Make the call. If you notice or suspect a case of abuse, be sure to report it. The cycle of abuse can only be broken if it is reported and acted on. Remember that animals cannot speak for themselves and rely on you!
Provide as much detail as possible when reported suspected cases of animal abuse. It helps to write down details of the incident, and pay specific attention to the type of cruelty witnessed, who was involved and the date and time of the incident.
Contact your local police department. Animal cruelty is a CRIME—and the police MUST investigate these crimes.
Set a good example for others. If you have pets, be sure to always show them the love and good care they deserve. But it's more than just food, water, and adequate shelter. If you think your animal is sick, bring them to the vet. Be responsible and have your animals spayed or neutered.
Talk to your kids and teach them how to respect and look after animals. Children are able to understand that animals are living creatures who have the ability to feel pain, joy and sadness. They are receptive to new ideas and often take well to the responsibility of having a pet. Children will learn from example, be sure to teach them how to care for and respect all members of the family.
Support your local shelter or animal rescue organization. This could be a great way to make a difference. Many shelter need dog walkers, or volunteers for simple tasks. Maybe your child's school would like to be involved with a charity of this nature?
Utilize the Neighborhood Watch Program or create one if it does not exist. Get to know the animals in your neighborhood and invite your friends and neighbors to do the same. They will often give an early indication of criminal activity on you property and serve as a good alarm system. Keep an eye out for the pets in your neighborhood.