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April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals month

Harrison, a pitbull mix, is available for adoption at the Escondido Humane Society. He and many other dogs, cats, rabbits, and furry friends are in need of a good home.
April 16, 2014
One of the most important events for the ASPCA is the Prevention Of Cruelty to Animals month in April. The local Escondido Humane Society also contributes to the cause. The Animal Control Department of the Humane Society provides protection services and investigates cases of cruelty and neglect in the cities of Escondido, Rincon, Pala Indian Reservations, San Pasqual, San Marcos, and Poway. The Control Department includes six full-time officers who are on call 24 hours each day, seven days a week.

Volunteers make a tremendous contribution with the services they provide.

"Here at the Escondido Humane Society, our volunteers make a significant difference for the cats, dogs, rabbits, and small pets every day," said Katie Woolsey, Public Relations Coordinator for the Escondido Humane Society. "Our volunteers play a role in virtually every aspect of shelter operations, from direct animal care and community outreach to landscaping and administrative work. We appreciate their dedication to hard work which makes it possible for us to meet the needs of every animal who comes through our doors."

The ASPCA was founded in 1866 by Henry Bergh as the first humane organization in the Western Hemisphere. Their mission is to provide an effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. ASPCA shares resources with many shelters across the country, passes humane laws, and works nationally to rescue animals from abuse. Their motto, according to their website, is: "We believe that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment at the hands of humans and must be protected under the law."

To help protect animals in the community, the following information is offered:

• Learn the signs of abuse which could include someone hitting an animal; an animal chained in the yard or left outside without shelter from the sun; lack of food or water; signs of pain or wounds; and animals that have matted fur or fleas.

• Set a good example by showing your pets love and good care.

• Teach your children to treat animals with kindness and respect.

• Neuter or spay pets

The animal control department should be contacted immediately at (760) 888-2275 if someone suspects an animal is in trouble.

"We always tell people that they are our eyes and ears," said Woolsey. "Animals don't have a voice and are helpless to protect themselves against cruelty and neglect, so we need the community's tips and calls to ensure that animals in jeopardy receive the care they need."

To adopt a furry friend, call the Adoptions Center at (760) 888-2247 or visit in person at 3450 East Valley Parkway. For those who aren't ready to adopt a pet to add to the family, fostering is an option or volunteering at the shelter.

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