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Dog Tip: 12 EASY Ways to Help Animals!

Just in time for holiday gift-giving and New Year's resolutions! Here are easy ways to help break the cycle of homeless animals.

  1. The "PET" Maryland vehicle license plates bearing a dog and cat along with the message "Spay and Neuter." Says Dolly Goldfarb, the volunteer and dog/cat foster caregiver who brought this program to PAW, the plates are an easy, effective way to spread the message of caring about pets. They also make a great gift for a family member. When people order these special license plates, $25 goes to the sponsoring animal welfare group, so it helps raise money for a good cause while publicly promoting something easy for every pet owner to do to help reduce the number of homeless companion animals. See the details at www.paw-rescue.org/sn_plate.html
  2. Use the new U.S. postage stamp that features photos of a dog and a cat along with the message "Neuter Spay." And, adds volunteer Dolly Goldfarb, packages of these stamps make a very practical and welcome gift.
  3. Donate some of your pet gifts and other supplies to a local shelter or animal welfare group.
  4. Some people who received cash gifts over the holidays are giving a portion to animal welfare.
  5. Sponsor a neuter or spay operation at a local low-cost shelter or for a pet owner who lacks the money to spay/neuter his or her pet. This suggestion comes from PAW volunteer Sarah Hinkle.
  6. Spend some time at your local animal shelter and give some needy dogs and cats attention, petting and exercise. They'll love it!
  7. Help a friend, relative or co-worker deal with a pet behavior issue or the challenge of helping a pet adjust to a life change (a move, a new baby, etc.). Give them a gift of one or two of the excellent books available, such as any listed on the Resources/book list on the PAW webpage http://www.paw-rescue.org/info.php. You can also print out relevant pet care tips and guides from PAW (http://www.paw-rescue.org/) and other websites. Volunteers Lawrie Rich and Ann Philips suggested this idea. Some groups such as PAW even offer free workshops. Encourage acquaintances to take advantage of free resources, and to see a vet and/or behaviorist-trainer for difficult problems.
  8. If you have a neighbor who is dealing with a tough temporary schedule, illness or other problem that is keeping him or her from spending enough time caring for a pet, offer to visit a few times a week. Dolly has helped exercise the pets of neighbors in need.
  9. Take opportunities to write letters to local media and government decision-makers to support animal welfare initiatives, responsible pet ownership and measures to stop animal cruelty. Most people are not aware of the number and plight of abandoned companion animals. Help educate people and make a difference.
  10. If you see a neighbor engaging in practices that endanger the health and safety of his or her animal, do something positive. Gather information from the internet (there's plenty on the PAW website) and humane organizations, and share it in a supportive manner that will help counter the defensiveness that some people have. Perhaps the people engage in the practices out of ignorance. With your help, they will finally have a chance to learn another, better way to care for their animals. In cases in which the animal is truly suffering, and the people reject suggestions to help the animal, call your local animal control agency. It is better to take action than to let the animal suffer.
  11. Encourage an animal-loving friend or co-worker to join you in volunteering at an animal welfare group event...or two...or three....
  12. Be kind to animals and be kind to people.


For more of Robin's Dog Tips, see the index at:  www.paw-rescue.org/PAW/dog_tips.php

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Last Updated: April 26, 2018 (LET) PawSupport