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Be Kind to Animals Week * Compassion Begins at Home



WANT TO DO SOMETHING special for National Be Kind to Animals Week, which runs from May 4 to 10? Look no further than your own pets.“Many of us have cats, dogs and small animals that day in and day out we simply take for granted. But, compassion begins at home. Be Kind to Animals Week is a perfect opportunity to reignite the bond you have with your pet,” says Roseann Trezza, our Executive Director.“There are lots of little things we can do that perhaps we have either forgotten or placed at the bottom of a very busy to-do list.”

The dachshund above hopes for a new family.

Some things you can do to be kind to your own animals:

  • Check your pets’ collars – make sure they’re not too tight.
  • When’s the last time your dog, cat, bird, reptile’s nails were clipped? Spend an hour and give them the spa treatment with a nice bath and nail clipping.
  • Are all pets up to date on shots, veterinary visits and other medical procedures?
  • Spend some quality time with your pet. Take your dog on a hike. Play toys with your cat.
  • Do a Spring Cleaning for all caged birds/pets – clean cages, bowls, etc. Add new toys and enrichments to keep them busy.
  • Replace worn bones, toys, catnip items with new items and different kinds of treats.  

 For those who want to do even more, or for those who love animals, but cannot have pets, there are still plenty of ways to observe Be Kind to Animals Week.

“Widen your circle of compassion to include animals not as fortunate as your own,” Ms. Trezza said. “Look around. There are millions of animals who need human help.”

Who wouldn’t be kind to this kitten, which needs a good home? 

Here are some things you can do:

  • Visit your local shelter and ask to volunteer.
  • Shelters always need various donations. Find out what yours needs and make a contribution of food, blankets, towels, newspapers or whatever else they lack. Monetary donations are always needed, especially at privately-funded rescues and shelters.
  • If your lifestyle permits, consider adopting a homeless animal. Giving an animal a new family is the kindest gift of all. Our shslters in Lacey Township, Tinton Falls and Newark have hundreds of dogs, cats, and smaller animals like rabbits and hamsters available for adoption. Individuals and families who adopt a cat or dog during Be Kind to Animals Week will receive special gifts for their new “family members.”

For over a century, Associated Humane Societies has operated solely on the generosity of animal lovers like you ... not just during Be Kind to Animals Week, but all year `round. Won't you extend your compassion to include the many animals given a chance at a new life at our AHS shelters and Popcorn Park Zoo? Donate today -- be kind! 

5/6/2008

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