Help Animals on National Day of Service!

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Posted January 16, 2013 by Sara Wirth

President Barack Obama is asking us to join him in participating in a National Day of Service on January 19 as an opportunity for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems.

It’s a day inspired by Martin Luther King Jr., so what better time to fight for justice for animals than on the day honoring one of the biggest social-justice leaders of all time?! MLK took a stand against the status quo and what was accepted by much of the country at that time because he knew that even if the majority of people accept something, that doesn’t make it right.

Check out these fun and easy ways that you can take a stand against injustice on National Day of Service:

  • Volunteer at a local animal shelter! You can find one near you by using Petfinder, and then just walk up to the counter and ask for an application. I used to do this back in my hometown, and it was always super-rewarding to give those dogs and cats some love and attention—I’d take the dogs out for walks, help the photographer take pics of the animals for the website, and clean out some of the cats’ cages. Shelters are always looking for help, so give it a shot!
  • Take your neighbor’s dog for a walk! If you have a neighbor who works long hours or who keeps his or her dog outside most of the time, offer to take the pup for a walk one afternoon.  
  • Organize a protest! This could be as easy as standing in front of a local McDonald’s with a group of friends while you hold signs. Just be sure to check out some Dos and Don’ts of protesting here first.
  • Leaflet around town! You can order some material from us for free, or if you’re short on time, you can even make your own. :)
leafleting at a schoolPhoto: PETA

Remember: As Dr. King once wrote, “Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.” Animals can’t demand freedom for themselves, so it’s up to us to do it NOW. Let us know how you plan on speaking up for animals in the comment section below!


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  • Profile photo of alexblue

    1045 days ago

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    Volunteering to walk your neighbor’s dog is especially appreciated by neighbors that are more elderly and are hesitant to go out walking when it’s icy or snowy outside. They really appreciate it! Our neighbor is so sweet and repays us with zucchini bread. :)

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