April Is Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals Month-A Guest Blog By Heather Kalinowski of Trupanion Insurance

Heather Kalinowski is a pet lover and new mom
 who spends her days helping other pet 
owners protect their pets
 with cat and dog insurance 
Trupanion offers 90% coverage for 
diagnostic tests, surgeries, and medications
 if a pet becomes sick or injured. 

April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month. While I believe every day of the year should be dedicated to preventing cruelty to animals, it is nice to have a month dedicated to it, to bring it to the forefront of the minds of all pet owners and non-pet owners alike.

Artwork by zoolatry.blogspot.com

It’s an unfortunate fact that we even have to spend any time discussing this, because it means that animal cruelty is still going on in the world. How can we be cruel to animals when they provide nothing but unconditional love, companionship, and in many times safety, to us?

I love to read stories about pets that have done heroic things for their humans. So to kick off this month, I thought I would recap some of the great stories I’ve heard of heroic pets.

Fidge: A woman became curious when her ten-month-old kitten started crawling up on her chest and sitting on her right breast every night for two weeks. When she went to the doctor, she was told that she had a cancerous lump the size of a pea which could have been fatal if left untreated. Read more about this story here.

Mabeline: This Rhodesian Ridgeback mix was available for adoption at the Friends of Strays animal shelter in St. Petersburg, FL. A 17-year-old girl took her out for a walk as part of a volunteer program. During the walk the girl was attacked by a sexual predator. Mabeline barked at the attacker and scared him enough that the girl ran free. Read more about this story here.

Monty: When his owner fell and landed unconscious at the bottom of a ravine, this Labradoodle stayed faithfully by his side until he woke up and then helped him climb back to the top of the ravine. If that wasn’t enough, Monty then ran to a local pub to get help for his owner, who was badly injured. Read more about this story here.


Pudding: This orange tabby cat saved his owner’s life just hours after adoption. When his owner suffered a diabetic seizure, he swatted at her face and bit at her nose to wake her up. When the woman awoke, she tried calling to her son for help, but her son was asleep. Pudding took charge and went into her son’s room to wake him up so he could call for help. Read more about this story here.


These are obviously just a fraction of the stories out there of heroic dogs and cats that will go to drastic measures to show their love for their humans. Let’s celebrate our pets and show them love every day like they do for us. Let’s end animal cruelty so there is no need for this month years down the road!




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  1. I enjoyed reading those stories. Those cats and dogs are wonderful and they are amazing pets!

    Thanks so much for sharing them with us, Dakota.

    • Hi Eva and Priscilla!

      Glad that you enjoyed them! We did too!

      Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  2. Great stories, animals are awesome, nuff said.

    • Mary, Roxy and Torrey, sooooooooo true!

      Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  3. Dakota,

    Such wonderful stories and to think that’s just the tip of the iceberg of good things that us animals will do for people…..

    I’m hopeful too that one day we won’t need to remind people to be nice to us, but in the meantime you’re doing a wonderful job buddy 🙂

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂

    • Thanks so much Snoopy but it is Heather who did a wonderful job with this blog post!

      Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  4. What wonderfully brave animals! Thanks for having your guest tell us about them. Me hopes me would be brave too!

    • Nellie there is no doubt in my mind that you would be brave! You are one brave and strong kitty!

      Barks and licks and love, Dakota

  5. PS Thanks for giving such good advice to Kozmo today! He has been so love sick, me has just wanted to smack him!

    • Nellie!!! Don’t smack him!!! BOL!

      I am the same about Eva, but then again….Cody smacks ME!


      Barks and licks and “ducking from smacks”, Dakota

  6. Another wonderful and very important post Caren!

    • @MyBrownNewfies THANK YOU but I cannot take credit for it! Heather from Trupanion deserves ALL of the credit!!

      She wrote it but THANK YOU!!

      Love, “Mom”

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