CCTV America staffers love their pets. In honor of National Pet Day today, here are some photos of the pets in our lives and why they complete us.
According to the ASPCA, about 7.6 million animals enter shelters every year, and about 2.7 million animals are euthanized and 2.7 shelter animals are adopted each year.
The American Pet Products Association also estimates that people own 70-80 million dogs and 74-96 million cats. About 37-47 percent of all households in the United States have a dog, and 30-37 percent have a cat.
Cocoa, Labrador-Pitbull-Boxer mix, 18 months old
Muffin, 4 years old
Loved by Kevin White, CCTV America Planning Editor and Producer.
Abby, about 7 years old
Loved by Naskah Zada, CCTV America Guest Producer who says Muffin is sweet and playful.
Mo Mo, 6 years old
Loved by Christine Schiffner, CCTV America Senior Assignment Editor, who got Abby from an animal shelter. This bunny’s favorite foods are carrots and kale and she love hanging out on the balcony.
Chester, 7 years old
Loved by Jevan Alves, CCTV America Video Editor because “she melts my cold heart” he said.
Dexter, 5 years old
Loved by Elmira Jafari, CCTV America Guest Producer who says he has “the calmest soul and he is so gentle” and this dog is also bilingual and can understand English and Farsi.
Melo Dash, 7.5 years old
Loved by Hope Hollenbeck CCTV America Media Manager because he “loves to snuggle and he’s always hungry. “
Alfie, 5 years old
Loved by Aja Hogg, CCTV America Assignment Editor. “My family and I love him because he loves to cuddle and get his tummy rubbed. He also loves to play tug-of-war and give kisses.”
Lady Eloise (LE), a Schnauzer, about 6 years old
Loved by Ahmad Coo, CCTV America Copy Editor and Producer who says Alfie likes kibble, cuddling, and most people. “He also likes smelling armpits and napping all day,” Coo said.
Dixie, 12 years old, part American Eskimo
Loved by CCTV Correspondent Roee Ruttenberg, who got her as a rescue in Israel. She’s also known as “LE Belly Boom,” or just “Belly” has no clue how small she really is. “I guess she thinks she’s just a big dog trapped in a little body,” Ruttenberg said. “She can be a little rascal, but always maintains a look of innocence.”
Noodles, Irish setter, 7 years old
Loved by Jim Barnett, CCTV America News Editor who rescued Dixie after Hurricane Katrina in a flooded, New Orleans. “She’s got more personality than some people I know,” Barnett said.
Broc, about 5 years old
Loved by Isil Mengi, CCTV America Video Editor because she’s “crazy and silly, but more importantly she is my daughter’s best friend!”
Lucky, 10 years old
Loved by Shachar Kafka, CCTV America Coordinating Media Manager, who said he’s the best and he can even speak a little Chinese. “He says Mao Mao Mao (猫猫猫),” Kafka joked. Mao or 猫 means cat in Chinese.
Dodo, 16 years old
Loved by Monna Kashfi CCTV America Full Frame Executive Producer. “He’s been with me since he was 4 months old. We’ve been through a lot together and he’s always been a source of unconditional love… He absolutely hates baths and can’t believe I’ve been winning that weekly battle of the wills for the past 10 years.”
Loved by Lisa Chiu, CCTV America Digital Producer because “She’s the most emotionally intelligent cat I’ve ever met, and when I come home she won’t stop meowing until I give her a cuddle.”
Loved by Elizabeth Shell, CCTV America Digital Editor. Felix’s birthday is today! And his brother Chandler (see next) turns 10 tomorrow. “They have moved cross country with me, been there through my breakups and career changes,” Shell said.
Cole, 2 years old, German shepherd
Loved by Elizabeth Shell, CCTV America Digital Editor. Chandler turns 10 tomorrow. “My feline companions through the good and the bad and the dull — I wouldn’t give them or their snuggly purrs up for the world,” Shell added.
Sienna, 9 weeks old
Loved by Kaitlin Delacruz, CCTV America Producer who said Cole loves catching his frisbee and learning new tricks.
Peter, 11, and Buster, 10 months
Loved by Terri-Ann Armao, a CCTV America director who said she’s “adorable and smart and has a sweet and sassy personality.”
Loved by Joshua Barlow, CCTV America Digital Developer who said Peter was turning into a “lazy 12 year old, until baby Buster came along and decided his tail was a good chew toy.” Now Peter gets plenty of exercise, Barlow said.
Dodger (dog) 4 years old, Pebbles (cat) 6 years old
Loved by Elaine Reyes, CCTV America Anchor who has a full house of rescue animals in addition to Ace, including German Shepherd Schatzi, Yellow Shepherd Iris, and another cat Tiger.
Loved by Megan Pratz, CCTV America Producer.
Sasha, 7, Yorkie and miniature poodle; Nala and Niko, both nearly 2, Yorkies
Loved by Megan Pratz, CCTV America Producer.
Abbi, 12 years old
Loved by Yolanda Massey, CCTV America Line Producer.
Mila and Yulia
Loved by Susan Roberts, CCTV America anchor because “she’s so sweet and is with me always- and never complains!”
Mimi, Yorkie, 1.5 years old
Loved by Alexander Shields CCTV America Creative Director who said “Mila (on the right) is a genius, Yulia a fool, together they’re a winning team.”
Leo, golden retriever 4 years old
Loved by Rasheed C. Abdullah, CCTV America Coordinating Video Editor who said she’s “greedy, spoiled, and a brat — but also a bundle of joy.”
Loved by Kristen Liu, CCTV America intern who said she loves him because: “He’s so naughty, but he loves listening to me play the piano.”
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