10 Random Acts of Kindness You Can Do For Animals

February 17 is Random Acts of Kindness Day, which encourages people to show kindness to others.

As Joaquin Phoenix said, “It takes nothing away from a human to be kind to an animal.” Actually, showing kindness to others will make you feel better and do good at the same time. It’s a win-win.

Animals make us smile with their zest for life, crazy antics, and beauty. They give so much and ask so little in return, so let’s show kindness today (Random Acts of Kindness Day) and every day to animals.

Check out some easy ways you can give back and help animals below.


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Animal shelters are always in need of loving foster homes for cats, dogs, bunnies, and other furry animals. Shelter pets can show their true personalities when they are in a home environment. Shelters typically provide everything you will need to care for the pet so all you need to do is shower them with the love and attention they deserve.


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If you have some spare time, consider volunteering to walk dogs, clean kennels, or help with an adoption event at your local shelter. Many shelters across the country are short-staffed and would love a helping hand.

Pick Up Litter

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Litter is dangerous to birds, turtles, and many other animals who mistake it for food or become entangled in it. Spend an afternoon or an hour picking up trash at your local beach, park, or neighborhood.

Plant Flowers For Bees

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Make your backyard more bee-friendly by planting flowers like bee balm, marigolds and sunflowers. These beautiful flowers will add color to your garden and feed vital pollinators like bees and butterflies.

Sign A Petition

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Short on time but still want to make an impact? Add your signature to a petition to help protect and preserve animals.

Check out all our petitions here.

Click To Give Food To Shelter Pets

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Here’s another FREE way to help animals in need. Click multiple times a day on The Animal Rescue Site’s Click To Give button to help feed shelter pets.

After clicking you will be shown more ways you can help animals in need by answering some trivia questions or watching a video and answering a question.

Want to help preserve vital wildlife habitat? Simply click daily on The Rainforest Site and help animals big and small.

Fly Shelter Pets To Freedom

GreaterGood flies at-risk pets from overcrowded shelters to ones where people are waiting to adopt. Just $5 helps cover the fuel costs of flying a pet 125 miles towards safety. The flights take place once a month and is a great way to help shelter pets and shelters.

Help Feral Cats

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Give back to community cats by donating food, helping with a TNR program, and providing sturdy cat houses.

Feral cats have a hard time finding what they need to survive on a regular basis. Watch a video and answer a question to help provide food and then see how you can help even more by purchasing a care pack.

Choose Cruelty-Free Products

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Using animals for cosmetic or any other kind of testing is cruel and unnecessary. A great way to help rabbits and other animals is to only purchase products that are cruelty-free, which means it was not tested on animals.

Be sure to check this list to see which brands are cruelty-free and share it with your friends and family.


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If you are ready to have your life changed for the better while saving a life in the process, then adopt. There is a perfect pet waiting at your local shelter to show you love and just ask the same in return.

GreaterGood believes kindness should be shown to people, planet, and pets. Together, we CAN change the world.

Help Rescue Animals

Provide food and vital supplies to shelter pets at The Animal Rescue Site for free!