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April is

Prevention of
Cruelty to Animals
Month

Show your
support
for the cause:
WEAR
ORANGE!
IS ADOPTING A DOG
RIGHT FOR YOU?
Animal cruelty is unfortunately a widespread
phenomenon in our society. Luckily, individuals
and organizations are helping to fight against it by
naming April Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month.
Not every case of cruelty involves direct violence
against animals. Sometimes it can be owners
who neglect animals they either are not interested
in or are unable to take care of. Here are a few
questions you should ask yourself about your
situation before rushing out to find the perfect
puppy.
DO I HAVE THE MONEY AND TIME

TO TAKE CARE OF AN ANIMAL?
There are a lot of costs involved in taking
care of an animal. Do some research to get
a realistic estimate of both the initial and
monthly costs of pet ownership. Be sure to
include potential emergency care in your
calculations.
IS A PUPPY THE BEST CHOICE FOR ME?
Puppies — everyone loves them, but they
might not be your best option. They require
more work and aren’t always friendly to
children. An older dog whose personality is
established may be a better fit.
IS MY HOME READY FOR A DOG?
When you get a pet, your home
isn’t just yours anymore. Be sure
you have no poisonous materials,
loose objects that could hurt
an animal, or easily accessible
garbage lying around.

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Before rushing out to adopt,
consider fostering an animal first.
You can see if you’re ready and
help a pet looking for a home at
the same time.

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