Good Companions

August is International Homeless Animal Month.

Every day, animals are abandoned or placed into kennels, dependent on charities and volunteers. These organizations are strained beyond coping and are desperate to raise awareness of the plight of homeless and abandoned animals. Homeless Animals Day in August aims to educate people about pet abandonment, feral animals and the benefits of neutering and spaying domestic animals.

How can you help? Donate your time and/or money to a local rescue group; spay and neuter your own pets; consider adoption before buying from a breeder; microchip your pets; educate yourself before you take in an animal; and, most importantly, remember a pet is a commitment for however long that pet will be alive. Your companion animals depend on you to provide a safe home.

Visit the Carver-Scott Humane Society to find out how you can help.

—Harmony Gallegos is a volunteer for A Rotta Love Plus dog rescue and the owner of Harmony and Pets in Eden Prairie.