Easy Ways to Help Protect Our Wildlife

National Wildlife Day is coming up on March 3rd. While we of course usually focus our blogs on pets, we still want to help promote this great cause. It’s important to recognize the connection between our animal companions and their wild counterparts. With so many species in danger, it’s important to help wildlife and ecosystems when we can. A veterinarian lists a few simple ways that you can do that below.

Keep Kitty In

Did you know that kitties hunt billions of small animals every year? Fluffy may look innocent, and she acts adorably proud of herself when she drops a dead mouse at your feet, but don’t be fooled. Your tiny lion is actually playing a pretty big role in decimating fragile wildlife populations. Keep your furry friend inside, and let her hunt catnip mice instead of real ones. (Bonus: kitties are safer staying indoors anyway.)

Exotic Pets

Exotic pets are becoming more and more popular, and it’s not hard to see why: many of them are very cute and fascinating. Many people also find it very appealing to have an unusual pet. Just be responsible when adopting. Adoption is forever, so don’t get an animal without doing lots of research to make sure you understand its care needs. Your vet is also a great resource for this! Also, only buy pets from reputable stores or breeders. Unfortunately, there are still black market sellers out there that will offer animals that were captured from the wild.


There are also some things that you can do on your own property to help local wildlife. If you have a yard, allow native plants to grow back in part—or even all—of your property. Plant colorful, fragrant flowers, which will attract and sustain native bees. If you live in a colder climate, when spring arrives, don’t mow until the dandelions have passed. These pretty, bright flowers, considered a nuisance by many, are actually crucial, as they are the first food for bees, birds, and butterflies after winter.

Pest Control

Be sure to only use humane, non-toxic products to get rid of any pests you have. Sadly, many larger wild birds, such as eagles, owls, hawks, and falcons, are poisoned each year by hunting vermin that ingested toxic rodenticides.


Another thing that you can do is just be more mindful of wildlife when you are shopping. Choose products that use only sustainable resources. When many people start making these small choices, small steps like these can really add up.

Want to learn more about World Wildlife Day, and how to help wild animals? Click here.

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