Shelters Note Be Kind to Animals Week

Special events for 95th anniversary include free rabies clinic.

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

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Be Kind to Animals Week
Be Kind to Animals Week celebrates the bond between humans and animals. The event was first launched in 1915 by the American Humane Association.
The role that animals play in the lives of people inspired the creation of Be Kind to Animals Week, May 3-9. To mark the event’s 95th anniversary, Kent Animal Shelter in New York plans to offer a free rabies clinic for cats and dogs.

The animal shelter joins organizations throughout the country in hosting special events during the week to raise awareness about pets, and to celebrate the bond between humans and animals. One of the kindest things pet owners can do for their pets is to keep their vaccinations up-to-date, said Pam Green, Kent Animal Shelter’s executive director.

“In these tough economic times, Kent is happy they can offer free rabies vaccinations,” Green said.

The American Humane Association first launched Be Kind to Animals Week in 1915. Marie Belew Wheatley, president and CEO, said kindness toward animals is a building block of a humane and compassionate society.

“We celebrate and encourage that all year long,” she said.

In honor of Be Kind to Animals Week, Green suggests the following ways to show appreciation for animals:

  • Report suspected animal abuse or neglect.
  • Commit to adopting a pet from an animal shelter or rescue group.
  •  Donate to or volunteer at the local shelter.
  • Spay or neuter pets and encourage friends and family to do the same.
  • Spend quality time with pets.
  • Make sure pets have an ID tag or microchip.
  • Drive cautiously through areas populated by wild animals such as deer.
  • Speak out in the community about the importance of respecting animals.
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Matt    Tulsa, OK

7/22/2009 5:11:23 PM

One more thing: any 'shelter' that murders animals, is not an animal shelter, it is a concentration camp.
They can talk about "kindness", "respect", "Spay-neutering" etc., but if they murder cats and dogs, they are part of the problem, not part of the solution.
Have the courage to call them on their errors.
If your life was on the line, you'd want zero excuses, and 100% actions, to save your life. Do the same for our four legged family members.

Matt    Tulsa, OK

7/22/2009 5:05:54 PM

The best thing we could do for shelter animals? Stop murdering them.
That would be the kindest, most respectful thing we could do for them.
Does YOUR local shelter treat animals with kindness and respect? or do they murder them?(murder is cruel and disrespectful, regardless of what the murderers may say. If the murderers themselves were being murdered, they would consider it to be cruel and disrespectful.)
We must take the killers to task, and make them understand that it's not ok to kill. It is, actually, murder.

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Martha    Shreveport, LA

5/7/2009 6:14:54 PM

I think its a great thought!!! I would love to see about doing some things for pets like that that i do for my cat and working to help poor suffering animals out there without any love, care, or protection!!!

Anon    City, CA

5/3/2009 6:29:51 PM

Great program

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