This Earth Day—Help Lighten Their Carbon Paw Print!

Friday, April 20, 2012 - 4:00pm

This Sunday, more than one billion people will be celebrating Earth Day and taking a pledge to live green. But what does that mean for our pets? Actually…quite a bit. Many pet parents don’t realize just how much of an impact their companions make on our planet—but just think of all the cat litter! Throw the planet a bone and check out our top ways you can help lighten their carbon paw print.

Cutting Back is Going Green
There are plenty of small ways to cut back on energy and materials. Cut down on paper products—clean up pet messes with rags or recycled paper towels.

The Power of Poop
Scoop dog poop with biodegradable bags or those recycled from the grocery store. If you use kitty litter, opt for brands that are made of plant-based materials like wheat or from recycled newspapers or wood chips.

Don’t Shop, Adopt
When searching for your next pet, opt to adopt. There countless numbers of homeless pets looking for a loving home. You'll save money, resources—and a life.

Spring Cleaning
It’s time for spring cleaning, but before throwing your dusty treasures away, call your local shelter—they may need old towels, bedding, leashes and pet toys.

Save Lives and Trees
Each year, members like you help us save those animals most in need, but did you know when you give online, you are also lowering your carbon footprint? Your online donation today will save lives and trees.

For a full list of ways you can help our environment, check out Go Green for Your Pets.