Prevent Animal Cruelty and Keep Pets Safe at Easter 🐰 πŸ₯š

April is a good time to celebrate our pet friends. Spring is finally here! If you’ve been indoors too long, it’s time to get outside. Enjoy a long walk with your favorite pet and shake off the winter doldrums.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) offers a few ideas to prevent animal cruelty, encourage pet adoption, and help rescue horses.

The ASPCA reminds us that April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month.

Each year, the ASPCA celebrates raising awareness about animal issues. Awareness is a good way to educate potential pet adopters, pet foster parents, children and families about important animal issues.


Shelby the older rescue dog (photo: @SocialClaude)

Anyone can help their local rescue or shelter group. And the ASPCA offers a list of ideas to help animals everywhere.

Adopt and Save A Life

The ASPCA created an excellent campaign to support rescue and shelter pets. Make Adoption Your First Option is a way to help animals in your community find a forever home. If you’re looking for a new four-legged family member, shelters and rescue groups have an assortment of lovable cats and dogs.

Please avoid puppy mills and make adoption your first choice. The ASPCA has a nationwide database of dogs and cats who are looking for good homes. Adopt a rescue and save a life.



Start a Fundraising Campaign

Fundraising can be fun! Create a personal ASPCA fundraising page to celebrate a fun event (birthday, last day of school, vacation week) in your life or in your pet’s life. Share the link with family and friends.

A great idea is to start a campaign around National Pet Adoption Weekend, from April 11 through April 14. Any money you raise can make a big difference for animals in need.


Ollie the cat (photo: @SocialClaude)

Commemorate Dog Fighting Awareness

National Dog Fighting Awareness Day is April 8. The ASPCA hopes to encourage “conversation about dog fighting and to encourage animal-lovers across the country to take action against this brutal form of cruelty.”

Also, add your voice and join the ASPCA’s Break the Chain campaign against dog fighting.



Help a Horse

For all the horse lovers out there, the ASPCA will celebrate Help a Horse Day on Sunday, April 26.

National Help a Horse Day will be a day to celebrate and bring awareness and advocacy for abused and neglected horses. Make plans to help a local horse rescue in the fight to end equine cruelty.



Source: April Is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month!

Pet Safety Moment: Keep Kitties Safe at Easter

April also means that Easter is on the way. Cats are naturally curious and they love plants and flowers. But some plants are hazardous to your pet’s health.

Pet owners should be alert to two varieties of Easter lilies: Asiatic Lilies and Daylilies. These types of lilies are common and toxic if ingested by a cat.


Asiatic Lilies (Lilium sp.) (source: aspca.org/news/getting-bottom-dangers-easter-lilies)

Asiatic Lilies are festive and colorful lilies grown outdoors throughout the United States. Their colors include yellow, white, orange, pink and red. Asiatic Lilies are very popular during Easter.


Daylilies (Hemerocallis sp.)

Daylilies are also very colorful with grassy leaves around the flowers.

Asiatic Lilies and Daylilies are highly toxic to cats. Any small piece of the plant – stem, leaves, roots, pollen, water from the plants – are toxic to cats. Ingestion causes kidney failure.

If your cat ingests these plants, call the veterinary hospital right away. Early and aggressive treatment can prevent kidney failure. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center is a 24/7 service and you can call (888) 426-4435.

Best pet safety tip: If cats are in your home, avoid bringing these Easter lilies into your house.

Source: Getting to the Bottom of the Dangers of Easter Lilies

Thanks for reading!
Dr. Pet Mom

β€œWhoever saves a life, saves the world entire.”
–The Talmud

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