Self-isolation can get boring and repetitive. With all this sudden free time though, it’s the perfect time to do something productive or maybe just something you’ve always wanted to do. For one animal lover, this meant getting into the “restaurant business.” But not for humans — we can’t even go out to eat during this pandemic. His restaurant is for local wildlife, especially squirrels!

James Vreeland from Detroit created the Maison du Noix, which is French for “The Nut House.” The adorable little restaurant has a wooden fence, small picnic tables, a squirrel statue holding a dish of nuts, and a menu.

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The menu items include mixed seed trio, stale bread/pizza crust, raw peanuts, and counter softened apples. The squirrels of the neighborhood clearly approve. They can be seen on the live stream he set up coming and going from the restaurant.

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Vreeland calls it the “lunch” or “brunch” rush when the squirrels come and go from the restaurant. If we can’t go out to eat, at least the animals can.

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These squirrels aren’t be the only ones enjoying themselves some more now with humans on lockdown. Sea turtles have been able to lay more eggs on the beach than usual, many animals have been seen wandering and roaming freely, and recently lambs were even playing in an empty children’s playground.

But Vreeland had the right idea. What better way to spend this time of self-isolation and social distancing than by doing something kind for animals? Singer and actress Miley Cyrus adopted a dog during this time and Queer Eye star Antoni Porowski also decided to foster. Shelters around the world are encouraging people to foster or adopt.

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If you can’t foster or adopt, you can donate to shelters, not just money, but food, toys, and more. You can reach out to your local shelters and ask what they need most or send them basic necessities. You can also sponsor a dog, there are dogs saved from the dog meat industry stranded in South Korea and need our help.

Sign this petition to pledge to help an animal shelter by fostering, adopting, or donating!

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