Although April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month, we should be aware of the signs all year long. The ASPCA encourages people to “Go Orange for Animals” throughout April, in an effort to raise awareness for animals that don’t have a “forever home” or are abused and mistreated.
Here are some tips each of us can do to help raise awareness, not only for the month of April, but year round.
- Adopt. If you are looking for a new pet or know someone who is, please adopt from a reputable rescue, such as To Love a Canine Rescue (TLC), and help to save a dog’s life.
- Volunteer or donate. Not in a position to adopt a pet? Maybe you can volunteer your time or even donate food, blankets, new pet toys or pet beds. You could save dozens of animal’s lives by donating to your local rescue, shelter and/or wild life sanctuary. Make sure that you only support clean, reputable organizations.
- Spread the word. Post a fun picture of you and your dog spruced up in orange on your Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest page. Encourage your friends to spread the word about the month-long “Go Orange for Animals” campaign. Last year even Niagara Falls went orange.
- Report abuse. Download this free app designed by ALDG Crime Tips to “report abuse and neglect of animals in your community right from your phone. Submit audio, video, picture, and GPS information of any incident straight to the nearest law enforcement authorities. Never try and stop by the abuser yourself. When in doubt, call 9-1-1.
- Decorate with ribbons. Tie orange ribbons to your car, trees, and doors.
- Not a crafty person? It’s easy to make treats that are healthy for animals. You could even host a bake sale (of human treats) with all items that are orange.
- Wear Orange. Orange is the color that was chosen because it is vibrant, energetic and inspiring. So wear it proudly.
Don’t be shy about speaking out against animal abuse! Each of us individually and collectively can make a difference.
Jeri Wagner is a canine behavioral therapist and master trainer. Jeri uses a natural training system leveraging the same communication methods – body language and voice control – that dogs follow as part of their instinctive pack mentality. Training takes place in the home where the problems generally occur. Jeri trains in western Montgomery County, northern Chester County and eastern Berks County. For more information, call 1-877-500 BARK (2275) or visit www.barkbusters.com.
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