April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month
Remember…We Are Their Voice
According to the ASPCA, every ten seconds an animal is abused or beaten. Mesquite animal Shelter is proud to join the ASPCA as they celebrate 145 years of fighting animal cruelty.
It’s a reminder to people to speak out for animals who they think might be abused or neglected. Here are 3 easy ways you can help prevent animal cruelty.
- Report animal abuse if you see it. If you witness someone abusing a dog or cat, whether they are physically abusing the animal or neglecting the animal in some way, report it to local animal control. Neglect may require an educational visit from an animal control officer. Abuse may require removal of the animal from the home. Either way, your call will guarantee a better life for the pet. The ACO’s will keep your name confidential.
- Learn to recognize animal cruelty. Here are some signs and symptoms seen in many of the cases investigated:
- Tick or flea infestations. Such a condition, if left untreated by a veterinarian, can lead to an animal’s death.
- Wounds on the body.
- Patches of missing hair.
- Extremely thin, starving animals.
- An owner striking or otherwise physically abusing an animal.
- Dogs that are repeatedly left alone without food and water, often chained up in a yard.
- Dogs that have been hit by cars – or are showing any of the signs listed above – and have not been taken to a veterinarian.
- Dogs that are kept outside without shelter in extreme weather conditions.
- Animals who cower in fear or act aggressively when approached by their owners
- Teach children to respect animals. Children learn how to treat animals from the adults in their lives. Be a role model and show kindness and respect to animals and the children in your life will do the same. There is a reason for promoting kindness: children who are cruel to animals often grow up to be cruel to people as well. Nip animal cruelty in the bud early on. Teach children compassion. Teach your children to treat animals with respect. By learning how to properly care for pets when young, your children will be responsible pet owners as adults. This may help break the chain of abuse. Explain why your animals need daily food and water, describe the benefits of regular veterinary care and show by example how to treat your pets with love.
Be kind to animals. Thank you for making a difference by preventing animal cruelty.
Featured Dog: Roddy
Roddy was found as a stray. Border collie/Australian shepherd 1-2 years old. He was a little reserved and to be honest, scared the first week he was here. Now that he knows it’s safe here he has become more social and loves people and attention. He would be very happy to meet you and come to live with you. but will need lots of exercise and is a a little high energy when he first get outside but then I calms down and really soaks up the lovin’ & attention that he is given. Ya know, a guy can’t pass up attention. He is very motivated to learn and has mastered the jump and ramp in the exercise yard. He is learning his manners and loves to go on walks. He wants to be with people and will go looking for new friends if left alone. so he can jump fences so will need a high fence and someone with him when out in the yard. Would make a great running partner.
Other available dogs- At time article was submitted there were not other dogs available for adoption
Featured cat- Buffy
Watching and waiting …Is it possible a home could come along someday if she just keeps a lookout? Domestic short haired about 2 years old. She wants attention just as much as the next cat, but she she’s coy about it, Buffy is a bit shy, but if you come up to where she’s hanging out, she’ll love you for a good chin rub, and she’ll rub her head against yours with a relaxed purr. Once she is comfortable with you she just loves attention, being petted and brushed. she has taken over the part time care of a young kitten giving him his baths and allowing him to snuggle beside her while they relax and nap.
All animals will be spayed or neutered prior to leaving shelter and receive 1 year rabies vaccination and city license. Ages are approximate.
The City of Mesquite Animal Shelter located at 795 Hardy Way is open for adoptions from 11am until 1 pm, Monday through Saturday, Sunday 1pm -3pm. Please call 702-346-7415 during these hours to speak to the front desk. Animal Control may be reached by phone or voicemail at 702-346-5268
The animals submitted to the media may have changed so please visit our Petfinder website for a current listing and more detailed information on the animals. www.mesquiteanimalshelter.petfinder.com
Please also check our Facebook pages for lost and found animals along with pet information. https://www.facebook.com/MesquiteNVAnimalControl and https://www.facebook.com/FRIENDSOFMESQUITENVANIMALSHELTER