This year, why not make some resolutions for the animals – both those that live with us and those who have no place to call home. These resolutions may be easier to keep throughout the year than the traditional ones. These tips will certainly improve the lives of animals and will help us move toward a day of no more homeless pets. Between now and New Year’s Day I will be posting a series of articles on what you can do to help make a difference in the lives of animals in 2013. This is the fourth posting in the series. The previous postings were on “Giving your pets the best care in 2013,” “Being a better pet parent in 2013” and “Making a difference for the animals in 2013.”
Resolve to be an advocate for the animals
Become aware of any pending state or local legislation related to animal welfare and let lawmakers know your opinion on that legislation.
Use your social media skills to help homeless animals. Post links on your Facebook page to adoption and other events being sponsored by local rescue organizations or feature a different adoptable pet each week on your Facebook page. Post a link to this article on your Facebook page and encourage your family and friends to help homeless animals in 2013.
Resolve to support local spay/neuter efforts
Spaying and neutering adds years to our pets’ lives and improves their overall behavior. Make sure your own pets are spayed and neutered. Encourage family and friends to spay/neuter their pets. If you know someone who can’t afford it, offer to help them find low cost spay/neuter services and offer to pay for it yourself. The ASPCA website offers a comprehensive and searchable database of low-cost spay/neuter programs throughout the country.
Volunteer at a spay/neuter clinic or with an organization that traps and spays and neuters strays and ferals. Print out a few copies of the Best Friends Animal Society brochure on spaying and neutering to hand out to friends, family and others.
Resolve to assist helpless animals in need
Chained dogs, injured animals, lost and wandering pets – all of these animals need intervention by someone who cares. Removing them from dangerous situations may be the difference between life and death for these animals. Click here to read an article on the ASPCA website on the “Top 10 Ways to Prevent Animal Cruelty.”
Constantly looking for animals who need help is the best way to have an immediate and direct impact on animals. People often assume that someone else will take care of a problem, but there are so many animals who need help and it’s up to each of us to do all we can whenever we see an animal in need. Unlike us, companion animals can’t dial 911 or ask a police officer for help. We are their voice. They are at the mercy of the humans who come across their paths.
Be prepared and willing to help an animal in need – whether it is injured on the side of the road or it becomes lost and wanders into your yard. Whatever their story, they are alone in a dangerous world and it’s up to compassionate animal lovers like us to bring them to safety.