April is the ASPCA's Prevention of Animal Cruelty month, and in conjunction with that, today is Go Orange for Animals day!
Calvin is my orange boy. I'm sure many years ago, he probably came from an abusive situation because he was a stray left to fend for himself. He was taken in by my aunt, and when she passed away, I rescued him from the kill shelter that her husband took him to.
Abusing animals is probably my biggest pet peeve. They offer love, compansionship, laughter, and apparently help you live longer! They ask for so little in return. There is no excuse for abuse - ever!
You can take the pledge on the ASPCA's website to fight animal cruelty. As with most things, education is the key. Children who abuse animals often end up abusing people, and getting into other trouble later in life. Don't let your children take out their troubles on a helpless animal.
Don't chain a dog in a backyard! Dogs are pack animals, and need to be around people. If your dog is chained all day in a yard, then you don't deserve to have a dog.
Remember that when you get that cute little kitty, or the adorable sweet puppy, or the bunny for Easter - pets are a commitment - they take time, work, energy, money - for their entire lifetime - not just when they are little and playful.
So, Go Orange today in some way and kiss your cat, or hug your dog! They will love you for it!