In the United States and throughout the world, the number of underground dog fighting rings, pet trading, pet mills, hoarding and the illegal selling of animals online is on the rise. This means that more than ever, animals need people to stand up and speak up for them, especially as the number of animal cruelty cases continue to increase at alarming rates. The good news is there are effective ways you can meaningfully help reduce the pain and suffering precious animals experience that will have a positive and long lasting impact for the future of all animals.
Encourage friends and family to adopt pets from shelters and animal rescue groups. Each year over 6 million pets end up in shelters and shockingly more than half will not be adopted or will be euthanized due to lack of space in the shelter. If more people understood the advantages of adopting a pet instead of buying from a pet store or breeder, millions of homeless animals would have a chance of finding a home. The largest no-kill organization in Chicago, PAWS Chicago has hundreds of sweet and adorable pets that are looking for their forever homes.
If you suspect an animal is being abused report it immediately. Do not be afraid to report animal cruelty to local authorities because time is of the essence, also keeping in mind animal abuse is not only limited to physical abuse, but also neglect such as not giving an animal love, veterinary care, food, water and shelter. In the City of Chicago, in addition to the local police , the Commission on Animal Care and Control investigates reports of animal cruelty. Do not give business to pet stores that sell animals. Animals sold in pet stores come from an inhumane money making business called the pet trade which includes kitten and puppy mills, illegal international trade in wildlife, illegal breeding and the exotic pet trade. In a city as big as Chicago, there are a number of holistic locally owned pet supply stores that do not sell animals. To name a few, Kriser’s, Urbanimal and Bark Bark Club are holistic pet supply stores in Chicago that truly care about the welfare of all animals.
Even though this article only discussed a couple of ways to make a positive impact for the welfare of animals, please know there are hundreds of other ways to help animals. Animals are innocent and do not deserve to be abused so if you have a heart and love for the well being of these precious animals, now is the time to stand up and speak up for them.