The ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) has designated the month of April the official Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month. Each year, this month is used to create awareness of the many issues facing animals in our country.
If you want to get involved, here are 5 ways that you can prevent animal cruelty.
Adopt, Don’t Shop
If you are looking for a new furry friend, bypass breeders and skip stores in favor of your local animal shelter or rescue group. When you are at the shelter, remember that although kittens are cute and puppies are precious, there are also many advantages to adopting a senior pet.
Join the ASPCA
For the past 150 years, the ASPCA has worked stop and prevent all forms of animal abuse and neglect. They are “a national leader in the areas of rescue, adoption and welfare.” By joining the ASPCA, you can support their efforts to help all animals everywhere.
Donate to your Local Shelter
A great way to participate in Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month is to help the many pets who don’t yet have homes. You can donate to your local shelter, or the organization you adopted your pet from. Remember that donations can come in forms other than money - you can give your time helping with animal care at the shelter, or in other ways like working at events, marketing, and even serving on the board.
Foster a Pet
Shelters often need volunteers who can foster pets needing temporary care at home. Animals need foster care for a variety of reasons, from a mother cat and kittens who are too young to be separated, to a dog recovering from surgery to fix a broken leg. Foster help is also often needed when the shelters are just too full - a common occurrence in the spring season due to the influx of kittens and puppies. When you foster an animal, the shelter typically provides everything you need free of charge, from food to vet care. It’s a great way to learn new things about animal care and training, and a way help special animals in a time of need.
Help a Neighbor or Relative
Do you have a neighbor who struggles with walking their dog, or a relative who needs help with taking their cat to the vet? Offering assistance with daily or annual tasks is a great way to help both pets and their owners live a long, healthy life together.
Do you have a plan to prevent animal cruelty or for helping the animals in your community in honor of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month? Let us know what your favorite activity or organization is!