Follow these top ASPCA tips for fighting animal cruelty:
- Be aware. Look out for animals in your neighborhood, and call if you suspect a problem.
- Learn to recognize cruelty. Possible signs include wounds, extreme thinness, or dogs chained without food or water.
- Know who to call. Visit www.aspca.org/stateanticruelty to find out who has the power to investigate in your hometown.
- Provide as much information as possible, including type of cruelty, date, time, and who was involved.
- Call you local law enforcement unit. Animal cruelty is a CRIME â€“ and the police MUST investigate.
- Know your stateâ€™s anti-cruelty laws. Visit www.aspca.org/statelaws.
- Fight for strong anti-cruelty laws. Join the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade at www.aspca.org/lobby.
- Set a good example. Show pets the love and good care they deserve.
- Talk to your kids. Education plants the seeds of kindness early.
- Support your local shelter or rescue group. Volunteer you time, foster a shelter animal, or donate money, food, or supplies.
Source: ASPCA Action. â€œApril is Anti-Cruelty Month!â€. Spring 2007 pg. 5