lop hopping around to Feist. Thanks for pushing all of my nurturing buttons, Harvest Home Animal Sanctuary. I’ll be ping-ponging between wanting babies and wanting bunnies for the rest of the day.
Teal Cat Project to give money to the SF SPCA! »
We love the Teal Cat Project, and are super excited to see the next litter of teal cats go up for adoption this week. We’re even more excited to learn that the latest recipient of Teal Cat funds is our own SF SPCA! Hooray!
Specifically, the SF SPCA’s Community Cats program, which spays and neuters feral cats all over the city. It’s great! Population control is the most effective way to date of dealing with homeless cats, and we’re so happy to see national attention paid to a local agency doing its best to help animals.
We don’t know when exactly the new teal cats will be available for purchase, but you can keep up with the Teal Cat Project on Facebook, and when the time comes, buy your own teal cat (and assorted merch) at their store. Congratulations to the SF SPCA on the funds! And thanks to all you CCLs for donating and buying the cats, to help realize the dream of a world in which every real cat has a happy home.
[photo via the Teal Cat Project]