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5 Spook-tacular Ways to Help Animals This Halloween

5 Spook-tacular Ways to Help Animals This Halloween

Scary costumes and tasty treats will always be a part of Halloween. This year, let’s add activism to the tradition! Check out these five easy ways to help animals and still have a scream of a time:

1. Make a statement with your costume. Dress up as a sinister butcher, a creepy Colonel Sanders, an evil Ronald McDonald, or a declawed kitty cat (and be sure to keep leaflets handy!).

2. Be sure to pass out treats that are vegan and include PETA Kids’ stickers.

Packs on packs on packs.

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3. Attach adorable tags to the treats that you hand out.

4. Host a spooky Halloween party and, of course, keep all the food flesh-free.

5. Share the ultimate horror movie, “Face Your Food,” on Facebook and Twitter.

Now, go have a spooktacular time! Mwahahaha!

Inspired to help animals?

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Stick ‘Em With the Truth About Meat With Free ‘Warning!’ Label Stickers

Stick ‘Em With the Truth About Meat With Free ‘Warning!’ Label Stickers

Written by Tiffany Rose

Every time I go grocery shopping I damn near vomit when I pass by the meat department. You know—that area of the grocery store where flowers wilt and children wail. No matter how many times I wander by that graveyard, I’m always shocked by the number of people who are carelessly shopping there and simply don’t want to face what they’re really buying: the decomposing corpse of a tortured animal.

Activism comes in many forms. We might ask our friends to watch films such as Okja and What the Health, read an article about animal rights, or join us for a vegan meal. And sometimes, the softer approach works.

But now, for the folks who still aren’t picking up what we’ve been putting down, let’s stick ’em with the no-frills truth with a ‘Warning’ label! Perfect for the next time you pop over to a friend’s house and are casually grabbing a drink from the fridge, right? 😉

Fill out the form below, and we’ll send you a stack of free stickers that you can use to show people what they’re really getting when they buy burgers, hot dogs, or pieces of chicken by putting stickers on the packages of these decomposing body parts.

Warning Label

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How to Handle an Animal Emergency

How to Handle an Animal Emergency

Written by Tiffany Rose

Over the years, the number of animals I’ve encountered who needed my help has made me wonder if, perhaps, I had some unique quality that was visible only to the sick or injured.

Here are just a few of them:

  • A goose sitting in the middle of a busy street
  • A homeless cat who had ingested antifreeze
  • A juvenile alligator who had been hit by a car
  • Tiny kittens living in my building’s laundry room
  • A deer with a fractured femur
  • An owl who had flown into a car windshield and been left for dead

Upon reflection on my many encounters with animal in distress, I realized something: The only thing that separated me from any other person in these situations is that I was the one who stopped to help. People often think that someone else must have already called for assistance. As a result, the suffering animal never gets any help. It’s always important to help an animal in need, because if you don’t, who will?

There’s no worse feeling than not knowing how to help, so we’ve put together this animal emergency guide to provide you with the information that you need to assist any injured, lost, homeless, or suffering animal you may encounter.

Our tips will help prepare you for the most common animal emergencies.

In any animal emergency, the most important thing is to remain calm and never leave the animal unattended.

Being Prepared

Keep an animal emergency kit in your car. You can purchase a PETA rescue kit. If you prefer to make your own, be sure to include the following items:

  • Cat carrier, cardboard or plastic
  • Nylon leash
  • Towel or blanket
  • Thick gloves
  • Pop-top can of wet cat food and package of dog treats
  • Gauze bandages to stop bleeding or to use as a muzzle
  • Contact information for the local humane society, a wildlife rescue or rehabilitation center, trusted veterinarians, and 24-hour emergency veterinary services
  • Paper and pen to jot down notes and information

How to Approach an Animal

Animals, whether they’re wild or domestic, are usually fearful of human intervention when they’re hurt or dying.

To avoid being bitten or causing additional distress and injury, follow these four rules when approaching animals:

  • Move slowly and quietly, and stay as low to the ground as you can.
  • Avoid eye contact, which can be seen as threatening. Keep your head down.
  • Talk very softly to dogs and cats, and be as quiet as possible around wildlife.
  • When you first approach, try to take whatever you may need to use with you so that you won’t have to go back for something and approach a second time.

If you spot a stray animal near a busy road, turn off your vehicle, put the hazard lights on, and get out of the car, closing the door quietly. Take your leash, cat food or treats, towel, and gauze (in case the animal is injured) with you.

If the animal runs, stop and kneel down or walk slowly in the opposite direction. Be patient—it might take a while to resolve the situation. Try to herd the animal toward a residential area, ideally into an empty, fenced-in yard, where you can close the gate to prevent escape. You’ll also want to let anyone on site know that there’s an animal in the yard and that you’re trying to help.

Domestic Animal Emergencies

Dogs in Hot Cars

Parked cars can be deathtraps for dogs. On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can soar to 100 degrees in just minutes. Here’s what to do if you see a dog left alone in a hot car:

  • Gather information. Note the car’s color, make, and model, and write down the license plate number or take a picture of it.
  • Notify others. If there’s time, go into the nearest building and politely ask a manager to page the owner of the car immediately. BE PERSISTENT! Remember: It takes just minutes for a dog to sustain brain damage when the weather is hot. Time is of the essence.
  • Monitor the dog. Go back outside and wait by the car. Don’t leave until the dog is safe!
  • Call for help. If the owner doesn’t show up or doesn’t unlock the car, call animal control. If animal control can’t come immediately, call 911. And remember: If all else fails, do whatever it takes to save the animal’s life.

Animal Abuse

If you witness animal abuse, get out a pen and paper so that you can record details such as a license plate number and vehicle description or physical address. Call your local animal control agency or the police immediately. If they don’t respond promptly, call PETA.

Try to get evidence by taking photos or videos, find witnesses if possible, and provide authorities with a written description of the abuse that you witnessed. You can also go to your local magistrate or police commissioner to file a formal complaint.

Chained Dogs

If you see a chained dog, your best chance of improving his or her life is to befriend the owners and help them by, for example, offering to walk the dog. Of course, dogs who are being deprived of adequate shelter or who are injured, ill, or in poor physical condition should be reported to the proper agency right away.

Some jurisdictions have chaining restrictions or bans. Research your local laws, and notify authorities if you believe that violations are occurring.

Stray Animals

If you find a stray dog, cat, or other companion animal, try to coax the animal to you. If he or she won’t come, put out some food to tempt the animal to come closer or get into the habit of visiting regularly in order to build trust. Borrow a humane box trap from your local animal shelter or purchase one from Tomahawk Live Trap.

If the animal is wearing tags, call the guardian’s number and arrange to take the animal home yourself so that you can assess the living conditions. If the animal looks emaciated or acts abused, call the authorities before returning the animal.

Don’t be afraid to take the animal to a well-run animal shelter. That’s usually the first place where people look for lost animal companions. To help reunite animals with their guardians, shelters can scan them for microchips and take photos to post on their websites, as well as handling any immediate health issues.

Dead Animals

Animals who appear to be dead can be checked for signs of life by gently touching the edge of the eye. If they blink, they are still alive. Head for the nearest emergency veterinary clinic or animal shelter for life-saving treatment or euthanasia. If you go to a veterinary clinic, be prepared to pay for its services.

Wildlife Emergencies

Injured Animals

If you find an injured wild animal, please stop to help if it’s safe to do so. If the animal can’t be moved or put into a carrier, cover him or her with a towel or blanket to help the animal stay calm until help arrives, and call 911 right away.

If the animal can be moved safely, try to place him or her in a covered box or carrier. Make sure it’s well ventilated and won’t get too hot or cold inside. Don’t offer any food or water. Transport the animal immediately to an animal control agency, veterinarian, or a local licensed wildlife rehabilitator.

Remember that when wild animals are severely injured, it’s not always fair to put them through the trauma of being handled by humans, the pain of surgery, and the long process of recovery in an alien environment, especially when so many of them don’t pull through. Those who don’t fully recover are doomed either to live in a cage in captivity for the rest of their lives or to be released with a physical disadvantage as they attempt to fend for themselves again in the wild.

Paying for euthanasia at a veterinary office or having this service performed at an animal shelter is often the best option. If you do this, be sure to stay with the animal to make sure that the suffering is quickly brought to an end.

Turtles

In some areas and at certain times of year, turtles can frequently be found crossing roads, which puts them at great risk for injury. If you see a turtle on the road, get out of your car if it’s safe to do so, and help the turtle across the road without changing direction. Turtles know where they want to go, and they’ll turn back into traffic if you take them in the wrong direction.

Crushed Turtle Shell

Please don’t assume that turtles who have been injured or hit by a car are dead.

Turtles have a slow metabolism and can suffer with massive injuries for days or even weeks before finally dying. Test for a reaction by pinching a back toe or, if possible, by very gently touching the corner of the eyelid. Injured turtles should be contained and transported to a vet or animal shelter right away.

Baby Wildlife

In the spring, baby animals are a common sight, but if they aren’t hurt or in immediate danger, they usually don’t need any help.

Don’t step in when it’s best to step aside.

Mom is probably gathering food nearby. Some mammals, such as deer and rabbits, will attend to their young only briefly at dusk and dawn. If you’re not sure if an animal is orphaned, call your state wildlife agency or a licensed wildlife rehabilitator for help.

Baby Birds

Fledgling (juvenile) birds on the ground who are learning to fly are often mistaken for orphaned baby birds. To determine if an animal needs assistance, ask yourself these questions:

  • Are there bloody wounds, wet feathers, legs that aren’t bearing weight, drooping wings, or matted or persistently ruffled feathers?
  • Is the bird lying on one side or on his or her back or having trouble walking?
  • Is the bird’s body or head tilting to one side? Is there blood around the nostrils?
  • Does the bird appear to be cold, or is he or she shivering?
  • Is the bird out in the open with no trees or bushes nearby?
  • Are there other animals, such as dogs or cats, stalking the bird?
  • Is the bird a nestling (a baby bird who doesn’t yet have feathers and is too young to leave the nest)?

If the answer to all these questions is “No,” the bird should be left alone.

If the answer to any of the above questions is “Yes,” your assistance is probably needed. Put the bird in a covered box or carrier and transport him or her to an animal control agency, a veterinarian, or a local licensed wildlife rehabilitator immediately.

Orphaned Wildlife

If you’re sure that an animal is orphaned, place him or her in a covered box or carrier that won’t  get too hot or cold but is well ventilated. Don’t offer any food or water.

Don’t attempt to care for the animal yourself!

Please call your local animal control agency or wildlife rehabilitation center and transport the animal to someone who can provide immediate expert care.

Note: In most states, it’s illegal to possess wild animals without a license (and as most birds are federally protected, fines for possessing them are massive), because they require expert handling and care. Please contact an animal control agency or wildlife rehabilitation center and take the anima inl for expert care immediately.

Remember to stay calm, stay safe, and call the police, animal control, or PETA for help. Thanks for caring about and helping animals in need!

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Dogs at Texas A&M Are Suffering

Dogs at Texas A&M Are Suffering

Written by Tiffany Rose

Once in a while, the image of my dog shivering in his cage at the shelter where I adopted him pops into my head. Luckily for him, my 10-pound boy—with his eyes like a seal pup’s and his longing to snuggle no matter how warm it is—spent just a week waiting for a permanent home before I rescued him.

The dogs at Texas A&M University aren’t as lucky. They have nothing but horror waiting for them. Experimenters at the school deliberately breed golden retrievers and other dogs to develop a severe canine form of muscular dystrophy.

These dogs are like my dog. They have warm eyes and want to cuddle. They’re terrified. They need rescuing.

Please call the president and CEO of The Association of Former Students, Porter Garner, and urge him to push the university to do the following:

  • Stop these experiments.
  • Stop breeding these dogs.
  • Release all dogs for adoption into good homes.

Garner’s office can be reached at 979-845-7514.

And don’t forget: We want to hear how it went.

You have a powerful voice, and we thank you for using it to speak up for dogs.

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Kearney Whelan Robinson

Kearney Whelan Robinson

Name: Kearney Whelan Robinson

Position: Outreach Assistant

Email: [email protected]

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kearney.whelan.robinson

Where do you work? I work at PETA’s headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia.

Do you have companion animals? I don’t live with companion animals (but I’m a sought-after sitter).

What’s the best part of your job? Grassroots activists are the coolest people on the planet, and contributing to the awesome work that they do is the best part of my job. I get to meet innovative and creative people and stay up to date on animal rights demonstrations throughout North America, and I’m on a team that connects folks with free materials that raise awareness about issues affecting animals. As a grassroots activist myself, this is a dream come true!

What’s the hardest part about your job? Like so many activists, I struggle with the urgency of our cause. There’s so much animal suffering happening right now—and so much ignorance about or apathy toward that suffering—that I can feel overwhelmed. But burnout can’t change the world as effective and sustainable activism can, so we need to support one another, practice self-care, and celebrate successes.

What is your best memory at PETA? Before I worked for PETA full-time, I went on tour for peta2 through parts of the U.S. and Canada. The team was composed of me and two other women, and we traveled to colleges to talk with students about vegan living and animal rights. That tour was equal parts amazing, hilarious, and grueling, but every moment of it was an experience that I’ll never forget.

What do you like to do when you’re not at the office? When I’m not in the office, I co-run a program with my mother that provides parents, teachers, and various organizations with an easy-to-teach reading curriculum. I also like to spend time with my family and friends, nerd out on vegan pop culture, and go to the beach.

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Faith Robinson

Faith Robinson

dsc_0879_editName: Faith Robinson

Position: Outreach Coordinator

E-Mail: [email protected]

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Faith.Robinson.PETA

Where do you work? PETA’s headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia, the Sam Simon Center

Do you have animal companions? Yes! I have three animal kids: an energetic dog named Emerson and two adventurous rats named Emma and Eleanor.

What’s the best part of your job? The best part is working with such compassionate people. Everyone is so helpful and kind. Plus, Emerson is able to join me in the office, which makes every day fun and exciting!

What’s the hardest part of your job? It’s seeing how much abuse animals endure every day. I hate to see animals suffering, but I know that everyone at PETA feels the same way and that we’re all working together to create a world free from exploitation.

Best memory at PETA: In my time as a peta2 campus rep, I had the opportunity to dress in a pig costume and give away leaflets to students on “Hug a Vegan” Day. People were so open to the information and had a great time exchanging hugs. It was a wonderful experience!

What do you like to do when you’re not at the office? I love to run, spend time outside, and explore new areas with my husband and pup.

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Tips on Taking the Best Photos at Demonstrations and Protests

Tips on Taking the Best Photos at Demonstrations and Protests

It’s crucial that you take high-quality photos during a demonstration. They can make the difference between having 20 people see your message and reaching 20,000. Captivating photos and video footage can help a local event garner attention all over the country. The best images tell a clear story, capture the essence of the event, and make viewers feel like they are part of the action.

Working with a PETA outreach coordinator, you can take your activism for animals to the next level. Check out the tips below to help you get some great images from your demo and learn how to send them to PETA. We may be able to promote your event to our millions of social media followers and website readers.

When taking photos, be sure that they will answer these questions:

What’s the issue?

Whether you’re protesting against a circus that abuses animals or a restaurant that serves foie gras, anyone who sees your photos should immediately grasp what the issue is and how it causes animals to suffer. Treat this as an opportunity to educate people who are unfamiliar with the type of cruelty that your demo aims to expose.

What’s the tone?

Whether the demo is silly and lighthearted, dramatic and serious, or downright sexy, your photos should elicit a clear emotion in viewers. If, for example, your event is meant to be shocking, then photos of smiling people probably aren’t your best bet.

What makes this event special?

Your photos should make viewers stop to take a closer look. People consume media very quickly these days, so give them a reason to pause as they scroll through their Facebook news feeds. Anyone can stand at the side of a road holding a sign, so try to focus on the more eye-catching elements of the demo. If a mascot is at your event, be sure to get some shots of that. Images of children, workers in uniform, and any animal companions who have come with their guardians also tend to stand out.

These are the shots that you should always get:

The Signage

Your message is, after all, what you are trying to convey through your pictures. The signs that you photograph shouldn’t feature too many words. Pick ones with succinct, straight-to-the-point, punchy messages. Make sure that your shots of them are clear and the words are legible.

The Peak of the Action

Have your camera ready both at the beginning of the event and at points when people are most active. Demos taking place in a busy area inevitably attract more attention, so be ready for the public to get involved in one way or another. Get some shots at times when the most activists are present so that people will know that your event was a big deal.

Demo at opening of Canada Goose flagship store

The Whole Scene

Photograph the “big picture” surrounding the demo. Are you protesting outside a storefront or corporate headquarters? If so, make sure that the logo of the targeted company is visible, perhaps on a window or awning above where the activists are standing—or maybe even on the side of a building. If you’re outside an animal-unfriendly event, try to get some photos in front of the entrance or near any promotional banners that the organizers have hung. People need to know where the protest is taking place, as that will help them understand why it’s happening.

Crowd Reactions

If you’re handing out food, show people eating it. If you’re playing a sad video, capture people crying. If you have head-turning visuals, photograph the surprise on the faces of passersby. When people see others reacting, it can help shape how they react.

Some Impactful, Close-Up Shots

Ask one person with a sign to take a few steps out from the bulk of the action. Individual stories sometimes have a greater impact than the “big picture.” The full scope of animal abuse can be hard for people to take in, so showing a close-up of one person in front of the crowd helps viewers place themselves in the shoes of that activist.

Here are some final tips:

Come prepared. If you know in advance where the demo will take place, you can scope out the location beforehand. Take some test shots the day before. Note where the sun falls. See how much foot traffic the area typically experiences. That way, you won’t have to figure out all the details on the fly.

If you know there will be children present, be sure to bring something (a pen and paper or your cell phone) with which to record the contact information of their parents or legal guardians. If you provide PETA with their e-mail addresses, we can follow up by sending forms to request consent for using photos of their children.

If professional photographers show up, pay attention to what they do. You might not be a pro, but that doesn’t mean your shots can’t be just as powerful as those taken by someone working for a news wire or local TV station. If you’re unsure where to start, take inspiration from what the experts photograph. Just be sure to remain respectful. Remember: They’re there to get more eyes on the demo, too.

Then, send your photos to us.

If you’re already working on your demo with a PETA outreach coordinator, just e-mail your photos to your contact with a clear subject line and a one- or two-sentence explanation of the event for reference.

If you’re unsure which coordinator to contact, you can consult our handy map.

Never stop fighting for animals. There are plenty of other ways you can help animals through activism. Learn more now:

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9 Ways to Help Animals While You Shop

9 Ways to Help Animals While You Shop

Do you shop? Do you like helping animals? Well, thanks to these compassionate programs (and others on the PETA Mall website), you can do both at the same time! From your Amazon shopping cart to your credit card, here are shockingly easy ways to help animals while you shop:

1. AmazonSmile

If you’re looking for a way to help animals from the comfort of your couch, check out AmazonSmile. Amazon will donate 0.5 percent of the price of eligible purchases each time you shop. Log in to AmazonSmile with your normal Amazon log-in info, select PETA as your charity, and shop ’til you drop.

amazon smile

2. PETA’s Amazon Wish List

Check out PETA’s Amazon wish list, which is full of items that we need to help animals. From leashes to treats, you pick the items that you want to donate and check out, then Amazon sends the gifts to PETA, where they’ll certainly be put to good use.

3. eBay for Charity

With eBay for Charity, you can donate proceeds from your sales ranging from 10 to 100 percent. Simply select PETA as your charity and start selling for animals.

ebay-for-charity

4. PayPal Giving Fund

Is PayPal your trusted way of spending money online? We’ve got you covered. With PETA’s PayPal Giving Fund account, you can make sure that 100 percent of your donation supports animals.

5. PETA Visa

If you’re thinking about a new credit card, consider applying for a PETA Visa card! A percentage of all purchases goes toward our lifesaving work, and if you use the card within 90 days of approval, an additional $ 60 is donated.

6. Caring Cent

Help animals with every purchase! When you pay with a credit or debit card, Caring Cent will round up your purchase amount to the nearest dollar and donate the difference to PETA.

7. Humble Bundle

Like video games? Like helping animals? Now, you can enjoy both at the same time. Visit Humble Bundle, select PETA as your charity, and you’re good to go. Even better, you get to set your own price!

8. TisBest

TisBest allows you to buy gift cards for your friends and family (or even yourself) that can be spent on the charity of your choice—and PETA, of course, is an option.

9. PETA Checks

Choose from unique check designs created especially for PETA!

If you’re looking for a more direct way to help animals, consider becoming a PETA member!

For more ways to help animals:

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Get Your Free Restaurant Comment Cards!

Get Your Free Restaurant Comment Cards!

Are you looking for an easy way to let local restaurants know that you’d like more vegan options? Or a way to show your appreciation for those that already offer an abundance of plant-based menu items? You can do both with PETA’s free new restaurant comment cards.

Feedback is good for restaurants. Hearing from customers about what they want on the menu allows management to serve their clientele better—a win-win situation for you and the establishment! With these handy comment cards, you can let restaurant managers know what you think about their selection of vegan options. And as more vegan food is served at restaurants, more animals are saved—plain and simple.

Simply check one of the boxes and leave the card at the host table on your way out. If a restaurant doesn’t have a lot of vegan options, be polite but let the manager know that you’d be spending more money there if it did. And if a restaurant does have great vegan options, consider telling management just how much you appreciate it. That’s it! Easy activism.

Fill out the form below, and we’ll send you a free pack of 10 comment cards that you can leave at restaurants every time you go out to eat (for U.S and Canada residents only).

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This New Year’s Resolution Will Help You and a Friend

This New Year’s Resolution Will Help You and a Friend

Written by Tiffany Rose

Every year, I make the same New Year’s resolutions: Go to the gym more often (no, the sauna doesn’t count), keep a gratitude journal, volunteer more often, lose the baby weight (guys, my son is 7), take a class, take a break from Facebook (or Myspace, depending on the year), and start meditating. While I’ll be making them all again this year, I’ve decided to add a new one that I’ll actually keep. In 2017, I resolve to help a friend (or three!) go vegan. A vegan lifestyle is second nature to me and probably to you, too, but some people still find it intimidating. Luckily, there are a lot of easy ways that we can help them make the change.

You probably have a friend or two who asks you questions about going vegan, and I’m betting that you can nudge them to give it a try. Let’s help them together!

Here are some ways that we can do it:

  1. Mail them PETA’s vegan starter kit. Your friends will be thrilled to receive this free, glossy, recipe-laden magazine instead of another credit card bill from the holidays. Just fill in their info, and we’ll handle the rest.

  1. Plan a movie night. There are many informative and entertaining films about food and animals. Check out this list of our favorites and have your friends over for a movie night.
  1. Go shopping together. Arrange a time when you and your friends can go grocery shopping together, and introduce them to the many delicious vegan items on the shelves. Many people have no idea that there’s such a huge selection of plant-based options out there—show ’em!
  1. Have them over for dinner. Of course, it only makes sense to cook up some of the grub you just bought and let them taste the goodness for themselves. (Note: If you’re a disaster in the kitchen, don’t cook for them. It could ruin everything. Trust me—I know what I’m talking about. Instead, use an app to find nearby vegan-friendly restaurants.)

  1. Lead by example. Every time that we choose a vegan option at a restaurant, grocery store, party, or anywhere else, we’re helping ensure that vegan options remain plentiful. There’s no need to be pushy about it. In fact, please don’t be—it gives vegans a bad reputation, which doesn’t help animals. Simply let your compassionate behavior speak for itself.

Activists Handing Out Leaflets

This is a New Year’s resolution that I can actually stick to. Lives are waiting to be saved, so I hope you’ll also resolve to help a friend go vegan. Now, please excuse me while I renew my gym membership, again.

Want other ways to help animals in the new year?

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