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How to Help Abused or Abandoned Animals

How to Help Abused or Abandoned Animals

At the very thought of an animal getting abused, animal lovers get teary-eyed. If you have a pet, then you know the type of connection you have. Just think of the amount of money you have spent on your animals buying them high-quality food, toys, and top-notch medical treatment. However, some people lack that affectionate bond with them. As a matter of fact, some have even gone so far as to abuse animals. I’ve always wondered what to do if I see an animal being abused so decided to browse online for information. I found six things to do right now to help.

Hold a fundraiser.

That’s right! Fundraising is one of the most effective ways to help abused animals and you’ll have no problem networking with people. You can visit an animal shelter to get a list of upcoming fundraising campaigns in your area. If this seems like too much work, then simply skim the internet to find dedicated websites which have compiled a list of events in your area. You can even create your own campaign by utilizing self-serve sites like percaring.com which allow you to create an online fundraiser and collect money from those who resonate with your objective.

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Volunteer at an animal sanctuary.

You can show your support by volunteering at a farm animal sanctuary near you. They are dedicated to rescuing abused farm animals like cows, pigs, horses, goats, chickens, and sheep. If you don’t have time in your busy schedule to volunteer, then donate some money for expenses like blankets, food, brushes, and additional caretakers. Do a search in Google to find some animal sanctuaries near you who can use extra money or volunteers.

Adopt a pet from a shelter.

Some people either drop their pets off at shelters or leave them on the streets to fend for themselves. Usually street animals don’t survive very long.  They and shelter animals can use a safe home. If you are serious about helping an animal, then visit a pet shelter to explore your options. Local shelters will have dogs and cats which you can pick up, but make sure you know what to expect when you adopt an animal. Take some time and conduct research online making sure you are ready for the job. When you adopt, you’ll have complete control of the pet including all legal responsibility. If you are not ready for a long-term commitment, then consider the option of fostering an animal.

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Foster abandoned animals.

When you foster, you are providing a temporary home to the pet while the shelter still has legal responsibility of the animal. They’ll even check in and pay visits to ensure that everything is going smoothly. Many times people who are not completely sure about how the animal will fit in will foster before they adopt. If things get too tough you can send the animal back to the shelter so that they can find another solution.

Report animal abuse.

Over the years, many agencies have established themselves to handle animal abuse. These agencies are branches of law enforcement and have the power to arrest and charge those committing abuse. If you see animal abuse taking place, report the person so you can put a stop to it. If you don’t then it will likely continue and become even more serious. Take action and put a stop to animal abuse by contacting your local authority.

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Plan ahead by assigning a guardian for your pets.

One way to protect your own animals from abuse is to have a guardian in place in case something happens to you. For example, if you own a cat there are many protection plans available for them such as the cat guardians plan. With this plan, your cat will be safe in the event of your untimely death, and Cat’s Protection will bring the cat to one of their branches or adoption centers until they can find them a loving new home.

When there is no protection or no one assigned to take care of your pets they may end up fending for themselves on the streets or in a shelter where there is a likelihood of them being euthanized due to over-crowded conditions.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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