What can you do to prevent animal cruelty?
In New Jersey, failure to provide necessary care to a living animal constitutes animal cruelty. Necessary care involves access to food, water, shelter, and, when needed, veterinary care. Neglect, abandonment, and intentional abuse are also all violations of New Jersey law. Sadly, these examples of animal cruelty, in addition to cases of animal hoarding, are all too common in our area. In 2013, the Bergen County SPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement Officers and Agents conducted over 300 new cruelty investigations. It’s alarming to think of the many more thousands of animals around the country who experience distress, yet the abuse goes undetected or unreported.
The good news is that everyone can take action to further provide a safe environment for our County’s vulnerable animals. Let’s work to prevent animal abuse before it ever begins.
Here are five things you can do to help:
- If you see something, say something! If you are concerned that an animal may be in distress, do not ignore it. Your actions could help save a life. Report animal cruelty to the Bergen County SPCA’s hotline at 201-573-8900. If the animal in distress is outside of Bergen County, contact the local area’s SPCA.
- Take responsibility for the animals in your life. Pets, wildlife, and farm animals can all benefit from our awareness and action. Learn to be a responsible pet owner and protect wildlife by maintaining your distance.
- Speak up for animals. Send a message to your local officials to let them know how important it is to have strong animal cruelty legislation. Let them know that resources are needed for animal cruelty law enforcement and prevention work. Also consider joining the Bergen County SPCA as a Society or Law Enforcement member and become part of our effort.
- Teach the kids in your life that kindness counts. Early prevention is our best weapon in the fight against animal abuse.
- Learn about the link between animal cruelty and other forms of violence. Frequently, animals are not the only victims of abuse. There is a strong connection between animal abuse, domestic violence, and other serious crimes.
Want to do more?
Get involved! Join our community of dedicated supporters by dedicating your time, energy and talents to animal cruelty prevention and investigation in Bergen County.
- Volunteer your time with our organization to assist with fundraising and cruelty investigations.
- Adopt an animal from the Bergen County Animal Shelter & Adoption Center.
- Teachers: Book a school presentation.
- Make a donation to support our animal cruelty prevention and law enforcement programs.