Happy New Year! Please make a New Year's resolution that will help animals in 2013. Here are some ideas.
- Adopt; don’t buy. Animal shelters are filled with dogs and cats waiting for a home. The economic crisis has forced some families to give up their pets. Adopting from shelters and rescue groups saves a life and prevents the misery of dogs housed as breeding stock at puppy mills. Most animals for sale at pet stores and online come from these abusive puppy mills.
- Get involved in efforts to protect animals.
- Go to humanesociety.org to sign up for email alerts and to learn more about the needs of animals in your community and around the world.Don’t buy fur or fur-trimmed garments.
- Spay or neuter your pet to reduce pet overpopulation, and tell your friends and family about the benefits of this simple and life saving procedure.
- Volunteer your time to help your local animal shelters and rescue groups.
- Be prepared for when disaster strikes. Have a plan to evacuate with your pet if natural or human-caused disaster hits your community.
- Be cruelty-free: purchase only cosmetics and personal care products that have not been tested on animals.