Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month: 4 Ways to Get Involved

Animals can’t speak out against abuse, so it’s up to us to keep them safe.


April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals month, and there are a lot of ways for you to get involved:

  1. Puppy mills, animal abuse or dog fighting rings can occur anywhere at any time, and it’s important to report these actions if you see them. If you are unsure what actions are considered cruelty, check out this list of warning signs. Cruelty toward animals can often lead to harm to people, so educate yourself, neighbors and family members to recognize the signs and how to report them.
  2. Calling or writing your local legislators can help push for stronger penalties for animal abusers.
  3. Volunteering or raising money for a local shelter or rescue can help them help injured animals. You might also consider fostering an animal who needs a temporary home during recovery.
  4. Consider keeping a first aid kit at home and in your car in case an animal needs assistance, and program phone numbers of local animal hospitals or veterinarians in your mobile and home phones.

April is about promoting animal welfare, adoption and preventing cruelty to animals.

Share this with your friends and family, and show your support by wearing orange (the ASPCA’s signature color) or changing your social media icons to share this important cause.

Kristine Lacoste

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Kristine Lacoste, editor in chief of Petful, is an author, poet and pet lover from Louisiana. She is the author of an award-nominated book, One Unforgettable Journey, and was host of a weekly pet news segment on the National K-9 Academy Radio Show. She was the New Orleans coordinator for Dogs on Deployment, a nonprofit that helps military members and their pets, for 3 years. She is also employed as chief operating officer for a large mental health practice in Louisiana. Kristine has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a bachelor’s degree in English and a Master of Business Administration degree.

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