There are many steps that you can take to prevent animal cruelty, abuse and neglect from taking place and to help protect animals.
Be a responsible pet owner
Know the animal welfare laws. Research and provide your animal companion what s/he needs. Give your companion animal positive experiences to enhance his/her overall well-being.
Be an example of kindness to other animals. Foster an animal that has suffered some form of animal cruelty or has been surrendered. Sadly, many animals are relinquished to rescues and shelters for various reasons. Foster homes help these animals to recover and prepare them to move onto a new, permanent loving home.
Teach your children to have respect for animals. Set a good example by being respectful towards animals. Show children how to treat animals with kindness and care. Help them to grow up to become the next generation of advocates for animals.
Learn about how animal cruelty and abuse are closely linked to domestic violence and other crimes. By reporting your suspicions, you may also be helping both the animal in need and the family concerned.
Educate people around you about the importance of being kind to animals. Animals have legal and ethical rights to live lives free from cruelty, and we have a responsibility to do what we can to help them by providing proper care and reporting suspected cruelty.
Offer help to people who are overwhelmed with their animals. Animals aren’t necessarily neglected out of a lack of love. An animal custodian may not have the resources to provide an animal with proper care. Help you give to an animal in need may help a human in need too.
Make sure the animals in your care are treated by animal care professionals. Establish good relationships with licensed and reputable veterinarians, groomers, trainers, farriers and all those that you and your animals depend on to live more quality lives. Please spay/neuter/geld and please make sure required and beneficial vaccinations are up to date and please chip or ensure your animals have proper identification in case they get lost.
Keep a list of contacts available in case of emergency or assistance.