This week, from May 3rd through May 9th, marks the American Humane Association’s 100th annual “Be Kind to Animals Week”!

At Pet and Home Care we know that all of you pet owners are always kind to your pets. But this week, we urge you give a little extra love to your own companions. Also, think about ways you can contribute beyond just your own pets. All animals and living creatures that you might encounter on a daily basis—from the squirrels scurrying up the trees in your neighborhood to the small harmless spider you might find weaving a web on your back porch—deserve a little extra thought from all of us this week and beyond.

Easy ways to participate in “Be Kind to Animals Week”:

Volunteer at a local shelter, or adopt, rescue or foster a dog or cat in need. You can search HERE for animals in need near you.

  • Teach children to treat all living creatures with respect. Check out Kind News – a children’s magazine geared toward teaching our youth about the animals whom we all share the planet with.
  • Make an effort to purchase animal products that were raised humanely instead of in cruel conditions. For example, look for cage-free chicken meat and eggs in your local grocery store.
  • Report animal abuse to local officials.
  • Give your pet(s) some extra love and attention this week!

For more on how you can celebrate “Be Kind to Animals Week”, be sure to visit kindness100.org. There you will find links to pledge to be kind to animals all year round, make donations to the American Humane Association, learn about the 100-year history of celebrities and other public figures’ work toward this great cause, and educational documents you can download and share with kids in an effort to teach them more about treating animals kindly.

From all of us at Pet and Home Care, happy “Be Kind to Animals Week”! Now, where are those treats my dog loves…?