According to American Humane, “Be Kind to Animals Week®” is the oldest commemorative week in U.S. history and the nation’s longest-running humane education campaign. This year, “Be Kind to Animals Week®” is celebrated between May 5th – 11th. Here are a few ways you can get involved and help celebrate “Be Kind to Animals Week®.”
Contribute funds, food or supplies to an animal shelter, rescue center or animal charity group.
- Take pet food to local food banks to help the many low-income families take good care of their pets.
Come to the rescue of an animal shelter, rescue center or humane organization by giving them a helping hand. Here’s a List of ALL the rescue organizations in New Mexico
Support Humane Foods and Products
- Begin filling your pantry with free-range eggs, humanely-raised poultry, wild fish and organic produce.
- Purchase products that aren’t tested on animals
- Check the labels on the lotions, soaps, cosmetics, shampoos and cleaning products in your house to see if they’re animal-friendly.
Remember Our Flying Friends
Support local birds and butterflies by building an animal-friendly habitat right in your own backyard.
- Put out birdseed dispensers, hummingbird feeders, a birdbath and flowering plants that appeal to winged wildlife.
- Make your yard a healthy haven by removing any plants that may be toxic for animals.
Don’t Neglect Veterinary Visits
- Your pet’s health is in your hands. Schedule regular check-ups with your veterinarian to detect any problems before they become serious.
- Ask your vet for guidelines on your pet’s care and medical needs.
- Stay current on their vaccinations.
- Spay or neuter your pet to control over-population.
- Keep your vet’s phone number on hand in an emergency.
TLC = Treat with Loving Care
Be Kind to Animals Week is a reminder to all of us to provide our beloved pets with the care and affection they need.
- Spend time playing with your pets and exercising them.
- When your pet makes a mistake, always be patient and kind since they learn from positive experiences.
- Provide enough fresh food and water each day, while keeping treats at healthy levels.
- Make safety a priority by ensuring that your pet is wearing proper identification or has a microchip.
- Be kind to your neighbor’s pets by pet-sitting when they’re away or taking their dog for a walk when they can’t.