October is National Animal Safety and Prevention Month. This is a great time to remind everyone and particularly animal lovers about the importance of safe practices in caring for animals. One of the most im-portant ways we can protect our animals is to have an evacuation plan in the event of a disaster. With hurri-cane season in full swing, having a disaster plan in place will go a long way in keeping animals safe.
Other ways to contribute to the safety and welfare of animals is to donate, adopt or volunteer at a local animal shelter. Shelters are assisting and taking in animals from the devastations of hurricane Harvey and Imra last month. Many animals were misplaced due to these hurricanes.
If you’re not sure where you can pitch in, try contacting DeKalb County’s Animal Shelter located at 3280 Chamblee Dunwoody Road. They offer a variety of support and services including volunteer opportuni-ties, pet adoptions, registering your pet, lost pets and low cost spay/neuter to name a few. They are open seven days a week and can be reached at 404-294-2949 or visit them online at www.dekalbanimalservices.com.
If you own a pet, you can support the welfare of animals by having a micro-chip placed in your pet. This will help in the event they ever get lost you can find them. Another helpful tool for pet owners is to have an identification tag on your pets.
One of the other things you can do to support the humane care of pets is to visit your local zoo. If you want to take children to the zoo with you, this can lead to conversations about how to treat animals. Since we share this wonderful world with animals, we should learn to treat them with the love and respect they deserve.