Celebrating the unique bond between animals and people, Be Kind to Animals Week is held each year in the first full week of May. It was first founded in 1915 by the American Humane Association. What can you do to celebrate Be Kind to Animals Week this May?
Be kind to animals this week by giving a shelter animal a much-needed home. There are always thousands of homeless animals living in shelters around the world that need a place to call home and a family to love. If you can give a pet the time and attention it needs, check out your local shelter or find out when your town’s next adoption drive is. The pet you adopt is one less animal that will have to die alone.
My family was able to find homes for almost all of the eleven puppies our dog had last fall and none have ended up in a shelter. Unfortunately, my apartment only allows small dogs; otherwise, I would have taken one of the puppies in a heartbeat.
Be kind to animals this week by spending a few extra few minutes each day with your pets. If you already have pets, show a little extra appreciation for the never-ending love they have for you. If you already spend an allotted amount of time playing with your pet each day, tack on another fifteen minutes (or more) to playtime. Your pet will love you for it!
I already spend most of my time either playing or cuddling with my new kitten and she just soaks it up. She has turned out to be great with people because of all the attention she receives.
Even if you are not an animal lover, be kind to animals this week by making an extra effort to put up with the neighbors’ pets. Not everyone loves animals, and you may be one of those people. However, even you can be kind to animals this first week of May.
For example, I recently moved into an apartment building that has very little soundproofing and almost everyone owns dogs. Those dogs can bark for hours on end, which is a little annoying, but I’ve decided that I can learn to block out the noise. Besides, when I get a puppy, the neighbors will probably have to put up with her barking a lot too, in the beginning, anyway.
Be Kind to Animals Week celebrates the relationship between animals and people, and you can celebrate by being extra kind to them during the first week of May. Whether you own a pet, want one, or don’t care for them at all, animals deserve all the kindness and respect people can give. After all, they have an unending love for their people.