Neighborhood Watch for Animals Campaign
Greenville Animal Protective Services has partnered with the Humane Society of the United States to help establish a neighborhood watch for animals. This is part of the “FIRST STRIKE” program established by the Humane Society. This program has been highly effective in other communities.
Here is how to help with our new neighborhood watch campaign for animals:
- KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD’S PETS
In a perfect world there wouldn't be any pets out on their own roaming the neighborhood. Unfortunately, some dogs and cats escape or are allowed to roam unsupervised. The more you know about the animals who live in your neighborhood, the more you’re able to help. Pay attention to the dogs and cats that live around you. When you see an animal out alone, you will be more likely to know who to contact or how to get the animal home.
- PAY ATTENTION TO ABUSE AND NEGLECT
A dog left chained outside without food, water, or shelter; a sick or injured animal whose condition goes untreated; an animal showing obvious signs of abuse; or a neighbor child who throws rocks at squirrels, all are examples of neglect and abuse that put animals in danger. You can help by being observant. Is the situation getting worse? If you see an act of overt cruelty or neglect, call Animal Protective Services immediately.
- WATCH FOR PETS IN PARKED CARS
A pet left in a parked car can be in danger, especially in warm weather. On a warm day, the temperature in a parked car can reach over 100 degrees in a matter of minutes, even with the windows partially open. A pet can easily suffer heatstroke, or suffocate and die.
- HELP THE ELDERLY
Companion animals can play very important roles in the lives of elderly people. However, they can also be a hardship for those who love them while having trouble providing essential pet care. Offer to assist by walking dogs, cleaning litter boxes, feeding pets, or taking pets to the veterinarian. If you notice that an elderly neighbor’s pet is suddenly left outside or appears to be sick, take note. It can be a sign that your neighbor is unable to care for the animal.