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.
NOTE: Please follow the 30 Days To Slow The Spread guidelines when you are outdoors.
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.
Adopting Rabbits at Easter
Rabbits are wonderful family pets. But rabbits require as much care as a dog or cat.
Rabbits live up to 10 years and are high-maintenance animals. They need a special diet and a safe living space. Rabbits can be domestic or wild. They are prey animals, something to keep in mind if you have cats or large animals as pets.
Before you adopt a rabbit, do your research and read books like the House Rabbit Handbook by Marinell Harriman. This book is a guide on the proper care and attention needed to successfully own a rabbit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pet Safety: 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.
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 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.
Thanks for reading!
Dr. Pet Mom
“Whoever saves a life, saves the world entire.”