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ANIMAL WELFARE FACT SHEETS ON CARING FOR YOUR PETS

PawPrintDividerwoofsPawPrintDividercat HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR CAT

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 HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR CHICKENS

dogHOW TO CARE FOR YOUR DOG

puppyHOW TO LOOK AFTER YOUR PUPPY

horse

HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR HORSE

rabbit

    HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR RABBIT

      guinea pigHOW TO CARE FOR YOUR GUINEA PIG

ratHOW TO CARE FOR YOUR RAT

PawPrintDivider670px-Travel-by-Car-with-Your-Dog-Step-1Most dogs love to ride in cars and it’s fun to take them along with you wherever you go. But here are some safety tips you should think about before traveling by car with your favorite pet.

TAKING YOUR DOG ON A JOURNEY

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heat-strokeDuring the hot summer weather many of us want to be outside; relaxing, playing with the children, sunbathing – generally enjoying time with friends and family, including our canine pals.Enjoy the fun, but please remember that dogs (and cats) can suffer from the same problems that humans do from over exposure to the sun, including overheating, dehydration and even sunburn.Here are some tips to follow to prevent your dog suffering in the heat:

NEVER LEAVE YOUR DOG ALONE IN A CAR

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Children and Animal Cruelty: What Parents Should Know

One of the most common form of animal cruelty is the abandonment of dogs. As pet owners fail to understand and control the behavior of their dogs when they go around chewing shoes and furniture, barking, urinating in the wrong places, etc., they ‘give up hope’ and abandon them.
Well, it is our responsibility to spend some quality time daily to train your dog! It will take some patience, and a lot of love. But remember, just like us human, learning as we get older, animals learn as they grow too! And what is better than to spend some quality time to bond with man’s best friend? As natural “explorers,” don’t all children sometimes harm animals?

Absolutely not. While some children kill insects, few torture pets or other small creatures. If allowed to harm animals, children are more likely to be violent later in life. Animal cruelty, like any other violence, should never be attributed to a stage of development.

What kind of children are cruel to animals?

Serious or repeated animal cruelty is seen more often in boys than in girls. Children as young as four may harm animals, but such behaviour is most common during adolescence. Cruelty is often associated with children who do poorly in school and have low self-esteem and few friends. Children who are cruel to animals are often characterized as bullies and may have a history of truancy, vandalism, and other antisocial behaviour’s.

What does animal cruelty indicate about family dynamics?

Researchers say that a child’s violence against animals often represents displaced hostility and aggression stemming from neglect or abuse of the child or of another family member. Animal cruelty committed by any member of a family, whether parent or child, often means child abuse occurs in that family.

What should I do if my child or a neighbour’s child has harmed an animal?

If you suspect your child has deliberately harmed an animal, talk to your child. Try to discover what caused the cruelty. Communicate with your child, your child’s teachers, and your child’s friends. The more you know about your child’s activities, the better able you will be to guide your child in making compassionate and humane choices.

Something as serious as animal cruelty, however, should not be handled alone. Seek help from a family counsellor, school counsellor, paediatrician, or clergy member. If you know another child who has harmed an animal, report what you know immediately to your local animal-welfare organization or police department. Alert the child’s school principal or guidance counsellor.

What should I tell my child about the other child’s behavior?

Explain that animal abuse is often a sign of other serious problems and should be addressed by the proper authorities. Knowing that a friend has serious problems can be quite troubling for a child, as can witnessing animal cruelty. Your child may need to sort out the feelings the incident raises.

What should I do if an otherwise “good” child harms an animal one time?

Though innocent exploration may be corrected simply by talking with the child, any time a child causes an animal pain or suffering you should be concerned.

What is the difference between innocent exploration and calculated animal cruelty?

Innocent exploration may come of simple curiosity, but calculated animal cruelty is motivated by a desire to harm. While even innocent acts of cruelty should be addressed, it is particularly important to intervene when a child is insensitive to the obvious distress of an animal, repeats a harmful behaviour, or derives pleasure from causing an animal pain.

How can I teach my child to respect animals?

Teach by example; use real-life situations to instill a sense of respect for all life. Invite your child to help you feed the birds or rescue a bug. With older children, discuss animal-cruelty cases publicized in the news. Encourage children to speak up for animals.
The HSUS’s Youth Education Division, the National Association for Humane and Environmental Education.

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