Many of us take animal control for granted. We treat is as something that happens “behind the scenes” to keep our communities running smoothly. But the truth is it takes a team of dedicated, hard-working professionals who devote a great many hours to serve the public. It takes special skills to approach abused, abandoned or diseased animals, and a big heart to do the job.

Take a moment to watch this heart-wrenching video posted by Hope for Paws about a heroic rescue of a German Shepherd from the Los Angeles River – a long stretch of mostly cement framed by high embankment and fencing.

This week it’s our turn to show our thanks by celebrating Animal Care and Control Appreciation Week, April 9-15, 2017. How can we show our appreciation?

  • Contact our local shelters and municipalities, find out who these unsung heroes are, ask them to share their rescue stories on video and post their stories on social media.
  • Educate the public about services these professionals provide by protecting the welfare of helpless animals and pets that are rescued from injury, disease, abuse and starvation.
  • Raise awareness about the importance of enforcing animal control laws and keeping the public safe from diseases such as rabies.
  • Donate your time to help educate the public about the proper care of community pets.
  • Work with animal control units to organize a thank you party for their efforts, invite the local press.
  • Suggest a guest appearance by an animal control professional at your child’s school.
  • Organize an awareness campaign to continue the pathway of rescued animals needing to find their forever homes.
  • Write a note of thanks to your local animal control agency. It will mean a lot to know you care!

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