Ways To Prevent Animal Cruelty And Suffering
- Avoid stores that sell puppies – 99% of puppies bought online and in stores are from puppy mills. Buy your pet food and other pet supplies from retailers that do not sell puppies or, even better, choose retailers that help animals and sponsor pet adoption event at their stores.
- Don’t buy wildlife products – despite numerous legal restrictions, you’ll find many wildlife products for sale around the world or illegally marked as “antiques” in this country, including ivory, tortoise shell, coral, and other “trophies” from monkey, tigers, and other animals.
- Don’t give animals as gifts – giving a pet as a gift is usually an ill-advised decision that can end tragically. While pets can enrich our lives, they are a huge responsibility.
- Volunteer at your local animal shelter or sanctuary.
- If you see animal cruelty in your community, report it to your local police department or humane society.
- Write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper urging readers to support animal protection legislation.
- Spay or neuter your pets to help reduce the number of homeless dogs and cats.
- Adopt a pet from your local animal shelter to save the life of a homeless animal.
- Pay attention to wildlife awareness signs along roadways, and always drive the speed limit in these areas.
- Utilize your community’s parks and trail system, and demonstrate your support of wildlife habitats.
- Help end cosmetic testing on animals by purchasing cruelty-free health and beauty products.
- Shop with compassion. Always choose garments and accessories free of fur or fur trim.
- Create a safe habitat for wildlife in your own backyard.
- Don’t support circuses that use exotic animal acts – there are many nonaminal circuses for your entertainment.
- Support local nature centers and wildlife sanctuaries.
- Make sure your pet wears a collar and current identification tags, and consider having your pets microchipped to enable them to be returned to you if they lose their collars.
- Volunteer at a wildlife rehabilitation center or sanctuary in your area.
- Sign petitions and pledges – adding your name to petitions on Facebook, change.org, and the Humane Society’s website is a small act that really adds up.
- Attend Town Hall meetings – you can make a difference in the laws and policies in your community when issues concerning wildlife in your community, leash laws, housing restrictions for pets, dog parks and animal sanctuaries, and more are being discussed.
- Keep your pets healthy – give them exercise by walking or playing with them daily.
- Take your pets to obedience training classes to nip any behavioral issues in the bud.
- Make sure your pets are well-groomed – this means baths, trimmed nails, and clean teeth.
- Take your pet to the veterinarian regularly and keep them up to date on all shots.
- Keep your pets safe – leaving them locked in cars is never safe, and when the weather gets warmer, it can be deadly. High temperatures cause irreparable organ damage and even death.
- Keep poisons like antifreeze away from animals.
- Chocolate, onions, and even grapes are dangerous for dogs to ingest. Don’t feed these foods to your pet, and quickly sweep up any food spills.
- Prepare your pet for disasters – it’s important to have a plan for your pet in the event of hurricane, tornado, fire, or flood. Make sure your cat or dog is wearing a collar and identification that is up to date and visible. Keep a current photo of your pet(s) with you in case you and your pet(s) become separated.
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