There is a well-established link between animal abuse and interpersonal violence. In almost every major act of violence, from the Columbine massacre to serial killings, authorities have found animal abuse in the perpetrator’s background. This common origin of violence perpetrated against animals and against people makes it imperative that we teach compassion and demonstrate concern for all living things. The link works both ways–there is a link between kindness to animals and creating nurturing relationships with others. There exist important opportunities to work with communities to teach alternative ways to care for our animals, as much mistreatment stems from neglect based on lack of information and resources–for instance, community cats, dogs that are chained/tethered outside, and dogs that are restricted from communities just because of their breed.
OAA strives to teach humane kindness to communities to enhance the human-animal bond, improve safety, and increase compassion for animals.
Long-lasting, systemic change for animals will only come by transforming the way we think about, live with, care for and protect the non-humans with whom we share our world.
OAA works to advance policies that promote compassion statewide such as prohibiting tethering or chaining, which would reduce dog attacks, dog fighting, nuisance barking, and cruelty complaints; promoting community cat management and trap/neuter/return (TNR), restricting leaving animals outside in extreme weather; and breed-neutral policies that advance public safety and compassion to animals.
Jurisdictions that have enacted breed-specific laws have learned by experience that these laws do not make their communities safer.
Managing cat colonies and assuring all felines are spayed or neutered is the only way to humanely reduce the population of community cats while providing appropriate care.
Humane education is the teaching of compassion and empathy for all living beings and respect for their habitats.
Across the United States, millions of dogs endure their entire lives confined outdoors by chains affixed to collars and staked to the ground.