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10 ways you can vote for animals

Soon the United Kingdom will go to the polls. The major party leaders appear to be sorely lacking concern for animal welfare, but the good news is we don’t need to wait for them to take action. Every time we choose to act with kindness and compassion, it’s a vote for animals.

Here are ten ways you can vote for animals any day you like.

1. Foster a homeless dog

Sign up to be a volunteer foster carer for your local animal shelter or rescue group. Caring for an animal in need while they search for a permanent home not only helps the animal, but creates room at the shelter for more animals to be rescued. Check out some of the rescue groups on DogsBlog.com

2. Buy cruelty free cosmetics

Can you believe that some cosmetic companies STILL test on animals outside the EU? Vote with your wallet and choose compassion over cruelty.

3. Make your own cruelty free cleaning products

It’s actually a lot easier than you’d think! And as a bonus, you’ll avoid nasty chemicals in your home. Check out the Handbook of Homemade Household Cleaners for dozens of recipes.

4. Volunteer for an animal charity

Got some spare time and want to ramp your animal advocacy up to the next level? Drop us a line if you’d like to volunteer for Naturewatch Foundation.

5. Tell someone about puppy farming

Puppy farmers and their dealers lie and coerce people to buy puppies from them. Help someone avoid buying from a puppy farmer.

6. Be a wildlife detective                                                     

Keep an eye out for signs of badger crime, and report it to the Badger Trust.

7. Make animals the biggest news ever

Ask Google to celebrate World Animal Day (October 4) with a Google Doodle. Here are some tips to get started.

8. Teach a child to be safe around dogs

By encouraging a child to respect dogs you could save both their lives. Download our dog safety awareness guide as a starting point.

9. Eat a veggie burger

We’re blown away by how many vegetarian and vegan options are available these days! Check out this list of mainstream restaurants offering meat-free alternatives and try something new next time you’re eating out.

10. Lobby your candidates

Write to the election candidates in your constituency and ask them to be a voice for animals within their party. In the lead up to elections they’re extra keen to hear your view… and you never know what you might achieve! Here are a few topics to discuss with them.