In the past few weeks, it has become clear that pets are becoming more and more endangered as climate change wreaks havoc on habitats.
But what are we doing about it?
Here’s how you can help.1.
Get the facts.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reported that the number of pets in the wild decreased by 25 percent between 2007 and 2016.2.
Help the animal.
For example, consider donating to pet rescue groups that care for the most vulnerable animals, such as those rescued from circuses or stray dogs.3.
The American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and the American Veterinary Society for Animal Welfare (AVAWW) have teamed up to set up a hotline for pet owners to report pet-related issues to their veterinarians.4.
Get involved in local groups.
The Center for Animal Advocacy in New York City has a list of local organizations that can help, and it’s a great place to get started.5.
Attend a pet adoption rally.
You may also want to take a tour of the zoo, petting zoo or other petting locations.
It’s also a great opportunity to support a pet-friendly community.6.
Volunteer for shelters.
Organizations such as the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and ASPCA also have an excellent list of animal rescue groups.7.
Share your story.
Many pet owners will also find a story in their local newspaper or on social media.
You can also write a blog post or share a photo with a tag like #SaveOurPets or #SavetheDogs.8.
Share the hashtag.
If you live in a city that is experiencing an increase in pet homelessness, you can also start sharing your story to get more people to join in.
You might be the first person to notice your furry friends in trouble, and you could even be the one to save them.9.
Volunteer at a rescue group.
The ASPCA offers a great way to get involved in saving animals from a crisis: You can volunteer at a shelter, or at a local rescue center, such the Pet Alliance.
The group also offers training programs to get volunteers involved.10.
Attend an animal rescue convention.
If there is no other way to help animals, consider attending a pet rescue convention such as Pets for Animals.
The Orlando Convention Center has a Pet Alliance conference that has more than 2,000 registered exhibitors, who offer classes, demos and special events.11.
Share on Facebook.
If possible, you should share your story with friends and family on Facebook, especially if they’re pet owners or members of your community.
If your furry pals are at a new shelter or rescue center that you think could use your help, consider sharing your experience to help them find a new home.12.
If people are sharing their stories on social networks, such Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, you’ll be able to get a much wider audience.
Your pet will be more likely to find a safe place to stay.
You can also share your pet story on Pinterest, Tumblr, and other social media platforms.
If a local animal shelter or animal rescue group is not on the list, you may be able find them on their website.13.
Reach out to a local news source.
A local news station in your area might have a good source on animal rescue issues.
A good local news website may have an animal-friendly tag for pets.
For more information, visit the ASPCA’s list of shelters.