No, this isn’t an April Fool’s Day joke. Every day, animals suffer from cruelty, including abuse and neglect. Let’s stop this now!
The ASPCA suggests several ways that you can get involved in preventing cruelty to animals, including:
- Coordinate a “Go Orange for Animals” event with your local shelter or rescue group
- Decorate your home, town, person, etc. with orange bows and ribbons
- Write animal-friendly messages on your vehicle
- …and more ideas on the ASPCA website
The #1 best thing you can do though is adopt or foster a pet. If you haven’t considered doing so before, read this article in the Huffington Post. The author shares the story of how her life was changed after her 9-year-old son asked to adopt a kitten, and of her cousin who works with a German Shepherd rescue.
Other ways you can promote animal safety next month include:
- Downloading and using the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) crime tips app to report animal cruelty and neglect when you see it.
- Support the creation of an animal abuse registery (similar to the sex offender registry) in your state by writing to your legislators and signing this petition.
- Donate to your local animal rescue. Don’t know of any? Look at the rescues we endorse in the right column of the SSAAD.org website.
- If you work for or run a shelter, collaborate with the ASPCA and publicize your efforts to prevent cruelty
- Adopt a dog or cat
- Start your own rescue organization
- Foster dogs or cats for a local rescue