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