Even though Paw Prints in the Sand works year-round to prevent and bring awareness to cruelty to animals, April is special because it is officially the ASPCA’s Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month! We are asking supporters to celebrate by joining us in raising awareness about important issues facing animals today. Here’s how you can help:

April 8th is Dog Fighting Awareness Day –  Dog fighting is one of the worst acts of animal abuse that exists today. The ASPCA created this very special day to bring awareness to and further the conversation on dog fighting. For more information on dog fighting and how you can help, read our previous blog post.

Start Your Own Fundraiser – Join the PPITS team by starting a Facebook fundraiser to support animal rescues and share it with your friends and family. Whether you’re asking people to donate for your birthday or in honor of a furry loved one, the money you raise will help an animal in need.

Adopt, Don’t Shop – Looking to add a four legged friend to your family? The shelters are beyond full with great pets looking for a loving home. Visit your local shelter or adoption web sites such as adopt-a-pet.com, PetFinder, or RescueMe.org. If you’re in California, check out our adorable adoptables at www.pawprintsinthesand.org/adopt.

Consider Fostering – Just like animal shelters, foster based rescues like Paw Prints in the Sand are always full. Without a loving foster home, we can’t save an animal in need. If you aren’t ready to make a full time commitment to a pet, but want to help save lives, consider fostering. Foster policies vary with different rescues. If you are interested in fostering, contact a local rescue for more information. For more information on fostering for Paw Prints in the Sand, please visit our foster page at www.pawprintsinthesand.org/foster. We cover all costs, and it’s only temporary.

Spread the word – Use your Facebook page, Instagram, or Twitter accounts to spread the word about Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month. Be sure to tag us at @PPITSresq on Instagram or @PPITSRescue on Twitter. If you don’t already, please follow us on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages.

We are excited to get the word out about animals in need. We hope you will join us in our fight to prevent cruelty to animals this month and throughout the year!