Sunday, May 6th: Today (and this week) is a ‘two-fer’. The week honors two different causes, yet they go hand-n-hand. It’s NATIONAL PET WEEK and BE KIND TO ANIMALS WEEK.

National Pet Week has a web page with helpful advice for pet owners, such as 7 foods to avoid, pets in vehicles (good to think about as the hot summer advances), 8 things you can do to protect your dog in the summer, and more. See their site at:

Be Kind to Animals Week, sponsored by the American Humane Association since 1915, commemorates the role animals play in our lives, promotes ways to continue to treat them humanely, and encourages others, especially children, to do the same.

They advocate:

Speak out for animals: Get informed about policies and legislation that can impact the animals in your community and throughout the country.

Report animal abuse: Animal cruelty and abuse is not only tragic for animals, but also an indicator that other forms of abuse such as domestic violence could be happening. If you see something that looks suspicious — a dog chained in your neighbor’s yard that looks underfed, a child putting a cat in a box and kicking it around the yard — don’t hesitate. Let someone know.

Appreciate wildlife: All animals deserve to be treated humanely — family pets and animals in the wild. Create an inviting space in your yard and garden for butterflies, hummingbirds and other creatures. If wildlife comes too close to home, look for ways to coexist with animals or to protect your property humanely.

Adopt a pet from a shelter or rescue: Every year, an estimated 3.7 million animals must be euthanized at our nation’s shelters because they could not be adopted into loving homes. Help animals find a second chance at happiness by adopting your next pet from your local shelter or rescue group.

Take care of your pet: Pets are like children who never grow up. They need you to help keep them healthy and safe throughout their lives. Keep your animal’s vaccinations up-to-date. Make sure he’s wearing proper identification. Take your pet to the veterinarian regularly. Know what it takes to be a responsible pet owner.

View their site for more information:

Celebrate life; ours and our pets!


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