Be Kind to Animals Week

Special to Civitas Media

Be Kind to Animals Week is May 1-7 this year. As if that weren’t enough cause for celebration, this is the 99th anniversary of the event.

Friends of the Bell County Animal Shelter is reminding citizens of the many ways you can participate.

One of the main ways is to spread the word. Be Kind to Animals Week is a yearly tradition of celebrating and commemorating the roles animals play in our lives, promoting ways to treat them humanly and encouraging others, especially children, to do the same.

Did you know that an estimated 3-4 million animals are euthanized in shelters each year? Hundreds of thousands of them were victims of abuse, neglect and cruelty. If only they could have been adopted into loving homes.

Another way you can help give an animal a second chance at happiness is to adopt your next pet from a shelter or rescue group. There are many wonderful pets just waiting for a home and many animal welfare groups out there that offer help in finding the perfect companion creating a bond that will last a lifetime.

And finally, don’t hesitate to report animal neglect or abuse to the authorities. For example, if you see a dog chained in someone’s yard that looks underfed or that lacks adequate shelter from the elements, or if it doesn’t have clean water to drink, please report it.

These are just a few ways you can help be a part of “Be Kind to Animals Week.”

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