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Animal Cruelty/Human Violence Awareness Week is the third week in April. This event was started by the Humane Society of the United States. For animal lovers like us—and likely for you as well—it’s always hard to hear stories about pets that have been in bad situations. While no one person can save every animal in need, there are things you can do at home to help prevent animal cruelty. A local Tipp City, OH vet lists some of the biggest ones below.
If your furry buddy hasn’t been fixed yet, we recommend getting this done today. Even if you do find loving homes for your pet’s adorable offspring, there’s just no way to control what will happen to their litters. Plus, there are already far too many sweet, lovable pets in need of homes. Why add to those numbers with unplanned litters?
When it’s time for you to bring a new pet into your home, look at rescues and animal shelters before going through a breeder or pet store. While there definitely are some great breeders out there, there are unfortunately many unscrupulous ones as well. Make sure you aren’t padding the pockets of someone who is exploiting innocent animals for profit.
If you know of an animal that needs help, contact local authorities. Generally, you should be able to do this anonymously. This will help ease any concerns about retaliation.
These days, many brands are moving away from animal testing and animal-sourced products. Choose cruelty-free brands when shopping. You can find a great list online here .
When you adopt a pet, you’re promising to care for that animal for the rest of its life. Don’t adopt if you aren’t ready for that type of commitment. Animals that get rehomed can easily end up in bad situations. If you ever do need to rehome a pet, work with a shelter or rescue, and ask a rehoming fee.
We are glad to see the penalties for animal cruelty becoming much harsher in many places. That said, there’s still a ways to go. Show your support by voting for and spreading the word about legislations that help fight animal cruelty.
Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your local Tipp City, OH veterinary clinic, today!