Guest Blogger, Dahlia Benaroya (HelpingAbusedAnimals.org)
How do you help multiple millions of animals from being tortured and slaughtered every year? When you stop to think about this reality, it is overwhelmingly horrifying and debilitating. Some people are not mindful of this reality. Some don’t realize the extent of the brutality. And yes, some don’t care or actually enjoy the cruelty they inflict.
Thankfully, there are many people who do care and are trying to stop this horror, by savings animals and trying to make people aware of what is really happening to animals. I am so very grateful to all of them. To help rescue organizations expand their visibility, I set up a directory where they can showcase their efforts. One of my hopes is that they may leverage their efforts to save on costs in order to use their limited funds to help more animals. I also showcase rescues on my blog, on social media and e-Newsletters.
In order to help people become aware about world-wide animal abuse, my online daily paper offers many eye-opening articles curated from many sources. There are many petitions that are helping abused animals. I post those on social media and my LinkedIn group ‘Helping Abused Animals’, as well as on dozens of other animal welfare LinkedIn groups. Petitions do help.
Shopping for cruelty-free products is improving but still challenging. It would be great to have stores that offer only cruelty-free products. I think this will come. In the meantime, please visit my online store of sample great cruelty-free products. It’s been proven that you don’t need to test on animals to have great products. Having stores (or sections of stores) dedicated to cruelty-free products not only highlights that the other products caused brutality to animals, but offers an easy way to select the cruelty-free products. Busy people would be more apt to purchase humanely if such products were conveniently available.
How can people keep up with all this and try to help? They can sign-up at my Helping Abused Animals Center. Helping Abused Animals is a website platform that offers all of the above. By joining (for free), you can
- be a part of a group that shares your love of animals and want to help as best possible. Every little bit counts.
- broaden support to a greater audience, i.e., to each others’ audiences. Share information each others’ information with your social media, e-Newsletter contact list, etc.
- leverage support with others in your area or with others who provide the same type of support as you do.
- communicate with other members via the LinkedIn Helping Abused Animals group; see the latest petitions, help with the time-sensitive issues of the day. Petitions have helped save lives and have helped change directions for the better.
- get ideas on how to help animals. Work with someone to augment their support and/or guide you in your quest to help.
There are many ways that people can help others. It is my hope and goal that the creation of this website platform will make a difference. The components currently include:
1. the Directory: an online directory of rescue organizations, to help them get more visibility and potentially leverage their resources.
2. the Daily world-news online paper of curated content about animal abuses, to raise awareness of the tragedies that are happening as well as success stories.
3. an Online store that includes only cruelty-free products.
4. the LinkedIn group ‘Helping Abused Animals’, where members can connect, post petitions for animal lovers to sign and other information.
5. a Blog about the great efforts of rescue organizations, for more visibility, and other topics, such as those highlighting abuses. Search on ‘Helping Abused Animals’ to see that we are on the first page of Google.
6. Social Media: share content and petitions on social media and e-Newsletters.
7. Resources: for example, tips on how to report animal abuse.
8. Friends: We are not a non-profit, but we welcome people to sponsor our efforts, and companies to advertise on our site.
9. Membership: newly added; members will be able to connect with others, expand information sharing even further, learn about how others are helping, potentially work together on initiatives, and more.
These tools will help you communicate with officials, companies and others about brutality. The website platform continues to evolve. I would love to hear feedback.
I hope you will join me at www.HelpingAbusedAnimals.org and let your friends and social media know about this initiative. When you join, you will see the many ways that you can help. Every little bit counts.