I have realised that some of my recent posts are too product focused. The best thing we can do for the environment is to buy nothing. This post will list ways to help animals that do not involve purchasing cruelty free and vegan products.
1. Volunteering at a local shelter
Give your time to care for the animals at your local shelter.
You can choose a direct animal care role: The animals may have been abandoned for various reasons, and shelters need volunteers to care for and interact with the animals.
Or an indirect role such as working at their op shop. Theses are not-for-profit organisations, but they need money to provide food, equipment and toys for the animals.
2. Handling out leaflets and postcards for animal organisations
Helping to distribute content for animal organisations is a great way to spread awareness. For example, you could distribute postcards or booklets for Choose Cruelty Free. Last year I distributed some CCF lists in my area after I saw a post by CCF on Facebook asking for volunteers to hand out the booklets.
3. Using social media to spread awareness
You can follow ethical organisations and like posts about cruelty free living on social media sites. For example Animals Australia, Choose Cruelty Free, Cruelty Free Kitty etc. If you like, you can also post thought-provoking content about animals along with your usual posts.
4. Writing about issues online
I write about issues of animal cruelty and how to live a animal cruelty free lifestyle on my blog. You too could make a blog or website and write about the animal ethics issues you are concerned about.
5. Become a monthly donor
You can choose to set up an automatic monthly donation directly from your bank account. This is a great way to help an animal organisation fight animal cruelty. You can stop the monthly donation at any time.
Thank you for taking the time to read this post. Please tell me in the comments if you have any other ideas about ways to help animals.