By Helen Broadley for FidoActive
Thanks to Kati Blake of lifestyle.allwomenstalk.com for reminding us of ways to support “Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month”. Anybody can help and every little counts – it can take as little as a minute of our time and doesn’t have to cost a cent. You can literally raise spirits within a dreary office, as you raise awareness for this worthy cause or even turn your pre-planned hike into a sponsored fund-raiser.
One great example is the group of kids from “Skyridge High National Honor Society”, who volunteered last month at the “Friends In Need Animal Rescue” located in Eagle Mountain. They spent hours raking all of the weeds on one side of the property where they are trying to make a garden for the animals.
Many rescue centers such as this these are no-kill animal sanctuaries, simply dedicated to ensuring the welfare of all animals. Through education, a strong network and community support, they are committed to finding all animals a safe and loving homes. They operate entirely on sponsors and public donations, but often there is no substitute for an extra pair of helping hands – and I promise it will be as much a rewarding experience for you!eed – some of our friends need a home, some need special medical attention. Our goals are to continue community and veterinary education and the welfare of all animals.
We currently have a wonderful group of animals you won’t find at most rescues. We have cats and dogs and rabbits of course, but we also have horses, sheep, pigs, turkeys, chickens, ducks, llamas, emus and pygmy goats!
We do our best to care for as many animals as possible in whatever way they need it most.
Read on below for Kati’s ideas – I’m sure you’ll have lots of ideas of your own and we’d love to hear about any fund-raising events you’ve completed. We’d also be delighted to advertise any up-coming events for dog charities or rescue centers – just send us an email with details (& we love photos!) via the ‘Contact Us’ tab on our website http://www.fidoactive.com/contact.php
#1. TAKE THE PLEDGE…
This year, the ASPCA has launched a pledge which aims to make more people aware of the plight of some animals, and garner support.
It costs nothing to sign and share, and really sends a message that you are on board with supporting this cause.
The higher the signatures, the more the ASPCA can hope to get in funding after Prevention of Cruelty to Animals month, too.
You can sign it here: aspca.org
#2. GO ORANGE…
Orange is the color of this year’s ASPCA campaign, and you can go orange in any way you like.
Encourage your work to allow you all to add something orange to your outfit, make your social media orange, buy an orange support t-shirt, buy your pet an orange collar or bowl, decorate your home or office with orange ribbons… Anything that shows off your support, and gets others’ attention.
I’m busy making orange cupcakes right now!
#3. FIND YOUR LOCAL SHELTER…
If you’ve got some time to spare, whether as a one-off or on a regular basis, get in touch with some local shelters and see if you can help out.
Whether it’s taking a dog for a walk, playing with the cats, doing home visits or making feeds, you could make a big difference, and you’ll get a really proud feeling of achievement afterwards.
It’s well worth the effort, and you get to meet some adorable animals, too!
Okay, so if you were going to get a new animal, you’ve probably already thought about adopting.
Adopting an animal gives it another chance at life, and is often much cheaper than buying from a breeder.
It also means you can skip the bite-y, destructive puppy stage, and get a reliable, older friend who is already trained
Give a few rescues a visit, and see if your new family member is just waiting for you.
#5. SKIP PUPPY STORES…
For the month of April, boycott any stores that sell puppies.
Puppies that are sold from stores come from puppy farms, where dogs are bred continuously until they die. The dogs are never health tested, and the puppies often live in hideous conditions.
It’s no wonder that there’s such a lot of death and illness. Even if you only usually stock up on supplies or food, you are supporting the farming.
Boycott for April, and let the store know why. Then keep it going, if you can, and save more puppies from this horrible fate.
#6. BECOME AN ANIMAL ACTIVIST…
Research who deals with animal cruelty cases in your area, and write to them telling them that animal cruelty cases are a priority, and should be dealt with quickly and effectively.
Make the information needed to report animal cruelty in your area well-known, by posting it on your website, or putting it on a “neighbourhood” site, and consider setting up an animal watch team that reports any cases of suspected animal abuse.
It’s surprising how many cases go unreported each year – and it’s better to be reported twice than not at all!
#7. DO SOMETHING CRAZY…
Take on a challenge, and raise some money. It might sound overdone, nut it’s so rewarding!
Try getting sponsored to go white-water rafting, have a pet show, run a marathon, sell animal fete tickets, have an orange bake sale.
Any amount of money helps and groups such as Brownies and Scouts can often raise money and learn new skills at the same time
If you don’t have any free time to do something physical to help support Prevention of Cruelty to Animals month, try to spend 5 minutes to read up on the key signs of animal abuse, and teach your children how to behave around and respect animals instead.
Helen Broadley is co-founder of FidoActive, a small business of life-long dog owners and dog lovers who have been motivated, by their own experiences, to create superior, all-natural products that promote good health in all canine companions. Helen has been surrounded by dogs since her childhood and been a dog parent all her adult life – from pedigrees to mutts – but she loves them all the same!
She regularly volunteers at animal rescue centers, often having that as her main vacation activity. FidoActive also supports the amazing work of many community rescue shelters across the USA through product donations, to help get their furry residents in tip-top condition whilst waiting for their forever home.
You can find out more about FidoActive and their all-natural products on their website: www.fidoactive.com
Fido means faithful & loyal– a quality that your dog gives unconditionally
Active is what we want every dog to be!