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Spread your message for the price of a stamp | January 6, 2008

The holidays are over.  Now it’s time to pay the bills and send out those thank you cards.  Why not spread an animal-friendly message with each piece of mail you send?  If you’ve donated money to an animal organization in the past, they probably sent you some address labels as a way to say thanks.  We have a drawer full of stickers with our address and the name of various groups (ASPCA, HSUS, NAVS, etc.) to use when paying bills or mailing letters.  Often these groups will include other stickers with a message like “Have your pets spayed or neutered.”  Each time you head to the mailbox, affix one of these stickers to tell the recipient (as well as all those involved in sorting and delivering the letter) an important message designed to raise awareness.   

Using their labels is easy, but sometimes the slogans can be a little vague (the ASPCA’s “We Are Their Voice” labels, for example).  If you don’t have any pre-made stickers (or if you don’t like their pre-printed message), why not make your own?  Think of a catchy or thought-provoking phrase and print out a sheet of labels with your home printer.  Don’t have any of those Avery mailing labels?  No problem!  Just print out a sheet of paper filled with your message, cut out each line, and tape one to the back of the envelope.  Did you use all your tape wrapping the Chia Pets you gave as holiday gifts?  No worries – just take a pen and WRITE your message on the envelope.  You can use markers or colored pencils to make it stand out.   

There you have it – a simple, free and creative way to spread the word about compassion.  Think of it as an e-mail signature for snail mail.  Let us know what messages YOU are spreading by leaving a comment.  Click on the title of this post and the page will open with a text editor.  It’s as easy as writing “Veganism is Environmentalism”* on an envelope and dropping it in the mail. 

*This is a modified slogan from a t-shirt (available from Herbivore Clothing).

  

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Hello - we are Jenny and Ryan, a couple living in Brooklyn, New York. We are both busy with school and work but try to take time to do something every day to make the world a better place for animals. Occasionally we may link to outside websites for additional resources, but we do not necessarily endorse all policies of these organizations. Despite the title of our blog, the focus is not only on walruses. So what's with the title? We named this blog after our cat, Wally, aka The Walrus. We are the proud parents of two cats (Wally and Tito) and one dog (Luigi).

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