For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Michelle Pintar
Direct: (414) 431-6104
April is Prevention
of Animal Cruelty Month
MILWAUKEE ? If you
spotted an individual abusing an animal, would you
know what to do? Would you confront the alleged
abuser, call your local humane society, contact
the police or pretend as though you never saw the
As a way to help educate
the public about animal cruelty, the American Society
for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
has declared April as Prevention of Animal Cruelty
The Wisconsin Humane
Society recommends the following tips for members
of the community to make life more humane for animals:
· Research indicates
there is a link between animal abuse and human violence.
If you witness or hear about animal cruelty taking
place, don't assume someone else will contact the
appropriate authorities. Take the initiative to
immediately report the situation to your local police
department and the Department of Neighborhood Services.
If you witness any life-threatening situations to
an animal, call 9-1-1.
· Teach your
children and others to respect animal life and how
to live humanely. Books and games about treating
animals humanely are available at the Animal Antics
retail store, located in the Wisconsin Humane Society.
Also, encourage your child's school to offer humane
· Educate yourself
about animal-friendly legislation in Wisconsin .
For more information, visit www.legis.state.wi.us.
· Screen your
child's television programming to ensure they are
not watching programs or movies that promote any
kind of abuse.
· If you would
like to become an animal advocate, the Wisconsin
Humane Society offers its Guardian Animal Network
program. This program was developed to encourage
responsible animal guardianship, end cruelty and
neglect and promote kindness toward all animals
and people. The network includes individuals who
serve as animal advocates and promote ending cruelty
and sustaining empathy and kindness in the community.
To learn more about this program, please call the
Wisconsin Humane Society at (414) 431-6159.
interested in receiving a packet about companion
animal laws are invited to call the Wisconsin Humane
Society at (414) 431-6166.
Note: WHS currently
has a cat who was shot in the leg with a pellet.
This cat, who will be at WHS until end-of-day Friday,
April 1, can serve as a good photo opportunity related
to this story.