Summer is here, and perhaps you're going to
be doing what lots of Americans will be doing this year -- staying home.
Maybe it's time to clean up the backyard and pretend it's a resort. Tie
up a hammock, water the grass, buy some patio furniture, invite over the
neighbors (or not). Could it be the one thing that's missing in this
little pipe dream is a brand new puppy for the family. Wouldn't
everybody just love that. It's a special time in our lives when the new
dog comes home.
And you might not know
this, but the local animal shelters are over-crowded this year. As
financial times get rougher, pets suffer too. Wouldn't you please
consider bringing one of those lovable creatures home with you?
times can be very difficult for lost, stray or abandoned pets too.
Here's a list of reminders from the ASPCA from their Spring 2009 print
Top 10 ways you
can prevent animal cruelty
Be aware. Look out for the animals in
your neighborhood and watch for signs of abuse.
1. Learn to recognize the signs of cruelty:
-tick or flea infestation
-patches of missing hair or thin, starving animals
-animals who are limping or appear to have untreated wounds
-an owner striking or otherwise physically abusing an animal
-dogs who are repeatedly left alone without food and water, chained up
in a yard to kept outside without shelter
-animals who cower or act aggressively when approached by their owners
3. Know who to call. For
more info see www.fightcruelty.org
4. Provide facts, get details so you can assist an investigating officer
5. Call or write your local law enforcement department
6. Know you state’s cruelty laws
7. Right for stronger laws by joining the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade,
8. Set a good example for others
9. Talk to your kids about how to treat animals with kindness and
10. Support your local shelter or rescue organization