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10 Things You Can Do For April’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month

By Danielle Sullivan |

Did you know that April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals month? I admit I didn’t know until I saw a friend ‘like’ a photo on Facebook (which is also part of the campaign). As a pet writer, I hear everyday of innocent animals that are harmed and tortured at the hands of humans.

It is nothing but heartbreaking, and many days I just don’t want to read or see another tragic story, but I also know it is our duty as animal lovers to help put a stop to it. Every one of us can do our part. Animals are such pure and loving spirits; they deserve our love and protection.

The ASPCA has outlined simple things we can do to help bring awareness to this effort. Here are just a few (along with adorable shots of rescue animals courtesy of the ASPCA):

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  • 10 Things You Can Do NOW For Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' Month

    10 Things You Can Do NOW For Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' Month

  • Take the Pledge

    Take the Pledge

    Sign the ASPCA pledge to fight animal cruelty and encourage your friends to do the same.

  • Go Orange For Animals

    Go Orange For Animals

    Use your social media influence to bring awareness to the cause. Dedicate your MySpace page, Facebook status or blog to the ASPCA during the month of April and encourage your friends to spread the word about the month-long ‘Go Orange’ campaign! Check out my Facebook page to see how I am using the ‘Go Orange’ logo as my cover photo.

  • Support Your Local Animal Shelter

    Support Your Local Animal Shelter

    Join the ASPCA or a similar animal organization and find out what you can do to volunteer. Add an ASPCA badge to your blog.

  • Adopt

    Adopt

    If you have the means and are looking for a new pet, always adopt from a rescue animal. Give a homeless animal a second chance at life.

  • Don't Support Pet Stores That Sell Puppies

    Don't Support Pet Stores That Sell Puppies

    Even if you aren't buying a puppy from the store, and are only purchasing supplies from the store, you do not want to financially support any company that hurts animals. Stores that get dogs from puppy mills are directly helping keep cruel puppy mills thriving, so do not patronize them.

  • Become an Animal Activist

    Become an Animal Activist

    Call or write your local law enforcement officials. Let them know that animal cruelty is a crime and investigating these cases should be a priority.

  • Inform Your Neighbors

    Inform Your Neighbors

    Hang posters about Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ month in public places like your library, school, gym and office.

  • Then Ask What They Will Do To Help

    Then Ask What They Will Do To Help

    Call your city council and find out how to get prominent buildings and landmarks to light up orange—it could be your town hall, local businesses, schools, libraries, museums, baseball fields, you name it. Let them know that last year New York, Chicago and many other cities lit up—even Niagara Falls went orange.

  • Begin Your Own Effort

    Begin Your Own Effort

    Create your own grassroots event, inviting friends and family to sponsor your efforts on behalf of the ASPCA. Whether you decide to run a marathon for animals, plan a pet parade or have an orange bake sale, your grassroots fundraising efforts will help us achieve our goal to end animal cruelty and find permanent, loving homes for America’s adoptable pets.

  • Donate

    Donate

    Give what you can to your local animal organization. If you can't afford money, you can offer blankets, pet food, cleaning supplies, or even a used car. Get your company involved in corporate gifts or start an office donation pool. Find out what they need first, and then give what you can.

Images: ASPCA

Follow Danielle on Twitter and Facebook and Pinterest (where she maintains an ‘Adorable Pups’ board), or find her at her blog, Just Write (Pet) Mom. 

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Danielle Sullivan writes for Babble Pets. She is also an award-winning parenting writer, who authors a monthly column for NY Parenting and ASPCA Parents blog. You can read more of her work at her blog,Some Puppy To Love. Read bio and latest posts → Read Danielle's latest posts →

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