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National Animal Safety and Protection Month – October 2021

About National Animal Safety and Protection Month

The month of October is dedicated to celebrating National Animal Safety and Protection Month. Well, actually we dedicate this month to raise awareness of all the dangers that lurk while we are not looking and educate pet owners on how to care better for their pets. We are also here to educate people that don’t have pets of their own how to recognize dangerous situations for other animals.

This is also the ideal time of the year when animal advocates come together to learn about how to prevent animal abuse, learn how to spot warning signs of abuse, and discover the dangers that can stem from abuse.

National Animal Safety and Protection Month

How Can I Contribute to National Animal Safety and Protection Month?

If you are concerned about animals’ safety and health during this month, there are plenty of things you can do. Take some time to read up on these tips so you’re always prepared for what comes your way.

As a pet owner, there are a few simple things that you can do to keep your pet safe and protected. First, make sure that all the vaccines are up to date and that you take your pet on regular wellness check-ups at the vet clinic. Second, make sure that your pet is microchipped and that the chip is working properly. Also, put an ID tag on your pet’s collar. If they get lost this is the easiest way for them to return to you.

Pet-proof your home. Make sure that all dangerous and toxic materials are out of reach for your pets. If you have a dog that is a chewer, protect all cables and everything else that can harm your dog. Never leave food unattended on the table. Dogs and cats are very sneaky and they can eat something while you’re not looking. This can lead to poisoning (many human foods are poisonous to dogs and cats) or digestive issues and choking.

jack russell being fitted with a microchip

Being Prepared at All Times

Always have a disaster plan and emergency contact nearby. You never know what might happen.

If you don’t have pets you can still participate in raising awareness this month. You can always join a pet fostering program at your local shelter and help a little kitten or a puppy find a forever home. You can also volunteer and educate prospective pet owners on how to take care of their future pets best.

If you are concerned about animals’ safety and health during this month, there are plenty of things you can do. Take some time to read up on these tips so you’re always prepared for what comes your way.

If you see abuse happening, be sure to report it. As a good citizen, you should always speak up when you see a problem. You can report abuse through the Humane Society of the United States Cruelty Reporting Hotline at (888) 648-6245 or online at www.hsus.org/crueltyreporting.

sad dog

Do something to raise awareness by sharing this information with your family and friends. You can do this by creating a Humane Society of the United States – Safe Dates for Pets video, posting it on your blog, sending it to friends via Facebook or Twitter, using the Humane Society of the United States Safe Dates graphic, or using MyFreeCutePets.com.

Use social media to reach more people and educate your friends.

How To Keep Your Pets Safe During an Emergency or National Disaster

Here is the information we have compiled:

Local animal authorities – While you can find most resources on the internet if you need to speak with someone in person, contact your local animal control or humane society. They will be able to help you find the services and information you need for your specific city and state. This can help you better learn about any local laws that may exist about pet ownership.

Laws can vary by state. In some areas you will be required by law to be insured, while in others you may only be required to keep your pets inside at certain times. Some areas are better equipped to care for animals than others; if your pet is sick and you need a veterinarian, you may want to seek the services of a local animal hospital or vet clinic.

Your local Shelter and Animal Control – Many shelter or animal control agencies provide valuable services for humane education as well as safety when it comes to owning pets.

volunteers at an animal shelter for dogs

Happy National Animal Safety and Protection Month!

If you liked this article, read “Disaster preparation for pets” on our blog.

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