Animal abuse is a widespread problem that involves many products and organizations. Helping save abused, neglected, and unwanted animals can significantly increase their quality of life and enact change. There are many different ways to go about helping abused animals in need and their supporting organizations.
Method 1 of 3:Caring for Abandoned or Abused AnimalsDownload Article
1Participate in or start a fundraiser. Check with local animal shelters and rescue centers to see if they need help with the organization of a fundraiser.
If you cannot be there in person, offer your help by sharing information with friends and family about the event.
2Volunteer at your local animal shelter or find a nearby animal sanctuary. Animal shelters and rescues provide services for many pets, some of which have faced abusive pasts. Volunteering will go a long way toward helping these institutions sustain their work. There are also organizations dedicated to rehabilitating abused farm animals that welcome the help of volunteers.
Get in touch with a shelter or sanctuary to see where they need help and how you might be most impactful.
If you are unable to donate your time, spread the word to others or make a monetary donation.
3Adopt a shelter pet. Pets at animal shelters were often abandoned or unwanted, and have potentially faced abuse. Adopting one of these pets will help give them a loving family and become a great addition to the family.
Many shelters often have euthanasia policies due to receiving abandoned and unwanted pets at a high volume. Not only is adopting a pet giving it a happy and loving home, but it is also saving a life.
4Foster abandoned animals. If you are unable or not yet ready to adopt a pet, consider fostering animals. Many shelters and rescues are in need of foster parents willing to provide a temporary home to unwanted or abandoned animals. Being a foster parent to an animal provides the animal with more time to find a permanent home.
Every adoption agency or animal shelter has different requirements for potential fosters. Get in touch with a local adoption agency or shelter to discuss the application process and requirements for being a foster parent.
Most agencies and shelters will have a foster care coordinator work with you throughout the process to help you determine which type of pet (puppies, dogs, kittens, cats, etc.) might be best for you.
5Prepare yourself for the special needs abused pets might have. Most adoption agencies and animal shelters will have extensive histories available about the pet you are considering adopting or fostering. Ask the shelter or agency questions about the animal's temperament, whether it has been fostered before, and what kinds of abuse it has suffered. The more information you have about your pet the better home you will be able to make for them.
If your pet has been fostered before, reach out to the previous foster parents to find out about the animal's comfort zone and what actions, behaviors, or environments should be avoided.
Many agencies and shelters also offer rehabilitation for abused animals. Reach out to your shelter or agency to see if your pet has been enrolled in rehabilitation or if there is a program you can enroll in together.
Method 2 of 3:Recognizing and Reporting AbuseDownload Article
1Familiarize yourself with the types of animal abuse. There are three types of animal abuse, unintentional, intentional, and cruel intent. Knowing the difference between the three will keep you informed of what appropriate action might need to be taken.
Not all animal abuse is intentional and many pet owners may be unintentionally abusing their animals due to a lack of education or general misinformation. If you suspect a someone is unintentionally abusing their animal, kindly check in with them to see if the animal is healthy or if they need any help.
Intentional and cruel intent are forms of animal abuse where the abuser knows the animal is being harmed, and occasionally feels a sense of power from it. Abusers of cruel intent can often be aggressive. If you suspect an animal is being abused intentionally or cruelly, contact your local humane society and report it.
2Look for signs of animal abuse. There are many signs of animal abuse, some intentional, others not. Most signs of animal abuse can be categorized as either physical or environmental.
Signs of physical abuse are generally visual lacerations, scars, emaciation, loss of fur, and other signs of inadequate grooming and care.
Signs of environmental abuse relate to how the animals are kept, such as being chained up outside for extended periods of time, in overcrowded areas, areas without shelter or water, or areas that are visibly filthy and can cause health hazards.
3Report abuse to local law enforcement, animal control, or the humane society. If you are witnessing the abuse of an animal in your home, neighborhood, or town, report the abuse to the police. Animal abuse is most often illegal and the police are well suited and trained to engage animal abuse and abusers.
If the abuse cannot be directly observed, such as withholding medical treatment, call your local humane society to report it. Your humane society will send out a trained officer to investigate and take appropriate action, such as providing additional care or relocating the animal.Trustworthy SourceThe Humane Society of the United StatesNational organization devoted to the promotion of animal welfareGo to source
Method 3 of 3:Changing Your HabitsDownload Article
1Become vegan. Becoming vegan means that you abstain from wearing, eating, or using any product that contains meat or animal by-products. By becoming vegan, you can save around 100 animal lives per year.
Purchase a book on veganism to learn about transitioning into that lifestyle.
Buy a cookbook to learn how to cook for your new lifestyle. Some popular cookbooks on veganism are Forks Over Knives, Thug Kitchen, and Vegan for Everybody.
2Buy ethical meat and animal products. There are many organizations dedicated to making the lives of animals in the meat and food industry as humane as possible. Try browsing local supermarkets, butchers, and retailers through databases to see if their products are certified humane. Keep in mind that combating animal abuse does not necessarily mean abstaining altogether.
Most organizations have objective standards set for their certifications, which can be found on their websites, but occasionally those standards vary. Be sure to check with ethical and humane organizations in order to decide if their standards meet yours.
Ask your butcher at your local grocery store if they stock any animal products or meat that is certified humane.
Shop around for plant-based alternatives to meat products. Impossible Foods, Beyond Meat, and Gardein are three big brands that offer meat alternatives, both in grocery stores, restaurants, and even fast food chains, like Burger King.
3Buy cruelty-free products. There are many cruelty-free household and cosmetic options available, but if you're looking for a place to start, try browsing a cruelty-free database to get a few ideas. With enough dedication you can make many of your household and cosmetic products cruelty-free and reduce the effects of animal abuse.
Be willing to make adjustments, because you may have to change to a completely different brand or product altogether.
4Make a donation to an organization fighting animal cruelty. There are hundreds of organizations fighting animal abuse and cruelty. Making a donation to the cause is a great way to show your support and enact change.
Donate to your local animal shelter, the ASPCA, The Humane Society, or RMCA.
For instance, if you live in Northern California, donate to the Palo Alto Humane Society (https://www.paloaltohumane.org/donate).
5Educate others. Spreading knowledge to others will help provide them with the opportunity to make the most informed decision possible. Many people are unaware of how common and widespread animal abuse can be.
Try canvassing for a small organization, like your local humane society, or sharing an anti-abuse video on social media.
Print leaflets detailing the abuses that you want people to learn more about. Go around handing out these papers to people, asking them to help the animals.