Animals in need can cross our paths anytime, including those being abused. While it can be upsetting to see, the most important thing anyone can do is help, any way they can. Many assume that someone else will do something, but in a lot of cases that is the same thought others are having. Always take action if you can. You could help save the animal’s life, or even help get an animal abuser off the streets.
To report animal cruelty, abuse or neglect, the ASPCA has guidelines that can help. The guidelines include abuse that you might see online, including on blogs, websites and social media.
If you come across a stray animal, or if there is a stray animal in your neighborhood, The Humane Society has tips and insight on what to do to help.
If you are driving on the highway and spot an animal who has been injured by a car, PETA has helpful insight on how you can help.
While many owners don’t realize it, leaving an animal in a hot car for even a matter of a few minutes can be deadly. If you come across an animal trapped in a hot car, including if the car windows are partially opened, The Dodo has steps to take.
Pets should never be left outdoors for long periods of time without food, water and adequate shelter, or in extreme heat or cold. The tips above can be useful in these situations, as well as if you hear or see a neighbor or other resident of your community neglecting animals, abuse or other issues.
Most of all, say something and do something! Never assume that the animal is fine, warm or cool enough in weather, or other issues. Even if you’re not sure, it can be better to be safe than sorry.