Man Cycling Across the World Adopts a Stray Kitten
The Peace a Cat Lends to a Home
This photo of Gracie at the window on a snowy day gives me a sense of quiet, of peace. Maybe it’s the shades of blues of the late day light. Maybe it’s the warm comfort looking out on snow-draped trees, cup of tea in hand, the house quiet. Maybe its the stillness of the cat, observing.
Gracie sat at the window for some time, until the last bird departed the bird feeder, and then she sauntered off, blinking her greeting to me as she passed by.
50 Ways to Help Animals
Humane Society of United States
All of us can make a difference for animals in our everyday lives, whether it’s by adopting a pet, choosing products not tested on animals, eating a humane diet or engaging your community in animal protection issues. With so many widespread problems facing animals, it takes all of our collective efforts to confront these cruelties and change things for the better.
Here are 50 ideas for ways you can help animals in your community and across the country. Please share this list with any of your friends and family members who are also interested in advocating for animal protection.
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1. Sign up for email alerts to get the latest news and quick, simple actions to help animals straight to your inbox.
2. Sign up to receive text message alerts to do the same right from your cell phone.
3. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
4. Share our videos on your website, blog or social networking page.
5. Subscribe to our blog for the latest animal news.
6. Attend Animal Care Expo (location varies), Taking Action for Animals in Washington, D.C., or one of our many other events.
Be an advocate and spread the word
7. Write letters to the editor on our issues.
8. Ask your local radio and television stations to air Shelter Pet Project PSAs.
9. Post flyers and spread the word about our puppy mill and animal fighting rewards.
10. Distribute flyers at events and stores.
11. Encourage radio and television talk shows to discuss animal issues.
12. Sponsor a “Stop Puppy Mills” billboard in your community.
13. Ask your local restaurants and grocery stores to switch to cage-free eggs and to protect seals by boycotting Canadian seafood.
14. Join us in applauding pet stores that have taken a stand against puppy mills—support the more than 1,000 stores that have joined our Puppy-Friendly Pet Stores initiative. Encourage local stores that do sell puppies to stop.
15. Organize a World Spay Day event in your community.
16. Arrange coffee or lunch dates to introduce our fights to people who care about animals.
17. Work to get your local universities or your child’s schools to participate in Meatless Mondays or add vegetarian options to their menu.
18. Book and sponsor our subject matter experts for lectures at schools and universities—contact us if you’re interested!
19. Sponsor a local classroom and recommend our Nose-to-Tail program for elementary students or a young animal lover you may know.
Raise funds for our work
20. See how you can raise funds for animals at MyHumane.
21. Make a special one-time gift or support all animals all year round with an automatic monthly gift.
22. Make a memorial gift in honor of a friend or animal companion or give gift memberships to friends or family members.
23. Host a house party and have an executive or subject matter expert speak to your guests.
24. Ensure the HSUS is eligible for giving programs at your workplace and explore matching gifts from your employer.
25. Donate your used vehicle to benefit the HSUS.
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26. Include the HSUS as a beneficiary in your will.
27. Shop our Amazon storefront for branded apparel that lets you wear your support on your sleeve.
28. Purchase pet health insurance from Petplan and receive a 5% discount—and with each completed application, Petplan will make a $20 donation to our Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association’s Rural Area Veterinary Services program. Use code HSUS20.
29. Purchase or renew a subscription to All Animals magazine.
30. Order personal checks and create custom gifts from Zazzle.
31. Shop with our other corporate supporters and help animals with every purchase—coffee, flowers, wine, jewelry, and more.
32. Check out what people are selling to benefit us when you shop on eBay.
What you can do on your own
Help animals in your everyday life
33. Purchase cruelty-free cosmetics and household products.
34. Participate in Meatless Mondays and find delicious plant-based recipes for your next meal.
35. Adopt a pet from a local animal shelter or rescue group.
36. Support fur-free fashion by consulting the HSUS’s humane shopping guide.
37. Encourage your office to implement dog-friendly policies. Our book, Dogs at Work: A Practical Guide to Creating Dog-Friendly Workplaces, provides step-by-step advice.
38. Turn your outdoor space into a backyard sanctuary and find humane ways to coexist with wildlife.
39. ID your animals and encourage others to do the same—and keep your cats safe indoors.
40. Prepare a disaster plan for your animals.
41. Learn what legislation is now pending in Congress and how you can help.
Get involved in your community
42. Help feral cats in your neighborhood with our Trap-Neuter-Return resources.
43. Encourage your local officials to find long-lasting, nonlethal solutions to conflicts with wildlife such as bats, coyotes, deer and more.
44. Provide for your animals’ future in case you can’t care for them.
45. Participate in Animal Rescue Team training and sign up to help animals in crisis.
46. Attend Humane Lobby Day for the opportunity to talk to state legislators about passing laws that protect animals.
47. Develop humane outreach programs in your community.
48. Determine which elected officials represent you at local, state, and federal levels. Attend lawmakers’ town meetings to urge them to support our fights.
49. Work for the passage of local ordinances in your community, for example, to protect chained dogs or improve the lives of dogs in puppy mills.
30 Seconds of Your Time To Facilitate Passage of the Proposed Animal Welfare Act
Across the country, over a million animals live in facilities regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture—like dogs in puppy mills and laboratories or bears and primates in roadside zoos—and are suffering.
Public contact with wild animals compromises animal welfare, jeopardizes public health and safety and fuels the exotic pet trade. And puppies and kittens living in pet mills are often left in tiny cages with no stimulation or enrichment opportunities. That’s why we are encouraged by the USDA’s recent announcement that it plans to propose new rules that could improve conditions for animals used in roadside zoos, puppy mills, and research laboratories.
Please fill out the brief form to your congressperson by clicking on this link:
The Gentle Admonition
Juni, our rescue cat, a gentle creature by nature, was on the floor alongside me as I did my stretching exercises. My eyes were closed when I repositioned my arms and accidentally bumped Juni’s head. In response, she put a soft mouth on my hand—a gentle warning that she did not approve. She then chirped her disapproval—a verbal admonition. Next Juni gently licked my hand, reassuring me of her love. What a kind way of conveying and holding boundaries in a loving way.
photo by Ken Meyle
Lost Your Cat?
It’s a myth that most cats will find their way home.
The most significant findings of a recent study were that a thorough physical search is likely to increase the chances of finding cats alive and most cats are found within a 500 m (1/3 mile) radius of their point of escape. Cats that were indoor-outdoor and allowed outside unsupervised traveled longer distances compared with indoor cats that were never allowed outside.
From: https://www.cats.org.uk/help-and-advice/lost-found-and-feral-cats/lost-a-cat and from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5789300/
Five things to help find your lost cat
- Shake a box of their favorite biscuits to entice them home.
- If your cat has a favorite toy, try leaving it in your garden.
- Cats have a strong sense of smell – leave out a regular blanket or bedding to encourage your cat out of hiding.
- You might find your moggy is more active at night, especially during hotter weather. Go out with a friend or family member when it is dark to call for your cat by name.
- Leave a bowl of water out and some food. A tasty treat such as tuna might be enough to bring your cat home.
Is my cat lost?
Not all cats are house cats. Some are inclined to wander, especially if there is fuss or food to be found elsewhere. It is normal for your cat to pop in and out throughout the day – especially if they have a taste for adventure. If your cat hasn’t returned by the time dinner time comes around, however, you might be worried that your cat is missing. Try not to panic. Cats can disappear for days at a time and return with no trouble, looking perfectly healthy. While you might be worried, they’re likely to stroll in and wonder what all the fuss is about. If they haven’t yet returned, give them a few hours before you make a plan of action.
I’ve lost my cat. What can I do?
If your pet still hasn’t returned home, there are a few simple things you can do to help find your missing cat. The first thing to do is to check your own home and garden. Cats love small cosy spaces and might be hiding in the unlikeliest of places – from cupboards to garden sheds. Check every room in your house, including any outbuildings and sheds too. Behind curtains, under duvets and even in household appliances like tumble dryers and washing machines. If you’re having building work completed, check under floorboards or any holes big enough for a cat to nestle into.
If you’re sure your cat isn’t at home, the next thing to do is to speak to your neighbors as well as any delivery people nearby. They might have seen your lost cat somewhere and can let you know of their whereabouts. Ask them to check their own sheds and outbuildings, as well as under any parked cars in the neighborhood. Remember to check homes on both sides of the road, as well as homes that have gardens that back on to yours. You could even provide neighbours with an up to date photo and your cat’s name, reminding them to keep an eye out.
Advertising on social media is a great way to get the message out that your cat is missing, particularly if you’re a member of a local Facebook community group. Post a clear photo of your cat, their name and your contact details.
It is also useful to keep a list of useful phone numbers pinned to a board in your kitchen. You can download our list below, complete with handy contact details.
How do I get my cat to come home?
If putting out the word about your missing cat hasn’t worked, there are some great tips and tricks to try at home. Cats are heavily reliant on scent and leaving out items that may entice them back to you is well worth an attempt. Things to try include the following:
- Leave your cat’s favorite toy or some of their unwashed bedding in the garden
- Leave an unwashed item of your clothing, which will have your scent on it
- Place any used litter from your cat’s litter tray outside, or perhaps the contents of your hoover for a smell of home
- Call out for your cat in the garden early in the morning or late at night, when everywhere is likely to be quieter
- Shake a box of their favorite biscuits or treats
- Keep calling your cat, leaving enough time for them to hear you and be led home
Lost your cat? Follow our checklist
If you’re beginning the search for a missing cat, download our checklist to tick off each action as you do it.
- Search first. Check small spaces in your home – everywhere from cosy cupboards to garden sheds, garages and outbuildings
- Ask your neighbors. They’ll need to check their property, sheds and garages too.
- Is your cat microchipped? Talk to Petlog on 01296 737 600 or Identibase on 01904 487 600 to register your cat as missing
- Speak to your local Cats Protection branch or centre to see if they’ve had a cat handed in to them. To find one in your area, visit our Find Us page and enter your postcode
- Get in touch with animal shelters in your area. Visit catchat.org to find those local to you
- Contact all vet practices in the area
- Make and put up flyers with your cat’s photo and description to place around the local area – or post them through your neighbour’s letterboxes
- Post a description of your cat on your Facebook page, as well as any local community Facebook groups
Microchipping your cat
Microchipping your cat is the most effective way to ensure that they can be identified if they go missing, and keeping your details up to date can increase the likelihood of a happy reunion. If your lost cat is found and taken to a vet or animal welfare organisation, you’ll be contacted quickly.
Moved house or changed a phone number? You’ll need to let your microchipping company know so that your details that are on file can be amended. Find out more about microchipping your catDownload: Microchipping guide
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