I wish that I was able to say that animal abuse doesn’t happen in the world and I’m very discouraged and sickened to know that it does. It’s people like us who can get out and spread awareness about it and let people know what to do if they suspect or see animal abuse going on. Speak up and don’t be shy, you could save that animal’s life! I wanted to share a few animal abuse cases with you:
Chipper was brought in to the shelter November 22, 2013. His coat was matted and his collar imbedded in to his neck. He also had a sore hind leg. The wound on his neck was infected and required antibiotics to clear the infection. He was adopted December 30, 2013 and is now known as Bubbles.
Cinderella (Cindy) arrived at the shelter on September 10, 2014 with lacerations to her back. Upon veterinarian examination, shrapnel was found imbedded in her back. The metal was removed, wounds were surgically repaired and drains were inserted on their side of her chest. Her back eventually healed and she was adopted November 6, 2014.
Elmer arrived at the shelter on August 13, 2014. He was emaciated and had extreme hair loss because of Demodex Mange. He was prescribed Ivomec and his hair grew back. He was adopted on September 16, 2014
Triumph arrived at the FMSPCA as a stray on June 15, 2013. He was immediately taken to the vet. Upon examination it was found that his front leg was shattered and 20 buck shots were visible in his legs, thorax and hind ends. His wounds healed very well with care and antibiotics. He found his forever home on December 16, 2013. Triumph loved to give kisses!
Tiny Tim was rescued from a dumpster on Christmas Eve 2014, the 12-week-old Golden Retriever cross puppy was severely underweight and suffering from both pneumonia and non-genetic pulmonary edema. Tiny Tim succumbed to his injuries on February 6th, 2015. The 2015 FMSPCA Walk to End Animal Abuse held on April 19th was in honor of him and his fight.
Isabella (Izzy) arrived at the shelter April 25th, 2012 after being found in a rural area. She was a skinny 11 week old female lab cross puppy with an injured leg. Upon medical examination it was determined the leg was not broken but rather shattered as well as nine fractured ribs and head trauma, her injuries are thought to be the result of abuse. She was adopted in June of 2012 and now is the poster girl for the “Isabella Paws Fund”. What is the Isabella Paws Fund? The FMSPCA created a special fund for injured, abused and neglected animals.
Today I am dedicating this blog post to some of our very own animal abuse cases here in Fort McMurray listed above as well as any animal who has ever been abused, neglected, forgotten, treated like a lawn ornament and never like family. Just know that we will continue to fight for you and that you are forever in my thoughts!
TODAY in my home province of British Columbia, Canada, it is Animal Abuse Prevention Day which was created in 2012 after a person requested a provincial proclamation to be made as a memorial to the 56 healthy sled dogs who lost their lives on April 23, 2010 in Whistler, BC. A high-profile animal cruelty investigation resulted in criminal charges against the sled dog company employee responsible for their deaths. You can read in-depth about the massive Whistler Sled Dog Cull here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whistler_sled_dog_cull (Website Credit: Wikipedia)
The Mayor of The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (Fort McMurray, AB) has also proclaimed April 23rd to be Animal Abuse Prevention Day. We are the ONLY community outside of BC that had made this proclamation! Rolo’s former shelter; The Fort McMurray SPCA puts on a Walk to End Animal Abuse each year as part of Animal Abuse Prevention Day in our city (Photo Left: Rolo & I at 2015’s Walk to End Animal Abuse). You may have seen the photo album I had created with photos from this years event on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/rescuemomblog) — If not, check it out!
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
1) Don’t turn a blind eye; Speak up! If you witness an animal in distress or being abused, please call your local SPCA, Animal Control or RCMP and report it! YOU can be the one to make a difference and save it’s life!
2) Educate your kids; Teach your kids the proper way of treating an animal and start as young as you can. Educate them on the proper ways to pet an animal, touch an animal or play with an animal.
3) Donate; Like mentioned above in our city, we have the Isabella Paws Fund which was created as a special fund for injured, abused and neglected animals. There have been many cases where the FMSPCA has turned to this fund for the well-being of animals that have required intensive surgery and medical costs. To donate to the Isabella Paws fund —> Click Here.
*Do some research and see if your community has a fund like the Izzy Fund.
4) Set a good example; If other pet parents and adults see you doing wrong with your animal than you are setting an example that its OK for owners to do that. Using force to discipline your animal is a NO NO, there are so many other ways like having a “bad word”, changing your voice tone and pointing your finger. It works so well with Rolo, as soon as I change my tone of voice and bring that pointer finger out he knows he has done something that mommy doesn’t like. Be a responsible pet parent and treat your animal like family. Love them, train them, take care of them and protect them.
5) Fight for Animal Cruelty Laws to be Amended or Passed;
Sign petitions and get involved with pressuring the government of where you reside to change animal cruelty laws! We need stiffer penalties and more investigating being done of animal cruelty to bring abusers to justice.
6) Avoid products that test on animals;
Self explanatory, on the Peta website (www.peta.org) there is a section about companies/products who test on animals and ones who do not test on animals.
You can view this list — VIEW
Let’s see you all #howl, post a photo of your pet or you with a sign that says #howl as we need to howl and bring awareness to animal abuse.
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