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How to help abused or abandoned animals

The news of abandoned or abused animals is no longer new. Despite being a common occurrence, many are on board in saving these poor creatures and giving them a safe home. The good news is that several people feel empathy for these animals. Some groups advocate for animal rights. Some of them are kind enough to start campaigns like selling an animal hat to fund conservation efforts. Others even travel to far-flung areas to save endangered animals and their habitat. Showing kindness to these animals need not be as grand as traveling to Rwanda to help save the mountain gorillas. In your simple way, you can show kindness to these creatures. Here are some ways to step up and get involved to save abused animals.

Start (or participate) in a fundraiser

Coordinate with your local animal rescue centers and shelters. Inquire if they need assistance with their upcoming fundraiser. If you cannot personally attend the fundraiser, share the news by posting it on social media. Help send out flyers and other promotional materials for the event.

If there are no organizations or fundraisers yet in your locality, you can start one. Ask your friends or relatives to join the fundraiser to help save abused animals. Social media can be a great tool to encourage other people to join. Several groups can provide support to your fundraisers, such as animal welfare advocates and environmentalists.

Aside from that, show support to animal activist groups by purchasing their products such as the animal hat from Covered. This will help add to their funds in raising awareness and saving threatened animals.

Lend a hand at a local farm animal sanctuary

Volunteer at some centers dedicated to rehabilitating and saving abandoned and abused farm animals like turkeys, ducks, chickens, sheep, goats, pigs, cows, and horses. There are many ways to help these animal sanctuaries. You can also donate money for their general expenses or also give food, brushes, blankets, and other things they need to take care of these animals.

Adopt and bring home a pet from the shelter

How to help abused or abandoned animals

Some unwanted pets are sent to animal shelters or left abandoned on the streets. If you are ready to be a carer of these animals, you can adopt one from your local animal shelter. These pets were left by their previous owners to fend for themselves. By adopting one, you can save these animals from loneliness or from being euthanized.

Report animal abuse and neglect

If you witness any animal abuse, immediately report it to a humane organization, local animal control, or local law enforcement. If an animal is in danger, inform the authorities so they can prioritize your report. Do not act on your own. Wait for the authorities to take care of the animal in a professional way.

There are many ways you can stand up for animals and their rights. If you have the heart for these little creatures, it is easy to come up with ways to save and help them.

How to help abused or abandoned animals

Every state has laws prohibiting animal cruelty and all of them contain felony provisions. However, a law is only as good as its enforcement and that’s why animals rely on you to protect them by reporting animal abuse.

Defining cruelty

Most reported animal cruelty comes in the form of neglect, with direct violence occurring less. Often times, it can be difficult to gauge whether or not you’ve witnessed animal cruelty—the following examples may help you categorize suspected cruelty you do see.

Neglect

Neglect, or a failure to provide basic needs for an animal, makes up the vast majority of cruelty cases that animal control officers respond to. Neglect often includes hoarding, lack of shelter or veterinary care, tethering and abandonment, as well as other forms of abuse.

Direct abuse

It can be very upsetting to see someone beating or physically attacking an animal, but it’s important not to turn away. It’s crucial to involve law enforcement quickly, as violence toward animals is often part of a larger pattern of violence that can include people as well.

Reporting abuse

If you witness suspected cruelty to animals, call your local animal control agency as soon as possible or dial 9-1-1 if you’re unfamiliar with local organizations. If you make a report of alleged animal cruelty, the responding agency is required to investigate.

If your area lacks the proper animal welfare agency and your local authorities are not equipped to deal with animal cruelty cases, you can also contact us.

Be sure to document the case as well as you can with dates, times, specific details and, if possible, footage and photographs from a cell phone. All of these things can help appropriate agencies during any investigation they may do of the suspected cruelty.

Hoarding

Hoarding behavior often victimizes animals. Sufferers of a hoarding disorder may impose severe neglect on animals by housing far more than they are able to adequately take care of. Contact your local animal control agency if you find out about animal hoarding. Some animal hoarding situations can be more difficult than others to solve.

Lack of veterinary care

Untreated wounds are a red flag that demand immediate attention; emaciation, scabs and hair loss can also be a sign of untreated diseases. If you can, alert the owner to the animal’s condition and alert local authorities of suspected neglect as soon as possible.

Inadequate shelter

In extreme heat or cold, temperatures can be deadly. It can seem daunting or unnecessary to report neglect for inadequate sheltering, but conditions can change quickly, causing suffering or even death of the animal. Contact a local animal control agency immediately if you see an animal in inadequate shelter and document the incident with a cell phone camera if possible.

Chained dogs

Dogs who are tethered continuously suffer tremendously, both from social isolation and exposure to predators and the elements.

Abandonment

A startling number of animals die every year when people move out of their residences and simply leave the animals behind. Sometimes an abandoned dog’s barking or cat’s howling can alert the neighbors, but it’s wise to keep an eye on a recently vacated home, especially if the former residents moved suddenly. Companion animals kept in cages or tanks are often overlooked upon a resident’s sudden passing and may suffer neglect as well. If you find or know of abandoned animals, contact your local animal control agency immediately.

Pets left in cars

Time is of the essence when reporting pets left in parked cars. Even if the outside temperature seems cool, these animals could be minutes away from death or irreversible organ damage. If you cannot locate the owner immediately, don’t be afraid to call local authorities, detailing your location and the make, model and license plate number of the vehicle the animal is inside.

Beating and physical abuse

If you witness direct physical violence to an animal, report the incident immediately to authorities. If you decide to intervene in any way, use your best judgement and do not become physically involved in the situation; remember, even well-intentioned actions could compromise the process of investigation into suspected abuse.

Animal fighting and organized cruelty

Organized cruelty, such as dogfighting, cockfighting and other bloodsports, is illegal in all 50 states and is linked to other criminal activities such as human violence, gambling and drug distribution. If you hear about or witness events like these, immediately report them to the local authorities and the HSUS.

These are just common examples of animal cruelty. Even if a case doesn’t fit neatly into these categories, take action if something feels off. In many cases, you may be the only chance an animal has at escaping cruelty or neglect.

We never know where disasters will strike or when animals may be in need of urgent rescue, but we know we must be ready. Your support makes this lifesaving work possible.

The following was written by Emily Allen, CAP Associate Director.

As Forrest Gump might say, fieldwork performed by staff of PETA’s Community Animal Project (CAP) is kind of like a box of chocolates—because on this job, you never know what you’re going to get. We rescue abandoned, abused, and neglected animals in the areas surrounding PETA’s Norfolk, Virginia, headquarters. It’s a big task, and we are looking to expand our team.

On any given day, we could be crawling through a sewer, climbing a tree, or digging through a junkyard to rescue a terrified animal; shuttling animals of low-income families to our no-cost to low-cost spay and neuter clinics; or traveling into an impoverished neighborhood to deliver doghouses, bedding, food, and toys to animals who have been left outdoors.

We often come to the aid of neglected “backyard dogs” like Rambo, whose owner had left him trapped in a filthy pen with no food or water and whose every bone stood out like bare limbs on a tree. We worked with police to get him confiscated, and the owner was convicted of cruelty. That sweet dog, so trusting despite having been betrayed, was adopted by a fantastic family, gained 30 pounds, and now relishes the safe, comfortable indoor life—except for romps in the park, of course—that every dog deserves.

We are also called upon to help suffering stray and feral cats. One old cat was so severely injured that his image will stay with me forever. His side was practically covered by an open wound that was teeming with maggots. A woman had been feeding strays in her yard but was apparently oblivious to the cat’s condition. We whisked the dying animal back to our office and gave him a peaceful release from his suffering.

Every day and every story are different, but I leave work each day feeling that, like the tale of the child who was saving the starfish who washed up on the beach, I may not be able to help them all, but I can help this one and that one and this one and …

Do you have what it takes to rescue abandoned, abused, and neglected animals? Apply to be a CAP fieldworker.

How to help abused or abandoned animals

The shocking number of animal cruelty cases reported every day is just the tip of the iceberg—most cases are never reported. Unlike violent crimes against people, cases of animal abuse are not compiled by state or federal agencies, making it difficult to calculate just how common they are. However, we can use the information that is available to try to understand and prevent cases of abuse.

Who abuses animals?

Cruelty and neglect cross all social and economic boundaries and media reports suggest that animal abuse is common in both rural and urban areas.

  • Intentional cruelty to animals is strongly correlated with other crimes, including violence against people.
  • Hoarding behavior often victimizes animals. Sufferers of a hoarding disorder may impose severe neglect on animals by housing far more than they are able to adequately take care of. Serious animal neglect (such as hoarding) is often an indicator of people in need of social or mental health services.
  • Surveys suggest that those who intentionally abuse animals are predominantly men under 30, while those involved in animal hoarding are more likely to be women over 60.

Most common victims

The animals whose abuse is most often reported are dogs, cats, horses and livestock. Undercover investigations have revealed that animal abuse abounds in the factory farm industry. But because of the weak protections afforded to livestock under state cruelty laws, only the most shocking cases are reported, and few are ever prosecuted.

Organized cruelty

Dogfighting, cockfighting and other forms of organized animal cruelty go hand in hand with other crimes, and continues in many areas of the United States due to public corruption.

  • The HSUS documented uniformed police officers at a cockfighting pit in Kentucky.
  • The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency has prosecuted multiple cases where drug cartels were running narcotics through cockfighting and dogfighting operations.
  • Dozens of homicides have occurred at cockfights and dogfights.
  • A California man was killed in a disagreement about a $10 cockfight bet.

The HSUS’s investigative team combats complacent public officials and has worked with the FBI on public corruption cases in Tennessee and Virginia. In both instances, law enforcement officers were indicted and convicted.

Correlation with domestic violence

Data on domestic violence and child abuse cases reveal that a staggering number of animals are targeted by those who abuse their children or spouses.

  • There are approximately 70 million pet dogs and 74.1 million pet cats in the U.S. where 20 men and women are assaulted per minute (an average of around 10 million a year).
  • In one survey, 71 percent of domestic violence victims reported that their abuser also targeted pets.
  • In one study of families under investigation for suspected child abuse, researchers found that pet abuse had occurred in 88 percent of the families under supervision for physical abuse of their children.

To put a stop to this pattern of violence, the Humane Society Legislative Fund supported the Pets and Women’s Safety (PAWS) Act, introduced to Congress in 2015 as H.R. 1258 and S.B. 1559 and enacted as part of the farm bill passed by Congress and signed by President Trump in 2018. Once fully enacted, the PAWS Act helps victims of domestic abuse find the means to escape their abusers while keeping their companion animals safe—many victims remain in abusive households for fear of their pets’ safety.

State legislative trends

The HSUS has long led the push for stronger animal cruelty laws and provides training for law officials to detect and prosecute these crimes. With South Dakota joining the fight in March of 2014, animal cruelty laws now include felony provisions in all 50 states.

First vs. subsequent offense

Given that a fraction of animal cruelty acts are reported or successfully prosecuted, we are committed to supporting felony convictions in cases of severe cruelty.

  • 49 states have laws to provide felony penalties for animal torture on the first offense.
  • Only Iowa doesn’t have such a law.
  • Animal cruelty laws typically cover intentional and egregious animal neglect and abuse.

A dog is an amazing majestic creature that always love you and even love you more than your own friend. A dog who already bonded with you will never leave you. She will always greet you and get excited everytime you come home. However as we know before, dog is a fragile creature too, just like us. Dog could be damaged emotionally and psychologically. Dog oftenly get abused by some heartless strew who even we don’t know why this kind of people even existed in the first place. They oftenly simply after abusing their dog, they just left the dog in the street and pretend the dog was nothing but a mere punching bag. What an awful person.

If you love dog so much and already have one. We challenge you to try to adopt a dog from the street, a feral or abandoned dog it’s up to you, they both must be had similiar experience related to abusement. However we recommend you to adopt an abandoned dog because you never know why the owner left her and probably the dog was abused awfully. This is how to identify and help an abandoned dog.

Identifying an Abandoned Dog

Well you must able to distinguish between a feral dog and an abandoned dog. They both have similiarities but here is the significant differences between them :

  • Poor Body Condition

If you see a breed dog on the street walking around with no clue where she want to go, with all the dirts on her fur, even if you notice an injury on her bodythen you have found yourself an abandoned dog. It is rare to find a breed dog walking alone in the street except she was abandoned. Not only that you could identify nobody taking care of the dog anymore as her body is so awfully dirty. Also you might find scars or injuries around her body which was caused by abusement.

  • Starving

An abandoned dog surely find it’s hard to find her own food. Back then she probably just need to find her bowl but now?. No bowl and no free food on the street. She become starved as she wandering from there to there to just find her food. Even because she is starving she become so much aggressive towards anyone even you. So if you find such dog on the street try to give her food first, she her reaction, and then pat her.

  • Whimpering

A dog could express her emotions that easy to notice for us. If she is happy, she will bark happily and wagging her tail. If she’s sad then she will isolate herself and whimpering all day. If you find a dog who lie down across the street and find her whimpering a lot with all those signs mentioned above then she may been abandoned by her former owner, burdening the excruciating pain from abusement, and even haunted by hunger.

How to Adopt an Abandoned Dog

Adopting an abandoned dog will not be an easy task. She might have a trauma againts human therefore she might become aggressive towards you. So you better be careful and don’t get too close to her before you know that she feels confidence and safe having you around her.

  • Try to Feed Her

An abandoned surely starving as she might lost the senses of hunting because she just simply approach her bowl to eat but now?. So the first thing you must do to help an abandoned dog is try to provide a food especially fresh food such as piece of meat. Because it surely picked out the dog’s interest if you bring him a fresh meat. Also don’t forget to bring her a drink such as milk for dog.

  • Try to Comfort Her

As she approach you and eat your food. Then try to see her reaction, is she become calm and does not shown any kind of aggression? If no then wait, if yes then it is the time to pat her in the head and said “Don’t worry bud i will save you. I will help you. I am here and i am not like your former owner. I am her for you.” (Dog in truth understand what we said according to researchers at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary.) She her reaction after that if she become comfortable then try to feed her again and offer her a drink and pat her again until you make sure she is safe with you and feel comfortable around you.

  • Time to Bring Her Home

After she feel safe and comfortable around you it is time to give her a warm towel and bring her home. After you arrived, then provide her with a warm comfortable bed for her to sleep, let her rest for a day. Then you better clean her up using a wet tissue, don’t take her to bath she may refused to take a bath and bite you off. After that you could feed her and take her for a walk. If she does not want to be taken out for a walk then simply she is not ready yet and all you need to do is to pat her once again and comforting her frequently until she is ready. She may still suffered the pain and bad memories of abusement which caused her a trauma that damaged her psychology and emotion. Remember be patient to bring her joyful self back.

Remember

Adopting an abandoned dog once again is not an easy task. This is not like buying a dog from a pet store, you need to be careful and be patient to do it. As the dog might have been abused and suffered from trauma. So if you decided to adopt an abandoned dog remember be patient and don’t give up!. After she become comfortable with you she will become the happiest dog in the entire world because of you!.

If you are an animal lover who wants to work with abused animals, you’ll need physical strength and a compassionate nature. You may also need communication skills in order to educate the public on the humane treatment of animals.

Working With Abused Animals

If you’re interested in working with abused animals, some of the most popular career options include the following:

  • Animal Shelter Worker
  • Animal Enforcement Officer
  • Animal Rescue Organization Worker
  • Veterinarian/Veterinary Technician

Important Facts About Working with Abused Animals

Similar Occupations Nursing Assistant/Orderly, Medical/Clinical Lab Technologist/Technician
Work Environment Commonly on-call in a stressful environment
Job Outlook (2016-2026) 22% growth (animal care and service workers)*
Required Education Varies depending on the career

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Animal Shelter Workers

If you are willing to perform hands-on work with abused, neglected and abandoned animals, you may enjoy working in an animal shelter. As a shelter worker, you can expect to feed, groom, bathe and exercise animals. Your job duties may also include cleaning cages, as well as watching and monitoring injuries and illness.

You’ll need the physical strength to lift and restrain animals and the ability to cope with the stress of seeing injured and euthanized animals. Be prepared to work long hours, late shifts and holidays in order to provide ongoing animal care. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, animal care and service workers earned a median salary of $23,950 in 2018.

Animal Enforcement Officers

As an enforcement officer, you may have to witness animal suffering and abuse first hand. Animal enforcement offers investigate reports of abused and abandoned animals in homes, pet stores and kennels. You may also rescue hurt or neglected wildlife, livestock and laboratory animals. Most enforcement jobs are offered through the state or county government. As an enforcement officer, you are authorized to issue citations and arrest animal abusers.

Animal Rescue Organizations

Running an animal rescue is a career for animal lovers with an entrepreneurial spirit. You can expect to work closely with abused animals and supervise their daily care. You may even keep rescued animals in your home. You may need administrative, marketing and fundraising skills to help manage and promote your organization.

Animal rescue operators come from many educational backgrounds, and some have may have gained animal care experience in shelters, kennels and veterinarians’ offices. You may choose to operate a pet adoption agency and find homes for abused animals. Or, you could open an animal sanctuary to provide a safe haven for farm animals, wild animals or endangered animals.

Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians

Working in a veterinary office provides the opportunity to work directly with animal abuse cases. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), veterinarians are required to report abuse or neglect, as well as educating pet owners on humane treatment and care of animals (www.avma.org). Veterinarians or veterinary technicians can get involved in animal cruelty cases, either through normal treatment of patients or at the request of the court or law enforcement officials.

Skills Needed to Work With Abused Animals

In addition to physical strength and emotional stability, most animal care workers are animal advocates and need excellent communication skills. If you are comfortable with public speaking, you may educate school children and community members on cruelty prevention and pet responsibility. As an enforcement officer, you can expect to educate in the field as you encounter animal owners.

If you like to organize special events, you may help raise funds for a shelter or animal rescue operation. Shelter workers and adoption counselors educate pet owners about spaying, shots and other animal care issues.

Education and Training to Work with Abused Animals

Animal enforcement officers may need an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in law enforcement. Requirements vary by state and certification may be required. Previous work as a police officer or park ranger may help you get a job in this field. You will also need to become educated on animal protection laws and regulations on rabies and quarantine. Firearm training may also be necessary in some states.

Animal shelter work typically requires a high school diploma or equivalent. You may consider volunteering at a shelter to gain experience. A promotion to shelter manager or director will increase your salary, but you’ll need additional education and training through an animal welfare or animal studies undergraduate program.

Veterinary technicians will need a minimum of an associate’s degree from an AVMA-accredited program and will have to successfully pass a credentialing examination. Veterinarian training comes from a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree program and once completed, these professionals will also need state licensure.

It can be heartbreaking to see a neighbor’s animal suffering in a situation of neglect. Depending on the situation, there are various ways you can help the animal or animals involved.

For emergency situations in which an animal’s life or safety is in immediate danger, contact your local law enforcement or call 911 immediately.

If the animal’s life is not in danger but you suspect neglect, it may be productive to approach the guardian and offer assistance such as walking the dog or even helping to place the animal in a more appropriate home. It is a sad fact that at times people get animals without thinking about the long-term commitment they are taking on; when the reality of the situation becomes apparent, they may be relieved to have someone offer their assistance.

There are times when the caretaker of the animal is blind to their inability to offer the appropriate care for the animal or animals under their guardianship. When more animals are taken in than the caretaker is able to care for, such a situation readily spirals out of control into what is referred to as “animal hoarding.” Read here for more information about the issue of animal hoarding.

How to help abused or abandoned animals

If the guardian of the animals is not approachable, or if you suspect the animal is suffering from abuse as well as neglect, alert law enforcement, your local humane society, or your local SPCA (whichever is appropriate in your area) about the situation. It will be helpful to document what you have witnessed, including noting dates, locations and specific incidents and problems in a detailed journal. Photographs, video, and other evidence of the abusive conditions are helpful and persuasive. The Animal Legal Defense Fund does not have an investigative unit, so it is imperative that local authorities fully investigate the case.

If the overseeing agency is non-responsive, consider circulating a petition that you can then present to the agency demanding that the abusive conditions be immediately corrected. Consider enlisting the help of the local media such as newspapers, radio and television stations to publicize the situation.

A number of laws may apply; usually these would be state and/or local laws, but there may be federal laws as well (e.g., if you suspect the animals are used for fighting). To obtain local ordinances, contact your city council, local humane organization, visit your local library or check online at www.municode.com.

For situations in which your state’s anti-cruelty statutes may have been violated, see the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s information about criminal anti-cruelty cases.

If your state anti-cruelty statutes are weak, you can help to strengthen them with the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s model law information.

How to help abused or abandoned animals

Ways to Give

Since 1979, the Animal Legal Defense Fund has been the leader in the fight to win animals the legal protection they so desperately need—and deserve. Your generous support is vital to our continued success.

If you think someone you know is abusing animals, please speak up. The best thing you can do is report your suspicions of cruelty to your local law enforcement agency, humane organization, animal control agency or taxpayer-funded animal shelter. Read on for more information about how to recognize and report cruelty in your area.

Where to Report Animal Cruelty

In New York City
If you live in New York City and need to report animal cruelty, please contact 311. To report crimes in progress in any borough, please call 911.

In Other Areas
Find out who is responsible for investigating and enforcing the anti-cruelty codes in your town, county and/or state, such as your local humane organization, animal control agency, taxpayer-funded animal shelter or police precinct. If you have trouble finding the correct agency to contact, call or visit your local police department or your local shelter or animal control agency for assistance.

How to Report Cruelty

Try to gather the following information before submitting a report of animal cruelty:

  • A concise, written, factual statement of what you observed—giving dates and approximate times whenever possible—to provide to law enforcement.
  • Photographs of the location, the animals in question and the surrounding area. Note: do not put yourself in danger! Do not enter another person’s property without permission, and exercise great caution around unfamiliar animals who may be frightened or in pain.
  • If you can, provide law enforcement with the names and contact information of other people who have firsthand information about the abusive situation.
  • It is possible to file an anonymous report, but please consider providing your information. The case is more likely to be pursued when there are credible witnesses willing to stand behind the report and, if necessary, testify in court.

Keep a record of exactly whom you contacted, the date of the contacts, copies of any documents you provided to law enforcement or animal control and the content and outcome of your discussion. If you do not receive a response from the officer assigned to your case within a reasonable length of time, make a polite follow-up call to inquire about the progress of the investigation.

How to Recognize Animal Cruelty

While an aggressive, timid or fearful animal may appear to be a cruelty victim, it is not possible to know if an animal is being abused based on their behavior alone. It is best to examine the animal and his surrounding environment to determine whether or not he or she needs help.

Physical Signs of Cruelty

  • Tight collar that has caused a neck wound or has become embedded in the pet’s neck
  • Open wounds, signs of multiple healed wounds or an ongoing injury or illness that isn’t being treated
  • Untreated skin conditions that have caused loss of hair, scaly skin, bumps or rashes
  • Extreme thinness or emaciation—bones may be visible
  • Fur infested with fleas, ticks or other parasites
  • Patches of bumpy, scaly skin rashes
  • Signs of inadequate grooming, such as extreme matting of fur, overgrown nails and dirty coat
  • Weakness, limping or the inability to stand or walk normally
  • Heavy discharge from eyes or nose
  • An owner striking or otherwise physically abusing an animal
  • Visible signs of confusion or extreme drowsiness

Environmental Signs of Cruelty

  • Pets are tied up alone outside for long periods of time without adequate food or water, or with food or water that is unsanitary
  • Pets are kept outside in inclement weather without access to adequate shelter
  • Pets are kept in an area littered with feces, garbage, broken glass or other objects that could harm them
  • Animals are housed in kennels or cages (very often crowded in with other animals) that are too small to allow them to stand, turn around and make normal movements

Other Animal Cruelty Issues

To Report Cruelty Seen on the Internet

If you see cruelty depicted online, there are steps you can take to report the site or images in question:

  • Access this background information for a particular website by visiting www.whois.net and doing a “whois” search of the site in question.
  • Contact the site’s ISP (Internet service provider) about the offensive material.
  • If you have concrete information that a website is displaying/promoting criminal acts, you may wish to contact any or all of the following organizations and advise them of the facts of the situation:
    • Local law enforcement officials (“Local” in this case means based in the area from which the website originates—the “whois” search will provide you with the registrant’s address) and, if you think an animal is in immediate danger, the possible offender’s local FBI branch
    • Your local animal shelter or humane society, which may have the power to enforce animal cruelty laws in the area
    • The local city/county Health Department/Board of Health, because abuse of animals often involves unsafe or unsanitary conditions for humans
    • The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), but only if what you have seen has a financial element (someone selling, trading, or offering an illegal good or service)
    • Local and national media organizations, as the power of the media to bring public attention to an animal abuse situation can help initiate corrective actions

To Report Cruelty Shown in Movies or on Television

The ASPCA shares your concern about the media’s depiction of violence and cruelty toward animals for entertainment purposes. Please know, however, that many of these instances are constitutionally protected free speech—and may not even involve a real animal.

If you are offended by something you viewed, contact the network that aired the program or the publisher of the film in question. You may also wish to contact the American Humane Association Movie and Television Unit online or at (818) 501-0123.

The ASA Headquarters performs administrative tasks only. They do not house or take in animals.

ASA recognizes that there are countless abandoned, abused and neglected animals in the world today. The ASA exists to assure the humane and compassionate care for these animals by setting standards for their care, accrediting sanctuaries that meet these standards, networking with member sanctuaries, assisting in the rescue and placement of homeless animals, supporting legislation that protects animals, educating the public, and reaching out to other segments of the rescue community.

Nationally, there are hundreds of animal sanctuaries and rehabilitation centers that assist, rescue, and provide refuge and humane care for animals. Offering an alternative to euthanasia, or a lifetime of suffering, all these groups have one thing in common: They are all struggling each year to accept into their sanctuary thousands of homeless native and non-native wild animals and domestic animals with no place to go. Yet there is no effective information center organized to identify, evaluate, accredit and network these organizations into a working coalition.

Organized to provide a more efficient means in which to find and identify quality facilities in which to place homeless, abused or abandoned animals, facilitate the exchange of information among animal caregivers, and to create public awareness of this national tragedy, American Sanctuary Association (ASA) was formed.

Letter from the President

The American Sanctuary Association (ASA) is a 501 (c) (3), non-profit accrediting How to help abused or abandoned animalsorganization for nonprofit organizations that provide sanctuary for homeless, abandoned and abused domestic and wild animals. Similar to the American Zoological Association, which provides accreditation to zoos, ASA certifies sanctuaries that provide high quality animal care and housing.

ASA offers participating organizations the opportunity to be accredited by members of their own peer group. Accredited members are also linked to a sanctuary network that allows them to share information relating to sanctuary operations and the latest in animal care and housing. This network also assists in finding sanctuary placement for animals who need help.

This is your opportunity to join a unique group of organizations dedicated to providing lifetime humane care for animals in need, and to help create policies for all member organizations of ASA. Enclosed you will find additional materials that explains more about our mission. If you believe your animal care and handling policies meet our guidelines, we invite you to apply for accreditation now. All application information submitted to ASA, and any resulting site visit, is always kept confidential.

This is a unique period in the history of the sanctuary movement. Building on the need to differentiate between true sanctuaries that do not breed, buy, sell, trade or use animals commercially, from those that exploit animals, it is important that the public knows where you stand. Foundations and other grantors often look to us for certification that you meet these standards.

For those of us who humanely and compassionately care for animals, ASA promises to strive to be the most comprehensive accrediting organization in America. Six of our seven member board of directors are themselves sanctuary directors. Combined, they have over 140 years of sanctuary experience and house nearly 2,000 animals. Now is the time for you and your organization to join with us. We encourage you to submit your Sanctuary Accreditation Application now. If you feel that you need additional information, please contact us with your questions.

I hope to hear from you soon.

Tippi Hedren
President
American Sanctuary Association

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