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December 27, 2012

Help Wildlife in the New Year

Seven feel-good resolutions to make life better for your wild neighbors

The Humane Society of the United States

  • raccoon in roof space

    Wildlife-proofing this home would have prevented the raccoon squatter. John Griffin/The HSUS

  • outdoor cat

    Cats allowed outside can become both victim and predator. iStockphoto

Happy 2013! Our ready-made list of New Year's resolutions will help your wild neighbors and leave you feeling good year-round. Add just a few of these your list, and you'll be resolving to help create a more humane world.

  1. Keep your cat indoors. Free-roaming cats are at risk of contracting diseases, injuring or being injured by wildlife, and being hit by cars. Everyone will be safer and happier if your feline friends live indoors.

  2. Provide water for wildlife in the winter.  While animals will eat ice and snow, they benefit from a reliable source of water.

  3. Wildlife-proof your home.  Avoid having to evict wild neighbors from your house or business by taking the necessary steps to keep them from getting inside in the first place. 

  4. Solve your conflicts peacefully. When you’re having a problem with a wild animal, try our humane tip. If you need a little help, choose a company that will resolve the problem without harming animals or the environment. 

  5. Garden for your wild neighbors. Include plants, shrubs, and trees in your landscape that will provide food and shelter for your wild neighbors.

  6. Give them shelter. Brushpiles, dead trees, and even old Christmas trees provide wildlife with a home or a place to hide from predators.

  7. Take the Pledge. Make your green space a Humane Backyard. Celebrate your wild neighbors all year long. 
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