We’ve all heard about reducing our carbon footprint, but what about our pets’ paw print?
Here are five things that anyone can do:
• Purchase eco-friendly gifts made from recycled materials or sustainable fibers such as hemp.
• Protect native wildlife – keep your cat indoors. Cats are hunters. After habitat destruction, the biggest threats to birds are domesticated cats.
• Feed them natural or organic pet food and treats. Natural and organic pet foods are minimally processed and contain meats that are raised sustainably.
• Put number two in its place. Don’t leave pet waste on the ground so it gets into our water system. Instead pick it with a biodegradable poop bag so it doesn’t live in a landfill taking up to 100 years to decompose. And cat owners should steer clear of clumping clay litters. The clay is strip-mined, which is harmful to the environment.
• Buy a “recycled” pet – adopt from a shelter. One of the best things you can do (and one of the most humane) is to purchase a “recycled pet.” Please consider going to a local shelter or rescue.
– Source: Environmental Defenders of McHenry County