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 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:
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!
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.