Please join us in our fight against animal abuse
The heart-wrenching story of Davey’s short life has activated a community and brought many people together to fight for a cause: the prevention of animal abuse and justice for animals in the courts, in collaboration with other, like-minded nonprofits. Davey did not die in vain. He will be remembered in our hearts forever as we fight for justice for all animals.
What is animal abuse?
By animal abuse, we are referring to any form of abuse or neglect that leads to the harm or death of a domestic animal. We specifically advocate for pets. Animal abuse ranges from inflicting physical harm that may or may not result in death of a pet, to neglectful acts such as not providing food or water, abandoning an animal, leaving an animal outside in inclement weather, or failing to provide vet care, for example. Neglect is abuse!
It is our responsibility to report abuse and suspected abuse. This simple act can prevent the needless suffering of a pet in need of your voice. There’s also a proven link between animal cruelty and domestic violence—many animal abusers move onto hurting people. If you suspect animal abuse, please contact your local authorities. In Santa Barbara, please call the Santa Barbara City Animal Control at (805) 963-1513 or the Santa Barbara Humane Society at (805) 964-4777 Ext. 18.
For animal abuse in progress, please call 911.
Davey's Voice is in the process of building a comprehensive National Database of contacts to report abuse and/or neglect.
Spay/Neuter Your Pets
Not spaying/neutering an animal can also lead to suffering for that pet. “Millions of unwanted dogs and cats end up in the shelters every year, and many get euthanized due to lack of space,” says Isabelle Abitia, executive director of C.A.R.E.4Paws, a Santa Barbara County nonprofit working to reduce animal overpopulation and keep animals from ending up in shelters. “Spaying/neutering prevents the birth of countless unwanted puppies and kittens that otherwise face a very uncertain future.” There are many other reasons why spaying/neutering can lead to hardship for a pet, she adds. “For example, unaltered females may be used solely for the purpose of breeding litters to be sold, which is incredibly hard on the animal. Unaltered animals are also less likely to live inside and be a part of their families because of undesired behaviors, like marking territory and bleeding during heat cycles.” Today, there are so many affordable options available for spaying/neutering a pet, including low-cost surgeries at the Humane Society or free AND mobile surgeries through organizations such as C.A.R.E.4Paws. “We try to remove every obstacle that would get in the way of someone spaying/neutering their pet,” Abitia says.
Education is the key to long-term change. “To shift the way people think, we have to create awareness around the importance of spaying/neutering and what responsible, loving pet care entails,” says Abitia. “And then you have to give people access to the resources available so they can follow through and do what’s right for their pets.” C.A.R.E.4Paws’ bilingual outreach and Pawsitive Thinking youth programs focus on exactly that, creating awareness among kids and adults alike. “We want to inspire a greater sense of accountability and compassion for pets, and the earlier you can get the message across, the better,” she says. This is why Davey’s Voice, C.A.R.E.4Paws and United Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Barbara County are collaborating to launch a countywide campaign this summer called Paws Up for Pets. The campaign will engage elementary school children and Boys & Girls Club members to make a difference by showing that they care for animals and by helping to promote responsible pet care and animal welfare. “This campaign will allow our three groups to reach thousands of kids and their families and make a tremendous impact,” says Abitia. “Empathy builds caring communities, and it starts with our children.”
Adopt – Don’t Shop
Save a life. Adopt from your local shelter or local rescue group instead of breeding or buying a pet. And be aware that most pet stores selling animals are getting their animals from so called “puppy mills,” commercial breeding facilities where animals are often kept in inhumane conditions.
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