In honor of National Dog Fighting Awareness Day on Wednesday, April 8, the ASPCA is asking animal lovers and advocates across the country to help #GetTough on dog fighting. Dog fighting is a brutal and barbaric crime that is taking place in every community in all corners of the country.
The work the ASPCA is doing is pretty awesome: from partnering with and supporting local law enforcement on investigations into dog fighting rings and securing seizure warrants to get these dogs to safety and the subsequent humane removal and transport of fighting dogs to safety, to setting up emergency shelters where these former fight dogs are provided medical care, humane housing, critical socialization, comprehensive behavioral assessments and behavioral modification protocols in an effort to safely and responsibly place these dogs- whenever appropriate and possible- into loving homes. Those who have worked these deployments will consistently describe their experience with the ASPCA Field and Investigation Response team as some of the most awesomely inspiring, empowering, heartbreaking and soul feeding hard-as-nails work they have ever done.
But they can’t do it alone—they need the support of animal lovers, animal advocates and citizens who believe that dogs deserve better than life on the chain and fighting for their life for heartless criminals in our community with a perversely twisted definition of sport.
So many of these former fight dogs, rescued in raids led by the ASPCA and others are now living the life every dog deserves: with soft beds, consistent food, more toys than you can shake a stick at, and attentive, hired staff that mistakenly think they “adopted” a dog. Silly people… We all know we work for them!
One such dog is professional pibbler Theodore. Theo was one of the #367Dogs. Theo and the others now living a charmed life wouldn’t be where they are today without the work of the ASPCA and other national and local organizations. And if course, people like us. Here are three simple ways to help rescue wonderful dogs from the pit:
1. Get your own microposter here, then take a selfie with your dog, cat or, my favorite from the part week, a turtle! and share it on your social media platforms. Hashtag it #GetTough and #ASPCA. Whether you make it simple or complex, just make and share it and bring awareness to this brutal crime. Lend your voice- and your dog’s-to the ASPCA #GetTough campaign!
2. The Department of Justice has become a reliable ally with the ASPCA, local humane societies and municipal animal control departments and individuals committed to ending dog fighting. Sign the petition and ask the DOJ. To continue to support all of us in our work to get dogs out of the pit.
3. Arm yourself with the facts and tips on how you can help end this barbaric treatment of dogs. There are lots of resources out there but this is a good place to start.
Feel free to share this blog entry, or any of the links or images, with your friends, family and followers. Get the word out that dog fighting is barbaric, it’s a crime and it’s happening in every single community- even yours.