Be Kind to Animals Week® is May 7 – 14! What can you do to protect and better the lives of animals?
In 1915, American Humane initiated Be Kind to Animals Week® in hopes of inspiring millions of Americans to come together and show their compassion—and build a more humane world—for animals. Over a century later, Be Kind to Animals Week® is still celebrated annually during the first full week of May and is the longest-running, most successful humane education campaign in American history. (American Humane.org)
The American Humane Society would like you to take The Kindness Pledge, pledging to be kind to animals all year by:
- Buying Humanely Raised Products
- Protecting Earth’s Animals through Conservation Efforts and Education
- Protecting Animal Actors
- Adopting or Rescuing a Pet from and Animal Shelter (Kindness 100.org)
Other ways to celebrate Be Kind to Animals Week all year long:
- Take care of your pet by keeping vaccinations up to date and taking him to the vet regularly. Make sure your pet is wearing proper identification.
- Appreciate wildlife by learning how to coexist peacefully and humanely with it. Create inviting spaces in your yard for butterflies, hummingbirds, and other interesting wildlife.
- Learn the signs of animal abuse and report it immediately to your local animal control, law enforcement or humane organization. Pets need you to help keep them healthy and safe.
Come into the branch and check out a few books from out pet display. Learn about different kinds of pets – an iguana perhaps? – read about how animals help us heal, find out if dogs really dream, catch up on Dewey the Library Cat or read a cozy mystery in which dogs or cats play a starring role. And celebrate animals all year long.