Make a New Year’s Resolution to Help Animals!

Posted on by PETA

It’s time to say, “Out with the old and in with the new” – habits, that is. Whether you have been considering going vegetarian or are curious about cruelty-free clothing, the new year is the perfect time to adopt a resolution that will benefit animals. And the best part is, we’re here to help!

Consider one (or more) of the life-changing resolutions below:

  1. Volunteer to walk the dogs at your nearby animal shelter. Dogs at shelters are usually confined to small areas, so dog walkers play an essential role in ensuring they get plenty of exercise.
  2. Pledge never to wear the skin of another animal. Millions of vulnerable animals are beaten, boiled, hanged and electrocuted for their skin. In addition to animal suffering, the production of wool, fur and leather contributes to climate change, pollution and water contamination.
  3. Help animals in distress. Witnessing cruelty to animals is an upsetting experience, but knowing how to handle the situation properly can save a life and prevent the abuser from harming other victims.
  4. Buy food for stray animals. You can greatly improve the lives of local strays simply by providing a daily meal, making a difficult existence a bit less so.
  5. Provide strays with shelter on rainy days. One of the biggest problems they face during the monsoon season is the lack of permanent shelter. To ease this predicament, you can set up sheds in your area. Elevate the sheds if you can so the animals have a place to take shelter even when the streets are flooded.
  6. Provide animals near your home with water. Birds and other animals get severely parched during summer, so a small bowl of clean drinking water can go a long way towards making the summer months bearable for them.
  7. Get your dog or cat spayed or neutered, and ask every companion animal guardian you know to do the same.
  8. Pledge to adopt your next animal companion. Don’t buy animals from pet stores or websites – doing so contributes to the cat and dog overpopulation crisis.
  9. Don’t support zoos or animal circuses. By not patronising zoos or animal circuses, you will be taking a stand against the mistreatment of animals in these facilities.
  10. Volunteer by doing whatever it is you do best. Organisations often need help with everything from office work like data entry and filing to photography to socialising animals.

If you’re looking for tips or literature to help keep you on track with your resolution, e-mail us at [email protected] with your mailing address, and we’d be happy to help!