Witnessing animal cruelty or neglect can be a disheartening experience. It can make you feel helpless or hopeless. That’s why we put together this quick article on what to do if you witness an animal offense. However, check out our training page for more information on what we offer.
1. Gather information of evidence
You should never put yourself at risk. Write down the date, time, and an exact account of what you saw. Include the address and name of the person if you know it. If you can provide a recording or photograph as evidence that will help animal protectors in their investigation.
2. Report the incident
Once you have all the important information, report the incident as soon as possible. You can contact your closest SPCA or other animal protection associations. Give them as much information as you can. If someone else was with you, include their names in your report as this will further strengthen the case against the abuser.
3. Keep your own records
After you have reported the incident, make sure to write down the date, time, name and surname of the person you spoke to, their response to your report, and what the end of the discussion was. This way you can follow up if nothing is done within a reasonable amount of time.
4. Thank the people who responded
When animal protection services come out and rescue the animals, make sure to thank them. It is important that they know they are not alone in the battle for justice for animals. They will be grateful to know their work is appreciated.
5. Stay educated and do your part
To help protect animals, make sure you know the animal laws where you live. Know the authorities and animal-protection groups that you can call. Keep an eye out for any animals who are being mistreated, and make sure that you speak out on behalf of them
It is our jobs to help protect those who cannot speak for themselves and who are at the mercy of cruel humans.