16 Ways We Can Help Animals NOW

Buy Cruelty-Free
Take a stance against animal testing and abuse by purchasing products that are committed to no animal testing. According to the Humane Society, the easiest way to spot cruelty-free products is by looking for the leaping bunny logo.

Recycling is a great way to reduce your own personal impact on the environment. By recycling, you are protecting wildlife habitats on land and in the ocean.

Reduce plastic use
Go further than recycling by reducing your use of plastic materials. Animals often mistake plastic materials for food and are not able to digest it, thus killing them. One way you can reduce your plastic use is by skipping the plastic straw next time you go out to eat at a restaurant.

Prepare a disaster kit for your animals
You can keep your pet safe during an emergency by being prepared ahead of time. Collect enough food and water for your pet for at least one week. Other items to have in your kit may include: medications, cat litter, strong leashes, harnesses and carriers.

Adopt a pet
Every year, shelters and rescue groups have 6-8 million cats and dogs that are waiting to be adopted. If you’re thinking about bringing a new pet into your home, check out your local animal shelter to save a life and find a furry friend that meets your unique personality!

Become “meat conscious”
Livestock farming is not only inhumane to animals but also generates harmful greenhouse gases and aids the destruction of animal habitats. Consider a vegan diet or participate in meatless dinners a few times a week to help animals and our planet.

Post to social media (advocacy)
Standing up for animals has never been easier! Use social media to connect with other animal lovers, connect with local legislators, and post pictures of your own animal friends!

Be a responsible pet owner
The decision to become a pet owner is a big one. Make sure you are financially stable enough to provide food and shelter for your pet and care for them like they are a valued family member.

Don’t attend or support events where animals are used for entertainment
Many people are unaware of the abuse that entertainment animals face. Animals used in circuses, rodeos, and performances are taken out of their natural habitat and exploited for financial gain.

Host an animal documentary night
Sit back, relax, and enjoy a documentary. Watching animal documentaries can help shed light on animal issues you may not know about and provide you with information on what you can do to help.

Grow your own food
Large farmers use pesticides on crops and produce fossil fuels that cause harm to animals. Growing your own veggies can help prevent animals from interfering with those harmful pesticides and help you with your grocery bill!

Learn about the legislative issues impacting animals and their welfare
Attend local legislative meetings and encourage officials to support animal rights. You can also write to local, state, and federal officials to inform them of any animal injustice.

Have some free time? Call your local shelter or animal sanctuary and ask if you can volunteer. Volunteering can be personally rewarding and give much needed attention to animals in need.

Plant trees
Forests and other animal habitats are destroyed for many reasons. Planting trees can help rebuild these habitats and produce oxygen for everyone to breathe in.

Report animal neglect and abuse
If you see any signs of animal abuse or neglect, report it to your local law enforcement agency or humane society.

Lead by example
Be an advocate everyday by making conscious decisions that benefit animals. Doing this will raise awareness and encourage others to do the same.

Sources: Clear the Shelters, Greenpeace, Humane Society, Human Decisions, My Green World, One Green Planet, Peta Kids, The Dodo