A pet is a life-long promise of love and responsibility, and while many pets make for loyal, loving companions, not every owner holds up their end of the bargain. Regardless of the reason – personal gain, thoughtless cruelty, or plain ignorance – some pet owners and individuals charged with the care of animals mistreat and abuse the poor creatures. In an effort to raise awareness and work to prevent this kind of heartbreaking behavior, Lincolnshire Animal Hospital joins with countless clinics, rescues, and animal welfare organizations across the globe in the ASPCA’s Prevention of the Cruelty to Animals Month. Every year, the ASPCA, or the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, leads the cause as a responsible resource that works to promote and instill animal-friendly legislation, and educate the public on proper pet care techniques.
This April, take a stand against animal cruelty and show your support and love of animals in several difference ways:
We all know that the ASPCA is a great organization to assist, but with millions of animals needing help across the country, there are many other organizations out there that could use your assistance too. The Humane Society of the United States, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), and The Jane Goodall Institute can all use monetary assistance and support to further fund their efforts. A monthly, yearly, or even one-time donation means a world of help for animals everywhere! Local shelters, rescues, and organizations could always use the funding to continue helping animals in our own communities. Donations to Young at Heart Senior Pet Adoptions, Save-A-Pet, Wright Way Rescue, Orphans of the Storm, or PAWS Chicago would assist dogs and cats in our own backyards!
STOP BY YOUR LOCAL SHELTER
April 30th is also National Adopt-A-Shelter-Pet Day! Being vocal about avoiding pet stores that may use compromising methods of obtaining puppies (puppy mills) and going to pet shelters is a great way to show your support. With so many homeless pets sitting in shelters across the country, avoiding pet stores shouldn’t be all that hard. Even if you don’t intend to adopt, volunteering your time to walk dogs and pick up waste, play with cats, or helping with feedings at a pet shelter will help you keep animals active and healthy.
KNOW WHAT YOU’RE BUYING
Be sure to always check the labels on the products you buy. Not so very long ago, cosmetics and personal hygiene companies very easily got away with testing on animals…but not any more. Thanks to organizations like PETA and the ASPCA, legislation has cracked down on these barbaric practices, but animal testing still happens on many of our every day items. That’s why it’s still immensely important to not overlook packaging labels. Keeping an eye out for personal care, cosmetics, and household products that do not test on animals is essential in overall animal welfare across the globe, and PETA offers a handy search function (found here) for you to see if your products are up to par.
Doing your part to prevent the cruelty to animals shouldn’t just be a one month crusade either. It’s wonderful that we highlight and bring focus on the fight against animal cruelty in April, but the only way to make real and serious headway is to join with organizations like the ASPCA and continue the fight all year round. Please, never forget that animals need us to be their advocates. They require our voices to speak for them, and to use our power as human beings to help create a compassionate and safe place with strong laws to protect them. So please, if you see animal abuse, report it. If you know an animal is living in unsafe conditions, say something. The only way forward is together. Won’t you join us?
To learn more about the ASPCA’s Prevention to Cruelty of Animals Month, and how you can help Click Here.