Be Kind to Animals Week has been deemed the compassion movement by animal enthusiasts globally.
In 1915 the American Humane Association created Be Kind to Animals Week to encourage humanity towards animals. Each year since, animal shelters all over the country hold special events to raise awareness about animals in surrounding communities and to limelight the unique bond we share with our pets.
The American Humane Association suggests that people do the following in order to help celebrate, regardless of the time of year:
- Report suspected animal abuse or neglect
- Donate (not just money) to a local shelter, or volunteer
- Spay or neuter your pets
- Make sure your pet has an ID tag or microchip
- In areas populated by wildlife, drive cautiously and slow
- Speak out in your community and spread the word
If you have a dog at home, make sure you give them as much love and attention as you possibly can. Go above and beyond food, water and shelter because you never know what tomorrow brings. Be Kind to Animals Week typically falls in the first week of May, but the American Humane Association encourages this kind of behavior all year long.