Helping animals has never been easier, and there are so many ways to make a difference without even having to leave your house (well maybe on a supply run!)
From turning your garden into a paradise for local wildlife to translating texts for international organizations, if you feel the need to help but don’t have the time or capabilities to contribute away from the home, then check out the following ideas on how you can give back.
1. Transform Your Garden into a Sanctuary
Wildlife habitats are constantly at threat, especially in urban areas, which is why creating a safe haven in your backyard, front yard or even balcony that will offer sanctuary to wild animals is essential to their protection and preservation. They key is to have plants that are native to the area, as well as brush piles, hedges and trees that provide cover and nesting spots for small mammals.
2. Provide Food for Birds, Bees and Butterflies
Another way to help your local wildlife thrive is by offering food in the form of a bird feeder filled with nuts and seeds, along with plant pots or a window box that can hold flowering plants to sustain bees and butterflies. Clean water throughout the year will also be much appreciated.
3. Sponsor An Animal
Sponsoring an animal from one of your favorite sanctuaries makes a huge difference to the individual’s life. Not only does it help to provide ongoing food and care, it also helps support the lifesaving efforts of that organization, allowing them to continue carrying out their important work. Plus it’s always fun to keep up to date with your newly found friend’s progress.
4. Make A Donation
With so many charitable organizations out there to choose from, it can feel overwhelming to know which one is most deserving of your donation. The truth is every nonprofit will appreciate your kindness and generosity, so don’t be put off just because you are finding it too hard to decide. A good way to build connections and get closer to the cause is to check out their social media pages or to try and reach out to them directly.
5. Become A Foster
Fostering companion animals whilst they look for a forever home is an extremely rewarding endeavor and a great option for those unable to make a long term commitment. While it’s difficult to predict exactly how long an animal will need a foster home, it’s usually only for short periods post-rescue and pre-adoption.
You don’t actually have to go anywhere to be a volunteer and make a huge contribution to animals. These days organizations all over the world need help with a variety of computer-based tasks, from admin and management tasks to outreach and social media. Maybe you happen to speak a second language or perhaps you’ve got a knack for connecting with people. Whatever your skill, there is always something for you to get involved with.
7. Write Letters and Emails
The written word still holds much strength and writing letters, sending emails and signing petitions is never time wasted. As the famous quote by Howard Zinn goes, “small acts when multiplied by millions of people can change the world,” and this is spot on when it comes to putting pen to paper and making your opinion heard.
8. Purchase Cruelty-Free Products
If you’re a big fan of online shopping, then there is no better way to show your love for animals than by making cruelty-free choices when buying food, cosmetics, household products, clothing or any other products that may contribute to their suffering. If you’re unsure of whether a product is animal friendly or not, then look out for the cruelty-free labels such as the Leaping Bunny and The Vegan Society logos.
What’s your favorite way to help animals?