May 4-10th is Be Kind to Animals Week!


The first full week in May each year is Be Kind to Animals Week. The American Human Association started Be Kind to Animals Week back in 1915 in order to encourage compassion and kind treatment toward animals of all shapes and sizes. Since then, shelters and rescues all over the country hold special events, fundraisers, and provide information in order to raise awareness about animal cruelty and how we can prevent it. It's also a time to celebrate the love we share for our pets--and to thank them for the love with which they shower us every day.

Being kind to animals should be emphasized every week, of course, but we are glad this week exists. It actually happens to coincide with Puppy Mill Action Week as well. It's fitting; taking action against puppy mills and the harm they can cause is definitely a way we can all practice kindness and empathy toward animals.

Being Kind to Our Pets Starts with Being Responsible

Being kind to your pet starts with being a responsible pet owner, and it's really not that hard! We can safely assume that, if you're reading this blog, you are probably a dog-owner (or a dog-lover), so you're probably already doing this (and your dog is probably looking fab and stylish, too!). But not all pet-owners are responsible like you. Here are some things that you probably do every day that are considered kind and compassionate:

  • Provide fresh food and water every day.
  • Provide adequate shelter and warmth (or shade and coolness).
  • Teach your pet patiently yet firmly. Train your pet to be well-behaved and to be the best he can be!
  • Take your dog to the vet regularly. Be attentive to your pet's needs!
  • Adopt a pet from a shelter! Save a life.
  • Never, EVER abuse or unnecessarily harm your pet.

Being Kind to Others' Pets is Just as Important

You know that obnoxious dog down the hall in your apartment complex? Or the one next door that always poops in your yard? Being kind to animals includes being kind to them, too!

  • Be equally kind and patient with others' dogs as you are with your dog.
  • If you know your dog tends to be aggressive or violent when around other dogs, do not allow your dog to engage another animal. Don't take them to a dog park. Be responsible for your dog's behavior!
  • Remember that poor behavior in a dog is often a reflection on the amount of training he or she has had.
  • Donate food and clothing to local dog shelters and rescues!
  • Volunteer! Be forewarned: you may want to adopt ALL of the dogs and cats you meet!

Taking Action Against Puppy Mills Saves Lives

What are puppy mills anyway, and why are we "taking action" against them?

A puppy mill, also known as a puppy farm, is a large-scale commercial dog breeding facility that emphasizes profit over animal welfare or comfort. Often, conditions at a puppy mill are substandard or downright appalling. With responsible breeders, the utmost importance is placed on animal safety in health. That is NOT the case with puppy mills, where dogs are forced into small contained spaces and not offered fresh water or decent food. What's even worse: once a female dog is unable to produce any more puppies, they are often killed. There is no consideration to quality of life or even genetic quality. Did you know that about 90% off puppies sold at pet stores are actually purchased from puppy mills? 

How can we stop this? It's overwhelming, we agree, and we often think: Well, those puppy store puppies need a home, too, especially after all they've been through! But the best way to take a stand is to stop giving puppy mills what they want, and that's money.

  • Don't shop at pet stores that sell puppies. Don't buy treats, toys, or food! Encourage others to do the same, and tell them why.
  • Shop at places that support local adoption agencies, shelters, and rescues.
  • Support legislation and laws that will push for better treatment for animals.
  • Adopt, don't shop! Get your puppies and kitties from local rescues and shelters, and encourage others to do the same!
  • Consider adopting a puppy mill rescue. Be a patient, loving rescuer for a dog who needs a little extra TLC!

For more details and information about puppy mills in the US, please visit the For more information on Be Kind to Animals Week, visit

This entry was posted by Kelsey.
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