Love our Four-Legged Friends

Your DGB for today is to help prevent animal cruelty.

April is Prevent Animal Cruelty month and the ASPCA has a number of ways you can take action to ensure the safety of animals in your area. Check out their Alerts & Events page for a state by state breakdown of current animal safety advocacy. They have action items such as donating, supporting/objecting to bills in the legislature, adopting a pet, volunteering, and more!

The Humane Society has put out a fact sheet about animal cruelty and the information is quite shocking. Did you know that dogs are the most likely animal to be abused? That there is a also a high correlation between animal abuse and domestic violence? And that dog fighting and cock fighting are still a significant concern in many states? 

Whether you’re a horse person, a dog person, a cat person or all of the above, animals need our protection. So, before you take animal protection vigilantism into your own hands and throw red paint on your neighbor’s faux fur parka, take a minute to check in with the ASPCA for ideas that really work to protect our most loving companions.


Spay Day

Your DGB for today is to support the Humane Society’s World Spay Day and help reduce the number of homeless pets.

The U.S. has an estimated 6 to 8 million homeless animals entering shelters every year. Fewer than half of those animals are adopted, which means almost 3 million healthy cats and dogs are euthanized yearly. Spaying and neutering is the most effective way to reduce that number. It can also help behavioral problems and make them live longer. Visit the ASPCA to find low-cost spay and neuter programs and schedule one for your pet, if necessary. If you don’t have a pet, or your pet is already spayed or neutered, share this Grab with the hashtag #WorldSpayDay on social media.

You can also browse the “pets” section of your local Craigslist and report anyone selling litters of puppies or kittens, as these unregulated transactions are not only against their terms of service, but are often illegal puppy and kitten mills.

Many vet clinics provide free or reduced spay and neuter services for World Spay Day, so make Bob Barker proud because that price is right.