Posted by: secondchancehumanesociety | April 28, 2010

Be Kind to Animals!

Rain urges kindness to animals

This first week of May I invite you to join the event that’s been celebrated every year since 1915, American Humane Association’s Be Kind to Animals Week. In this annual tradition, we commemorate the role animals play in our lives, promote ways to continue to treat us humanely, and encourage others to do the same. 

Although there are endless ways to show kindness to animals every day, this week helps to remind people to do so.  Although an ultimate act of kindness toward a pet is to provide a loving home for one in need, I have compiled a short list of other ways to be kind to animals:

 Speak out for animals

Get informed about policies and legislation that can impact the animals in your community and across the planet.  Also, register to receive Action Alerts from American Humane (www.americanhumane.org) you’ll be able to speak out for animals with just the click of a mouse. Advocacy for animals can make a huge difference in their safety and well-being.

Report animal abuse

Animal cruelty and abuse is not only tragic for animals, but also an indicator that other forms of abuse such as domestic violence could be happening. If you see something that concerns you, report it.

Take care of your pet

Pets are dependent upon their parents throughout their lives, they need help staying healthy and safe. Keep your animal’s vaccinations current, provide them with secure identification or a micro-chip,  make sure they are spay/neutered, and work with them to respond to basic commands so they are safe around other people and animals.

On behalf of all animals I have put together a short list of why we deserve our own special week of kindness.  The list is far from all-inclusive but I think a lovely representation, titled: 14 Reasons to Be Kind to Animals This Week…

 We: have playful spirits;  don’t engage in war or politics; cherish the environment; don’t drive cars; spread joy and laughter; don’t talk back; know how to just be; don’t take more than we need; teach love and compassion; don’t judge others; love and value life; and we don’t hold grudges. But most importantly: You need us; We need you.

 My name is Rain, I am a lovely spirited feline waiting here at the Second Chance Shelter for my new forever family to come shower me with love, kindness, and a new home.  In closing I wanted to share a bit of information on the American Humane Association, the host of Be Kind to Animals Week.  Founded in 1877, it is the only national organization dedicated to protecting both children and animals. A nonprofit membership organization, American Humane is headquartered in Denver.

 Through a network of child and animal protection agencies and individuals, American Humane provides national leadership in developing policies, legislation, curricula and training programs — and taking actions — to protect children and animals from cruelty, abuse, neglect and exploitation.

 Call the Second Chance Helpline at 626-2273 to report a lost pet, learn about adopting a homeless pet, or about the SCHS Spay/Neuter Financial Assistance, Volunteer & Foster Care, or other Programs.  Visit our shelter pets online: www.secondchancehumanesociety.org.  Direct Pet Column questions to:  kelly@secondchancehumanesociety.orgPhoto by Real Life Photographs.

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