How To Help

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Adopt from a local shelter if you are prepared for the long-term responsibility of providing a forever home.

Volunteer or foster a pet at your local animal shelter.

Report animal cruelty to local authorities. If law enforcement officials do not respond, you can contact PETA. If you see animal cruelty documented online, here are some steps you can take.

• Consider donating wish list items, your car, or money to the ASPCA, Best Friends Animal Society, or to a local rescue group.

• Encourage all pet parents to spay and neuter their dogs and cats. Learn more here.

Farm Animals:

• Learn about the food you eat and how your diet affects animals. Read about the practices taking place on factory farms and check out your local farmer's market.

• Search for cruelty-free products using this online tool or look for any products with the Cruelty Free label.

• Consider making a donation or volunteering with groups like The Humane Society of the U.S., Farm Sanctuary, or a local farm animal sanctuary.


• Tens of thousands of species are threatened around the world, so conservation management is vital. Learn more about conservation tools here.

• Report wildlife crime using WildLeaks.

• Help end wildlife trafficking by encouraging your local officials to ban the import of wild animals or wild animal products like ivory.

• Pledge to go Ivory Free.

• Consider making a donation to groups like IUCN, WildAid and IFAW.

• Search for and consider supporting animal-related state and federal bills that advocate for causes you care about.

Animals In Captivity:

• When planning a visit to entertainment parks or other facilities, check first to make sure they don't keep exotic animals captive. You can find a list of animal-friendly sites online, like these animal-free circuses.

• If you want to see animals, you can schedule a whale-watching tour that adheres to responsible guidelines, or visit a sanctuary that rescues large animals for rehabilitation, like Big Cats Rescue or The Elephant Nature Park.

• Educate yourself and your friends by inviting them over to watch documentaries like "Blackfish" and "The Cove."

• Report animals suffering in captivity to The Born Free Foundation's Travellers' Animal Alert initiative.

• Consider making a donation to groups like Born Free Foundation and The Elephant Sanctuary, which are working toward helping wild animals stay free and protected.