Greening Your Pet
Pets are part of the family too, so they deserve the very best when it comes to their health and well-being. The chemicals and toxins that accompany many pet products serve as another avenue of exposure for the rest of your family. So keep Fido, FeFe, Spot, and the rest of the gang happy by taking the steps to reduce the impact that they and their gear have on the planet.
There are over 5,500 puppies and kittens (compared with 415 human babies) born every hour in the United States. According to the Humane Society of the United States, animal shelters take in between 6 and 8 million dogs and cats every year, of which 3 to 4 million are euthanized. Why buy a dog or cat when you can adopt one from your local animal shelter for a fraction of the cost?
Check out PetFinder.com to find your next dog, cat, bird, rabbit or reptile friend. If you are looking for a specific breed, contact the Humane Society to locate a breed-specific rescue group in your area.
Animal cruelty is a crime and one that often goes unreported. Yet law enforcement officers depend upon the reports from everyday citizens to protect the country's animals. Call your local law enforcement office if you think an animal is being abused. If the abuse is occurring at a pet store or animal breeding facility, contact the USDA at 1-301-734-7833.
Spay or Neuter
Spaying and neutering your pet can help to reduce the overpopulation of animals around the country. It also helps dogs and cats live longer by eliminating the possibility of uterine, ovarian, and testicular cancer, and decreasing the incidence of prostate disease. Check with your local animal shelter to see if they offer a free or low-cost spay or neutering service.
Give Kitty Some Jingle Bells
Keep your kitty indoors to protect her overall health and that of the environment. Cats are keen hunters and are a leading cause of death for birds, second only to habitat destruction. If your feline loves to roam, put a bell on her collar to keep her out of mischief and give the birds a flying chance.