“No longer “Invisible

A special project in cooperation with ‘Petnet’ website: Thirteen dogs that were quarantined under terrible conditions were brought to the SPCA shelter, where they are awaiting good and loving homes

This week SPCA Israel’s shelter took in thirteen dogs that had been held in quarantine under terrible conditions in the north of the country. This was done in order to grant them an opportunity for adoption and a good life with loving families. Many professionals enlisted to volunteer to assist the “Invisible Dogs” project initiated by Petnet and, through a united effort, the dogs were brought to SPCA.

According to the staff at Petnet: “When we arrived at the quarantine site, we witnessed a horrifying picture – dozens of mostly young and healthy dogs that had been abandoned by their owners, all of them in cages, waiting to be put down”.

The 13 newcomers brought to the SPCA shelter have undergone a complete transformation. Thanks to pampering showers, haircuts and grooming, they have transformed from neglected, dirty and “invisible” dogs to attractive, handsome models of beauty. Now, after veterinary check-ups and treatment, they are eagerly waiting to “open a new chapter” in their lives and to give lots of love to the lucky people who adopt them. You are cordially invited to the SPCA to offer them a new home.

Photography: Lior Golsad

We would like to thank Petnet; Lior Golsad, the canine photographer; Stas Kahn, the videographer; Ziv Rozenblat who volunteers at the quarantine site; Dr Avi Pacho who vaccinated the dogs against rabies; Eyal Gatnu, who rescued the dogs and brought them to the shelter; Inbal Van Karfeld and Tom Morley from the ‘Miss Dulitel’ dog salon, who groomed the dogs; and Robert Raviv from ‘Petpo’, who was tasked with their grooming.

You Do Choose Your Family

Special Activity: The SPCA encourages responsible adoption and salutes its veteran adopters

Many dogs and cats do not live their whole lives in one home, but are passed from place to place or put in a shelter. To commemorate “Pet Parent’s Day”, whose aim is to honor those owners who consider their pets an integral part of their families, the SPCA calls upon the general public to expand their families by adopting a new four-legged friend and presents the adopters with a certificate of appreciation and a gift package contributed by Tal Gal Ltd.

On Sunday, April 26, “Pet Parents’ Day” will be celebrated throughout the world, with the aim of recognizing and honoring pet owners who relate to their pets as an inseparable part of their families.

On the occasion of this special day, the SPCA will hold special activities to raise public awareness of responsible adoption of pets and the importance of raising them for their whole lives, as well as to express our appreciation to our veteran adopters. Owners of pets that were adopted at the SPCA up to the end of 2009 are invited to come with their dogs to the SPCA during the week 26/4-2/5, to receive a special certificate of appreciation, benefits and a gift package sponsored by Tal Gal Company, which includes a small bag of Purina food, a Purina treat, a pouch, and a leash. In addition, the Solano Company is contributing a gift of an ampule against fleas. In addition, a special prize awarding activity will take place on our Facebook page.

Anat and Dubi Teffer celebrating 12 happy years together with Tuti, that was adopted at the SPCA when she was a small pup.
Anat and Dubi Teffer celebrating 12 happy years together with Tuti, that was adopted at the SPCA when she was a small pup.

‘Responsible Adoption’ is not just a slogan in the SPCA, but is the name of the adoption process carried out in the organization. The aims of this process are to match the animals with owners committed to their care, who will be able to meet their pets’ needs throughout their lives and to check that the decision to adopt emanates from sober deliberation and is not one made on the spur of the moment. According to Hilma Shmoshkowitz, Chairperson (Volunteer), Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Israel, “Our many years of experience in placing animals in adoptive homes teach us that many dogs and cats do not live their whole lives in one home, and each move has a detrimental effect upon them. As those who, on a daily basis, witness the suffering of abandoned animals, we have chosen this activity to express our deep appreciation to those people who do understand the meaning of this commitment and the responsibility involved in raising pets for their whole lives and consider their pets an integral part of their families. I am certain that all the members of the SPCA staff are eagerly waiting to meet the veteran adopters and the dogs that gained loving families. We take this opportunity to call on additional people to expand their families with a new four-legged friend and to gain unconditional love for many years to come”.

Gilat Ankori, who adopted Julie and Nina at the SPCA ten years ago, receiving the Certificate of Appreciation from Hilma Shmoshkowitz, Chairperson (Volunteer) - SPCA Israel
Gilat Ankori, who adopted Julie and Nina at the SPCA ten years ago, receiving the Certificate of Appreciation from Hilma Shmoshkowitz, Chairperson (Volunteer) – SPCA Israel

* The gift offer will be valid while stocks last and on presentation of the adopter’s ID card.

Main photo: The Arbiv family with the dogs Toffee and Dvash that were adopted at the Society.

Voting twice!!

Election Day in the Society: Come to select a new four-legged friend

On Tuesday, March 17, the Knesset elections will take place, and while many businesses will be closed, the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Israel will be open from 08:00-17:00.

We invite the public to take advantage of this Election Day holiday, to come to the SPCA and choose a new four-legged friend from the hundreds of abandoned dogs and cats that are waiting for warm and loving homes.

All visitors will be greeted by adoption counselors and the SPCA veterinarians, who will help in the selection of the most suitable pet, that will bring joy and happiness to the adopters’ lives.

The Business Sector encourages Animal Adoptions

Groundbreaking Project: The high tech firm, Eternity, will bear the costs of animal adoption for its staff and business partners

A first-of-its-kind cooperation between the business sector and the voluntary sector is setting out. The Israeli high-tech company, Eternity, specializing in development of smart business solutions (BI), is encouraging its workers, partners and other contacts to adopt abandoned dogs and cats in the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Israel, and is underwriting the adoption costs from the company’s budget.

In accordance with the responsible adoption policy practice in the SPCA, an adoption counseling team will support potential adopters, helping them to choose their most suitable pet, with emphasis on the responsibility and commitment involved when welcoming a new four-legged friend into the family. All adopted animals leaving the SPCA do so after being inoculated, spayed or sterilized, and with all dogs being fitted with a microchip.

According to Assaf Bar, CEO of Eternity: “Contributing to the community has always been a central part of the core activity of the Company, since its establishment eight years ago. Especially during these difficult and cold days, when everyone is trying to find shelter from the cold beside their heating systems at home, we often forget that there are tens of thousands of abandoned animals on the streets or in the various organizations, all looking for warm homes. I call upon all 160 members of the Company’s staff, our partners and my own acquaintances, as well as others, to open their hearts and adopt a pet.”

We in the SPCA thank Eternity for its most welcome initiative and call upon other companies to join this unique project in order to raise awareness of abandoned animals and to help them find warm and loving homes.

To view the dogs and cats waiting for adoption, Click here.

Main photo: Dr. Yelena Algrabli, the SPCA veterinarian, and Asaf Bar, CEO Eternity

The cat, Simona, was adopted by Rotem Ashkenazi of Eternity, and left for her new home after being spayed.
The cat, Simona, was adopted by Rotem Ashkenazi of Eternity, and left for her new home after being spayed.

Everyone is Special

A new clip for the unique SPCA campaign for the Festival of Love – Tu B'Av

In the framework of the unique SPCA campaign for the Hebrew Festival of Love, “Their Tu B’Av”, the Department for Humanistic Education produced a clip to the song “Everyone is Special”, that was written for this occasion and sung by Tomer Hershkowitz. The campaign wishes to emphasize that while we are celebrating Tu B’Av, a day which, according to Jewish tradition, marks love and reconciliation, we should also remember our animals, who also need our love, warmth and attention.

The clip describes the daily life of a black, adult street dog, trying to survive in a cold and heartless world. While she is longing for a little sympathy, people pass her by and ignore her. In her loneliness, her heart contracts each time she sees other dogs showered with love by their owners. While she is searching through the garbage for food, she imagines herself enjoying a nice juicy bone. In her imagination she sees a warm and loving home, when in reality she has to cope with her destiny that showers blows upon her mercilessly.

In the clip, Nemesh, a nine-year-old black Labrador plays the leading role. She was chosen because of the painful fact with which the SPCA adoption counselors have to deal on a daily basis – potential adopters who are inclined to pass over dark-coated cats and dogs. Along with Nemesh appear other dogs who came with their owners for auditions that were published on the SPCA internet site and Facebook page.

On Tu B’Av (August 11) we will hold a festive adoption day and we invite the public to come to the SPCA facility at 159 Herzl Street in Tel Aviv to choose a new four-legged friend, who will become an inseparable part of the family.

Happy Tu B’Av to all, people and animals alike.

We wish to thank everyone who contributed their skills and talents to produce this clip, as well as all those who took an active part in this important campaign.

Words, music and vocals: Tomer Hershkowitz| Director: Gili Frickman| Photography: Sasha (Alexander) Gavrikov|Lighting: Daniel Bar| Professional consultant: Dr. Michal Kirshner – Dog trainer| Assistant Director: Keren Paldi| Offline Editor: Tal Ovad| Online Editor: Uri Alon|Producer: Yaniv Ovadia| Assistant Producers: Leora Hai, Ilya Weiner, Idan Portal| With: Tomer Hershkowitz, Noya Spivak, Lital Yochai, Assaf Gerti

Baby Zoom

They are sweet, heartwarming, and are looking forward to taking their first steps in a warm home. Come to adopt them!

Every spring brings a proliferation of newborn kittens. Most of them are born on the streets, the offspring of homeless cats, into a cruel reality that is difficult to survive, and some are born to domesticated cats whose owners did not get them spayed.

The SPCA, whose doors are open to all animals in distress, has taken in tens of kittens over the past few months. For many weeks the SPCA team has taken care of these adorable kittens and now they are three months old and ready to be adopted. According to SPCA policy, all dogs and cats are spayed or neutered before being given for adoption, with the express purpose of preventing uncontrolled population increase leading to unwanted kittens and puppies that cannot find homes.

To encourage adoption of these cute kittens, the SPCA team has produced a series of photos with colorful accessories from the world of babies. The kittens in the photos, along with many other cats and dogs, pedigree and mongrel, are waiting impatiently in the SPCA shelter for warm and loving homes.

Come to adopt a pet and gain a loving friend who will bring light and joy to your life.

Photography: Haim Shwarzenberg

International Animal Day 2013

Adopt a pet on International Animal Day

On Friday, October 4, International Animal Day will be celebrated all over the world. As always, The Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Israel invites the public to adopt a dog or a cat.

The goal of World Animal Day is recognition of the importance and beauty of the animal world, to show appreciation for the ways that animals enrich our lives and for the many roles that they fill in their unique way. This tradition started in Florence, Italy in 1931, when ecologists held a special conference warning of the encroaching danger of extinction for various species in the animal world at that time. Since then, this day has become a day for all animals and the people who love and respect them, and is celebrated in various ways throughout the world with no regard to nationality, religion, faith or political ideology.

We hope that the time will come when we won’t need special days as reminders of the importance of animals and of how we benefit from them.

My Family and Other Animals

When adopting an animal, the whole family should be involved in the choice

Na’ama Rolnik, SPCA Adoption Counselor and dog trainer 

Adopting a dog or cat brings, without doubt, a significant change in the family dynamics, affecting everyone. Even if one member of the family takes on the responsibility of being the main caretaker, the choice still has to suit all the others.

As a result of our wide experience in giving pets up for adoption, for many years now we, at the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Israel, have been operating proceedings titled “Responsible Adoption”. The goal of this process is to reach maximum compatibility between the dog or cat and the adopters so that the animal will be able to live in its new home for the rest of its life and will not be abandoned again for reasons of incompatibility. During the process, the adopters read and sign a special form and have a meeting with one of the Society’s adoption counselors, during which we check if the adopters are able to provide the animal with all its needs and if they understand the obligation and responsibility involved in adoption.

As a result of cases when dogs or cats were returned from adoption because one of those involved decided that the choice was not suitable, we decided that, in the case of animal adoption by a family or other persons, the whole family or all those involved should come to the Society to be an inseparable part of the selection process. Everyone has to meet the new animal, to see how they get on with it. In the case of dogs, they should ascertain that the size of the dog suits and that the children are able to take it out for walks, that no member of the family has any hesitation or fear, if the energies suit the style of the family, and so on.

Following are some points for consideration:

The responsibility lies with the parents’: Very often adopters come to us claiming that it really doesn’t make any difference to their partners which animal they choose. Following our insistence upon everyone joining the process, sometimes, when the partners do come to the Society, they end up choosing a different animal. Sometimes, fathers come along with their children and say that the mother agrees to adopt a pet. On many occasions, when the mother actually comes or talks to us by phone, we discover that she does not agree to raise a dog in the house at all. In other cases, following a routine conversation with an adoption counselor, the parents realize that it is not realistic to expect a small child to take care of all the pet’s needs by itself and that they, the parents are the ones who have to take responsibility. Then we ask them to take time to reconsider and decide if they really are ready to start the process.

Animals do not make good gifts: A dog is a pack animal and will try to find its place also within the family unit. There are dogs that get along very well with adults but would have difficulty accepting the authority of a six-year-old child. Imagine, for instance, a situation where parents surprise their child with a dog that he has wanted so much but, when they bring the dog home, it bares its teeth when the child wants to take away its ball. Involving the child in the adoption process will prevent such situations that are detrimental both to the child and the dog, that will probably be returned to the dog pound. On occasion people come to us with the intention of adopting an animal for a friend or relative as a birthday gift. Also in such cases, we insist that the recipient of the gift should come to the Society to choose the animal. This is not a case of a new shirt or pair of shoes that can be exchanged or put aside when the owner gets tired of it, but a pet that will accompany its owner for many years. The new owners are the ones who will have to take care of their pet’s specific requirements, will become attached to it, to its story and its personality, and will raise it for the rest of its life.

Animals and the elderly: A pet is a loyal lifelong friend who can contribute wonderfully to older people who spend much of their days alone. A pet will give them a reason to go out of the house to walk, it loves to be caressed and snuggle and provides an interesting topic of conversation. Sometimes people come to us wishing to adopt an animal for their grandmother or grandfather, but pick out a dog or cat to which they themselves are attracted and then, at home, they discover that the dog is too energetic or that the cat’s litter box is not welcome in the house.

We know that the adopters have only good intentions and we want to find warm homes for all the cats and dogs in the SPCA, but first and foremost, we take into consideration the welfare of the animal itself and assess if the new house is going to be suitable in the long run. As far as we are concerned, there is nothing more disappointing than an animal that is returned to the Society because the wrong choice was made and did not suit the adopters. So, if you are considering adopting a pet, please devote some time to the process, as it is one that will greatly affect your life. Consider the advantages and the disadvantages, check how much free time you have at your disposal, remember that the children will grow up and leave the house while the animal will still be there. Think about the possible destruction of household items and all the other consequences. Once you have made your decision, come to us as a full family delegation, take the dog for a walk or spend some time with the cat in the cats’ home, and until you all reach a consensus, don’t hurry to adopt your new pet.

Main photo: The complete Gal family (the parents Na’ama and Dani, and the children Dana and Itai) when adopting three-month-old Max, about one year ago.

Seeking Adopting Families – With Lots of Patience!

When dogs are adopted as puppies and are not house-trained appropriately, they find it difficult to find adoptive homes if they are abandoned

Na’ama Rolnik, SPCA Adoption Counselor and dog trainer 

 

Dog owners’ limited free time, despair, or simply a lack of experience and know-how – all comprise the reasons that we have been coming across more and more dogs lately who reach the age of a year or more without being house-trained.

From the moment a puppy reaches the age of three months and has received all the first vaccinations, it is time to start accustoming it to relieve itself outside. This is a difficult task, requiring a great deal of patience and effort by the owners. Since a puppy cannot control itself for many hours, at first the walks outside must take place frequently, every three hours. During the learning process, when the dog does relieve himself outside, it is important to positively reinforce his behavior and in this way lead him to understand that relieving himself outside the home is acceptable behavior.

There are many advantages to adopting a puppy, but when making the decision to do so, one must first and foremost consider the puppy’s welfare, his basic needs and if you are in a position to fulfill them. When you take in a puppy and then leave him alone in the house for eight hours, don’t expect him to train himself or learn how to control his needs on his own. The dog will relieve himself in the house for lack of any alternative and if there is no one there to correct him, he will simply understand that that is acceptable behavior, and the habit of relieving himself in the shower or on the balcony (or wherever he is kept), will stick.

Such situations lead the owners to despair and in some case to the decision to give the dog away. The problem is that the dog is now no longer an adorable, sweet puppy with very high chances of being adopted, but a grown dog who has still not been house-trained, making his chances of finding a new home drop drastically. In this way, both sides lose: the dog, who has to compete with tens of other dogs for the attention of potential adopters, when his opening hand is problematic, and the owners, who often feel frustrated and that they have missed an opportunity, especially when there are children involved in the sorry story.

If a puppy is not house-trained during the critical period when he is supposed to learn the rules, it is more difficult to correct his behavior at a later stage. Training at a later stage demands much more patience and effort on the trainer’s behalf and in some cases intervention by a professional trainer is required. These are cases of adorable dogs that have difficulty finding homes, through no fault of their own but as a result of their owner’s behavior. All they ask is to be given a second chance with new owners who will invest the time and effort to train them and who will receive so much love in return.

Sandy, Lucy, Bella and Pinocchio are just some examples of this phenomenon. Sandy, a nine-month-old miniature pincher, was found on the street by an elderly couple who reared her for a few months. Their inexperience caused them to stick cloth diapers on her instead of house-training her. In the last few weeks the sores, that were caused by the adhesive used to keep the diapers on, have healed, and now she needs owners who, in addition to training her, will help to restore her self-confidence. Lucy is a friendly, adorable one-and-a-half year old bitch who is simply longing for attention. Hew owners never completed her house-training and she still has ‘accidents’, but with a little goodwill and correct direction, she will quickly learn and will be a wonderful dog for any family. Bella and Pinocchio are ten-month-old brothers who reached us when they were only one month old, and who lived in the dogs’ home before being adopted together. A few months later they were abandoned again, still not house-trained, and now they are waiting impatiently for patient adopters – even if this means each one going to a separate home.

In addition to these dogs, there are tens of dogs and cats waiting here with us for a warm and loving home. You are invited to come and choose your new friend-for-life here in the SPCA.

Eilat-Tel-Aviv

Nine abandoned dogs were transported from Eilat and are waiting in the Association for adopting families

Every summer, thousands of dogs whose owners go to a vacation and abandon their best friend are being thrown to the streets of Israel. In Eilat, this phenomenon is especially serious: many tourists arriving to the southern city leave here their dogs with great cruelty and turn home without them.

This week, the veterinary of municipality of Eilat, dr. Oren Abramovich, turned to the Association asking to help him to treat the numerous abandoned dogs, hoping to draw attention of broad public to them and to increase their chances for being adopted.

Mor, Chief and Bass are eagerly waiting to meet the new family
Mor, Chief and Bass are eagerly waiting to meet the new family

The Association agreed to take nine abandoned dogs from Eilat and to do its best to find them adopting families, good and responsible ones. Representatives of the Association were waiting for the dogs in the airport, in order to transport them to a shelter in Tel-Aviv. We hope that the dogs will be quickly adopted, which will enable us to take additional dogs from Eilat and to give them a better future.

The sweet puppies, that are half-bred shepherds, will grow into big dogs. They match to any family which likes large-bred dogs. The dogs will leave for their new homes after they are undergo sterilization or neutering and have all necessary vaccinations and an electronic chip. They are eagerly waiting to meet the new family which will adopt them to their home and heart.

Photographed by Ilya Weiner
Photographed by Ilya Weiner

We want to thank Arkia Aviation Company which volunteered to transport the dogs free of charge and to ask the owners of the pets to make the best efforts in order to find them an appropriate place when they leave for a vacation and not to abandon them.

Photographed by Ilya Weiner
Photographed by Ilya Weiner