Be Kind to Animals Week May 1-7

Article Published: Apr. 28, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Be Kind to Animals Week May 1-7

Be Kind to Aminals Week asks people to treat all animals humanely, including wildlife.

Photo by Rob Moore

The week of May 1 to 7 has been designated by The American Humane Society as Be Kind to Animals Week to help raise awareness of the many ways in which everyone can help promote the kind and humane treatment of animals in the community.

Be Kind to Animals Week has been celebrated every year since 1915.
Here are some suggestions for how you can help:

Speak Out for Animals: Get informed about policies and legislation in your community and nationwide, and let your voice be heard.

Report Animal Abuse: Be a spokesperson for those who cannot speak out for themselves. In Watauga County, you may phone animal care and control at (828) 262-1672.

Appreciate Wildlife: All animals deserve to be treated humanely. Learn how to coexist with animals in the wild, including those who sometimes show up in your own backyard.

Spay or Neuter Your Pet: There are not sufficient homes for all the animals born in the U.S. each year. Help reduce the nationwide euthanization rate by having your pet spayed or neutered. The Watauga Humane Society offers a low-cost spay/neuter program. Contact them at (828) 264-7865 for further information.

Adopt a Shelter or Rescue Pet: Before purchasing a pet, consider all the wonderful, loving shelter animals waiting for the opportunity to become a member of a family. For a limited time, all cats three years of age and older may be adopted free at The Watauga Humane Society.

There are many ways to make a difference in the lives of animals. Further ideas and information are available at

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