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What You Can Do

Be a Voice for the Animals

Animals can’t speak for themselves, so they need you to be their voice. The choices you make as an individual can make an impact on the lives of animals. Even small actions can make a big difference for animals! Below are some ways you can help us create a community where people value animals and treat them with respect and kindness.

Learn about the Link

Research indicates that there is a link between animal abuse and other types of violence towards humans.

Studies show that those who abuse animals are more likely to commit other acts of violence as well. Animal abuse doesn’t just hurt animals; it hurts us all. Work to end animal abuse is work to end the cycle of violence. 

Protect the Animals Around You

If you witness animal abuse, call your local police department.

Click here for information about reporting abuse. 


Volunteer your time at the Wisconsin Humane Society or an animal welfare organization in your community.

As a volunteer, you have a direct impact on the lives of animals.


The Wisconsin Humane Society relies on the generosity of people like you to help thousands of animals in need each year.

Promote the Spay/Neuter Assistance Program

The Wisconsin Humane Society’s SNAP program provides low-cost spay and neuter services for animals from low-income households.

Be a Responsible Animal Guardian

Lead by example by properly caring for your own companion animal and fulfilling her need for love and attention, food and water, exercise and regular visits to the veterinarian.

Click here to learn more.

Help Wildlife

Everyday, wild animals are brought to the Wisconsin Humane Society’s rehabilitation center suffering from injuries or illnesses, many accidentally or purposefully caused by people.

Learn more about what you can do to help wildlife from suffering unnecessary harm.

Get Active in Your Community

Attend neighborhood and City Council meetings and address any animal concerns raised.

Be a voice that protects animals in local codes and issues being discussed. If questions arise or you think your neighborhood could benefit from the Wisconsin Humane Society's information or services, please email us.

Know Your Legislators

Know who represents you on the local, state and national level and contact them when you want to voice your support or concern about a piece of legislation affecting animals.

To keep updated on upcoming legislation, regularly check our legislative alerts page.

Educate Yourself

Read books and magazines about animal issues and share the information you learn and resources with friends, family and neighbors.

There are many great resources on-line as well!

Shop Smart

Use cruelty-free personal care products.

You may also want to write a letter to your favorite beauty/cosmetics company expressing your concern with animal testing and asking them to not use animal testing.

Sample Letter:

To the Marketing or Research & Development Department of (insert company name):

I frequently use your products and hope to continue purchasing them in the future; however, I am deeply concerned about the use of animals to test beauty/cosmetic products. I would like to know your policy on this important issue. Neither the Food & Drug Administration nor the Consumer Products Safety Commission require that animal testing be used and there are other testing opportunities that do not involve animals.

I encourage you to neither conduct nor commission any animal testing and to make agreements with the suppliers you use to end that practice as well. Thank you for your attention to this important matter. Your stance against animal testing will ensure that concerned consumers like me can continue to enjoy your product.


(Your signature and printed name here)

Eat a Compassionate Diet

Buy meat, eggs and other animal products with the Free Farmed label, so that you know the animals involved were treated humanely.

If your grocery store does not stock these items, ask them why not and explain why animal-friendly food practices are important to you.

Are you concerned about the humane treatment of farm animals? Many people prefer a vegetarian diet. If you would like to learn more about this humane option, check out or