Happy Tails: Tabitha Adopts Puppy

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Many adopters took to social media to relay their experiences. Tabitha R., who adopted a puppy with her young son, documented their visit on Facebook. “It was a day I will never forget…and I made sure it was a day my son will never forget either,” Tabitha writes.

“He learned about the importance of a lifelong commitment.”

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Happy Tails: A New World For Devito


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Devito, a tan shepherd mix, was adopted by Sherrie M. and her son, Stephen, and has since become fast friends with their resident dog, Buddy, who they  adopted from a local shelter 12 years ago. The two are inseparable.

“Wherever one is, the other is always beside him; they do everything together,” Sherrie says.

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Happy Tails: A New World For Jake

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Anna H. and her two young children, Luke and Leah, adopted a hound mix named Jake, who, “has been an awesome dog,” according to Anna. Jake makes frequent trips to the local dog park, where “he greets other people on walks and they love him.

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Happy Tails: A New World For Bella

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Reagan H., a college student, adopted a cat named Bella, who now goes by Scarlett. “She hasn’t had any problems adjusting at all,” reports Reagan. “She loves to nap and cuddle but also loves to play.” Scarlett especially likes to sit by the window and watch birds, and she recently posed for photos in an Easter basket.

“She absolutely loves being queen of the castle,” Reagan says.

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Happy Tails: A New World For Boone

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Shannon G. adopted a speckled, mixed breed name Boone. She says Boone is “a wonderful dog” who, after his first night, had “no accidents, eats well, and sits at our back door to go to the bathroom. We were super blessed.”

“Rescuing a dog has made my heart so full and [is] one of the most rewarding experiences of my life,” Shannon said on Facebook. 

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Happy Tails: A New World For Owen

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Angel K. adopted Owen, an elderly Lab mix who was the last dog to find a home at an adoption event.

“Owen is a blessing,” says Angel, who refers to him as her “fur son.”

When Angel and her daughter, 14-year-old Ariana, first brought Owen home, Angel recalls, “Our six-year-old cat introduced himself, and Owen just looked at him and walked on. I was so proud of him.”

Angel reports that Owen is home alone just three hours a day, after she leaves for her job as a pharmacy technician and Ariana gets home from school. “As soon as we walk in the door he greets us with his tail wagging,” Angel says.

“He always wants to be by my side and wants all my attention.”

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Happy Tails: Michael

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For a special cat named Michael, the ASPCA’s Relocation Team made a life-changing difference. The friendly feline was living at an animal shelter in a city that struggles with high intake rates, making it diffficult to care for the large number of homeless cats and dogs. The Relocation Team moves animals from these areas— where likelihood of adoption is lower—to locations where they have a better chance at finding a home. Michael was one such animal, and last month, he became the 1,000th cat to catch a ride with the ASPCA’s “Relo” team this year.

Michael was transported into a shelter with more capacity, and just three days later, he found a home! “I knew he’d get adopted quickly—he’s quite a talker!” recalls Relocation Team member Isha Willits. And Michael isn’t the only one: In fact, he is one of 7,061 animals that the ASPCA has relocated this year alone.

And although they are already pacing to have their best year yet, the hardworking Relocation Team has no plans of slowing down.

“Our team is proud to have been able to help save so many lives so far this year,” said Kristen Limbert, Senior Director of Animal Relocation for the ASPCA.

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Happy Tails: A New World For Atlas

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Atlas was rescued by the local police at the end of May 2016. The two-year-old pit bull had suffered terrible cruelty at the hands of an abuser, and was brought to the ASPCA Animal Hospital for treatment. He spent nearly a month in the Hospital, during which time he also received a neuter operation, but he never once lost his sunny-sweet disposition. Staff noted that Atlas “loves every person he meets and loves to be pet”— and with his painful past behind him, he was soon ready to begin his search for a loving home.

At the ASPCA Adoption Center, Atlas’s sweet face helped him get the attention of Tricia R. “I decided to adopt a dog because I really missed having dogs around like I had growing up,” Tricia shared. She had just finished school and finally had the time and resources to care for a pup of her own. After making the adoption official, Tricia reported that Atlas “adjusted to life at home with lightning speed,” and that he and his feline brother Gus love to play together.

As if surviving abuse weren’t achievement enough, Atlas has more big plans for his future: soon he will officially begin training to become a therapy dog. Not only will this special pooch bring joy to his new adopter, but he’ll spread so much happiness to others as well—and prove once more that, no matter how dark the past, every single animal deserves a bright future.

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Winning at the Resolutions Game

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By Shane Power, President of Watertree Health, and Lisa Chau, Communications Manager of Watertree Health

58751eb2120000c501ad6bcbHappy 2017!

By now, many of you have decided this will be the year you get healthy by losing weight, exercising more, stopping smoking or maybe following your prescription schedule. You will make conscious choices to modify your current behavior by eating more vegetables, visiting the gym regularly, and adopting other healthy habits to live longer and more active lives.

Some changes are more difficult than others. Here are some tips to help you make resolutions and keep them beyond January:

  1.  Create a long-term strategy with benchmarks and clear objectives. It’s great to say you are going to eat healthier starting this year, but it’s unlikely you’ll switch from a mainly fast food diet to all salads all the time. Every week, try switching a sugary dessert for a healthier option, like fruit – with this method, your transition will feel more like a lifestyle change instead of a joyless punishment. Substitute soda with naturally flavored seltzer. Cultivate habits while reaching for an ultimate goal
  2. Be realistic because the human capacity to make more than one change at a time is low. You won’t turn into a totally different human being overnight. If you get winded jogging around the block, you can’t reasonably expect to run a marathon after three weeks of training. You will be dejected because you made grandiose plans – you’ll set yourself up for failure. Instead, make small, gradual changes so your resolutions are sustainable. Walk a mile, then two. Build up to jogging, then eventually finishing a marathon.
  3. Be flexible and forgiving. If you had a particularly stressful week at work and gave into the temptation of a few extra snacks, don’t let that completely derail you. Show yourself some compassion for faltering, and then get back on track next week. Humans fail and personal growth is healthy – this is part of the process. Don’t quit because you stumbled one week in the grand scheme of an entire year.

Author of The Marshmallow Test and noted psychologist Walter suggests making implementation plans with uncomplicated if-then terms, which seem simple but have been proven to be “astonishingly effective.” For example, “If I am at the diner and I want a milkshake, then I will order an iced tea instead.”

New Year’s resolutions shouldn’t make you miserable—it’s about self-improvement. Think of creative ways to stay on track and reward yourself while maintaining accountability. Best wishes for better health in 2017!

Co-authored with Shane Power, President of Watertree Health, where Lisa works in communication and business development.