Be Kind To Animals Week
By Phil Snyder, Executive Director Suncoast Humane Society
The first full week of May is “National Be Kind to Animals Week.” It is actually the nation’s oldest celebrated week, originated in 1915 by the American Humane Association. The humane organizations intent was to encourage love and compassion for all animals. It is nice to know that, even 100 plus years ago, the importance of being compassionate was valued enough to dedicate a week to honor it.
In 1952, “Be Kind to Animals Week” received the official endorsements of both the U.S. and Canadian governments. And, in 1990, celebrating its 75th anniversary, Congress passed a resolution declaring it to be honored during the first full week of May.
Today it remains a week when humane societies commemorate the role which animals play in our lives and in society. We promote ways to respect them and treat them humanely, while encouraging others to do the same.
Did you know that there are also more than 100 days, weeks, and months, each year, dedicated to celebrating animals and what they mean to us? Some bring to light important messages in animal sheltering, care, protection, and welfare, while many are more fun and light-hearted.
Shelters promote Adopt a Cat Month, Adopt a Dog Month, Adopt a Senior Pet Month, Spay/Neuter Awareness Month and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month. We are also reminded that other little creatures are in need of homes by dedicating months to the adoption of rescued birds, rabbits, and guinea pigs.
There are awareness months for medical needs, such as Pet Dental Health, Pet Cancer Awareness and Pet Diabetes. Serious issues are addressed with Microchip Your Pet Month, Train Your Dog Month, Pet Theft Awareness Month, Dog Fight Awareness Day and Animal Cruelty/Human Violence Awareness Week.
When is the last time you remembered to celebrate Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day, If Pets Had Thumbs Day, Answer Your Cat’s Question Day, and Work Like a Dog Day?
Be Kind to Animals Week is the granddaddy of them all. In my opinion it is also the most meaningful. It is a building block toward a humane and compassionate society. This is a formula that should hold true, not for just one week, but for all 52 weeks of the year.
In celebration of Be Kind to Animals Week, Suncoast Humane Society is offering a free microchip with each canine and feline adoption by reducing the adoption fee from $85 to $55, this special promotion will be held Tuesday, May 8, thru Saturday May 12.