Adopt from your local pound, shelter or rescue organization.
Volunteer at a local pound, shelter or for a rescue organization.
Report any concerns regarding animal facility sanitary conditions to your local health agency and/or to the State Department of Health and Senior Services.
Report any concerns of animal cruelty, neglect or abuse to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and to the animal cruelty investigator in your municipality.
Be prepared to ensure your pet's safety in an emergency. Make sure your emergency plan addresses what you will do when an emergency requires you to leave your home, leave your pet at home, or prevents you from returning home.