Not eating animals is the best way you can be an animal advocate. Yet that’s not the only way to help animals, especially if you want to do it from home.
Consider these nine other ways you can speak up and take action:
1) Share posts on social media
Getting on social media platforms like Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to share videos, pictures or breaking news can amplify animals’ voices and raise awareness about animal welfare issues and veganism.
John Oberg, an animal activist and social media expert has some tips. He recently launched the Advocacy Collaborative, which offers courses in using social media to help animals.
- Always put yourself in your audience’s shoes and appeal more to non-vegans than vegans
- Post consistently
- Make sure your bio is complete and profile photos are chosen carefully
- Monitor your posts regularly and engage with your audience.
“Work to empower and inspire your audience, not just depress them,” he says.
2) Post reviews on Abillion
Whether you’re buying vegan food or products, post reviews of them on abillion.com to earn money for animals. Just upload a photo of the item and write a few sentences. For each review, you’ll get $1 that you can donate to animal advocacy-related organizations.
3) Sign petitions
Every time you add your name to a petition, you’re standing up for animals.
Here are a few sites where your signature matters:
- Change.org (search for “animals”)
- care2.com (search for “animals”)
4) Click to give
Many sites let you click a certain spot daily, which will directly send a donation to animals in need.
5) Use apps to track outdoor exercise
Choose the animal organization you want to support from a list of options, push start whenever you’re moving outside, and your movement will trigger donations to that charity. Win win!
6) Collect household items
Animal organizations need common everyday items to help care for and provide enrichment for animals. For instance, Humane Fort Wayne in Fort Wayne, Indiana, uses egg cartons to hold dog treats, styrofoam coolers to build outdoor shelters for community cat populations, and toilet paper and paper towel rolls to make toys and food puzzles for cats and dogs.
7) Make toys and treats for animals
Love crafts? Or want to get kids involved with making a difference for animals? Volunteers are often needed to make blankets and toys for animals. For instance, you might make sock catnip fish for cats or knot and tie a whole pile of no-sew fleece blankets for dogs at your local animal shelter.
8) Foster an animal
Every animal who’s fostered opens a space in already overcrowded shelters for another homeless animal. Fostering can also help increase the odds of that animal getting adopted. Check with your local rescues and shelters, as they often need fosters who can open their hearts and homes to care for cats, dogs, rabbits and other companion animals from a day to several weeks.
9) Write letters to the editor
Newspapers still reach a wide audience and are an effective vehicle for getting the word out. Especially about issues around animals that the paper may – or may not – be covering. Newspapers also have political pull. Elected officials on town, state, and even the national level often read these letters, so your words may very well reach their ears.
Visit your newspaper’s website for guidelines and more details about how you can submit a letter to the editor. Then, keep your letter short and to the point. Don’t forget to include your contact information.