Wanna know what question we get asked the most by kids like you?
How can I help animals?
The great thing is that there are so many ways to get involved in helping ALL animals—the wildlife in your backyard, endangered species all over the world, and the four-legged members of your own family.
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
♥ Read as much as you can about your pet and how to look after her. Make a list of the things that they need to be healthy, and check it with your veterinarian.
♥ If you’ve got a dog or cat at home, help make sure he’s happy and healthy by brushing him and playing his favorite game every day. (This one’s fun for you, too!)
♥ Don’t let balloons go, especially if you live near water. The critters who live in the water might think they’re food and eat them—which could make them very sick.
♥ Support the DSPCA. It costs a lot of money to run the DSPCA and we rely on donations from kids like you to help cover our costs.
♥ Wildlife-proofing your rubbishlitter is just a matter of three easy steps:
- Rinse and recycle. Make sure you recycle all recyclable plastic, glass and aluminum containers, and before you do, rinse them well to eliminate food remnants and odors that might attract wildlife in the first place.
- Cut and crush. Plastic and aluminum containers should be crushed before disposal to minimize the chance that a small animal (or even just its head) might fit and get stuck within. Six-pack can rings should be snipped to eliminate the possibility of trapping, and all fishing line and string should be cut into 6-inch pieces before disposal.
- Close and cover. Always make sure your rubbish is stored in a plastic or metal bin with a secure lid before disposal.
- What about when you're outside, hiking or camping? The best policy is to take your rubbish home with you for proper recycling and disposal.
Wildlife-proofing your rubbish may take a few extra minutes on your part, but for animals, it can mean the difference between life and death.
♥ Move bird feeders away from windows. Birds can fly into the window and hurt or kill themselves.
♥ Unscooped dog poop leads to bacteria in lakes, streams and oceans, choking out aquatic life and threatening the survival of many aquatic species. By simply cleaning up after your dog each day, you can help prevent water pollution and protect fragile aquatic life.
♥ Create a garden wildlife habitat. Habitat is a combination of food, water, shelter, and space arranged to meet the needs of wildlife. Even a small garden can be landscaped to attract birds, butterflies, beneficial insects, and small animals. Trees, shrubs, and other plants provide shelter and food for wildlife. The plants you use for food and cover will help determine the wildlife species attracted to your backyard. Nesting boxes, feeders, and watering sites can be added to improve the habitat.
Information courtesy of the ASPCA