Although Petful readers probably don’t need much encouragement to be kind to animals, we can all celebrate Be Kind to Animals Week, May 5 to 11.
Since 1915, the American Humane Association has designated the first full week of May as a a time to “commemorate the role animals play in our lives, promote ways to continue to treat them humanely, and encourage others, especially children, to do the same.”
During this week, you can promote the AHA’s mission in a number of ways. Below are 10 easy ideas:
- Support Animal Adoption. Take your children to an animal shelter and educate them about animal welfare. If possible, adopt a cat, dog, rabbit or bird, and teach your children how to care for it. »How to Find the Perfect Shelter Dog for Your Family
- Donate. Donate cash or supplies to a animal shelter or pet rescue. You can also bring bags of pet food to your local food bank. Low-income families have pets, too! »How You Can Help Animal Shelters & Rescues – 15 Easy Ways
- Volunteer. Volunteer your time at a shelter or animal welfare organization. If they allow minors to help out, take your children, too. »15 Things to Know Before Volunteering at an Animal Shelter
- Teach the Children. Visit your child’s classroom and make a presentation to the students about how to properly care for their pets.
- Celebrate Biodiversity. Create an animal-friendly habitat in your yard — install birdseed dispensers and hummingbird feeders, plant flowering shrubs that appeal to birds and butterflies, and remove any toxic plants.
- Read a Book. In the past few years, some wonderful memoirs have been written about the authors’ lives with their pets. Enjoy a few uplifting stories about dogs and cats who made a difference.
- Visit the Vet. Make sure your pets’ vaccinations are current. If your pets aren’t already microchipped, take care of it this week. Many animal shelters have low-cost chipping programs.
- Get Back to Nature. Visit a forest, lake, river, bird sanctuary or desert and learn how different kinds of wildlife and organisms create a diverse and interdependent ecosystem.
- Celebrate with Your Pets. Throw your pets a party and invite their friends. Instead of bringing gifts, attendees can bring pet supplies for donation. »6 Reasons to Throw an Animal Shelter Party
- Switch to Humane Food Products. Instead of buying eggs, fowl, fish and meat from large companies that fill their products with hormones and mistreat the animals, choose grass-fed beef, free-range eggs and chickens and humanely harvested fish.
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Even after Be Kind to Animals Week ends, don’t stop promoting humane education! You’ll find many opportunities in your community to help out, even if it’s just 1 hour a week.