April is National Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month, sponsored by leading animal welfare charities to raise awareness about important issues facing animals. Prevention of Cruelty Animals Month was originally started by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® (ASPCA), one of the largest humane societies in the world.
Issues Facing Pets
According to the ASPCA, an animal is abused in America every ten seconds, a frightening statistic. Commonly reported issues include:
Unscrupulous commercial breeders try to produce a high volume of puppies at a low cost. They keep costs down by housing the dogs tightly contained in filthy cages while providing poor care. They also breed non-stop (hence the term puppy mill), with quality a low priority such that hereditary issues propagate generation after generation.
Dog fighting is a felony in all 50 states, but that certainly doesn’t stop it. This disturbing ‘sport’ occurs all around the world, pitting dogs against each other in back alleys or bigger gambling venues. Dogs may fight from minutes to hours, inflicting serious wounds on each other, simply in an ill-conceived form of entertainment.
Over 250,000 animals fall victim to hoarding each year. Animal hoarders typically have numerous pets and may not even know how many are in their care. Although they may think they’re being responsible, they cannot provide adequate food, decent health care or proper housing.
What You Can Do
First, if you love animals, consider adopting a pet from a rescue or animal shelter. We have over six million homeless animals put in U.S. animal shelters every year. About half are adopted.
Be a Responsible Pet Owner
Also, consider spaying or neutering your pet. We understand it’s not an easy decision, so do your own research. Studies show that spayed or neutered pets live longer because of their decreased urge to roam and a reduced risk of some cancers.
Report Acts of Animal Cruelty
If you see something, say something… Contact local law enforcement, animal control agency, animal shelter or humane organization. Write a brief factual report of what you saw. Include dates, times, locations for the animals. Providing photographs and comprehensive details helps immensely.
Join or Donate to a Humane Society
Finally, become a member of your local Humane Society, ASPCA or Animal Shelter. Join the community and help spread the message. If you want to provide simple, general help, you can simply donate to one of these groups.
National Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month
In summary, we encourage you to help spread the word about Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month during April. Please show your support on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or other preferred platform.
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