Anyone who knows me knows that animals are not just my passion, they are my life. When I’m not on a set or a stage I’m traveling the country – sometimes the world even – rescuing, transporting, fostering, adopting, speaking, protesting, demonstrating, lobbying, educating, building habitats and providing care all on their behalf.
When I was a child I had 103 stuff animals and I could tell you each one of their names. I also had real animals: dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, turtles, fish and a rabbit. As a family we gave supplies to our local shelter every year at Christmas, and eventually I started to donate time and money on my own.
I’ve loved animals and nature my whole life. And like most people, I had no idea what was actually happening to them. Then I made what I call the “fortune mistake” of watching an undercover fur video [VIEWER WARNING]…and it changed my life forever.
Helping animals is REALLY easy! Here are some great starting points…
GET INVOLVED - volunteer and/or donate time, money and resources. There’s no such thing as “too little” when it comes to animals. They need all the help they can get.
ADOPT your next animal companion. Don’t buy. 4-6 million animals die every year in the US shelter system simply because they don’t have a home. Rescuing (even if you want a pure breed) is the best way to go!
SPAY/NEUTER any companions you have now – even if you think you don’t need to. Accidents happen all the time, and the last thing the world needs is more animals needing to find homes.
DON’T WEAR FUR – ever! (I don’t even wear faux fur.) The fur industry is one of the most evil in the world, and there’s no such thing as “humane” or “green” fur. Not to mention – we don’t need fur to keep warm anymore.
BUY CRUELTY-FREE PRODUCTS. Check on the labels of cleaning, beauty and general personal & household products that they say “no animal testing”. There are some inexpensive, humane alternatives to virtually every product made.
GO VEGGIE – even if it’s one day a week. Heart disease is the #1 killer in the US, and the #1 reason for heart disease – meat. Factory farming also accounts for the majority of green house gases that contribute to global warming.
SUPPORT HUMANE ENTERTAINMENT This includes avoiding most zoos, all animal circuses and animal themed parks like water parks. It sounds extreme, but believe me – it’s nothing compared to the extreme conditions in which the animal
Above all – EDUCATE YOURSELF!
Below are links to some of my favorite organizations where you can learn more and hopefully join the growing movement of compassion towards all living beings.
One of my pet projects (aren’t I punny?!) is the launch of a multimedia resource to help pet parents at any stage of the journey with their pet. Please visit The Pet Matchmaker and check it out!
Learn more about animals and Elaine's work with them with The Pet Matchmaker Podcast. Listen HERE!
Organizations I love to save animals with:
Best Friends Animal Society
Carroll County Humane Society
Coalition to Unchain Dogs
Dogs for the Deaf
Humane Society of the United States
International Primate Protection League
National Anti-Vivisection Society
National Museum of Animals and Society
Pet Care Foundation
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
THE PET MATCHMAKER