We may have animal companions, or we may see stray or homeless animals in our community. We observe wild animals all around us—in our gardens, while bird watching, or when walking out of doors. There are also the many ways in which human systems have a negative impact on animals: factory farming; industrial and corporate production; habitat encroachment; the entertainment, retail and commerce industries; and the use of pesticides and toxins. Reconnecting to our understanding of the web of life will affect how we think about and relate to our animal family. The Palo Alto Humane Society encourages a life of empathy, respect, and responsibility. For pets, we have the duty to provide love, attention, care, and consideration throughout the life of our animal companions. For wild animals, we have the duty to understand their role in preserving life systems and to use voice and action to speak out on their behalf.