Help Animals Every Day

Helping animals can be fun and easy. Look through this list of ideas and see how many ways you can help the animals in your community!

  1. Get your dog or cat spayed or neutered. Help stop pet overpopulation.
  2. Put ID tags  on your cats and dogs. Ask your vet about a microchip as well.
  3. Recycle - it saves wild animals' habitat.
  4. Save farm animals. Eat a veggie hotdog or garden burger for lunch today.
  5. Don't litter or let your pets do it. Clean up after them. It is the law in most places.
  6. Keep your cats indoors, especially at night. This helps both your cat and wildlife stay safe.
  7. Secure your garbage can lids so wildlife can’t feed on your leftovers.
  8. Report animal cruelty to animal control.
  9. Don't give animals as gifts.
  10. Play with your pets everyday. Make sure they know how much you love them.
  11. Eat organic foods, foods that are grown without chemicals that pollute animals' habitat.
  12. Make sure your pets are well groomed - this means baths, trimmed nails, and clean teeth.
  13. Give your pets plenty of toys and exercise.
  14. Plant native plants (plants that are originally from your area) for wild animals' food and shelter.
  15. Take your pets to the veterinarian (animal doctor) regularly and keep them up to date on all shots.
  16. Learn about animals before adopting them. Make sure he is the right pet for you.
  17. Leave wildlife (insects, frogs, lizards) in the wild. It is their home.
  18. Ask an adult to call animal control if you see a stray dog or cat.
  19. Shoot with a camera, not with a gun.
  20. Adopt animals from shelters or rescue groups. Do not buy them from pet stores.
  21. Learn how to safely act around stray animals.
  22. Hold animals gently.
  23. Give pet rodents, rabbits and guinea pigs cozy houses in their cages.
  24. Visit your local animal shelter.
  25. Keep your dog on a leash when you are out on walks.
  26. Don't keep wildlife as pets. It’s illegal in Washington State and many other places.
  27. Learn dog and cat body language.
  28. Teach your pet how to understand what you want him to do by training your pet.
  29. If your animal must live in a cage, let him or her out to play often.
  30. Go to circuses that don't use wild animals in their shows.
  31. Give your pets soft warm beds.
  32. Give your dogs and cats good healthy foods.
  33. Give your cat a scratching post.
  34. Rainforest is cleared to raise cows. Save the animals in the rainforest by not eating beef.
  35. Have your parent or guardian put baby birds back in their nests if they fall out.
  36. Teach others about what you have learned from PAWS.
  37. Read books about how to care for your pets.
  38. Start an animal club at your school.
  39. Teach others how to care for their pets.
  40. Buy products that do not test on animals.
  41. Hang mobiles or stick decals on your windows so birds don’t fly into them.
  42. Give your cat high perches and places to climb. Better yet, put it in an outdoor cat enclosure for her.
  43. Build a bat house. 
  44. Ask teachers about alternatives to dissection.
  45. Keep poisons like antifreeze away from animals.
  46. Collect toys and food for the animals at a local shelter.
  47. Ask your local shelter about humane rat and mice traps.
  48. Get help for injured and orphaned wild animals.
  49. Leave fresh water outside for birds.

Did you enjoy this list of ways to help? Discover other ways to help animals at PAWS.