30 Mar 6 ways to help animals while physical distancing
We are in challenging times right now. Many people are looking for a ways they can still help animals while practicing physical distancing. Here are just 6 simple ways you can help animals from your own home.
1. Get in touch with your local shelter
It is quite likely that rescue shelters will experience spikes in animal surrenders as the COVID-19 pandemic intensifies. Many will also experience staff shortages with adoption processes put on hold. If you’ve ever considered fostering a pet, now might just be the perfect time to do so. You’re being ordered to stay at home and if our existing pets. Increased time spent at home will mean you are well equipped to welcome your new companion from shelter to home life. Pets can also be a welcomed distraction during unprecedented times. It’s important that you know how to adequately care for an animal you adopt or foster so my team and I have compiled this resource list.
2. Utilise social distancing to transition your cat indoors
Now may also be the time to get your cat used to life indoors. Shockingly, our furry friends are responsible for killing up to 337 million birds a year in Australia. All of the advice points to evidence that your kitty can live a happy healthy life indoors, but that it takes time and patience to transition. This useful guide by Humane Society International provides some tips and tricks along the way. Simply providing lots of attention (which you now have the time to give) will go a long way in relieving the anxiety pets feel in times of change. Plus, your garden friends will thank you too.
3. Learn new ways to socialise with your dog
Whilst it’s still appropriate to walk the doggo now, this could change. People that become ill with COVID-19 will need to self quarantine, this means the same thing to your dog as it means to you. This helpful guide by the NY times outlines some of the ways to help transition your dog to staying indoors. Youtube also has lots of creative ideas for DIY puzzle feeders to keep your pets occupied.
4. Create a plan for your own animals (just in case)
Most importantly, now is a good time to identify a close friend or family member that you can rely on to take care of your pets in an emergency. Try to keep routines with your pet intact where you can and try to avoid over feeding. You and your dog probably agree, food’s more exciting when you’re bored!
5. Eat plant-based foods
Sometimes helping animals is as simple as what you eat. 2018 research by Roy Morgan found that one in three people in Australia are already eating vegetarian or actively reducing meat. That means every year, up to 11 million more farmed animals will be spared from slaughter, and many millions more marine animals. Eating plant based is also kind to the planet and your health. With more time than ever to get creative in the kitchen, it’s a great opportunity to give animal-free eating a go!
6. Sign up for my campaign updates
Along with my dedicated team, I am working on a range of campaigns to protect animals from cruelty across Victoria and Australia. By signing up to my campaign updates, you’ll get the latest news, action alerts and wins straight to your inbox.