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New Year’s Resolutions That Help Animals

Today is the last day of the year, and once again, it’s that time for making resolutions for the year ahead. We have a brand-new shiny year in front of us in which we can make even more of a difference for animals. Need some ideas for inspiration?  

If you resolved to go vegetarian last year—pledge to be vegan this year! Donate nonvegan items from your cupboards, like food, to food pantries and clothing items like wool sweaters to a homeless shelter for those who truly need it to keep warm.  

Promise to take Fido on long leisurely walks. This can also help you if you are resolving to lose weight for the new year, as walking your dog can be just as good for you as going to the gym. If you don’t have animal companions who share your home, why not bring a little joy into the lives of those who are in animal shelters? Most shelters welcome donations of food, litter, and cleaning supplies and those who are able to give time to take dogs for walks, change kitty litter, and give belly rubs.

Switch to cruelty-free cosmetics and household products. It’s never been easier to buy cruelty-free products. Resolve to support only brands that share your compassionate philosophy. Or try your hand at making your own homemade, cruelty-free, green cleaning supplies.

So, what is your resolution for helping animals? Post your comment to inspire others to make it a great year for animals!

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  • Shelby says:

    Volunteering at your local animal shelter.Like taking dogs on walks or playing with cats!

  • Bobbi Frew says:

    I would love to try to be vegan again but I doubt that I could do it. I’m reading Alicia Silverstone’s “The Kind Diet” right now and I’m really inspired. First going back to vegetarianism after a few years of eating some meat. For 15 years I was a strict Vegetarian so I think I’ll do just fine getting back into that, however…. the vegan route will be much more difficult.

  • Meg says:

    I actually have a question rather than a comment. I am trying to shop as cruelty-free as possible. I am making great strides in the beauty and household products, but I need more information regarding clothing. I heard somewhere that even if you are buying clothes that are not made with the obvious wool/fur/leather you still may be purchasing products that were colored/designed using dyes that were tested on animals…are dyes used in clothing commonly tested on animals? If so, how do you know which clothing companies use such dyes?

  • Tom T says:

    I resolve to be more open about my veganism. If some people don’t like it, it’s not my problem.

  • Janet Weeks says:

    I resolve to continue to do at least one thing each day to make a positive difference for animals, whether it is posting another animal quote or animal image in my office cubicle, pinning a new animal-rights message button on my clothing, placing a brochure or veggie starter guide into anothers hand or in a public area, fixing a relevant bumper sticker to my car, writing a letter or adding my name to a petition, sharing vegan food with non-vegan family and friends, speaking the animals’ truth, educating myself, joining a demonstration, cleaning out the bird feeders and filling them with fresh food, helping an injured animal, dropping off blankets and toys at the local shelter, always being aware and conscious of animal suffering. There is always at least one thing that can be done each day.

  • Kat says:

    I’ve recently begun transitioning to cruelty-free health and beauty products (almost there!). I became a vegetarian two years ago, and I’m now trying to incorporate more vegan meals into my life and greatly reduce my consumption of eggs and dairy. When I do buy eggs and dairy, I’m trying to at least buy all organic and from family farms. Also stopped buying leather and wool clothing. My goal in 2010 is to be more educated about animal rights and welfare issues so I can (gently) educate friends and family as well. Happy New Year!

  • Jaime says:

    I’m going to only use cruelty free cosmetics, and go vegetarian!

  • eunice says:

    i really love animals.I agree with you. Good look