May 4-10th is “Be Kind To Animals” Week

May 4th-10th is the 99th anniversary of “Be Kind To Animals” week. Started by the American Humane Association in 1915, this is a week to celebrate and appreciate the animals in your life. Here are some ideas:

– Bring toys to a local shelter
– Place a box in your house for your cat to explore
– Take an extra walk with your dog
– Donate leftover food, toys and beds to a rescue group
– Make your yard a habitat for wildlife
– Support legislation and politicians that protect animals
– Bring overdue pets in for annual exams and preventative care
– Start a new activity such as flyball, agility or obedience with your dog
– Explore a new trail with your horse
– Put up a bird house
– Supervise your cat outdoors to prevent predation on wild animals
– Teach children how to safely interact with animals

The American Humane Association is a nonprofit with the following mission, “…to ensure the welfare, wellness and well-being of animals and children, and to unleash the full potential of the bond between humans and animals to the mutual benefit of both.”

Published by kristennelsondvm

Dr. Kristen Nelson grew up on a farm in Watertown, Minn., where she developed a deep love for animals of all kinds. She received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine. Kris then completed a small-animal internship at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York City. In addition to writing and speaking, she cares for small and exotic animals in Scottsdale, Az. Dr. Nelson is widely quoted in the media. Her credits include Ladies’ Home Journal, USA TODAY, the Los Angeles Times and numerous radio and television interviews. Dr. Nelson has written two books, Coated With Fur: A Vet’s Life and Coated With Fur: A Blind Cat’s Love. Kris and her husband Steve share their home with rescued cats, birds and a dog.