As animal rights supporters, Central Veterinary Associates (CVA) encourages all Long Islanders to take time to recognize National Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month. Sponsored each year by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), this very important month aims to raise awareness of the multitude of animal cruelty that still takes place today, despite the laws and organizations that are in place to prevent such travesty.
With one Long Island shelter recently in the news for reportedly adopting out sick or dying pets, it is important to remember that even those facilities that seemingly help animals can potentially be causing harm, whether intentional or not. And, of course there’s the even more repulsive dog fighting, which the ASPCA recognizes as being so bad it actually set aside April 8 as a date dedicated to drawing attention to this terrible “pass time.” Another common, though lesser known, type of animal malice is equine cruelty and neglect – which the ASPCA aims to eradicate through the “Help a Horse Day” campaign that takes place on April 26 each year.
So, what can you do to help stop animal cruelty? In addition to spreading the word of this nationally recognized month, contacting your local representative to help increase awareness and reporting any/all cases of suspected abuse, you can volunteer or donate to organizations aimed at eradicating these behaviors. Or, better yet, you can volunteer at a local animal shelter – where you can not only care for abused, neglected or unwanted pets, but you can also monitor to ensure that the facility is in compliance.
“While you’re there, don’t be surprised if you fall in love with one of the furballs and opt to take them home with you,” says Dr. Aaron Vine, DVM, Vice President of CVA. “Not only will you change their life, but we can guarantee they’ll change yours as well. The best part about a shelter pet? Most times, they are already older and house broken!”
Another way to help prevent animal cruelty is to stop supporting the businesses that sell pets from puppy mills, which are often in poor health and live in terrible conditions. Even if you shop at these stores only for toys or food, the money the store makes enables them to stay in business.
If you discover a suspected case of animal cruelty, be sure to report it to your local animal rights organization. For abused pets who can be safely removed, we urge you to bring them to your local Central Veterinary Associates office, where a professional team can evaluate the pet and help report the abuse. CVA keeps its hospital in Valley Stream open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, including all major holidays. For more information about CVA or to make an appointment, call 1 (888) 4CVA-PET (428-2738).
CVA keeps its hospital in Valley Stream open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, including all major holidays. For more information about CVA or to make an appointment, call 1 (888) 4CVA-PET (428-2738).