April 24, 2018

April – Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month

Since we are deep in heart of April, this sounded like a great topic to discuss. Sadly there are many forms of cruelty to animals and it makes me happy that there is a month set aside to bring awareness to the topic of how we can help prevent it. With your help, one step at a time this one day could end.

Hot Weather Pet Safety

Previously I have blogged about cold weather, but with the warmer weather coming upon us, I thought bringing some hot weather tips would be of great importance to you and your pet. I know living in SouthWest Florida, anyone leaves a pet in their car is an automatic $500 fine. The residents down here will break car windows if they see a pet locked in a car. Right now, the temperature is around 85 – 88 degrees, there is no way a pet could survive those temps locked inside a car for any amount of time.

So, get this on an 85 degree day within a mere 10 minutes even with the window cracked open, the interior of the car will reach a stifling 102 degrees! Within 30 minutes that same car will reach 120 degrees, at this level, if you have a pet in the vehicle he will suffer organ damage and perish. I couldn’t imagine the suffering a pet goes through. Here are some ways you can help a pet in a locked in a hot car:

  • Take down the make, model, and license plate number of the car
  • If you are at a business, store, restaurant, have a manager call for the owner on a loudspeaker
  • If you are unable to find the owner, call the non-emergency number for the police or contact animal control, most people are allowed to save the animals from the car, but be sure to check the laws in your state
  • This video gives a great depiction of what it’s like to be left in a hot car

The best practice for this is to leave your pet at home.

Safety To Ensure a Healthy Pet

Here a list of safety tips that will ensure that your pet will be healthy and happy during the hot summer months ahead.

  • If you plan to travel, talk to your vet to come up with a plan first. Your pet will more than likely be spending time in the vehicle.
  • Access to fresh water inside and out is imperitive
  • Make sure your pet is free of fleas, ticks, and other parasites. There are many preventative treatments available.
  • Be sure you know the signs of heat stress.
  • A good rule of thumb, if you are hot, your pet is hotter.
  • Hot asphalt and concrete can burn your pet’s feet
  • Some dogs can benefit from a haircut, ask your vet first
  • If you run with your dog, please do it during the cooler times of day

Signs of heat stress are:

  • Anxiousness
  • Excessive Panting
  • Drooling
  • Unsteadiness
  • Abnormal gum color
  • They collapse  

These are a few tips to keep your pet happy and healthy and some information you can pass along to family and friends.

On to another topic.

Why do People Abandon Their Pets?

You want to know why people abandon their pets? It’s simple really, the number one reason is lack of training, which results in a dog being unruly with behavioral issues. Not the dog’s fault but yet he is the one ending up in a shelter or on the street to fend for himself. Of course this is only one reason, there are several reasons why and this little tidbit of info will explain those reasons. So when and if you decide to adopt a pet, please think of these issues first, it could lead to a lot less stress on the pet and keep them from ending up in a shelter or much worse, euthanasia because that pet will not be able to be re-homed.

Top Ten Reasons Pets Are Abandoned:

  • Lack of training – Leads to a pet that is unruly, not potty trained, not socialized
  •  Change in Lifestyle – Having a baby, losing an income,
  • Moving – Some people move into a new house and do not want the mess of a pet, others rent and cannot have a pet
  • Time restraints – Not enough time for the pet, usually a kid wants the pet and then the “newness” wears off
  • Cost – Vet bills, grooming, food, toys, etc
  • Health Issues – Older pets require more trips to the vet involving higher costs, some owners simply choose to abandon
  • Biting – When a pet bites, this when a pet gets hauled off to the shelter, early training can avoid this
  • Too many pets at home – Some will be sacrificed and taken off to the shelter
  • Allergies – Somebody develops allergies, instead of using treatments for the allergies the pets are often abandoned
  • Strays – Strays will be taken in and if the owner isn’t found within a certain period they are taken to the local shelter
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Black Cat in a Shelter. Probably put there shortly after Halloween.

Like I stated above, take a look before you get a pet. It could help all involved.

Shelter Animals – Second Chance?

Not quite. Some of you might think when an animal is dropped off at the local animal shelter, they are given that second chance, but oh no you are sadly mistaken. The sad reality is thousands of companion pets are dropped off each day, some shelters work with research laboratories, some must euthanize healthy happy companion pets due to overcrowding. But, some do work with breed specific rescues where dogs such as pit bulls will get that second chance. Here is a brief rundown of some animal shelter statistics that might just grab your attention:

  • 6.5 million companion animals are surrendered to Animal Shelters each year
  • 1.5 million of those companion animals are euthanized
  • 3.2 million of those companion animals are adopted
  • Around 710,000 are reunited with their owners 
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Rows of cats in an Animal Shelter

It is comforting to know that the numbers are higher for adopting than euthanizing, but yet it still happens.

In Retrospect

The month of April is to reflect on the topic of animal cruelty and what we can do to help prevent it. Take heed in the warm weather tips and if you are thinking of purchasing/adopting a pet please be aware of your personal situation before doing so. It really can help prevent any future stress and unnecessary neglect in the future. If only more responsible pet owners had thought a little harder before purchasing their pet, maybe these animal shelters might not be as full as they are today.

It’s my pleasure to bring awareness to you and I encourage you to leave a comment below, I would be happy to respond.

Have a blessed day and thank you for visiting.

 

 

 

 

4 Comments

    • Yes it is, I believe it needs to be every month, but hey we can’t have everything right? Glad I was able to inform you, after all, that’s what this is all about!

      Best wishes,

      Kris

  • This is awesome, you are a real pet advocate, your article tells it all and i must thank you on behalf of all the pets out there for what you are doing for them, Yes most people own the pets but sometimes they forget they are all just like us only that they cant speak.(They feel pain & chocking too)
    I love your suggestion on Calling the police or animal control because at least by doing so we are sure our animals will be rescued in such circumstances.Thank you again for your wonderful post.

    • You are very welcome! I hope this article will become of some use to pet owners that do not realize in most states it is a crime to leave your pet alone in a hot car, not only is it against the law, it’s cruel to the pet. You wouldn’t like it, most certainly the animal will not like it.
      Thank you for reading!

      Kris

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