How you can help create a kinder world
For your companion animals, here are some Kind tips, and remember that Project HumaneKind can guide you in your activities for community service credits and mentor your group or individual project.
- Adopt a pet—don’t buy one. Support homeless and abandoned animals through your local shelter or rescue organizations.
- Create a garden that is friendly to bees and native insects.
- Build cat shelters for your local rescue organizations.
- Hold a pet food drive for your local shelter, rescue organizations or food bank.
- Encourage your scout troop to work toward an animal rescue badge.
- Use only Fear-Free certified animal trainers and veterinarians. Avoid anyone who uses “balanced”, “correction”, or “dominance” training methods.
- Avoid anecdotes and mis-information regarding the needs of your animal companions. Learn and apply evidence-based information from academic institutions and peer-reviewed publications.
- Walk dogs when the pavement is cool to avoid burning their paws. For details see https://nowcastsa.com/news/hot-pavement-burn-pets-paws
- To walk the dog, use harnesses instead of collars, which can cause injury and pain.
- Refer to the Five Domains (Mellor et al) to implement a framework for optimal welfare for any species.
Be a voice for animals.
- Create a social media campaign on an animal welfare issue
- Write your United States Representative to support the Goldie’s Act to protect dogs in puppy mills (H.R 1788)
- Write you United States Representative to support the Puppy Protection Act of 2023 (H.R. 1624) which would expand standards governing dog breeders
- Start a school club for animal welfare
Here are some organizations that could use your voluntary assistance:
- Jasper Ridge Farm
- National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy
- B.O.K. Ranch
- Animal Assisted Happiness
- Wildmind Science
- Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo
- San Francisco Zoo
- Oakland Zoo
- Happy Hollow
- Marine Mammal Center
- Monterey Bay Aquarium
- California Academy of Sciences
- Your local humane society
Learn about issues affecting wild and domestic animals: