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Monday, October 4,2021

AnimalHerotober Participate!

By Susan Hargreaves Author-Activist-Educator of AnimalHeroKids.org  

This October it’s easier than ever to participate in #animalherotober activities. The global event is open to all ages; your actions and choices can help all species of animals. Here are ways you can be an Animal Hero during AnimalHerotober and beyond!

1. Visit your local animal shelter and donate catnip toys, or volunteer to walk the dogs. You could even write a letter from the point of view of or tell the story of a particular dog or cat to encourage adopting him or her, and post their photo and story on social media. Remember to include #animalherotober in your posts.

2. Sponsor a copy of the “Animal Hero Kids Voices for the Voiceless” book for your local library or school. This empathy-fostering guidebook is full of heartwarming stories of animal rescue, and lists practical ways you can help all species of animals. If the library or school wishes the author to lead a virtual reading to tell some of the rescue stories with Lovey, the rescued-from-the-pound-kill-list dog, go to SusanHargreaves.com to book a free program.

3. Organize a vegan fare giveaway in your local community, in a safe, physically distanced and responsible way. Why vegan, you ask? Eating vegan fare, also known as plant-based fare, helps everyone, the animals, the planet, and counteracts climate change. To learn more go to the Why Vegan tab at BeAnAnimalHero.com

4. Speak to your local city or county commission about an issue you know needs changing for animal protection. Each monthly city council or county commission meeting gives an opportunity for the public to speak. This is how so many steps forward for other animals begin. The first United States wild animal display ban happened in 1989 in Hollywood, Florida, at a Hollywood council meeting, as did canned hunt bans, the banning of animals being sold in pet stores when so many exist in the shelter, and the list goes on. Please mention you are participating in the global Animal-Herotober campaign, film and post on social media.

5. Ask your local restaurants to feature AnimalHerotober specials – it’s so easy today to make scrumptious fare without harming animals. Vegan Tips by Veganza, the Animal Hero character in the new book, are available for free here: https://www.animalherokids.org/vegan-tips-by-veganza/

6. Create your own video with a message, spoken word, song, or piece of art to spread awareness of how everyone can be an Animal Hero.

7. Dress to impress for Halloween this year! Why not dress as your own favorite animal hero or a nonhuman animal? One year I dressed as a mermaid, with a fish friend asking not to be killed, for a huge outdoor Fort Lauderdale block party. Send and/or post your best Veganza or Courage or Freedom, our new animal hero character in the Veganza novel.

8. Donate to the Veganza Vanza mission of giving free, interactive kindness education programs for all ages and free vegan fare. Please go to Veganza.org for updates.

 

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