What are some things people can do right away to improve the Welfare of Animals in their area?
I think the number one thing animal owners in my area can do is one, spay or neuter their animals. Another thing that many people aren't too fond of is vaccinations. It is very important to have your puppy or any other animal vaccinated and to keep up with the annual vaccines. Make sure the vaccines come from a trusted source i.e. local veterinary clinic. Many times people make the mistake of getting vaccines from places like Tractor Supply, sometimes they may work, but they often aren't as effective. A very common virus that puppies get is called Parvo, which is lethal if not treated. All of which can be eliminated with a sinple vaccine.
Something else people can do for the welfare of their animals is make sure they have adequate shelter. Many people say "well they have fur, they're not cold if they're an outside animal" which is wrong on so many levels.. Having an animal is a full time job, they shouldn't be left outside or chained up, I consider them a part of my family, and I certainly wouldn't want a part of my family chained up outside freezing. All in all, these are all simple things that can be changed overnight if people would just consider their animal as something more than just that, an animal.
While spay/neuter and shots are critical to the health of your pets, it is equally critical to do a few other things, too.
When you transport them, do so safely, either in travel crates, or with restraint harnesses that can be attached to the seat belts in the car.
NEVER drive with your fur-child in your lap or carry them in the lap of a passenger; this is for the same reason that you do not do this with small children.
Good quality food is important as well. Read the labels and avoid anything that starts with things like corn or any thing that is (insert meat) meal.
Start with these sites for references:
http://www.the-puppy-dog-place.com/dog- … tings.html
http://www.care2.com/greenliving/pet-po … foods.html
http://www.care2.com/greenliving/top-th … -dogs.html
And equally important, make sure that your dog is trained and socialized to both people AND other dogs. Dog parks are great for that.
Obey all of the animal regulations in your area.
And last, but not least, is the importance of lots of love and affection for your pet.
Forget that and nothing else matters.
Spay and vaccinate all you want, you only own so many animals personally. If you really want to make a difference in the lives in animals, please consider volunteering your time at local animal shelters, pounds, wildlife hospitals, or adoption agencies. Animal groups are routinely volunteer-powered organizations, and they typically welcome any responsible help that they can get.
The animals will undoubtedly thank you for the help as well.
Foster pets, pick up strays and find them a new home, donate to local pet charities or the local SPCA
Be responsible pet owners by taking their dog for training with a positive reinforcement trainer, keep their pet contained and leashed according to local leash laws, spay or neuter their pet to prevent unwanted litters, volunteer at a local shelter, pick up after their pets, teach their children about dogs and bite prevention, keep cats indoors.
If you live in Missouri, you can call your state senator and ask them to vote NO! on SB 666.
http://www.pubwages.com/21/supporters-o … eat-sb-666
It is a bad law that would cause great harm to non-human primates in the state of Missouri. If you want to know what are the criteria by which SB666 is judged bad legislation, read this hub:
http://aya-katz.hubpages.com/hub/How-to … egislation
Thanks for helping!
We should do all we can to take care of our animals and any that we see that needs help.. and the animal shelters are a good start to help out at.. I have a friend that all she does is look for strays.. she has a lot of land fenced in.. She is an awesome lover of animals.
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