Things you can do to help protect animals and the environment from in your home
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Eat Locally

If you shop at a supermarket, the food you buy may travel in a plane from the other side of the
world, burning fossil fuels the entire trip. Shop at a local farmers’ markets and you will find fresh
and healthy food, and help save our climate.
Talk to your children, grandchildren, your entire family, your neighbors, and other people you
know about conservation and its importance

Let people know when you see actions that could harm the environment. Many people want to do good and simply
do not realize the entirety of consequences for their actions. Speak up! Share information about recycling and
energy conservation with your friends, neighbors and co-workers, and take opportunities to encourage public
officials to establish programs and policies that are good for the environment. An educated population will do more to
help the environment than anything else.
Take a stand against the loss of our precious forests and pledge to buy good wood!
One of the main causes of forest lost is illegal logging, which is fed by high demand for timber.
This wood then ends up in our shops and ultimately our homes. So your garden furniture,
wooden flooring, etc, may have in fact contributed to the destruction of the world's most
valuable rainforests. You can help stop this. Businesses will ultimately listen to their customers.
If you stop buying timber that comes from forests that are badly managed, or even perhaps that
has been illegally produced, then the suppliers of this timber will have no choice but to change
as well. Make sure that any timber products you buy carry the FSC label. If you can’t find FSC
certified products in your local store please ask the store manager to supply them. Without the
FSC label, timber may well stem from illegal or controversial sources. Choose good wood and
save our forests - always look for the FSC logo on products you buy.

    What is FSC?
    The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an independent, not for profit, non-
    governmental organization that provides standard setting, trademark assurance and
    accreditation services for companies and organizations interested in responsible forestry.
We love cats, but do not foolishly disregard the damage cats can do to the native environment.
They are an introduced, invasive species and can have a definite negative impact on our native
wildlife. If you let your cats out, PLEASE take a moment to read the following articles and

*Note: Locally run animal shelters are often small and doing the best
they can to provide care and compassion to the large amount of animals in need.
You can help them a great deal by even small donations.
Pet Adoption
When thinking of adopting a new pet, consider the long-term obligation and be sure you can
commit to it. When you decide to adopt, please give a much-needed home to a shelter animal.
Also, kittens and puppies usually are easily adopted. Consider an older animal that really needs
a good home and a safe place to call their own.
Click here for domestic pets info page

Whether intentionally or not, some children can be cruel. Baby animals and small
animals are especially vulnerable to broken bones or even death when roughly handled
by overly eager or aggressive children. Please watch the kids carefully and teach them to
respect and love animals!
Do not keep illegal or undomesticated animals or wildlife as pets!
Click here for a page on exotic pets.
If you already have an exotic pet, DO NOT EVER consider releasing it into the wild! Releasing exotic pets can cause
dire consequences for natural habitats and wildlife.
"Exotic" pets include almost any animal bought at a pet store because most of these animals are originally from other
parts of the world. These exotic pets could establish themselves in the wild. They may actually compete with native
wildlife for food and shelter. Further, some carry diseases that may infect local wildlife.
Never release an animal
bought at a pet store or exotic pet - the consequences could extend further than you may imagine.
Leave Nature Alone
Enjoy nature in your yard or environment, but leave it where it is! NEVER remove an animal or creature from its
habitat to keep as a pet (or for any other reason, for that matter).
Make Donations
Optional suggestion only, no specific affiliates or endorsements!
Make a donation to one or more of the many great organizations dedicated to helping domestic animals and/or
native wildlife and land protection.