AHA: Celebrate Be Kind to Animals Week, May 6-12, 2007

Sunday, May 6th, 2007

Want to join in the Be Kind to Animals Week celebration?

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Here are some simple things you can do during the week and throughout the year to show kindness to animals:

* Speak out for animals. Get active in local animal welfare policies and legislation. Also register on the American Humane Association’s website at www.americanhumane.org/takeaction to receive timely Action Alerts about issues affecting animals. You’ll be able to make a difference for animals with just the click of your mouse.

* Report animal abuse. While acts of violence against animals are tragic in their own right, they are also a red flag for other violent behavior, including domestic abuse and violent crime.

* Appreciate wildlife. Leave room in your yard for habitats. Make a bird or bat house.

* Share kindness. Teach the people in your life especially children about the importance of being kind to animals.

* Make a donation to your local animal shelter. A donation can be any number of contributions, from your time or money, to needed items like pet food or laundry detergent.

* Adopt a pet from a shelter or breed placement group. Approximately 8 million to 12 million animals enter our nation’s shelters every year, and more than half of these pets will have to be euthanized because of a lack of homes. Local shelters are the best place to find companion animals no matter what type you’re looking for. Keep in mind that one out of every four dogs in shelters is a purebred.

* Help solve the tragedy of euthanasia of adoptable animals by not contributing to the problem. If you have pets, make sure they are spayed or neutered. Pets should be microchipped and should always wear a collar with an ID tag, so they can be returned home quickly if they are ever lost.

(Via the American Humane Association; click here to learn more about Be Kind to Animals Week.)

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