Welcome to Anifocus. Our name might give it away, but we are an organization focused in helping animals. As you are reading this, animals across the world are suffering; abused, neglected, or forced to participate in illegal animal fighting rings. And the first step to helping them is recognizing this as a problem. What are you willing to do to help them? Don’t take your animal companion for granted. They are a living, breathing being just as yourself.
Our organization is based in Burlington, Vermont. Our efforts are aimed at helping animals in need, be it finding neglected animals and transferring them to a facility that can provide care for them, taking animals off the streets, or saving animals from abusive and/or careless owners - and finding better owners for them. The biggest issue that we have to combat though, is the fact that people aren’t aware of what is going on, and often times either ignore, tolerate, or participate in actions that are either harmful or fatal to animals. Don’t turn a blind eye to the pain our animal companions are going through. Be a caregiver.
Some potential problems animals face right now:
Puppy mills are industrial-sized, dog breeding facilities where the “profit above all” mentality takes place, and the workers often overlook the needs of young puppies and as a result, the animals suffer in overcrowded, unsanitary conditions without proper veterinary care, food, water, or socialization. Because so many of these breeders are functioning without any oversight, it is nearly impossible to track them or know how many of these puppy mills actually exist.
Animal hoarding is an incredibly overlooked issue, and it occurs when an individual houses more animals than they can care for. It’s a very complicated issue, that involves mental health, animal welfare, and public safety concerns. It has been estimated that there are 900 to 2,000 new instances of animal hoarding every year, here in the U.S.A., with around 250,000 animals becoming a victim as a result. However, not everyone who owns multiple animals is an animal hoarder. Animal hoarding is generally covered under every state’s animal cruelty statute, but it is a fairly complicated issue to enforce.
Dog fighting is one of the worst forms of cruelty there is. Dogs in this industry are raised in isolation, and spend most of their lives on very heavy, restrictive chains. They are brutally conditioned for fighting through the use of drugs, including steroids to increase muscle mass and encourage aggressiveness. Fighting dogs have their ears and tails cut as close to their bodies as possible minimize the animal’s body language cues and limit areas that another dog can bite into. Their trainers usually perform this cutting themselves, using crude and inhumane techniques. Although dog fighting is considered a felony in all 50 states, it continues to exist across the entire country. And although fights aren’t usually “to the death”, many dogs either succumb to their injuries later or get discarded or killed if they lose.