- Donate supplies to animal shelters such as pet food, toys, supplies, cat litter, and newspaper to line cages.
- Help feed, water, groom, walk and play with the animals in a shelter.
- Acquire an emergency bag for your pet.
Area animal shelters have a supply of disaster bags, provided by the
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. These bags
are waterproof and contain a checklist of items needed for your pets in a
disaster. There is also a brochure in the bags that gives you
information on how to be prepared in an emergency to take care of your
- Finding a pet. Consider
adopting your next pet from one of the many abandoned and orphaned
animals in Spokane’s animal shelters. These animals are licensed,
spayed or neutered, and given a free vet check. Owners are also given
instructions and advice. Acquiring a pet through adoption helps prevent
abuse and cuts down on the community’s strays
- Photograph adoptable pets and share the pictures with the public.
- Consider passing legislation that requires pet stores to sell dogs and cats from shelters and rescue groups only. More than 100 cities and counties in the U.S. have passed similar laws, which are meant to help more rescued pets find homes. Each year, shelters across the U.S. take in more than 7 million dogs and cats, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). About 2.6 million of those animals don’t get adopted and are put to sleep.
“There are so many animals that are available for adoption in our animal shelters that need loving homes,” says Katy Tang, the lawmaker who sponsored San Francisco’s new law.
The reason for the ruling is that most dogs and cats seen in pet-shop windows come from breeders who sell them to the stores. Many breeders take good care of their animals. But some breeders run what are known as puppy and kitten mills, where they raise hundreds of animals at a time in cramped, dirty spaces. The animals often go without enough food or water, or proper medical treatment. Tang says San Francisco’s new law is meant to send a message to any breeders who treat animals cruelly. “You’re not welcome here if you are engaged in the practice of churning out animals for profit,” she says. (Scholastic News Edition 5/6, March 27, 2017)
Connect to local rescues above.