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The 12 Days of Kindness

The holiday season is filled with family, friends and warm thoughts for others. Include  the animals in this compassion-filled time of year, and use RedRover's “12 Days of Kindness” as a guide!

On the first day of kindness…
Educate your community about the cruelty of puppy mills by writing a letter to the editor of your local paper, encouraging anyone who wants to bring a pet into their family to visit a local animal shelter.

On the second day of kindness…
Donate a book from RedRover’s Recommended Children’s Books with Humane Themes list to a local library or after school program.

On the third day of kindness…
Check your pets’ microchip information to make sure the company has your current phone numbers and address.

On the fourth day of kindness…
Create an animal resource list. Include phone numbers for a 24-hour emergency vet clinic, a wildlife rescue and the agency you would report animal cruelty or neglect to. Share this list with your neighbors.

On the fifth day of kindness…
Join RedRover’s email list so you can be informed when your action is needed to help animals and invite a friend or family member to do the same.

On the sixth day of kindness…
Offer to buddy-up with your neighbors to evacuate each other’s pets in case one of you is caught outside evacuation lines during an emergency.

On the seventh day of kindness…
Still need a last-minute gift? Give a RedRover gift membership, which translates into a grant for urgent veterinary care, care  on a dog’s first day out of a puppy mill, or a child’s engagement with a story about the human-animal bond. Gift membership recipients receive a note acknowledging your gift and information about the animals the gift has helped.

On the eighth day of kindness…
Need some room in your linen closet for your fashionable new towels and blankets? Donate older ones to your local animal shelter or rescue group.

On the ninth day of kindness…
Register for a pet first aid and CPR class. You can find classes through the American Red Cross or PetTech.

On the tenth day of kindness…
Include a meat-free entrée in your holiday spread or potluck. Not only will the vegetarians at the table appreciate your effort,  but a delicious dish may inspire others to ask for the recipe and consider reducing their meat consumption.

On the eleventh day of kindness…
Make sure your pet emergency kit includes updated photos of your pet, photos of you with your pet, current vaccine records, temporary ID tags and fresh food, water and medication to last a week.

On the twelfth day of kindness…
Put candles, tinsel, ribbon, chocolate, glass ornaments, holiday lights, poinsettias and mistletoe far away from the reach of your pets, and tell your friends and family about these common holiday dangers.

Want to learn more ways to give?  Visit our program page to see how you can help RedRover bring animals from crisis to care.

 

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