State By State No-Kill Shelters and Adoption Centers

When people adopt an animal, many don’t think about the shelter the animal comes from – they’re too excited about getting another family member. While this is definitely understandable, everyone should find out as much as they can about the shelter they are thinking about adopting from.

There are two kinds of animal shelters: kill and no-kill. Many animal shelters are “kill” shelters. This means that they euthanize animals that have been in the shelter for a long time to make room for new animals coming in. No-kill shelters don’t euthanize [...]

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Adoption and Care For a Rescued Animal

For animal lovers, there can be nothing as sad as the idea that animals throughout the world are in need of a caring home. While it may not be possible to save every animal, there are a few things a person can do to take care of the animals in their own community. One of the best ways to reduce animal cruelty is to take in an animal through an adoption service so that at least one more animal can be provided with a good home. For those who are interested in adopting an animal, here are a few tips [...]

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Animal Abuse Prevention on the Community Level

Animal abuse and cruelty stories have appeared in the media in shocking numbers is recent years. But for every story that we hear, there are others that remain silent. Stories that are never told or discovered. And the victims continue to suffer.

Why should communities get involved? Animal cruelty is linked to other serious and even deadly crimes such as domestic violence. So, preventing animal abuse is a smart step toward an overall crime prevention plan in your neighborhood. What [...]

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Suspect Someone You Know?

If you suspect someone you know is guilty of animal cruelty there’s a lot you can do. Before you jump the gun and get the law involved consider taking one of the following steps to begin with:
Talk to the Person: It’s possible this person doesn’t even know they’re doing anything wrong. Talk to them and offer solutions, say, if they constantly leave the dog home alone tell them to look into a security system or if they chain him up give them contact info for local dog walkers.
Call the ASPCA: The ASPCA is all about protecting animals and they can usually at least point you in the right direction if not help themselves. They’ll likely send someone out to the person’s home to check on the conditions and monitor it for further infractions before they get the law involved.
Offer to Adopt: As a last resort offer to adopt the dog you suspect is being mistreated. Perhaps the owner just can’t give it the care it deserves but it doesn’t want it to go to a kill shelter – offering it a loving home is a great first step.

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How to Become An Animal Rescue Foster Home

For those who want to volunteer and foster animals here is what you need to do; in order to be the main caregiver you must be 18 years old. People under the age of 18 years old can help the animals at their homes and some schools will use that for school credit.

Being in the local area, there are several places where you can foster an animal. People can start by going to the humane society or local shelters. You can also look up fostering animals online, but those require you to be local or [...]

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Concepts of Kindness: Explaining Animal Cruelty Prevention to Children

Animal cruelty is a very serious problem that seems to be occurring more often. Each year, millions of animals die as a result of being abused. What is is really sad is that in many cases, animals are abused by their own owners. Parents can help stop this problem by explaining to their children early on that animal cruelty is wrong. Children are taught at a young age that they are to treat people the way that they want to be treated. Parents need to explain to their children that even though animals are not [...]

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Professional Careers and Volunteerism in Animal Rights

It breaks my heart when I hear of any animal being abused. Almost daily, we view tragic pictures in the news of animals, which have been deprived of food and water, or left in cages filled with their own waste. I have seen horses with their ribs sticking out, barely able to stand up. Puppy mills spring up overnight when people discover an easy way to make money. It amazes me that humans can be [...]

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What Type of Pet Owner Are You? A Self-Check

Many people have pet preferences. While some prefer felines other may prefer dogs and do like to deal with cats. Some like both. Yet others like to keep fish, snacks and other creatures such as spiders. After all a pet is a pet, right?

We are going to talk about the two most common pets that people tend to take into their homes and care for, namely dogs and/or cats.

Once one has grown attached to their pet they [...]

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