This is a guest post by Jeffrey Scott Franklin, owner and Operator of Cobra Canine.
6 Things You Can Do to Prevent Animal Cruelty
- Don’t get a pet as a toy or an impulse decision. The people who aren’t up for the 8 to 15-year commitment of responsibility (financially, physically and emotionally) are often times the ones who end up sending their pet to a shelter or simply not caring for the pet as is required. Pets need food, shelter, regular baths and nail clippings, vet checks, vaccines and in their lifetimes some sort of vet care or geriatric care may become necessary. Be prepared for these and this will make sure animals aren’t neglected.
- If you don’t know much about dogs (or any specific animal in question), don’t breed them. Let experts do the breeding work. Enjoy your pet to his or her fullest- without adding more animals that may or may not end up in great homes. While we aren’t advocates of spaying or neutering until at least two years of age, we do believe in being responsible if your pet is around other animals.
- Volunteer at an animal shelter. If you feel the need to have a fuzzy pet friend, but not a lot of time- donate your time and energy to a local shelter. Go walk a few dogs and pet some animals that need some love and attention. There are never enough volunteers at these places.
- Keep them warm and cozy. Donate extra blankets and care items you may already have in your home to local shelters.
- Report suspicious activity. If you see animals that are maltreated, mistreated or neglected- report it. You won’t get backlash for this from the authorities- but you very well may save an animal’s life in the process. If we keep our eyes and ears open, animals have a much better chance at having a good life or potentially, a great life and a second chance.
- Adopt or donate money to shelters. We have found many strays over the years, and helped them medically, given them training, and found them loving homes. If you see an animal that needs some TLC, or a home- help as you are able.
Jeffrey Scott Franklin is owner and operator of Cobra Canine. He has dedicated the last 25 years developing the finest quality canines for military, police, detection, drug, tracking, personal protection, and pet dog obedience and has worked with over 10,000 pet dogs and families. Directly responsible for serving the needs of several large programs including DOS, Pentagon, U.S. Customs, U.S. Military, Guatemala, Ecuador, El Salvador, Paraguay, Algeria, and numerous police departments, Franklin’s life is a constant adventure. And he’s telling his story.
The new book, Franklin: The Man Behind the United States Commando Dogs by Matthew Duffy offers an exhilarating look into the fascinating story of the pioneer behind Elite Working dogs trained for the United States Military. Readers will go along on secret operative missions with the world’s foremost K9-Combat teams, witness the enduring bond between men and dogs, and learn how Franklin is making a difference in the lives of people and dogs across the world.