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Supporting Your Local Animal Shelter

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Supporting Your Local Animal Shelter by Kerry AnderlikI firmly believe that in order to solve the animal overpopulation crisis, we need to support PETA’s efforts to actively educate people about the need for spaying and neutering and back its work to stop breeders and puppy mills from bringing more dogs and cats into a world where there are already millions of animals who desperately need homes.

That said, I also think that one of the most important things that we can do as animal activists is to develop a relationship with and support our local animal shelters. Many of us are not in a situation that allows us to adopt more animals, but we can certainly help ensure that the animals at our local animal shelters receive the food, shelter, and care that they deserve.

I belong to a local group called Animal Advocates of the Inland Northwest, and together we volunteer at our local animal shelters. We donate food, litter, and toys; make a point to participate in their fundraising, adoption, and spay/neuter events; and help out by walking the dogs who are staying in the animal shelters. We religiously donate to their spay-and-neuter programs and work together as a group to speak out against cruelty to animals.

In turn, the animal shelter employees and volunteers started attending our meetings and vegan potlucks and became very interested in our cruelty-free recipes. Now they even offer vegan options at their fundraising banquets and include our vegan literature in the goody packs at their events!

I think that by working together, we can broaden the animal rights agenda and help to ensure that there is a safe and loving place in each and every community for animals who await their forever home. How are you working to stem the animal overpopulation crisis in your own community?

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    Marion Martin says...

    July 22nd, 2011, 5:57 pm

    I totally agree with PETA about neuturing and spaying. There are so many unwanted animals already, and if the population could be cut down the animals that already do not have a home, might be lucky enough to be adopted in the future. Please help.

    Jennifer Tergin says...

    July 22nd, 2011, 7:12 pm

    I am a supporter of my local shelter as well. I was upset by the sign that was always on the front door saying “The shelter is full. No cats can be accepted at this time.” So last year myself and two friends started a trap-neuter-release program called Wild Things – Feral Feline Fix. We work with individuals who feed stray and feral cats to keep their numbers under control, and to prevent more unwanted litters from being brought to the shelter. Every Sunday we set traps baited with cat food and catch as many stray and feral cats as we can. We then take them to our vet to be spayed/neutered and vaccinated against rabies. While they are under anesthesia their ear it “tipped” meaning the top edge of their ear is cut off, so that we can identify them as a cat we have already caught. We have “fixed” 147 cats to date. And I like to believe that we are keeping our shelter’s euthanasia rates down.

    Patty Bowers says...

    July 30th, 2011, 12:40 pm

    Yes, and PETA has wonderful leaflets about Puppy Mills and things you can pass out to everyone you know and leave in waiting rooms, bank cannisters, store shelves, post offices,~EVERYWHERE!
    Also, be careful of stuffed toys like in the photo w/ this article as dogs can choke on the synthetic filling, get permanent coughs, choke or have problems from pulling off the button eyes and decorations, etc. Those toys should never be given to dogs.
    Patty B.

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