START A PETITION 25,136,189 members: the world's largest community for good
3,439,589 people care about Animal Welfare

10 New Year’s Resolutions That Can Help Animals

10 New Year’s Resolutions That Can Help Animals

The New Year is the perfect time to adopt a resolution that will help animals. Whether you want to pledge to go veg or cleanup for wildlife, we’ve got a whole host of awesome ideas and advice to help you achieve your goals.

1. Pledge To Go Veg

One of the best ways you can help reduce animal suffering is to ditch animal products from your diet. From hot dogs to ice cream, every day more and more delicious alternatives are becoming available so you never have to go without any of your favorite foods.

2. Educate Yourself on Animal Rights and Welfare Issues

Education is the key to change! By arming ourselves with essential knowledge on important animal issues, we can better spread the compassionate message to those around us. Read books, blogs, brochures or whatever you can get your hands on to increase your awareness.

3. Switch to Cruelty Free Products

As consumers we have a responsibility to be aware of the harmful practices undertaken by the companies we buy from, so put your money where your mouth is and choose to purchase only cruelty free products going forward. Look out for the Leaping Bunny logo and if you’re ever unsure, just ask!

4. Volunteer More

Whether you volunteer locally, nationally or even remotely, no matter where you are in the world there is always a cause that could use your help. Even if you’re super busy, try your best to spare a little time each day, week or month to help a cause you are passionate about.

5. Share Vegan Food With Non-Vegan Family and Friends

If there’s one way to get others excited about a veggie lifestyle, it’s cooking them mouthwatering dishes that will shatter any preconceptions that vegans only eat salad. Start out by cooking alternatives to what they already eat and then branch out from there.

6. Clean Up For Wildlife

Wild animals need our protection too. The trash we throw away injures and kills thousands of birds, reptiles and small mammals every year. By organizing a small cleanup team in your local area, you can help to make the natural environment safer by ridding parks, forests and roadsides of unwelcome litter.

7. Opt for Animal Friendly Clothing

Finding cruelty free clothing has never been easier. Whether you want a wool free sweater or work shoes sans leather, there are no end of companies offering fabulous faux products. Learn more by checking out these 10 Tips to an Animal Friendly Wardrobe.

8. Find Humane Ways to Deal With Pests

From mice to mosquitoes, there’s a humane way to deal with all those pesky critters without having to resort to nasty chemicals and harmful methods (most of which are no good for you or your home). A quick internet search will throw up a host of animal friendly options so pledge to make Google your first stop when considering the best course of action.

9. Learn About New Campaigns and How You Can Support Them

Animal welfare and rights campaigns play a vital role in changing hearts, minds and perhaps most importantly, legislation. Sharing information and getting involved wherever possible is a great way of helping to create a better world for the animals.

10. Sign More Petitions

Petitions are a time-tested way to spark massive positive change. When hundreds or even thousands of people raise their voices about animal issues, those messages are hard to ignore. Find out about all the latest petitions you can sign here.

What are you doing this New Year to help animals?

Read more: , , , , ,

Photo Credits: captainsubtle, Wikimedia Commons, AnimalearnAAVS, Organic Gardening,All others: Thinkstock

have you shared this story yet?

some of the best people we know are doing it


+ add your own
11:43AM PST on Jan 16, 2014

Spay and neuter your pets and encourage others to do so. Don't buy while others die.....adopt your next best friend.

12:14PM PST on Jan 10, 2014

Thanks for sharing

10:37AM PST on Jan 10, 2014


12:58PM PST on Jan 9, 2014

Thank you Abigail, for Sharing this!

12:21PM PST on Jan 9, 2014

Great ideas. Along with those suggested by others, I would add: Be an advocate for animals. Stop for that dog or cat on the road (I've even found a rabbit & ferret!). Become educated in the law and learn how to intervene on behalf of an animal being neglected or abused or know who to turn to for assistance. Donate, volunteer, sponsor, foster or adopt from your local shelter. Be willing to go that extra mile.

10:08AM PST on Jan 8, 2014

My cats are all fixed, but the neighbors unspayed barn cat has figured out that if she comes here to have her babies, they won't get taken from her.Needless to say, I have repeatedly asked them to spay their cat. At what point do we have to make it illegal to have unspayed or un- nuetured animals? It would help if vet's didn't charge so much. Can we get a single payer medical assistence card for animals?

6:34PM PST on Jan 7, 2014


3:47AM PST on Jan 7, 2014

Thanks. The animals deserve our respect and care!

1:36AM PST on Jan 7, 2014

I do most of those things now :)

6:40PM PST on Jan 6, 2014

Thanks for sharing

add your comment

Disclaimer: The views expressed above are solely those of the author and may not reflect those of
Care2, Inc., its employees or advertisers.

meet our writers

Lindsay Spangler Lindsay Spangler is a Web Editor and Producer for Care2 Causes. A recent UCLA graduate, she lives in... more
Story idea? Want to blog? Contact the editors!
ads keep care2 free

more from causes

Animal Welfare

Causes Canada

Causes UK


Civil Rights


Endangered Wildlife

Environment & Wildlife

Global Development

Global Warming

Health Policy

Human Rights

LGBT rights


Real Food

Trailblazers For Good

Women's Rights

Select names from your address book   |   Help

We hate spam. We do not sell or share the email addresses you provide.