April is Prevention of Cruelty To Animals Month. If you’re reading this, there’s a pretty good chance that you’re an animal lover, as we are, and want to do what you can to help promote better animal welfare. The ultimate goal here for many would of course be to win the lottery and start an animal rescue. (Fingers crossed!) However, you can still help this cause even without that winning ticket. A Westminster, MD vet lists some of them below.
Adopt, Don’t Shop
When it comes time for you to bring a new pet into your home, consider getting a rescue. We know, there are benefits to going through a great breeder, particularly if you’re in love with a specific type of pet. However, there are millions of adorable dogs and cats in shelters who desperately need loving homes.
Overpopulation is a major issue when it comes to animal welfare. If your furry pal hasn’t been fixed yet, talk to your vet about getting that appointment on the books.
Another thing you can do? Just spread awareness about some of these issues. Even sharing information on social media helps!
More and more people have added their voices to the call for animal protections in recent years. This is a great thing, as that support has led to many new laws and protections. Pay attention to proposed legislation, and support the ones that benefit our animal friends.
Do you know of an animal that needs help? Contact local authorities or rescues. You may be able to do so anonymously, which can help ease worries about retribution from an angry owner.
Lend A Hand
Many animal rescues and charities rely on their supporters, not just for funding, but also simply to help care for the animals in their care. There are plenty of ways to help. Donations are great, but you can also volunteer. If you want to go a little further, you can even look into fostering.
Last but certainly not least, it’s also important to be responsible with your own furry friend. As many as one in three pets are lost or stolen each year! Keep Fluffy indoors, and don’t let Fido run around off-leash.
As your Westminster, MD animal clinic, we’re dedicated to providing great care. Please feel free to contact us anytime!