Start a Neighborhood Watch Program…for Pets!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 11:15am

Every 10 seconds an animal is abused, and chances are it’s happening in your very own community. By creating a neighborhood watch group you can help crack down on animal cruelty and neglect. These tips will help get you started:

Build a Team. Get to know the animals in your neighborhood and invite your friends and neighbors to do the same. Together you can keep an eye out for any suspicious behavior, lost pets, etc.

Hold Monthly Meetings. Meetings can be held in a private home or local cafe. If your area is much bigger, you may need to obtain permission to use a school or church in the area.

Learn how to report animal cruelty. Every state is different. In some areas, the police department investigates animal cruelty; in others, that job falls to local animal control. If you aren't sure where to report cruelty, visit our Report Animal Cruelty section.

Work with local authorities. Tell your local humane organization, animal shelter and police department that you are starting a neighborhood watch program. Ask them to come on board with any tips!

Pay Attention! Is a bad situation getting worse? Have you seen a blatant act of animal cruelty? Are pets disappearing from your neighborhood? Don't turn your back. Rally your team and call the local authorities immediately.

Look Out for Wild Neighbors. Wild animals need protection, too. If you see anyone injure a wild animal, please report the incident. Wild animals are also often injured or killed by trash we throw away. Help implement a cleanup and recycling plan in your community.

For more ways to make a difference in your community, visit our Get Involved Section.