Stray Animals Affect Everyone
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There are two types of people in the world: people who love animals and people who don’t. The funny thing is taking care of animals is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone is responsible for making sure animals are off the street, spayed and neutered so there aren’t more puppies and kitties than we have homes for, properly medicated with flea and tick medication and up to date on immunizations. Otherwise, they cause problems for EVERYONE, whether you love animals or not, it might be your children who are bitten by a stray that could have been prevented, if people did their part to help with this problem. It might be your dog who is attacked with fleas and ticks because a stray dog came a little too close. It’s everyone’s problem.
Unfortunately, people seem to have the favorite saying, “someone should do something about that!” Not realizing that it takes everyone to work towards a solution. So here are 5 ways we can give back to our furry friends.
- Donate to animal shelters
“Someone should do something about this.” Animal shelters are doing something, they take our furry friends in off the street, give them their immunizations and and get them spayed and neutered, but they need our help. Often, they need help walking dogs, cleaning and organizing. They also need donations, such as Flea and Tick Medication, cat food, dog food, Soft Bedding, Scratching Pad, leashes and cleaning supplies. They might have a specific kind of product they buy, so contact them before you buy anything.Replenishing Oklahoma is hosting an animal shelter supply drive for several animal shelters including the list below. If you’re from out of state, I encourage you to take action to help your local shelters. Some have Amazon Wishlists that make it very easy to donate.In Stillwater:
Tiny Paws, which also has an Amazon Wishlist
Stillwater Humane Society
Just a short drive away is the Perkins shelter.
Fur Babies’ biggest need is grain-free dog food for easy digestion, Canned pumpkin for upset stomachs, leashes, Next Guard Flea and Tick (available through a vet) and pet blankets. Buy these products through Amazon Smile and Fur Babies will receive a percentage of that money.
2. Eat less meat
Hopefully, most people know the perils of factory farming by now, but in case you’re in an ignorant bliss, check out this video to catch up with the rest of us. This video might seem ridiculous, but the farmers who raise these animals say they can’t possibly treat animals with respect because people require too much meat. Our demand requires more room than they have, so they stuff them into tiny crates, cut off their tail, horns or whatever natural defense an animal have, and leave them in horrible conditions. Fortunately, the tides are changing, people are eating less meat and demanding respect for the animals. Farmers are still concerned that they don’t have enough room for their customer’s demands to let their animals roam free. So to help, participate in Meatless Mondays, and get a weekly recipe emailed or texted to you.
3. Ask your local restaurants and grocery stores to switch to cage-free eggs or humanely raised meat. Again, there is nothing worse than factory farms. The best thing we can do for all our animal friends is to demand that they be treated fairly.
4. Adopt a pet from a local animal shelter or rescue group.
It breaks my heart to know that people buy pets to love when there are so many beautiful animals dying without ever experiencing that love. And of the dogs in shelters, 25 percent are purebreds. Even after someone spent all that money, they still end up without home and love. It’s important that we love the animals already here before we bring more into the world, while also showing support to the animal shelters that work so hard and bring many benefits to our community. Without the support of a community, animal shelters would have to close and there would be many lost dogs and cat bringing disease and problems into our communities, and dying without love.
5. Spay and neuter your pets
The statistics for this subject are unreal. An average cat has 1-8 kittens per litter and 2-3 litters per year. During her productive life, one female cat could have more than 100 kittens. A single pair of cats and their kittens can produce as many as 420,000 kittens in just 7 years. This is the single biggest contributor to pain and suffering experienced by strays.
There are only about 13,600 shelters in the US, but more 70 million stray cats. There is just no way to help them all. Please do your part to spay or neuter your animals and get them proper immunizations, even if their strictly indoor animals, there is no way of knowing what kind of trouble you might get into down the road.
I’d love to hear what other ways people choose to give back, please leave a comment below!