4 Easy Ways to Help Pets and Animals

Debbie Tenzer is the author of Do One Nice Thing, which is packed with little things you can do to make the world a whole lot nicer. In this excerpt, she shares her Do Good ideas to help pets and animals in need. From volunteering to playing online games that donate food, it's easy to get involved.
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Your New Baby Panda

Symbolically adopting an endangered animal is a wonderful project to do with children. When my daughter was 8, her class studied endangered animals. Each child chose an animal to research, and my daughter chose the giant panda. We visited the World Wildlife Fund website and "adopted" a panda. Our family has been in love with pandas ever since. We trekked to the San Diego Zoo to see the pandas on loan from China, and there was great excitement because after many years of pandas failing to reproduce, a new baby panda had recently been born. After waiting in line at the exhibit for over an hour, we were rewarded by seeing little Hua Mei wake up from a nap and nuzzle with her huge, gentle mother, Bai Yun. Hua Mei was the first giant panda born in North America to survive to adulthood. She has since returned to China and given birth to three sets of twins. You can visit the pandas at the San Diego Zoo anytime by watching the zoo's "Panda Cam."


You can also "adopt" an endangered animal through the World Wildlife Fund. By protecting pandas, gorillas, tigers, and other animals, you will protect additional species that live in the same habitats. You will also improve the lives of poor rural people who live nearby. When habitats become healthier, humans become healthier too.

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