MAGGIE: the dog who changed my life

MAGGIE: the dog who changed my life
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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Be Kind to Animals Week, May 3 to 9, 2009

From American Humane

May 3 to 9, 2009 is Be Kind to Animals Week & has been celebrated every year since 1915. The annual tradition "commemorates the role animals play in our lives, promote ways to continue to treat them humanely, and encourage others, especially children, to do the same."

Although Be Kind to Animals Week is celebrated just once a year, people can be kind to animals every day:

Speak out for animals by getting informed about policies and legislation that can impact the animals in your community and throughout the country. When you advocate for animals it can make a huge difference in their safety and well-being.

Report Animal Abuse. Animal cruelty and abuse is tragic for animals. It also an indicates that other forms of abuse such as domestic violence could be happening. If you see something suspicious, like a dog chained in your neighbor’s yard that looks underfed, a child putting a cat in a box and kicking it around the yard,don’t hesitate to let someone know.

Adopt From A Shelter or Rescue Group. Every year, an estimated 3.7 million animals are euthanized at our nation’s shelters because they could not be adopted into loving homes. Please help reduce this tragedy by giving animals a second chance by adopting your next pet from your local shelter or rescue group.

Our pets need us to help keep them healthy and safe throughout their lives. Make sure they are wearing proper identification. Know what it takes to be a responsible pet owner.

Visit the American Humane website:

Register to receive Action Alerts from American Humane -- you’ll be able to speak out for animals with just the click of a mouse.

Advocate for animals through American Humane Learn how.

Learn how to report animal abuse.

American Humane has tips to find the animal companion that’s right for you and develop a bond that will last a lifetime. Learn how.

posted by:

Dawn Kairns
Author of
MAGGIE: the dog who changed my life


Anonymous said...

I've always felt that the way a society treats its animals is one way to measure its soul. A soulless society views animals as having no soul and treats them accordingly. "Be Kind To Animals Week" is a wonderful reminder that animals matter. They are the antidote to a soulless society - they keep us in touch with what matters.

Dawn Kairns said...

So beautifully put, Ingrid. I couldn't agree more...