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Be Kind To Animals

By Jenny Anderson

Special to Today’s News-Heraldkind

Be Kind to Animals week begins on May 4’th. The oldest week of its kind in the United States, Be Kind to Animals Week was first observed in 1915. It was established by Dr. William O. Stillman, the leader of the American Humane Association at the time. This week is dedicated to helping animals and to publicizing the achievements of the nation’s humane societies.

According to one article, “Today, Be Kind to Animals Week is observed by thousands of animal shelters across the country. They host special media events, promote education on the humane treatment of animals, and try to remind people of the debt that humankind owes to both wild and domestic animals.”

All animals, whether they are wild or domestic do have a special role in our world.  It behooves us to make sure we’re not endangering the welfare of any creature, since the human race will suffer consequences from thoughtless acts.  Chief Seattle, a respected Native American leader, once explained this concept very well.  He stated: “We did not weave the web of life.  We are merely a strand in it.  Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.”

What can we do?

  • Help animal welfare organizations get anti-cruelty legislation in place.
  • Teach our children the value of animals and foster kindness.
  • Adopt and alter (spay or neuter) all pets.
  • Protect pets by keeping them safe and healthy.
  • Lend a hand to the local shelter.  We can do this through adoptions, sponsorships, donations, and volunteer efforts.
  • Be vigilant in regard to abusive or neglectful situations—-always report abuse to the local animal control agency.  Animal abuse is illegal.

The Western Arizona Humane Society is committed to providing a good home for the many dogs, cats, and other critters that are rescued or surrendered to the shelter.  If you are looking for a companion animal, I can promise that you won’t be disappointed in the WAHS pets.  I’m proud to say that all my wonderful animals have come from WAHS, and although they are mixed breed, they are priceless!


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