Compassionate Living

Animal-friendly ideas & tips for compassionate living, including how to become a vegetarian or vegan and other ways to be kind to animals. Also, find awesome vegetarian and vegan recipes for a compassionate diet that's kind to farm animals, delicious, and great for your health.

Compassionate Treats For A Happy Vegan Easter!

(ANIMAL WELFARE/VEGAN EASTER) Easter is almost here, and what better way to enjoy this celebration of new life than to celebrate with compassion toward all life? After all, this lovely springtime holiday and the animal rights movement do share the same cotton-tailed mascot! Learn how easy and delicious it can be to have a happy vegan Easter with the following tips! — Global Animal
Adoption helps save the lives of animals in need. Photo Credit: OlgaKay

Give Thanks For Animals: Fostering Pets

(ANIMAL SHELTERS/RESCUE PETS) Becoming a pet foster parent is a great way to help animals. It saves animals from overcrowded shelters, and allows the foster families the joy of caring for pets without the long-term commitment. Read on for a first hand account about fostering pets, and for a beginner's guide to animal fostering. — Global Animal
Exposure to farm animals in one's first year of life can reduce the risk of asthma by 50%. Photo credit: Catskill Animal Sanctuary.

Students Sow Sentiment At Catskill Animal Sanctuary (GALLERY)

(ANIMAL RESCUE) Saugerties, NY - Catskill Animal Sanctuary (CAS) is an animal rescue organization in New York’s Hudson Valley, a 110-acre farm that is home to horses and farm animals who have been victims of neglect or other cruelty. The nation’s first elementary school to serve only vegetarian meals, Public School 244 in Queens, New York, recently made a visit to CAS. Read more to learn about CAS's animal advocacy programs and see pictures of the visit from PS 244. — Global Animal

11 Ways To Make Your Holiday Dinner Cruelty-Free

(VEGETARIAN/VEGAN) With the holidays in full swing, why not consider animal-friendly food options? Not only is it a great way to spread Christmas compassion to animals, but all of your guests will benefit from a healthy feast. See below for 11 ways to help you cook up a cruelty-free dinner the animals will be grateful for. — Global Animal

Eco-Fashion Fridays: Why Faux Fur Is Friendlier

(GREEN/FASHION) While the choice between faux fur and real fur should be an easy one for any animal lover, many "natural fur" fans argue that manufacturing faux fur is actually more damaging to the environment. Yet aside from ethical beliefs, studies show faux fur is almost five times greener than your average mink. Continue reading for more on the debate between faux fur and real fur and learn more reasons to feel fashionable and fabulous in faux fur. — Global Animal

Did You Know? 8 Household Items Tested On Animals

(ANIMAL TESTING) Who knew that some of the most basic items in your house are tested on animals? Even your dog food might have some skeletons in it's closet. Read on for household products that continue to use animal testing, and make sure you get all of the facts before stocking your home. The biggest way you can take a stand against this cruel industry is simply by boycotting companies and/or products that continue to test on animals. Learn other ways you can take action by visiting the links below. — Global Animal

4 Ways To Help Animals This Holiday Season

(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

Feral Cat Day: The Truth About Crazy Cat People & Why We Need Them

(CATS/STRAY ANIMALS) What do you picture when someone uses the phrase, “crazy cat lady?” An older woman with more than five cats? Someone who spends all of their money on cat toys and food? In reality, “crazy cat ladies” are the ones who rescue and help care for our stray and/or feral feline friends. If it wasn't for these wonderful, compassionate people, countless cats would be without adoptive homes, left to fend for themselves on city streets. In observation of Feral Cat Day, read on to learn more about these selfless individuals who deserve more than an eye roll when stereotyped as “crazy cat people.” -- Global Animal

What On Earth Is Earth Day?

(EARTH DAY/ENVIRONMENT) The 1960's brought about a ton of changes for the American people, including protecting our environment. Brought into effect by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson in 1970, Earth Day sparked a worldwide rally to appreciate, protect, and teach about the importance of a healthy environment. From compassionate efforts including park clean-ups, teach-ins, and tree-plating parties, to long-term commitments like caring for trees planted in honor of Earth Day, Senator Nelson has inspired people around the world to become involved with the environment—and in the U.S., the number has reached up to around 80 percent of the population. Read on for the true story behind Earth Day, and see what you can do to take part in this important day of the year. — Global Animal

Overwhelmed By Climate Change? Here’s How You Can Help

(CLIMATE CHANGE/ACTIVISM) There's no denying climate change is real--and it's occurring at a rate that's roughly ten times faster than normal. But let's face it, sometimes the statistics regarding global warming and it's threat to humans, animals, and the environment can be overwhelming. So what can you do about it? From campaigning and going vegan/vegetarian, to installing insulation and solar panels, here are some practical steps you can take to help prevent climate change. -- Global Animal

A Story With A Song: Country Star Luke Bryan Adopts Senior Dog

(CELEBRITY PETS/DOG ADOPTION) Country music star Luke Bryan and his wife Caroline recently gave a senior dog a new leash on life after adopting an 18-year-old rescue named Poochie into their home. Poochie was deemed a "forever hospice foster" at Proverbs 12:10, a Nashville-based animal rescue, until the singer read about him on social media and decided to step in and save the senior pup. Read on to learn more about the heartwarming adoption story and how this senior dog is living out his golden years. -- Global Animal

NYC Stray Cats Given Place To Call Home

(ANIMAL ACTIVISM) NEW YORK CITY — Moss-covered coolers and recycled aluminum can enclosures are New York City's newest architectural feats. On January 10, Big Apple architects proudly displayed their designs and constructions.Three years ago, architect Leslie Farrell established Architects for Animals, a movement to bring attention to the high population of feral cats in the metropolis. Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals' spokesman Steve Gruber estimates that the number of feral cats in the capital is in the hundreds of thousands or even millions. According to the NYTimes, Farrell's goals are "bringing attention to the plight of feral cats and recruiting architects to create shelters that are warm, portable, safe, easy to clean and affordable." Continue reading to learn about the many recent innovations created for homeless felines. — Global Animal 

New Tool Helps Online Shoppers Go Cruelty-Free

(ANIMAL TESTING) A new startup and browser extension called Tribe launched this week, providing online shoppers with a tool to find out whether or not a company tests on animals. When Tribe users select a product for purchase on Amazon, a small box appears in the corner of their browser to reveal information about the manufacturer's animal testing methods, ensuring only cruelty-free brands end up in shopping carts. Continue reading and view the video clip below to learn more about the browser extension. To add Tribe to your browser, simply visit JoinTribe.us.

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