25 Ways One Person Can Make a Difference

Have you wanted to volunteer some time to help animals, but not sure how? Here is 25 ways you can make a difference in the lives of Maine animals.

1. Know who your local animal control officer is and let him/her be the eyes and ears for you on animal issues in your community. Support your ACO by requesting your town provide him/her resources and support to
do their job properly
2. Volunteer at your local animal shelter
3. Write letters to your State Representative and Senator asking them to support animal protection legislation
4. Become a member of MFOA
5. Use the tax return check-off to support the state spay / neuter program
6. Write a letter to the editor in your local daily and weekly newspaper
7. Volunteer time at the MFOA office
8. Set up an MFOA informational table / booth at a local function, event or fair
9. Report a “dog chained for life” to the town ACO and to MFOA for follow-up action
10. Live and shop with compassion; teach others empathy for animals
11. Report animal cruelty to ACO, the state Animal Welfare Program and MFOA; take photos and dates
12. Know your animal protection adversaries and what they are doing
13. Donate financially to MFOA
14. Educate yourself on the issues (see MFOA.net website)
15. Help recruit your local lodging establishments to join the MFOA Pet-Friendly Hotel Certification Program. See ‘Programs’ at MFOA.net.
16. Become part of our online community and receive MFOA Action Alerts and Updates.
17. Run for public office (contact MFOA for advice, support and assistance)
18. Support the Endangered Species Act at local, state and federal levels
19. Join MFOA demonstrations in Maine of circuses with captive wildlife
20. Feed a feral cat / make a feral cat shelter / assist with TNR programs
21. Work to help elect an animal-friendly legislator
22. Make your property wildlife friendly (see MFOA’s Living with Wildlife Series)
23. Adopt a pet from your local shelter, advise others not to buy from kennels, pet stores and ‘backyard breeders’
24. Become a vegetarian
25. Host a MFOA fundraising party and/or find a large donor who has animal empathy

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