THE SJSU MA DIARIES

  • Rafael Castillo

Saving Our Earth & AniMAls


Being Human gives us the opportunity to reflect on our impact towards others, so why not do the same for the creatures that share the same earth with us! Learning this information will not only help them, but it will help you reduce stress as well as improve your mood, self-esteem, and happiness.


Now you might be wondering. How can I help them?


For this blog I will only provide information that will help them locally–meaning, only in California. However, I will put some links for websites that help wildlife worldwide. The following guide will include: making a donation, adopting an animal, fostering a pet, and volunteering at shelter or rescue facilities. In addition, this guide will be oriented around common human animals like farms (cows, chickens, pigs, etc) , domestic (dogs and cats), or everyday day ecosystem animals (squirrels, foxes, bears, deers, etc). I'm making it this way so helping them becomes easier, since the more exotic the animal is the harder and more expensive it gets.


Make a Donation

  • The fastest way you can make a contribution is by making a donation to any organization of your liking. It doesn't require any commitment and you can donate any amount you want. Every contribution counts!

  • You can also donate supplies to your local animal shelter. You can call them to ask what type of materials they need like the type of food, toys, or other supplies.

Adopt An Animal

  • You can also adopt a cat, dog, or any other animal of your choice.

  • Many of them have been abused or abandoned by their owners, which has increased the number of stray dogs.

  • By adopting an animal you also make room at the shelter for another animal in need. Also the animals that are not adopted are sadly put down.

Foster a Pet

  • Another option could be trying being a foster parent!

  • Fostering gives you a glimpse of what having a pet is like.

  • As mentioned above, shelters need room for many animals, so by fostering a pet it gives the shelter space to accept another pet in need.

Volunteer at a Shelter or Rescue

  • If you don't have the time to adopt or foster an animal you can also volunteer at your local animal shelter!

  • Shelters and rescues in California (like any part of the world) can use the help of people like you to run their facility more efficiently and smoothly.

  • Some duties include: paperwork, walking dogs, changing litter boxes, and cuddling puppies.


So don't be afraid of being human! Executing this information will not only help them, but it will help you reduce stress as well as improve your mood, self-esteem and happiness, and simply become a better human being. If you wish to help, here are the official websites of organizations that dedicate themselves to save the wildlife & environment.


-The San Jose Animal Shelter: https://www.sanjoseca.gov/your-government/departments-offices/animal-care-services/animal-care-services-2

-The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC):

https://action.nrdc.org/donation/855-support-nrdc?source=a391R000002ChL7QAK&cid=7011R0000011IfmQAE&initms=MRDAFBG_c3-FR_SE&ms=MRDAFBG_c3-FR_SE&gclid=Cj0KCQjwkt6aBhDKARIsAAyeLJ2MW58w5InxPIOp7_kbg9PtVKb4EKORD0wsITDFvFJEcGPzWpwooHMaAtuKEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

-One Percent For The Planet:

https://onepercentfortheplanet.org/donate#:~:text=When%20you%20donate%20to%201,our%20planet's%20biggest%20challenges%20today.

-Save The Elephants:

https://www.savetheelephants.org/new-donate-page-us/