If you decide to add a pet to your family, adopt a dog or cat from an animal shelter. Don't buy a pet from a pet store or a breeder. Always microchip and keep ID tags on your pets; both are a lost pet's ticket home.
Don't wear fur in any form: fur coats, fur hats, or fur-lined gloves, boots or jackets. Don't buy fur novelty items, such as mink teddy bears.
Do your part to help the pet overpopulation problem. Spay or neuter your pets. Encourage other pet owners to spay or neuter their pets, too.
Spread the word. Write messages on your checks, such as "Stop pet overpopulation-spay/neuter your pet." Take advantage of opportunities to speak at schools, churches, and at other public forums about how we all can help animals.
Avoid forms of "entertainment" such as rodeos, horse races, dog races, circuses, roadside zoos, animal pulls, and travelling shows in which animals are abused. Also avoid films and television programs whose production caused animals to suffer.
Report animal abuse to your local animal shelter, animal control department, humane society or SPCA. You will be helping animals, and you may be helping people. Studies show that in a home in which animals are being abused, children may be suffering from abuse as well.
Buy cosmetics and personal care products that are not tested on animals. Use cruelty-free household cleaners, or make your own cleaners from natural products.
Donate your time to help animals. Volunteer at a local animal shelter or humane society. Work to pass legislation that protects animals.
In consultation with your doctor or nutritionist, reduce the amount of meat in your diet, and if you can eliminate it altogether.