Back at home, my family has 3 dogs, 3 cats, 9 stray cats, and a ferret. In the past, we've owned rabbits, hamsters, fish, and even turtles. Animals are a large part of many peoples’ lives, and are constantly neglected as a group needing support. However, there are many things, locally & nationally, that you can do to be of service to your fellow animal:
· Students Engaging Students has a service event online (Pets Come First); all are welcome to participate, and you can easily sign up on the volunteer website.
· PAWS, our Centre county humane society, is always looking for volunteers, short or long-term.
· Meatless Mondays – Try going 1 day a week without meat; explore new & exciting food groups!
· Donate/fundraise for a local shelter or for a national animal rights org (SPCA, PETA, WWF).
· Try vegetarianism/pescaterianism – It’s good for your health, the animals, & the environment!
Also, when you’re finally fully independent and financially stable, consider adopting a (any) animal from a local shelter. It’s cheaper, both in terms of purchase cost & all animals are vaccinated, spayed, and neutered. Also, you’ll be giving an orphan animal a home, & will gain valuable experience in taking on permanent responsibilities.