March is a great month to make some great changes. The plants are all blooming that spring smell is in the air! Try some of AGA’s March tips and tricks and make some great changes to your pets life!
Start a Pet Facebook or Instagram!
It’s crazy how many pets have their own followings on social media sites. From Poms to Poodles and everything in between, making a page for your furry friend is fun and many times informative for others in your community! You can make friends,Gather people to your cause or just make a case for awareness of your choice! Here are some easy steps to start your own pets page!
- -Think up a great name! From MISTER TODD, to ORO PUPPY MILL TO POSH PRINCE! The sky’s the limit! Make something funny from your pet’s name or include words for your awareness.
- -The info section! Make sure you pay special attention to this section. If you want awareness or to build a following, outline what you plan to do with your pets page. If it’s just for fun that’s great too!
- -It’s all about the images. Picture are really the way we live our lives now. The old adage, “a picture is worth 1,000 words” really speaks volumes now a days! Make sure you play with different filters, dress your pet up or put in signs with words describing what you’re trying to achieve. More times that not pictures make us feel things that reading would simply not.
- -Do not engage people. Everyone has an opinion, do not let it spoil your pets page. You can block and delete unkind comments so make sure you use that power.
- -HAVE FUN, Your dog looks funny eating peanut butter? Post it! Have a cat who manages to open the cookie jar? Catch it and post it! People will always need to laugh!
- -HASHTAGS- search hashtags….. There are about 5 million of them for pets! It’s easy, just start typing DOG and a list comes up, or MUD or BUBBLEBATH. This way others who have used the same hashtag can see what you post. Want to network? Hashtag your community or your local rescue or shelter. Hashtag your favorite grooming salon. The possibilities are endless!
Puppy Mill Awareness Day March 24th
- an establishment that breeds puppies for sale, typically on an intensive basis and in conditions regarded as inhumane.
If you have ever seen a cute little puppy in the window of a store, statistically speaking that puppy probably came from a puppy mill. According to a Study performed by the Humane Society of the United States:
- -2.04 million Estimated number of puppies sold annually who originated from puppy mills – USDA-licensed and non-USDA licensed
- -10,000 Estimated number of puppy mills in the U.S. (both licensed and unlicensed)
- -3 million Estimated number of dogs and cats euthanized by shelters every year in the U.S.
What does this mean?
It means great things for the puppy, but horrible things for your puppies parents. To maximize profit female dogs are bred at every cycle starting with their first. This means a 6 month old can become pregnant. Puppy mills usually house dogs in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions, without adequate veterinary care, food, water and socialization. This means this mother dog sees no grass, eats inadequate food and more times than not delivers dead or sick puppies. The fathers are treated even worse. Many times housed together they are grabbed out and thrown into another kennel with females, then another, then another.