April Is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month!

March 31, 2017

Even though the ASPCA works year-round to prevent cruelty to animals, April is special because it is officially Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month! Every year, we ask supporters to celebrate this month by helping raise awareness about important issues facing animals today—and we hope that you’ll join in!

ASPCA volunteer holding a dog

We have some exciting ways you can get involved and make a difference all month long:

Commemorate Dog Fighting Awareness                                                                   
Saturday, April 8, marks our annual National Dog Fighting Awareness Day. The ASPCA designated this day to further advance the conversation about dog fighting, and to encourage animal-lovers across the country to take action against this brutal form of cruelty. This year, you can add your voice to this cause by joining Sir Patrick Stewart for our Get Tough campaign: Sign our pledge and share your selfie!.

Start Your Own Fundraising Campaign
Join Team ASPCA and create a customized, personal fundraising page for an important event or furry friend in your life. Then, share your page with your friends and family! Whether you’re donating your birthday, honoring the memory of a beloved pet or getting active with Team ASPCA’s Virtual 5K, the money you raise could make a huge difference in the lives of animals in need.

Help a Horse
To all the “neigh-sayers,” we haven’t forgotten about our equine friends! We’re gearing up for ASPCA Help a Horse Day on Wednesday, April 26. Join us in honoring our nation’s horses by supporting the ASPCA and your local horse rescue in the fight to end equine cruelty and neglect, or by attending a Help a Horse Day event in your community. The full list of Help a Horse Day events is coming soon, so be sure to check back!

Make Adoption Your First Option ®
Looking for a furry family member? Shelters have immense numbers of lovable dogs and cats of all shapes, sizes and ages who are looking for loving homes. So, please make adoption your first choice. Check out our nationwide database of dogs and cats who are looking for good homes, or if you are local to New York City, visit the ASPCA Adoption Center.

Show Your Support Online
During April, use Your Facebook page, Instagram, Twitter account or personal blog to spread the word about Prevention of Cruelty to Animals month—and be sure to tag us at @ASPCA in your posts! If you don’t already, follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

We are gearing up to spread the word about animals in need nationwide all month long. We hope you will join us in our fight to prevent cruelty this month and year-round.