It is hard to understand why any person would abuse and neglect their pet but it sadly happens. According to American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® (ASPCA) approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year. Furthermore, about 3.3 million are dogs and 3.2 million are cats.
ASPCA has been working for 150 years to end abuse and neglect of animals. Annually April is the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals® (ASPCA) month. Throughout April ASPCA urges that we all get involved, donate and raise awareness of animal cruelty. ASPCA created a list of how you can help raise money for our furry little pals.
- Commemorate Dog Fighting Awareness
Saturday, April 8, marks the annual National Dog Fighting Awareness Day. The ASPCA designated this day to further advance the conversation about dog fighting, and to encourage animal-lovers across the country to take action against this brutal form of cruelty. This year, you can add your voice to this cause by joining Sir Patrick Stewart for our Get Toughcampaign: Sign our pledge and share your selfie!.
- Start Your Own Fundraising Campaign
Join Team ASPCA and create a customized, personal fundraising page for an important event or furry friend in your life. Then, share your page with your friends and family! Whether you’re donating your birthday, honoring the memory of a beloved pet or getting active with Team ASPCA’s Virtual 5K, the money you raise could make a huge difference in the lives of animals in need.
- Help a Horse
To all the “neigh-sayers,” ASPCA has not forgotten about their equine friends and gearing up for ASPCA Help a Horse Day on Wednesday, April 26. Join them in honoring our nation’s horses by supporting the ASPCA and your local horse rescue in the fight to end equine cruelty and neglect, or by attending a Help a Horse Day event in your community. The full list of Help a Horse Day events is coming soon.
- Make Adoption Your First Option ®
Looking for a furry family member? Shelters have immense numbers of lovable dogs and cats of all shapes, sizes and ages who are looking for loving homes. So, please make adoption your first choice. Check out their nationwide database of dogsand cats who are looking for good homes, or if you are local to New York City, visit the ASPCA Adoption Center.
- Show Your Support Online
During April, use Your Facebook page, Instagram, Twitter account or personal blog to spread the word about Prevention of Cruelty to Animals month—and be sure to tag us at @ASPCA in your posts! If you don’t already, follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Remember, if you are in the market for a new pet look into adopting before going to a breeder. To donate to the ASPCA click here. For more information about April’s events or more information about ASPCA click here.