Will you hit the gym more in 2017? Spend more time with family? Try a new hobby? Earlier this week, we posted our own New Year’s resolutions for 2017, and many of our wonderful supporters said they want to find a way to do more for the animals in the coming year. Fortunately, it’s one of the easiest resolutions to keep – especially with these tips:
- Make compassionate choices. Consider how your daily decisions could impact animals, whether it’s fur or other consumptive products, or the packaging on products you buy (six-pack rings, plastic dome lids, etc.).
- Volunteer. You could go door-to-door in your community with pamphlets on preventing conflict and coexisting with neighbourhood wildlife; you could hang-out with The Fur-Bearers at an event and talk about our work, both in the field and behind the scenes, to protect wildlife; or, you could get involved with your local wildlife rehabilitator (drivers for injured animals is always in high demand) or work with your local animal shelter. If you want to learn more about volunteer opportunities with The Fur-Bearers, email Marcy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Always be learning. From the blogs, webinars, and podcasts offered by The Fur-Bearers, to documentaries on cable and subscription channels, straight through to your local library, the opportunities to learn something new are plentiful – and the more you know, the more you can help find solutions for animals.
- Take time for you. We love all our supporters who want to give their time, limited resources, and passion to the cause of protecting and advocating for fur-bearing animals. But your emotional well-being is also a limited resource. It’s important to take time to reflect, laugh, dance, play cards, or do whatever it is that helps you recharge and keep moving forward.
There are always new ways to get involved in helping animals, and most of them start with being compassionate and exercising empathy, something you’re already doing as you read this blog. We can’t wait to see what we’ll achieve together in 2017!