5 Ways to Help Stop Animal Abuse

Courtesy of Guardians of Rescue

One quick Google news search of the term “animal abuse” yields over 53,000 results. Animal abuse is a serious problem that many people are beginning to take notice of due to the horrific news headlines covering the stories. These allegations lately include such heartbreaking stories as animals being slammed, starved, beaten, and more. From undercover investigations taking place at big name food manufacturers to animal cruelty being reported by individuals in communities around the nation, many people are looking for ways to help bring an end to these horrific news stories.

"We have made it our mission to help catch those responsible for animal cruelty and bring them to justice,” says Robert Misseri, founder and president of Guardians of Rescue. “However, it’s a job that we don’t do alone. It is a collaborative effort to make it happen, but we have been quite successful at it.”

Guardians of Rescue (GOR) is an animal rescue organization which has built a reputation for helping to rescue abused and abandoned animals. Being serious about their mission, their investigative team is headed by Joaquin “Jack” Garcia, a former FBI agent, who spent 26 years doing undercover field work on over 100 assignments, including bringing about 39 convictions of Mafia figures.

“We investigate every animal cruelty lead that comes to us,” explains Garcia. “We have seen some awful things in doing so, but it’s always a great thing when we can rescue the animal and bring the person to justice who was the abuser. That’s what we do all of this for. Whether it’s a lack of proper care, dogfighting, hoarding, or something else, our mission is to help these animals.”

What to Do if You Find a Stray Dog

Dogs are part of the family. The unique personalities and characteristics our dogs possess are irreplaceable, and it can be heart-breaking to lose their company. Stray dogs are a growing problem in the United States, and a majority of these strays are forced to wander the dangerous streets or begin a new life in an animal shelter. Learning how to properly bring a stray dog to safety is vital for your safety, as well as the stray’s safety.

When trying to care for a stray, safety is always first. It is easy to become swept up in emotions when you see a stray dog hurt or in a dangerous situation — like running in traffic.  Even if you have good intentions, it is important to consider all options before taking action to keep the situation from becoming even more hazardous.

There are numerous ways to encounter a stray dog, but the most common scenarios are on foot or in vehicular traffic. Remaining calm is the key to keeping a clear mind and deciding the best option for the stray’s safety. For instance, if you are driving and encounter a stray in traffic, try to pull over on the side of the road where it is safe. If you are unable to pull over or are a passenger of the car, take note of the animal, its health condition, and the exact location it was seen. The driver of the car can either turn back around to help the dog or report the situation to animal control. Whether you are on foot or in the car, analyzing the condition of the animal is important for your safety. The dog may be injured, sick, malnourished, or even rabid. If the stray dog appears to be defensive and could bite or attack, do not approach the dog. Instead, take note of the dog's location and give as much detail as possible to animal control.

Purina Better With Pets Summit Comes to Brooklyn!

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The Purina Better With Pets Summit took place at the Brooklyn Expo yesterday. With the theme of the emotional wellness of pets and their owners, the day's panels focused on one singular theme: life is simply better with our pets in it!

Animal experts, including Jayne Vitale, a child development expert and director of the Mutt-i-grees® Curriculum, a social and emotional learning (SEL) program designed to teach empathy as a skill to adolescents, Ilana Resiner, a veterinarian and behaviorist, Charley Bednarsh, Director of Children's Services and Pet Partner Therapy. 

Vitale kicked off a panel conversation by discussing the simple power of words. How we use them as a society affects how our dogs are treated, so we have switched from mutts to muttigrees. We have moved away from being the dog's master and settled into being a dog's owner or even parent. 

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The day-long event, hosted by Emmy-nominated comedian and writer, Josh Gondelman, combined leading animal expert discussions with Q&A sessions and interactive exhibits which showcased ways to help calm your pet as well as demonstrations that showed the stress response join dogs and cats.The day opened up with Purina senior research nutritionist Arleigh Reynolds, who has researched the dog and human bond for many years in Alaska, "Humans are hardwired to share their lives with dogs." The day was capped off with author, reality television personality, Carole Radziwill as the keynote speaker, discussing how animals have impacted her life.

A panel on "Stress, Our Pets, and Us", was moderated by Dr. Marty Becker, whom many of you may know from his countless articles on Vet Street. This discussion outlined the ways that we affect our pet's stress levels and vice versa, along with ways to calm them. Lighting for example, is an easy way to help soothe anxious pets.