If you’re a pet owner—and especially if you’re reading this—then you probably already know
April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month. But just in case you didn’t, you can jump in and
do your part in raising awareness of cruelty to dogs, cats and other animals in many important
Wear orange, deck your pet in an orange accent, post the color on social media—just taking
this small step and showing off your support of this great cause in the brightest of ways is an
easy way to spread the word.
If you come across any instances of animal cruelty or potential neglect, report it right away. The
most obvious outlet for reporting is the local animal control group in your area, but any
taxpayer-funded animal shelter is an appropriate option as well.
Rather than just reporting, consider volunteering at a local shelter as well. These groups are
often in need of donors or volunteers, and whether it’s a few hours here and there, going all
the way and adopting a pet, or simply giving a few extra dollars in a good month (donations can
also be things like toys or chews), any and all support is welcome and goes a long way to
preventing and addressing animal cruelty.
Perhaps the most effective way to prevent animal neglect is by pairing them with the right
owners. The more we can find safe, loving homes for our animals, the more resources we can
dedicate to helping solve other cases that may be out there. Plus, adopting a pet rather than
purchasing one is a huge step in reversing trends of animal cruelty, no matter where you live.
We’re all on social media these days, so take a moment to use your account for some additional
good. Post about ongoing efforts for pets who are at risk, or acknowledge the amazing efforts
of individuals or groups who are making a difference. Any awareness is good awareness, and
the more the better.
It’s important to help people understand how widespread the issue of animal cruelty and
neglect really is. In fact, many cases of animal cruelty are never reported, but current stats
indicate an overwhelming majority of reported cases involve cruelty against dogs. Every little
bit of knowledge helps, and any help you or others can give is incredibly meaningful, and very
likely rewarding, too. If you’re interested in learning even more, visit the ASPCA page