Choose green pet adoption
For potential pet owners, the greenest way to find a new family member is to adopt a pet from a local shelter. Adopting a pet from a shelter instead of buying one from a breeder will minimize pet reproduction, according to Care 2. This decreases the number of animals that enter shelters, and may one day risk euthanasia. People interested in adopting can use websites like Petfinder.com to find an animal shelter or animal rescue group in their area.
Spay and neuter pets
Care 2 recommended pet owners immediately spay or neuter a new pet to reduce the chance that his or her offspring will end up on the streets or in a shelter. Even if pet owners think spaying or neutering their pet is too expensive, the Humane Society assures them that they can find low-cost options. Pet owners can visit HumaneSociety.org to find a program that’s best for them.
Feed pets organic foods
Plenty of humans know the benefits of organic foods, and may have even started to eat organically themselves. Pet owners should also consider the benefits of organic foods for their pets because they are not only healthier, but also environmentally friendly. Organic farming means produce and other ingredients are “grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation,” according to Organic.org. When owners choose organic for their pets, they are promoting natural farming that will help natural resources last longer.
Use organic cleaners
If a pet makes a mess or has an accident, pet owners often reach for the most effective cleaning product under their sink. These cleaners may “cut down on grease” or “kill bacteria,” but they can also be harmful to pets and the environment because of their strong chemicals. Instead, pet owners should buy organic cleaning supplies or learn how to make them themselves with popular household items such as baking soda, lemon juice and other ingredients.
When pet owners go green today, they will see the benefits in their pets and their environments for years to come.