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1. ADOPT AN ANIMAL

Whether it is a puppy from a shelter, a stray cat or paying monthly to protect an endangered animal, adopting is a great way to protect animals from harm.

2. VOLUNTEER TO HELP A NEIGHBOUR’S PET

Help neighbors who have difficulty getting out by taking their dog for a walk and giving it attention. If you have neighbors that work long hours, then volunteer to take their dog for a walk midday. If the owner is going to be home late, volunteer to feed their dog or cat. Your kindness means the world to these animals.

3. SPEAK UP FOR ANIMALS

Actively supporting animal charities or even writing articles on WHI promoting animal kindness, will make a big impact to help animals.

4. DO SOMETHING KIND FOR AN ANIMAL AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK

Then share the experience with family and friends, share on social media, and write articles on WHI about it.

5. VOLUNTEER

At a local wildlife preserve, hospital or rescue center, or animal sanctuary. Most need community support and volunteer help such as raising and donating money. Call your local shelter today for ways to help.

6. BE A RESPONSIBLE PET OWNER

If you have a cat or dog at home, you can work to improve their lives. Make sure they are microchipped and spayed or neutered. Cats love to play, consider giving them play time. Try to groom your dog or cat gently everyday when you have free time, they will love it! Provide your dog with lots of exercise—dogs crave running, sniffing and exploring. Go for long walks daily. Never scold them, don’t leave them outside, and everyday make time for them by giving them loving attention and play with them. Make sure they know they are loved every day!

7. HELP ANIMALS IN YOUR BACK GARDEN

Create a wildlife sanctuary in your back and front yard, by choosing native and animal-friendly plants that attract hummingbirds, birds, bees, small wildlife, and insects.Urban and suburban development have encroached on wildlife habitat. Help protect animals from dehydration, lack of food ans shelter. When you provide clean, fresh water, fresh food and a place to call home daily you help keep them alive and healthy.

8. GO ON NATURE WALKS

Get connected with nature and wild spaces, and learn to love nature. Scientific evidence suggests people who spend more time in nature are healthier, happier, are more mentally focused and value and will safeguard wildlife and wild spaces.

9. CLEANUP

Help keep our environment clean and safe for wildlife. Join a cleanup day, or just be a citizen hero and pick up trash on trails, in parks, along rivers and creeks, ocean beaches, and even off streets. Trash from streets and sidewalks ends up in storm drains that wash into our waterways and eventually the ocean, killing wildlife and marine mammals. Never litter, those everyday items on the ground, streets, waterways and ocean beaches are deadly to animals. Our garbage and trash can be completely lethal to unsuspecting wildlife and even to dogs and cats.

10. START OR JOIN AN ANIMAL RIGHTS GROUP

Join like-minded animal advocates and budding activists at your school and start advocating for animals. Speak up and spread the importance of protecting animals. They need our help. Join people today who are speaking up, creating simple videos, and posting on social media protesting against any form of animal abuse and cruelty, whether a rodeo, circus, horse race or dolphinarium. And it’s working! Projects on WHI like #BeKindToAnimals is a great place to start!

11. DON’T SUPPORT ANIMAL ‘ENTERTAINMENT’

Animals used to entertain humans is driven by money and profits and the animals are the ones that suffer. Performing animals are almost always trained using inhumane and cruel training practices, are punished, denied their natural environment, denied natural behaviors, denied their families, and are forced against their will to entertain us. Refuse to support this form of cruelty to animals by NOT attending rodeos, horse races, circuses, marine parks, dolphinariums, theme parks that use animals, or zoos.

12. LEARN MORE

There are many enlightening, informative and powerful animal documentaries available today that provide insight into animals and ways humans are impacting them and their world. Books about animals are great too, so you can get information about how different animals live and why there are needed so much on this planet.

13. GO CRUELTY-FREE

Many products (such as makeup) are tested on animals that are available to buy. How do you know if your product is tested on animals? Check on the PETA website to see if certain brands test or use animal fur/skin etc. for their products. Avoid buying or wearing clothing or products that have caused animals to suffer. When you see cruelly produced clothing and accessories in stores let the manager and clerks know you object to the sale of any animal parts and animal cruelty involved. Choose non-animal fabrics (no angora, feathers, pearls, eel skin, ivory, leather etc.). Avoid down, instead by polyester fill. Don’t buy tortoiseshell. Never buy or wear fur.

14. REPORT

If you see an animal suffering from neglect – lack of food and water, chained up without access to shelter and food/water, or is being abused by a person—report it immediately to the police and your local county or city animal shelter. Take photos or better, video, to record any mistreatment or neglect. Be their voice. They have no ability to speak on their own behalf. Report the abuse!

15. GO VEGAN

This is one of the best and most effective ways that people can help animals today. When you go vegan, you don’t eat any products including meat, fish, poultry, dairy or eggs, and you don’t buy or wear or use anything that comes from an animal like leather, fur, feathers etc. By not eating animals you can save 100-200 animals per year! Animals want to live and value their lives as much as you do.

16. GROW YOUR OWN ORGANIC FOOD

When you grow your own organic food, you help animals by not causing pesticides, artificial fertilizers, and insecticides from harming animals in the environment. Plus many of these organic food plants attract bees and other pollinators.

17. LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW MEAT/DAIRY PRODUCTS ARE MADE

The meat, dairy and egg industries are some of the biggest contributors to serious environmental problems, pollution, global warming and deep animal cruelty. You can help by keeping all animals off your plate, and instead eat plant-based meat, cheese and egg substitutes.

18. WATCH THE FILM “THEIR FUTURE IS IN YOUR HANDS”

You can learn about the animal rights movement and the inhumane uses of animals practiced throughout history as well as today, that are legal and standard procedure.

19. NEVER PROMOTE THINGS THAT CAN POTENTIALLY HARM ANIMALS

Things such as weapons, traps and poisons can cause harm to animals which is a violation of their rights.

20. DONATE

Donate to animal or charities that work to help animals, preserve wildlife and the environment.

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