April Is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month

ASPCA's monthlong celebration promoting animal welfare kicks off with orange lights on iconic buildings and landmarks.

Posted: April 2, 2009, 3 a.m. EDT

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Tabby kitten and puppy
Events around the country are spreading the ASPCA's message about humane treatment for animals.
The ASPCA wants the public to see orange in April to commemorate Prevention of Cruelty to Animals month.

The celebration began three years ago as a small adoption event in New York City. Today, it has grown into a nationwide effort to spread the message of the importance of humane treatment for animals.

Ed Sayres, president and CEO of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said everyone is encouraged to “Go Orange for Animals” in April. The color represents the organization’s mission to prevent animal cruelty.

Sayres added that individual contributions can make a difference for animals. For example, people can volunteer at a local animal shelter or host a bake sale to raise funds.

The ASPCA officially kicks off the monthlong celebration on April 7, when buildings and landmarks across the country — such as the Empire State Building, Sears Tower and Niagara Falls — join the initiative by lighting up in the signature color.

The following events are scheduled throughout the month:

  • 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, in New York City: Adoption event in Union Square Park. Humane-law enforcement officers from Animal Planet’s "Animal Precinct" will be on hand, as well as ASPCA behaviorists and animal-poison control experts.

  • 11 a.m. Saturday, April 18, in Austin, Texas: The ASPCA hosts its first annual “Wag-n-Walk” 1-mile dog walk at the Rock Garden area of Zilker Park. After the walk, a festival takes place featuring adoptable animals, a doggy obstacle course and discounted services and information from local spay/neuter groups.

  • 11 a.m. Saturday, April 25, in Venice Beach, Calif.: Dog owners can take part in a “Wag-n-Walk” 1.5 mile dog walk at Windward Plaza near Venice Beach. A celebration at noon features adoptable animals, giveaways from L.A. radio stations and a variety of pet-friendly activities
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Titus    Montreal, QC

4/12/2009 5:54:15 PM

I live in Montreal, province of Quebec where there is no law against animal cruelty. Thankfully, my brother and I are well treated by our parents, but plenty of other cats are not. It's a shame, really.

ja    shelton, CT

4/2/2009 9:37:22 PM


Liz    Farmington, MN

4/2/2009 9:28:04 PM

Sweet. That is such a cute picture.

Stacey    Leduc, AB

4/2/2009 8:03:20 PM

Great idea!

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