Doís and Don'ts of helping animals
There are many
small steps you can take to help the helpless creatures. Surprisingly,
more than doing good to the animals, they will do good to your conscience.
When you come
across a starving, ill or injured animal, try to help it by offering it
food and water, or giving it first aid, as the case may be. If you
canít, remember that help is just a telephone call away.
Intimate an animal welfare
organization in your town.
welfare organizations are mostly short of funds and do not generally have a
sufficient number of ambulances. If the organisation you call up,
does not have a vehicle readily available, offer your car to transport the
animal. Spread a few old newspapers on the seat covers so
that they donít get soiled. The exercise will cause a little
inconvenience to you, but it will be more than compensated by the tremendous
satisfaction you will get out of it.
Dogs and cats
are in the habit of sleeping under vehicles and get badly hurt or even
killed in the process. Before you drive your vehicle, look under it
to ensure that there
is no animal there.
Alternately, every time you
start your vehicle, wait for a minute or two before putting it in the gear.
This will give time to the animal to run away. Keeping the engine idle for a
few minutes also results in
its proper lubrication and
life of your vehicle.
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behind your pet in the car with the window panes rolled up.
It can suffocate your pet within minutes.
Keep your pet
off the leash as far as possible. Always ensure that the leash is
comfortably loose around the neck of your pet. Take care that the
leash is not made of hard material and does not hurt your pet.
Take out your
pets for walks regularly. A medium sized dog would need a daily
walk of at least one to two miles (1.6 to 3.2 kms). Larger breeds
will need longer walks.
strings to the necks of stray animals
and do not allow children to do it. It can harm the animals in many ways.
you see a
stray dog with a rope around to its neck,
try to win its confidence and remove or cut the rope. If you
canít, call an animal welfare organization.
stones on a stray animal.
If you must do it to frighten away the animal, try to throw the stone off
Adopt a pet only
if you can keep it lovingly. Come what may, never abandon you pet.
Unlike stay animals, a
pet does not know how to defend itself, or where to
find food and water.
If you leave him on the road
(or worse, in a jungle), it will die a slow, agonizing death. If it becomes impossible
for you keep your pet, give it away to an animal welfare organization,
or place a free ad in an animal web-site to offer it to an animal lover.
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A very large
number of animals are injured due to carelessly thrown sharp objects.
Wrap all pieces of broken glass and nails in a cloth, paper or
plastic sheet and dispose them off properly away from the places where
animals move about.
holes on the road or pavement.
An animalís foot may get stuck up in it and fractured. If you have to dig
holes to erect a tent for a marriage function or something else, fill up the
holes completely immediately after the function is over.
away something that can be eaten by the animals, do not put it in a plastic
Plastic bags can be dangerous for animals. If an animal swallows the plastic
bag along with eatables, it may fall seriously ill and even die.
Many dogs end up
with deep, festering cuts on their throat, because some children (or even
grown-ups) tied a plastic rope round their neck and forgot to remove
it. If you have a plastic rope or a tape to throw away, cut it to
small pieces, so that nobody can wrap it around a dogís neck.
A large number
of birds die of thirst. The position is more or less the same also in
respect of stray animals. Put up bird baths in your lawn,
the roof of your house, or even your balcony. Also keep water
outside your house for the stray animals. For keeping water,
earthen wares are preferable to metal or plastic wares, because they do not
rust, they do not tip, they do not get too hot or too cold with the weather,
and usually no body steals them.
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