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Monday, October 10,2022

Ten Ways to Celebrate AnimalHerotober

By Susan Hargreaves Author-Activist-Educator of  
Join us and participate in the annual empowering, action-oriented global phenomenon!

This October it’s easier than ever to participate in #animalherotober. This worldwide 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.

3. 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 would like the author to lead a virtual reading telling some of the rescue stories with Lovey, the rescued-from-the-pound-kill-list dog, go to to book a free program.

4. Organize a vegan fare giveaway in your local community, in a safe and responsible way. Perhaps a local restaurant or vegan food company would donate to your giveaway.

5. Why vegan, you ask? Eating vegan fare, also known as plant-based fare, helps everyone – the animals, the planet and counteracts climate change too. To learn more, go to the Why Vegan tab at

6. Speak to your local city or county commission about an issue you know needs changing for animal protection. You could ask them to sign the Plant-Based Treaty! 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, and the list goes on. Please mention you are participating in the global Animal-Herotober campaign, and film and post on social media. Don’t forget to use the #animalherotober and #plantbasedtreaty hashtags.

7. Ask your local restaurants to feature vegan 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 free here:

8. Create your own video. Get your #animalherotober message out there via spoken word, song, or even a piece of art, to spread awareness of how everyone can be an animal hero. Post on social media.

9. Dress as characters in the “Veganza Animal Heroes’’ novel for Halloween. Veganza, Courage and Freedom embody brave vegan superheroes. You could also dress as your own favorite animal hero or a nonhuman animal. One year I dressed as a mermaid holding a sign with a fish friend who was asking not to be killed for a huge outdoor Fort Lauderdale block party. Send and/or post your best Veganza, Courage or Freedom, our new animal hero characters in the Veganza novel.

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

11. Host your own holiday party with scrumptious vegan fare and music to celebrate #animalherotober.

12. Ask your local library or newspaper to create a display or write a story about #animalherotober month. Help them by giving them the three books written to empower all to be heroes for animals, and the many films on our Vimeo account.

Educate, Empower and Evolve with

‘’Animal Heroes Rock. The good news is we can all help animals in need.”

– Paul McCartney


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