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®.”

Donate

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.

Volunteer

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.

 

Resources:

Garden of Life/Be Kind to Animals Week

Animal Humane