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Animal Shelters: There to Help All of Us

Let’s all support the local animal shelters. We know they have a difficult job. It is not just the pet-overpopulation issue either. It is the problem with animal abuse and cruelty.

This becomes even more important as we are discovering the link between animal abuse and human abuse. It turns out that people who abuse animals are much more likely to abuse other people including a spouse, parent or child. This is very alarming and it must be stopped. We must not be afraid to speak up and report animal abuse.

Since I have been closely associated with an animal shelter for nearly two decades, I have grown to appreciate the proactive position that animal shelters take on this subject. The SPCA of Pinellas County has an education director who has taken the lead in developing programs to educate young and old about humane care and the abuse link. Her programs reach not only thousands of our elementary school children, but also, children at risk who have had problems with the law. If we can impact our youth regarding animal care, we can make a difference. Support the local shelters. They are dealing with problems that involve the whole community and can’t be effective without community participation. So get involved. Helping unwanted animals is our responsibility. Volunteer, or give your financial support. It is a great cause!

By James D. Lutz, D.V.M., Largo Veterinary Hospital. 727-584-8370.


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