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April Is Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals Month

Be part of the solution and stop animal cruelty.

Be part of the solution and stop animal cruelty.

by Lucy Bobeck

April is National Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month.  The event was started by the ASPCA to call attention to the countless animals that are abused, neglected and abandoned each year and how individuals can fight against it.

Around 7 million animals enter shelters each year.  Approximately 4 million are euthanized.  Sadly only 40 percent of dogs are adopted, and cats have a 30 percent adoption rate.  Half of the animals entering shelters are owner surrenders.

Why are so many animals let down by the people who are supposed to take care of them? Society, too often, does not value animals and sees them as disposable.  Or owners do not take the time to train pets to obey even simple commands. (Behavior problems rank high on the reasons dogs and cats are surrendered.)

How can we change an uncaring world into one that values our beautiful, loyal animals?  The ASPCA thinks each person can make a personal difference and suggests these tips for recognizing and reporting animal abuse:

  • Know who to call in your community to report abuse.
  • Get to know the animals in your neighborhood.
  • Call authorities when you see something amiss.
  • Fight for the passage of anti-cruelty laws.
  • Talk to kids about how to treat animals with kindness and respect.
  • Support your local shelter or rescue group.

Heaven Can Wait helps every day by seeing that the dogs we rescue are ready to be adopted into new homes through our Pups on Parole training program. Our Angels for Animals humane education programs provides school children with direct, grade level information on caring for, and respecting animals.  And our Youth Group gets kids involved in helping homeless animals in the community.

What’s the best way to solve the problem?  Prevent it in the first place by eliminating pet overpopulation through spay and neuter. Heaven Can Wait’s targeted spay and neuter programs are instrumental in preventing unwanted litters of puppies or kittens from being born and ultimately being surrendered to shelters.

Let’s work toward every home being a loving home.

Get involved in stopping animal cruelty in Las Vegas by completing the HCWS volunteer application.

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Meet The Boys From Heaven Can Wait

T-Bone is one of the cutest cats you may ever meet.

T-Bone is one of the cutest cats you may ever meet.

Here are some of the adorable boys waiting to find their forever homes at the Heaven Can Wait Adoption Center.  You can meet them every Thursday – Sunday inside PetSmart at 7050 Arroyo Crossing Parkway (Rainbow and I-215exit).  Or email us for details at: cats@hcws.org.

T-Bone (pictured above) was rescued from a travel trailer where he was living with 70 other cats.  This big boy is extremely affectionate and loves to be around other felines.  Our cat coordinate calls him, “One of the cutest cats you may ever meet.”

Max is a senior citizen who is young at heart.

Max is a senior citizen who is young at heart.

Max is a beautiful senior citizen who is young at heart.  He is also a special needs kitty with diabetes.  Max needs a home that can help him with daily insulin shots and a special diet.  In return this big boy will fill his family’s home with lots of love and kisses.

Tiger is full of personality.

Tiger is full of personality.

If you are looking for a cat with a BIG personality, Tiger is your kind of guy.  This cat will love to chase around your house playing with toys and when he is done, he will curl up in your lap being as sweet as can be.

Jess is a little timid until he gets to know people.

Jess is a little timid until he gets to know people.

Some cats, like Jess are shy and take time to warm up to new people.   Our coordinator says offering Jess a treat or brushing his hair helps ease his timid nature, but this cat will probably need a guardian who is very patient.

Check out All of the wonderful cats and dogs at Heaven Can Wait by Clicking Here.   Not Ready To Adopt?  You can Sponsor a Cat or Dog by Clicking Here.