Published by PETA.

The following article was written by Keegan Baur.

Tax day this year is Monday, April 18, and many of us are pumped about receiving our tax returns. You might already have some ideas for what you’d like to do with your refund, but have you thought about spending it in a way that would help animals?

According to the article, “5 Gut Instincts You Shouldn’t Ignore,” wanting to help others is a gut instinct, and when acted upon, it can create an internal sense of well-being known as “helper’s high.” Doing something for animals can actually improve your mood and boost your immunity!

Here are five things that you can do with your tax refund that will help animals and also get ya some of that helper’s high:

1. Donate to PETA! Your financial support will help PETA put a stop to animal abuse—could anything feel better than that?

2. Arm yourself with Ingrid E. Newkirk’s book The PETA Practical Guide to Animal Rights. Here you will find helpful tips on how to make compassionate choices and do small things for animals each day.

3. Get rid of those old leather shoes and buy some new vegan kicks. After all, buying cruelty-free items would put a spring in anyone’s step!

4. Give your house a good spring cleaning. Go through your bathroom drawers and kitchen cabinets and eliminate all animal-tested products as well as those containing animal ingredients. Then head to the store with our list of cruelty-free companies and products and purchase animal-friendly replacements.

5. Host a vegan dinner party for omnivorous friends. This can be a great opportunity to show others just how delicious vegan meals can be. While socializing over an assortment of tasty dishes, you’ll get the conversation started on how every person can save hundreds of animals’ lives each year.

This year, what are you going to do with your tax refund, and how is it going to help animals?

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