Here at Pasado’s Safe Haven, we know that actions speak louder than words – and that acts of kindness speak loudest of all. Random acts of kindness create positive change and have a profound lasting impact on people. And practicing kind acts inspires others to pay this kindness forward.
Every day, our animal friends express love, loyalty, and kindness to their human companions. What better way to pay their kindness forward than by celebrating Be Kind to Animals Week?
Be Kind To Animals Week, which goes from May 5 – May 11 2013, provides a reason for pet lovers worldwide to give back to our animal friends who love us unconditionally. We also cannot forget those who have little hope and who desperately need a second chance.
American Humane’s Be Kind to Animals Week has been celebrated for almost 100 years. The annual tradition, which began in 1915, commemorates the role that animals play in our lives, promoting ways to continue to treat our nonhuman friends humanely, encouraging others, particularly children, to do the same.
Be Kind to Animals Week is celebrated with shelter information and resources, special American Humane merchandise, and an annual Be Kind to Animals™ children’s contest. This contest recognizes children who go above and beyond to create a better world for all animals.
While Be Kind to Animals Week is celebrated only once a year, there are countless ways that people can be kind to animals every day of the year.
You can offer to walk a dog for a senior citizen or for those who are on assisted living. You can begin a feeding program for community cats, also known as feral cats, in your neighborhood. You can have a garage sale, bake sale, or other sale, donating the proceeds to an animal rescue or no-kill shelter. You can volunteer at an organization such as Pasado’s Safe Haven, providing love and attention for animals and helping with important projects to improve their quality of life. You can offer to help humanely trap community cats for spay/neuter and return. You can collect food and bedding for animals in need and drop them off at a food bank.
You can start a “Dimes for Dogs” or “Cash for Cats” campaign, earning money for pets in area shelters who desperately need your help. You can also have your local high school or businesses set up a collection and donate the proceeds to a rescue or no-kill shelter. You can donate to help Pasado’s efforts to be a voice for the animals. And you can choose to eat a plant-based diet, which is the kindest thing that you can do for the animals and for the planet.
You can become an animal advocate by learning about policies and legislation that can impact animals in your community and beyond. You can also register to receive action alerts from American Humane. Advocacy for animals can make a huge difference in their safety and well being.
You can also demonstrate kindness to the animals by reporting animal cruelty and abuse. Animal abuse often indicates that other forms of abuse, such as domestic violence, could be occurring. Cruelty against animals is illegal. Often, your voice is the abused or neglected animal’s only hope. If you see something questionable or suspicious, such as an underfed dog or farm animal or an animal being injured, inform the authorities immediately.
Whether they are domesticated or wild, all animals deserve to be treated humanely. Kindness is not a limited commodity; the more that you give, the more that you create. You can create an inviting space in your yard and garden for butterflies, hummingbirds and other creatures. If wildlife comes too close to home, you can look for ways to coexist with animals or to protect your property humanely.
You can also adopt or foster a pet in need. Nationwide, an estimated 3.7 million animals are euthanized at shelters, with more than 60,000 pets euthanized annually in Washington State alone. These innocent lives were lost because they could not be adopted into loving homes in time.
You can also celebrate Be Kind to Animals Week as easily as beginning at home. Our pets rely upon us to remain healthy and safe. You can ensure your pet’s health by going to regular veterinary appointments and ensuring that your pet has current identification.
There are many ways you can be kind to animals. Actions speak louder than words, so here is your chance! Not only will you be helping the animals by doing these kind acts but you will have the opportunity to inspire others by your actions.
We want to hear what you think. Tell us about a kind act that you did for an animal!
Thank you – from all of the animals at Pasado’s sanctuary and from those who are still waiting to find their safe haven.