Pets bring great joy to our lives. They snuggle next to us in bed, greet us with soggy kisses, and otherwise show us unconditional devotion. But life is not always good for animals and instances of cruelty make the news more often than we would like to admit. One organization that fights to protect animals from abuse and neglect is the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals, or ASPCA.
ASPCA is, above all, a non- profit organization that aims to prevent animal cruelty. Its efforts extend to every U.S. state and its volunteers work tirelessly to uncover cases of abuse and prosecute offenders. ASPCA’s mission is important and its workers are often the ones responsible for the forensic evidence necessary to convict animal abusers and bring them to justice.
Adopt a Pet
Remember former Price is Right host Bob Barker’s daily plea to help control the pet population by having your pet spayed or neutered? This is certainly great advice, since there are so many pets in the United States and not enough homes to house them all.
ASPCA is a strong supporter of pet adoption and it helps make the process as easy and financially feasible as possible. ASPCA dogs and cats are already spayed or neutered, have updated vaccination records, and come with a clean bill of health. ASPCA works with local animal shelters and all you have to do is visit the ASPCA web site, click the “Adopt” link, and then enter your zip code and other search information. The web site will then display dogs or cats in your area, ready to adopt. Here at Money Saving Parent, we recently lost our West Highland White Terrier when he passed away suddenly and unexpectedly. Jack was a loyal family friend for almost thirteen years and we have already talked about ASPCA adoption as the best way to find a replacement.
Teach Your Kids
People often say that taking care of a pet is much like parenting a child and this is true in more ways than one. There is, of course, the feeding, grooming, and other tasks that directly parallel taking care of a young child. But pet adoption can also be useful for kids. In fact, ASPCA even has a special section for parents, complete with explanations on ways that adding a pet to the family via adoption can help teach kids valuable and meaningful life lessons.
Help Animals in Your Area
ASPCA provides and important service. It helps bring animal abusers to justice, facilitates pet adoption, and educates the public on animals and animal welfare. If you’re looking to add a four- legged member to your family or if you are simply interested in ways you can help, visit the ASPCA web site today and see how you can find a new family friend and/or get involved with ASPCA in your local area.
Copyright 2015, Bryan Carey