From pets to wild creatures, animals play a vital part of our daily lives, such as companionship and sources of nutrition. That’s why it’s important to protect all animals; big or small, feathered, scaled, hoofed, pawed, or otherwise – and to understand the key ways in which to care for them in their time of need. Initially started by the PALS Foundation, an organization aimed at finding the best approach to helping people and animals coexist to provide the most benefits to nature, this nationally recognized dedication promotes the handling and care of both domestic and wild animals to better encourage a happy ecosystem.
When it comes to domesticated animals, one of the most important things you can do is to understand their needs and providing the necessary support. Pet owners, specifically, should implement the following:
- Provide collars with updated ID tags and micro-chipping your pet to ensure their safe return, should they ever become lost.
- Keep all poisons, toxins and other dangerous items out of the reach of pets.
- Purchase pet insurance, which will help with the costs of unexpected injuries or illnesses.
- Implement an Emergency Preparedness Plan for cases of extreme weather and evacuations.
- Learn about the best ways to travel safely with your pet.
Those who love animals, but do not currently own a pet, can become involved by fostering pets looking for a permanent home, volunteering at a local animal shelter or donating money or supplies to animal organizations.
Central Veterinary Associates’ hospital in Valley Stream is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information or to make an appointment, call (516) 825-3066 or visit www.centralvets.com.