Greetings everyone! Last week Maggie wrote about getting involved in this year’s political campaigns (persuading your peeps to learn about the “animal friendly” records of those they intend to vote for). Some of you wondered if there’s an easy way to do this, and you’ll be happy to know the answer is YES!
The fastest way to get involved is to check out the Humane Society of the U.S. and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ websites:
Both of these websites provide names and contact information for your State and Congressional representatives and other information on how you can get involved with issues specific to your locale. Once you sign up, you’ll get automatic notifications when an issue affecting your state or region comes up for legislative action. You can also get involved with your HSUS and ASPCA state representatives, who have offices in your state and plan events throughout each state.
In addition to these national organizations, there are many state and local groups which monitor animal issues in counties, cities and towns. You’d need to google those, but if your folks are interested in animal welfare issues, they could also sign up for alerts from various Social Media groups like Care 2 and ForceChange. These international organizations post on a wide range of issues ranging from household pets to working animals, farm animals and wild animals. You can select which issues you’d like to receive messages about.
For candidates in the races this Fall (and in all election cycles), you should visit the websites of the ones you’re interested in following, and see if they’ve posted policy statements regarding animal issues. If they haven’t, write and ask how they feel about an issue you are concerned about!
Remember, we’d like ALL PETS TO BE WINNERS, but they sometimes need a helping hand!