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And while Be Kind to Animals Week is celebrated only once a year, there are many ways people can be kind to animals every day. Here’s how:
Speak out for animals - Get informed about policies and legislation that can impact the animals in your community and throughout the country. Register to receive Action Alerts. Advocacy for animals can make a huge difference in their safety and well-being.
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 are euthanized at our nation’s shelters because they are not 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.
To learn more about Be Kind to Animals Week and how you can help animals, visit www.americanhumane.org.