I’ve always loved animals and rescuing them and rehabilitating them.

As I grew older and got more into the field, I realized how my everyday choices impacted these very animals I was helping.

Throughout this blog I’m going to talk about some common rescues that come into us and what I’ve changed about my everyday life to help the animals.

I’ve switched over to glass straws or no straws at all.

Recently there was a sea turtle that came in and had a straw stuck in its nose. A terrible ordeal, which impacted me greatly. I felt this turtle’s pain. There’s roughly 8 million metric tons of plastic and trash in our oceans. I’ve started taking no to straws. I also found some really great glass straws. I like having them for my smoothies.

The coldness bothers my teeth so the glass straws are a perfect alternative.

Our Bald Eagles are dying from being poisoned by lead.

This lead comes from bullets from hunters. The eagles are ingesting fragments of these bullets in animals not yet found by the hunters or from the leftover insides from field dressing. I don’t personally hunt but have many family members that do.

For them it’s a way of life.

They respect nature and animals and hunt responsibly and use every piece of the animal. At a recent family gathering, I told them of the eagle problem and encouraged them to not use lead bullets and bury their field dressings. Taking these two steps will help our eagles from being poisoned.

The easiest change I’ve made to help the animals that I see coming in is changing to cloth reusable bags.

Plastic bags make it to our oceans and animals are ingesting it thinking its jellyfish or other food. The plastic bags are obstructing their digestive tracts and essentially starving the animal. I’ve sewn cloth bags out of my old tee-shirts and bought bags at the grocery store.

I keep them in my car so I never forget them.

These are just three simple ways to help save the animals.

Its really costing our wildlife so much. It’s costing us too.

We need these animals for a healthy ecosystem, which we are a part of.

Will you try one of these today?