If you've gotten this far, then we know you are a person who cares deeply about animals and animal welfare. But so often, we don't know what or how we, as individuals, can help support or advocate. We have created an "Animal Welfare Advocate" toolkit right here, and we invite you to spend some time reviewing the many ideas that you can implement individually or together with us.
You are one of us - and we welcome you. Now, let's get to work!
The Missouri Alliance is the only organization in the state of Missouri working full time to lobby in the state capitol on behalf of animals. But it's not a solo endeavor - it takes all of us together to make a positive impact. There are several ways for you to contact your member of the state legislature to express your position on an issue and serve as a voice for the animals.
Most of us are engaged in social media on one level or another. It has become a powerful outreach and communications tool in our collective arsenal. The Alliance is active on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram - please follow us and share our posts!
Letters to the editor are a powerful tool in the advocacy kit. Letters create awareness of an issue, shine a spotlight on it, and begin or maintain momentum on an issue. Often times, such letters lead to journalistic investigations which in turn gain widespread attention. Legislators (and/or their staff) closely monitor letters to the editor in order to learn what voters are thinking. Here are some tips for writing a letter to the editor:
Learn more about writing a letter to the editor.
The Alliance is happy to make presentations to groups of individuals who want to learn about the plight of animals in Missouri and how to advance animal welfare. We are frequently asked to speak at organizational lunches or at community colleges. Many people understand the need for protective animal welfare laws - but they don't know how to assist in passing these laws. We can help. Call us at 314-361-3944 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
According to Dave Karpf, author of The MoveOn Effect: The Unexpected Transformation of American Political Advocacy, online petitions are an early stage political tactic that help build a broader campaign and serve a number of purposes:
Petitions can be a very useful first-step tool in spreading information quickly. (cited: Gail Ablow, producer for Moyers & Company)
There are a number of online petition sites. Here are a couple - you can find more online (click the following):
There are several avenues available for reporting suspected unlicensed dog and cat breeders in Missouri. The Missouri Department of Agriculture offers the following: Operation Bark Alert.
To follow up on the above report, contact Matt Rold, ACFA Coordinator at 573-751-3076 or Matt.Rold@mda.mo.gov
Additionally, anyone with information about unlicensed dog breeders, substandard dog breeders or pet stores (and the sale of sick dogs from dog breeders or pet stores) can file a complaint and follow up with the Missouri Department of Agriculture via the ACFA Program Inquiry (above).
Your donation supports our legislative work as well as helping to fund our ongoing public outreach and education efforts, all of which are costly for a non-profit organization. You are helping to raise awareness of the plight of animals and you are advocating with us to promote and ensure humane legislation. To learn more about how to donate to the Alliance, click here.