March is Poison Prevention Awareness month. As the animal experts in your community, now is the time to educate your community about how to keep pets safe and what to do if something goes wrong.
Nowadays most people know that chocolate is no good for dogs and cats, but many aren’t aware of how dangerous other common foods like grapes, avocado, onions, garlic, and nuts can be. Highlight other common poisons like household products, medications, and plants. Encourage new adopters and current pet parents to “baby proof” their house for pets.
This can be heavy material, and a great way to lighten things is up is by presenting your hard-hitting facts in a “listicle” (an article presented in a list format) featuring photos of the healthy, adoptable animals you’re helping keep safe.
Point the community toward reliable online resources like the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center for lists of poisons by category.
- Create a “listicle” to share on blogs and social media revealing the most overlooked threats to pets.
- Assemble a list of emergency veterinary providers in your area to share on social media so that the community knows what to do if their pet needs emergency care.
- Create a Poison Prevention Awareness sharegraphic to share on social media.
Sample Sharegraphics (click to enlarge):