CPVH Observes National Animal Cruelty Prevention MonthClaws & Paws Veterinary Hospital of Pearland, providing pets with the best possible care, proudly announces that April is National Animal Cruelty Prevention month and provides the community with the top ten ways to help prevent animal cruelty.
- Know who to call to report animal cruelty. The Pearland community is fortunate to have a very good Animal Control center. Call them at 281-652-1970.
- Get to know and look out for the animals in the neighborhood. By being aware of the pets in the area, it may be easier to notice the dog next door rapidly losing weight, which is a possible indicator of abuse.
- Make the call. Without phone calls from concerned citizens who report animal cruelty in their neighborhoods, pets can be abused to the point of death. Prevention begins with anyone — that’s why it’s so important for everybody to keep their eyes and ears open.
- Provide as much information as possible when reporting animal cruelty. The details provided can go a long way toward assisting an investigating officer. It helps to write down the type of cruelty witnessed, who was involved, the date of the incident and where it took place.
- Contact the local law enforcement department and let them know that investigating animal cruelty should be a priority. Animal cruelty is a crime — and the police must investigate these crimes.
- Fight for the passage of strong anti-cruelty laws on federal, state, and local levels. With stronger laws come tougher penalties.
- Set a good example for others. Show others the love and good care animals deserve, but it’s more than just food, water, and adequate shelter. Be responsible and have pets spayed and neutered. Give them lots of love and hugs.
- Talk to kids about how to treat animals with kindness and respect. Children need to understand how important it is to provide fresh water and food for their family members, including the four-legged variety. Describe how important it is to keep them warm. It’s important to teach children that pets are creatures that, like them, have the ability to feel pain, joy and sadness.
- Support local shelters or animal rescue organizations. Although monetary donations are always welcome, even 30 minutes of time is greatly appreciated. If anyone is interested, contact Pearland Animal Control, or one of their favorite rescue organizations, and find out how to help.
- Start a neighborhood watch program. Get to know the animals in the neighborhood and invite friends and neighbors to do the same. Together, everyone can keep an eye out for any suspicious behavior — abuse and neglect of companion animals, the mistreatment of local wildlife, dogs left in hot cars and other incidents worth reporting.
“It only takes awareness and time to prevent animal cruelty and together we can all make a difference!” Dr. Julie Wickel, of Claws & Paws Veterinary Hospital, said.
To learn more, call Claws & Paws Veterinary Hospital at 281-997-1426. Claws & Paws Veterinary Hospital is located at 2556 East Broadway in Pearland and the office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Mon, Wed, Thu & Fri, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tue and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Claws & Paws Veterinary Hospital is currently accepting new patients, and the staff is ready to take all calls.
About Claws & Paws Veterinary Hospital
Claws & Paws Veterinary Hospital was founded in 1997 by Dr. Julie Wickel and has built a reputation as one of the finest veterinary hospitals in the area ever since. Each day, Claws & Paws strives to provide the highest quality of medicine and service to all patients and owners. Each pet that exits its doors has been pampered and spoiled, as the vets fulfill their goal of courtesy and compassion with high-quality medicine.