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With her son just starting preschool this week and a third birthday right around the corner, Emily Deschanel is one proud mommy.
“[Henry] turns 3. We’re going to have a little party for him, trying not to overwhelm him too much,” Deschanel, 37, told PEOPLE at the Mercy For Animals 15th Anniversary Gala Friday night in West Hollywood.
“We’re going to have some vegan tacos for his party. It will be a lot of fun,” says the actress, adding she’s been vegan for 21 years.
Naturally, the Bones star has passed on her food choices to her son.
“He’s 99 percent vegan. My husband’s not 100 percent vegan so sometimes he eats some eggs with him, but I try to make sure [they’re] coming from my friend’s eggs,” explains Deschanel. “But most of the time he’s 99 percent vegan.”
Besides eating vegan food, Deschanel — who doesn’t own any pets — finds other ways to get Henry involved with animals.
“I just took him to Farm Sanctuary a couple of weeks ago, where he got to spend time with pigs, cows, sheep, goats and chickens,” shares Deschanel, adding she tries to bring her son there to “[let] him see that they have their own personalities and they are individual creatures. They feel emotions and pain just like a dog or a cat.”
Along with fun field trips, she says her preschooler “gets to spend time with lots of other peoples’ dogs and cats.”
But getting Henry his own pet is on her list. “[It’s] something I really want for him, but we have a lot on our plate already,” she says with a laugh.
— Mariah Haas