Everyone can do their part in making sure we are educating people on responsible pet ownership. Topics range from spay and neutering your pets, proper diet and exercise, annual vaccinations or flea/tick/heartworm prevention.
My family and I have always been animal lovers but I can admit, we weren’t always the most responsible with their care. I can remember my dog as a child going to the vet to get treated for heartworms but I’m not sure if we ever consistently gave him prevention. Now as a pet parent, not a sibling, I have learned how to make better decisions about caring for my pets.
4 Ways You Can Help Educate The Masses On Responsible Pet Ownership
Be An Example
The first way to help educate, make a difference and inspire change is to be an example for other pet owners. Be sure to always scoop your dogs poop, get your outdoor cats spayed and neutered, be aware of your dogs behavior while in social settings.
While walking my dogs everyday in my community, I become an example for those with pets that are watching. Believe me when I say, someone is always watching.
Share Credible Information
Be sure that the information that you are sharing verbally or online is from a reliable source, not just a Yahoo Answers thread. There is so much false information floating around the web. If you are not sure about a topic, refer the person to their Veterinarian or a professional that can answer their questions.
Keep A List Of Reliable Resources
Be sure to have resources in mind that you can direct people to find answers to their questions. Whether it is a couple AAHA Accredited Veterinarians in your local area or your personal dog trainer that you have had a good experience with.
Be Active In Your Own And Other Communities
There are many people who do not have access to internet or community libraries. Those people need the help of bloggers, businesses and non-profits to learn how to be a responsible pet parent. Many of life’s habits are passed from generation to generation amongst families. As a blogger and now philanthropist, I want to break those habits just like they have been broken in my own family.
Volunteer with animal rescues and encourage or participate in educational community outreach. The longer we continue to seclude our pet education information, the longer animals will continue to be abandoned because the lack of a human-animal bond, or the misunderstanding of their “bad” behavior.
How We Are Making Our Paw Print In The World Of Dog
The Live.Wag.BARK! Foundation is a private non-profit, founded in February 2016. Our mission is to educate people, with a focus in underserved communities, on responsible pet ownership. We depend on volunteered time of pet professionals to help us change the pet world as we know it. We hope our educational movement will inspire and create change across the United States, ultimately lowering the amount of abandoned, surrendered, abused and over bred pets. Until then, we are working in Charlotte, NC but soon will have a chapter in a city near you!
Connect with the foundation on social media to stay up to date on events and news!
We hope our educational movement will inspire and create change across the United States, ultimately
lowering the amount of abandoned, surrendered, abused and over bred pets. Until then, we are working in my home town of Charlotte, NC but soon will have a chapter in a city near you! Connect with the foundation on social media to stay up to date on events and news!