Make Your Voice Heard
Learn Your Local Dog Laws
Visit AnimalLaw.info to learn about the laws in your state. If you don’t agree with the current laws or believe a shelter/rescue/dog owner is violating any of them — SAY something to your local officials, your local paper, your community organizations. As Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed individuals can change the world. In fact, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
Find out what is happening in your local shelter
If it is a publicly funded shelter, then you have a say in what happens there. After all, these are your tax dollars at work. Start by asking questions – how many animals do they handle each year? What are the outcomes – how many are adopted, reclaimed, transferred to rescue, or destroyed? Do they accept stray animals, owner surrenders, or dogs brought in by Animal Control or law enforcement? What is the average stay for a dog at their facility? Are they vaccinated? Spayed/neutered? tested and treated for Heartworm (and then given preventative)? Dewormed? Is there a foster program? Volunteer program? Dog enrichment program?
If you don’t like the answers to any of these questions, SAY something. Change won’t happen unless people advocate for it. Better yet, get involved. Good shelters and rescues have active volunteer programs and will welcome your help with dog enrichment, adoption events, grant-writing, marketing, social media, and fundraising, plus many other programs. There is something everyone can do to help their local shelter, no matter their skill level or talents.