(HOLIDAYS/ANIMAL ACTIVISM) With the holidays in full swing, now is the perfect time to get into the giving spirit and help our furry and feathered friends.

Whether you’re giving a gift or giving back, take a look at these four great ways to help animals this holiday season. — Global Animal

Photo Credit: PETA
There are many ways you can help animals in need this holiday season, whether you’re giving a gift or giving back to a local shelter or animal rescue. Photo Credit: PETA
Photo Credit: Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League, hspb.org
Volunteering your time or donating to a local shelter is a great way to give back to animals. Photo Credit: Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League

1.  Adopt, Don’t Shop

Make adoption your first option this holiday season! Avoid buying anything from pet stores that sell puppies because most of them come from puppy mills. Search for local adoptable animals by visiting Global Animal’s Pet Adoption Database.

2.  Help Local Shelters

Help your local shelter by volunteering your time or finding out what supplies they need. You can also win a grant for your local shelter by entering the ASPCA’s “Home for the Holidays” contest at www.ASPCA.org/holiday.

Tofurky is a great turkey substitute for a vegan Christmas meal. Photo credit: Casey Roder
Tofurky is a great turkey substitute for a vegan Christmas meal. Photo credit: Casey Roder

3.  Have a More Humane Holiday Meal

If you eat meat, eggs, or dairy, look for certifications that require better treatment for animals on farms, specifically Certified Humane, Animal Welfare Approved, and GAP (Levels 2 and above). Visit www.ASPCA.org/labels to view a label guide and get useful tips and info on how to have a more humane holiday.

4.  Host a Holiday Sweet Swap

Consider hosting a holiday bake sale at your office or with friends and family and donate the proceeds to help animals in need. Find out how to start your fundraiser at www.ASPCA.org/SweetSwap.

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