Be Kind to Animals Week, May 4-10, 2014
The American Humane Association created Be Kind to Animals Week in 1915 to encourage compassion toward animals. Every year, animal shelters throughout the country hold special events during this time-honored week to raise awareness about animals in our homes and communities and to celebrate the unique bond between humans and animals.
For those tempted to comment that this should be every day, of course, we agree. Commemorative days or weeks for an occasion are intended to bring special awareness and to celebrate, not to suggest that the activity should be done only on that day or during that week. And though you might be kind to animals, there are so many out there still suffering at the hands of people who are not. So, take a look at the other ways to celebrate below and see how you can help spread the word.
Other ways to celebrate from The American Humane Association
- Report any suspected animal abuse or neglect to animal control
- Commit to adopting your next pet from an animal shelter
- Donate to or volunteer at your local animal shelter
- Spay or neuter your pets and encourage friends and family to do the same
- Spend quality time with your pet
- Make sure your pet has an ID tag or microchip
- Drive cautiously through areas populated by wild animals such as deer
- Plant flowers in your yard that will attract butterflies or hummingbirds
- Speak out in your community about the importance of respecting animals
National Dog Day is celebrated August 26th annually and serves to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, and acknowledges family dogs and dogs that work selflessly each day to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort. Dogs put their lives on the line every day – for their law enforcement partner, for their blind companion, for a child who is disabled, for our freedom and safety by detecting bombs and drugs and pulling victims of tragedy from wreckage.
Founded in 2004 by pet lifestyle expert and author Colleen Paige, National Dog Day was created to honor dogs more than we currently do, to give them “a day”, to show deep appreciation for our long connection to each other – for their endearing patience, unquestioning loyalty, for their work, their capacity for love and their ability to impact our lives everyday in the most miraculous ways. National Dog Day wishes to encourage dog ownership of all breeds, mixed and pure – and embraces the opportunity for all dogs to live a happy, safe and ”abuse-free life”.
National Dog Day is against any kind of “breed ban”. Dogs should not have to lose their lives because of the atrocities they have been forced to endure at the hands of man. And while we feel that American’s have the constitutional right to purchase a pure breed dog, we strongly discourage buying from pet stores, backyard breeders, the internet, newspaper ads and puppy mills, and rather encourage those seeking new canine companions, to verify that they are buying from a reputable breeder, educate themselves about their dog’s breed and better yet – visit their local shelter or pure breed rescue group to adopt a new furry family member that will be forever grateful. Millions of dogs are euthanized each year because they are unwanted. They are wonderful and viable sentient beings that deserve compassion and respect. Please consider adopting on National Day!
National Dog Day will also be many a dog’s birthday and for all of them it will be akin to a “K9- 4th of July!” Even citizens who are not dog owners will be encouraged to donate $5 to their local shelter on National Dog Day.
via National Dog Day – Animal Miracle Network – Colleen Paige.
Most of us do small things for others once in a while. You may let someone with a few items in the grocery line ahead of you, or open the door for someone just to do it. I have several friends who go way beyond that, volunteering their time to a number of non-profit and/or charity organizations. Using their compassion and skills, they help people in so many ways that what they do must change the world for the better. We may never know how much.
Giving people come in many forms, volunteering in many ways. They may nurse a kitty back to health so it can find a forever home. They may fix a woman’s hair, sometimes for the first time in a long while, and see the joy in her eyes when she looks in the mirror. They may let their dog brighten up someones day, if only for a moment. They may open their home to a family in need while they regroup and start over. They may help someone pick themselves up and get help with an addiction, or sponsor others to help them stay sober or get them back on track. There are so many others that I could go on for a while. Suffice it to say, what they do touches someone’s heart, whether for only a moment or a lifetime, it still changes that person. And people who have had someone do something that affected their life tend to pass it forward.
I was that person in a grocery line with a couple of items. The woman in front of me graciously let me ahead of her. When the cashier rang up my items, the bells sounded. I was the winner of a weekend in Palm Springs. Without hesitation, I turned and handed it to the woman that let me in line ahead of her. She actually said to me, “Oh, you don’t have to do that.” I said its the perfect reward for your good deed. She was so thankful and happy since her anniversary was coming up and this would be so special. So I, who normally would have only had the chance to say thank you again while leaving, made someone’s day for doing something as simple as letting someone go ahead of them.
Tell us your Story
We would like to hear a small story of yours. Please comment and tell us either what someone did for you, or what you did for someone else and how good it made you feel. Let’s see how many people we can inspire to do something for someone else.