10 Ways You Can Improve Animal Welfare

  • Educate friends and family about the importance of ADOPTION and not buying a puppy from pet shops.
    • Responsible breeders don’t usually send their puppies to pet shops.
    • The majority of puppies at pet shops come from puppy mills and while you might feel like you are saving that puppy, you are just opening a spot for another to fill.
    • An estimated 3.7 million unwanted pets are euthanized every year.
  • Share posts of adoptable dogs on Facebook – you never know if you have a friend or family member looking to adopt!
  • Spay or neuter every pet you own – we don’t need more homeless cats and dogs!
    • Reduces unwanted litters of puppies and kittens.
    • Reduces the risk of various cancers if done before the first heat cycle.
    • Help dogs and cats have a longer lifespan.
  • Volunteer your time at the local animal shelter or rescue organization.
    • Rescues are overloaded with unwanted animals and NEVER have enough volunteers. You can bring age appropriate kids to help too!
  • Educate your kids about responsible pet ownership and how to properly approach pets they don’t know.
    • Your kids are the next generation of pet owners, animal activists or those that could choose to abandon or even abuse an animal. Let’s make sure they contribute to the improvement of animal welfare as adults.
  • Consider sponsoring a homeless pet or making a monthly donation to your favorite animal rescue.
    • Don’t have the time to volunteer? Don’t have the ability to adopt a homeless pet? Sponsoring one is the perfect option for you! Sponsorships or monthly donations for as low as $20 per month make a HUGE difference.
  • Donate old blankets, towels and dog supplies – shelters ALWAYS need these items.
  • If you see a loose dog, see if you can find the owner! They will be very grateful and it’s one less dog in the shelters.
    • If it appears to be aggressive keep an eye on it and call animal control.
  • Report animal cruelty.
    • In Colorado, you can report animal cruelty to an Animal Control Officer in your county.
  • Take good care of your pet!
    • Make sure they are up-to-date on shots, wellness checks, get plenty of exercise and love!