Animal welfare is one of the most commonly held passions of most children and adults alike, and without the presence of the seemingly endless number of different species of mammal, bird, fish, and reptile, life would certainly be a much duller and lackluster place.
If you are looking for ways to make even a small contribution to the welfare and protection of both domesticated animals and wild animals alike, then you should continue reading to learn just that.
Cultivate a Wildlife-Friendly Backyard
First and foremost, if you have even the smallest of backyards or gardens, there is a myriad of ways in which you can protect local wildlife in and around your neighborhood.
Such small and inexpensive ways include, amongst a host of others, the following:
- Build a birdhouse and fill it with suet balls and different types of birdseed
- Remove overtly bright solar lighting, as this is off-putting to nocturnal wildlife
- Plant flower beds instead of keeping a larger lawn to attract butterflies
- Stop using herbicides, pesticides, and chemical fertilizers
- Create your own compost heap in the corner of the garden
Think About What You Buy
Another hugely effective way you can help contribute to animal protection and the welfare of many different species is to start to be a more educated consumer.
Never pay entry to a private and unofficial ‘zoo’ that holds exotic animals such as lions or tigers, as this only serves to cause more and more problems. Never purchase anything made even partly of feathers or fur, consume much less meat, and start to read the labels and packaging of the food you buy.
Consider Adopting from a Rescue Shelter
A more direct way of not only helping animals but, more specifically, saving the life of one or more animals in your local area is to adopt an animal from a rescue shelter – if your current lifestyle and financial status permits you to do so, of course.
There are tragically hundreds and thousands of abandoned and even hideously mistreated cats, dogs, rabbits, and other small animals who are all more than deserving of a safe, warm, happy, and comfortable home. If you do decide to contribute to making at least a couple of these animals’ lives better and bring them into your own, then make sure you register your new pet with an established and caring surgery such as Bonney Lake vets.
Add Your Voice to the Right Causes
Finally, another important method of supporting animal rights and welfare is to add your voice to the right causes, which are all working to improve the living conditions and, indeed, the survival rates of a myriad of different species.
Speak to your local wildlife support agency about joining campaigns to stop inhumane and indiscriminate snares and traps in your local area; never walk by an injured bird, mammal, or reptile and instead report the incident to the right authority, and also find other animal activist groups to support in and around the neighborhood.