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11 August 2002
Be a Responsible Animal Guardian

By Greg Lawson, ParkStRanger@aol.com 

Join us in remembering all the lost ones, all the discarded ones, the ones who need our love. August 17th is National Homeless Animals Day. Spread the word about the five points of responsible animal guardianship...

* Consider if you can adequately provide food, medical care and a safe environment before you acquire a companion animal. Remember, it's a long time commitment.
* Adopt a homeless animal rather than buying from a pet store.
* Have your companion animal spayed or neutered.
* Identify your animal with a tag or microchip.
* If your animal friend has behavioral problems, invest in obedience training. Don't let problems become an excuse to discard someone who depends on you.

Twelve animal rights/welfare/protection groups will be holding a candlelight vigil in my city of El Paso on August 17 in memory of the 22,000 companion animals euthanized here each year. Learn more about this national campaign, where a vigil is being held near you or request a Vigil Packet by visiting

http://www.isaronline.org/campaign_NHAD.htm
ISAR Campaigns: National Homeless Animals' Day

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