Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Blog the Change
Today we are participating in Blog the Change for Animals. It's a day where bloggers across the world highlight an issue relevant to animal welfare. We have chosen pet overpopulation.
Each year, millions of companion animals are euthanized for no other reason than that they have no home. It's a statistic which sends shivers down my spine. Some areas have more problems than others. Recently, one of my co-workers adopted a pet from Texas, where rescue groups frantically work to pull animals from overcrowded public agencies. Even the tiniest puppies and kittens are at risk as the clock ticks, ticks, ticks.
We've got to do something about pet overpopulation, and it will take each one of us to make a difference.
Here are some ways we can start:
1. Adopt from a shelter. Pets of all shapes, sizes, and breeds are waiting for someone like you to make them a part of your home and heart.
2. Spay and neuter your pets. She doesn't need to have "just one litter", and he will likely be healthier and live longer if neutered. Spay/neuters can also help minimize certain behavior problems. Most areas have low cost surgeries available if money is a problem. Check with your local shelter for specific information.
3. Don't allow your pets to run loose. Most areas have leash laws and who wants to pay the big bucks to bail Fido out of jail when he gets picked up for foraging in the neighbor's trash? Then there's cars, wild animals, and mean people. It's much safer for your pet to be with you.
4. Microchip your pet and be sure they wear tags with your contact information. It will help reunite you with your four-footed friend should he/she succeed in the Great Escape.
5. Consider volunteering or making a donation to your local shelter. These folks are saving lives every day and need your help. You can visit the shelter I support here.
Okay, I know we can do this. Let's make a difference for animals today and every day.
You've heard the message. Now go forth and do good!