Adopt don't shop!
Adopting from an animal shelter/rescue allows you to rehome rescue animals and not support abusive practices. Avoid breeders and puppy mills!
Pet overpopulation is a major issue both for the environment and general animal welfare. "According to the ASPCA, 3 to 4 million companion animals are euthanized each year. Estimates for stray animals living in the US are staggering - upwards of 70 million cats alone!" (EarthShare
Keep Cats Indoors
Cats are one of the most damaging forces on ecosystems. They kill as many as 3.7 billion songbirds annually, not to mention mammals, amphibians and other sensitive wildlife. There are also more life-threatening dangers to kitties outdoors!
Conventional, "cheaper" pet foods are known to have harmful ingredients, like pesticides and hormones. Organic pet food may be a bit pricier, but you'll be saving tons by minimizing vet visits and medical bills.
Avoid rock salt and opt for a pet-, kid- and environmentally-friendly de-icing alternative. These are less harmful to the environment and don't pose any danger if ingested.
Natural flea/tick prevention
Remove fleas with a fine-toothed comb and be sure to vacuum and dust regularly. Another preventative tactic is to add garlic and brewer's yeast to their meals, which makes them taste bad to bugs!
Biodegradable Poop Bags
Imagine how much you're adding to the waste stream by using plastic poop bags every day. Use biodegradable bags instead! Or, if you're feeling extra green, compost your pet's waste!
Buy in Bulk & Recycle
Buy pet supplies and food in bulk to save money and cut down on packaging/fuel. Remember to recycle your pet's food cans!
Natural pet-care products
Make sure to read the label and avoid any chemicals! You can even make your own natural products at home!
Research eco-friendly ID tags and opt for a pet tag made with recycled materials like aluminum, steel or silver!