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Animal Welfare Sites

While not every animal lover is an activist, you can visit these sites to find out more about what is going on in the world of animal welfare and rights. What every responsible pet owner can do to promote animal welfare is to SPAY OR NEUTER YOUR PETS! There are millions of animals killed in shelters each year because of the neglect of their owners to have this simple operation done. Of course, this does not account for the animals that are on the streets, fighting for their lives and often suffering from abuses that we cannot even imagine. The buck stops with the humans, only we can make the numbers of destroyed or suffering animals lower!

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Humane Society of the United States
The ASPCA Online - be sure and check out their "jump page" for a list of shelters near you with adoptable animals.
Animal Welfare Online
International Fund for Animal Welfare - this site focuses on wild animals as well as pets.
WWF - no, it doesn't stand for World Wrestling Foundation! This is the website of the World Wildlife Foundation, always a leader in addressing concerns about wild creatures. - find out what you can do to stop animal cruelty. Needs Shockwave Flash for proper viewing, also contains some disturbing pictures. - read why you should never put a "free to a good home" ad in a newspaper. After visiting this website, everyone should want to keep a close eye on their pets!
Inside or outside? The Cat Care Society tells you why it is better to keep your kitty indoors. I am an indoor cat and I love it!
No-kill shelters - a directory of no-kill shelters listed by state. Many have websites, but unfortunately the ones who don't are only named. Still an excellent resource for finding adoptable animals in your area. Funny, no-kill shelters are the norm here in Germany. It is about time that the Americans caught up!

The next site I add, even though some people would consider it controversial. PETA is definitely more extreme in their views than most animal welfare organizations would claim to be; however, I do not feel that the list is complete without them. The best thing on the site is the list of companies that do not test on animals. This is another thing that every person can do to promote animal welfare. Although I believe that some animal testing in the medical field is necessary, I do not believe that animals should have to suffer so that I can smell better or look better. This is my own personal opinion. I do not expect visitors to my website to agree with me, but please refrain from sending hate mail because of my beliefs. We are all entitled to our own opinions, that is why we were given a brain and free will. So, please check out the PETA site. I can guarantee that you won't leave without being disturbed by some of their findings. *NOTE* this site does contain photos and other multimedia of a disturbing nature. Parents are strongly advised to not let children surf the site alone. Anyone who is disturbed by pictures of cruelty to animals should not look at the multimedia sections of the site!

PETA - People for Ethical Treatment of Animals

no cruelty

Another horror, that is very wide spread, will make you cry to think of it. Puppy mills are found all over the US, and in them there are thousands of dogs who never see the light of day. They are kept in cramped cages that are often filled with feces. These dogs suffer from all kinds of diseases and they do not receive proper veterinary care. These dogs are used as puppy producing machines, and the puppies are sold to pet stores. Yes, that's right, the cute little dogs you see in the mall have come from horrid beginnings. You might think, "Well, I should rescue this dog and give it a good home then." WRONG!! Every dog purchased from a pet store leaves an empty space for a new puppy, and keeps the mills in business. Also, pet store employees normally do not have the proper training required to care for these animals. Many pet store puppies are sick, and although they may appear healthy in the store, they might present symptoms once you bring them home. For more information, please check out the website below. I know that any animal lover will not be able to leave this website without having their heart ripped in two.

info on puppy mills

If you feel that you must have a purebred animal, please check your area for the many rescue organizations that are devoted to specific breeds. Also, you can usually find purebreds in the shelters. If you cannot find the pet that you are looking for using these methods, then do your homework and find a reputable breeder. You should be able to get information on the health of the parents as well as the animal, and you should be able to inspect the area where the dogs or cats are kept. Also, the breeder should not charge you extra for the animal's bloodline papers! If you see anything suspicious, don't hesitate to report it! Only we can stop animal suffering!!

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