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10 Easy Ways to Help Save Animals

It’s super-easy to help animals, no matter how old you are. Check out our top 10 ways to get a jump-start on making a huge difference in the lives of animals everywhere:

1. Go Vegan!

Little Girl with Green Apple©

Going vegan means that you stop eating, wearing, or using anything that came from an animal, such as meat, milk, eggs, and leather. Just by going vegan, you’ll save the lives of nearly 200 animals a year. Pretty awesome, right? So take the pledge to go vegan already!

 2. Complete an Action

Kids At Ringling Protest

We’ve got a list of super-easy ways to help animals, and you can earn stickers and comic books for taking part! We post action ideas all the time, so there are always new ways for you to spread the word about animal rights and get free stuff. It’s a serious win-win situation.

3. Ask Your Grownup to Buy Cruelty-Free

Animals shouldn’t be blinded, poisoned, or burned just for the soap, shampoo, or lip balm we use. But in labs across the country, these things are often done. Your family can take a stand against animal testing by buying and using only vegan and animal test–free products. Just look at an item’s package and see whether it has PETA’s cruelty-free bunny logo. You can also ask your grownup to check PETA’s searchable online database of companies that don’t test on animals to find kind brands to support.

4. Play a Game

See our list of super-fun animal rights–themed online games. With your grownup’s permission, play one of our most popular games everKitten Squad! Can you get the top score?

5. Don’t Support Animals in Entertainment

elephant in nature and elephant being used in the circus

Animals want to be in their natural habitat—they don’t want to entertain us. Those used in movies, circuses, and roadside zoos usually can’t be with their families, graze, or explore, which are all things they like to do. Refuse to support this cruelty by never going to a roadside zoo, a marine park, or a circus that uses animals.

6. Stay Involved

kids reading a kids guide to helping animals

Keep up to date on all the animals who need your help, new actions, and contests by having your grownup follow PETA Kids on Instagram. Also, sign up to receive PETA Kids e-mails, and get our FREE Kids’ Guide to Helping Animals magazine.

7. Volunteer at Your Local Animal Shelter

Happy Beagles (Dogs) Running

Animal shelters are always in need of more help! Whether you could walk dogs, clean out water bowls, or hang up signs, we bet a local shelter has a job for you. Call a shelter near you and ask if it needs any help. You could make a big difference in the lives of homeless dogs, cats, and other animals.

8. Cut Out Dissection

Close Up of Frog Outside
If your class is planning to dissect animals, ask your teacher for a humane activity instead, such as using a computer program to perform a virtual dissection. An animal will be saved, and you’ll learn and remember way more.

9. Make an ‘It’ Jar

Changing the language you use to talk about animals will help others understand that they’re individuals with feelings and emotions, not objects. So use this fun and easy activity to help you, your family, and your friends kick that bad “it” habit!

10. Tell Your Friends!


Share with your friends why you’ve decided to stick up for animals, and encourage them to get involved, too. Not sure where to start? Let them know they can order a FREE Kids’ Guide to Helping Animals magazine.