As we say goodbye to December and hello to January, we would like to take a moment to say Happy New Year to all our readers. We know you love animals as much as we do, so we have some exciting new content coming your way this year.
To kick off the year, we’re going to look at five ways we can be kind and show how much we love animals in 2023.
1. Start at home
If you share your home with an animal, take a moment to think – are you giving your companion the absolute best you can? The answer may well be yes, in which case, great, keep going. But, if not, think about what small changes you could make that would make a big difference in their life – more cuddles, perhaps? Likewise, if you hope to introduce an animal into your world this year, ensure you do it correctly. Do your research first so that you’re well prepared and know you are making the best decision for yourself and your new animal companion. You can start with our blog, Am I ready for a pet?
2. Create a space for wildlife
Wildlife needs our help. If you have an outdoor space, consider leaving some wild for all your garden visitors. Alternatively, you may want to build a bug hotel, dig a pond, or hang bird feeders. Whatever you can do to make your space that little bit more inviting will help, and once you’ve finished, you’ll be able to sit back and watch as the birds and bees enjoy your hard work.
3. Support a cause close to your heart
Whether it’s ending captivity and boycotting zoos, putting a stop to factory farming or shutting down puppy farms, find a cause you are passionate about and show your support. This could be from the comfort of your own home with a tweet, TikTok or letter to your Government representative, or you could get and about in your community and help with charity events or join marches. Whatever works for you.
4. Teach compassion
Whether kids are a big part of your life or not, you can be sure that little eyes are always watching. They take in everything going on around them. Be a positive influence and model compassion and kindness towards animals. And if you have kids close to you, take the time to teach empathy. Show them how to interact with animals, teach them right from wrong and educate them on making animal-friendly decisions when shopping for food, toiletries or clothes.
5. Celebrate the success stories
When you love animals and want to do everything you can to help them, it is easy to get bogged down in the negative – there are always horror stories, and there is always more that needs to be done to improve animal welfare. But, rather than start on a negative, we’re looking for the positive. Celebrate the cute stories, the big wins and everything happy in between. It will make people smile and hopefully motivate everyone to keep fighting for animals – we can make a difference.