It’s ‘Be Kind to Animals Week’
“Be Kind to Animals Week” starts May 5 and is the oldest week of its kind. It originated in 1915 as a time to reflect on the happiness and joy animals bring into our lives. It marked the beginning of humane education to prevent animal suffering and violence. Today, it is a time to remember the importance of animals and our responsibility for their care and well-being. It is a time to honor the web of life — human and non-human animals sharing habitat, feelings and needs.
Here are some ways to “Keep Tahoe Kind” for all Tahoe’s creatures every day of the year.
— Respect residents and visitors who share Tahoe’s outdoors by using a leash and poop clean up bag everywhere. Plastic newspaper bags are perfect.
— Respect Tahoe’s environment by cleaning up after yourself and recycling.
— Protect livestock and wild animals by keeping pets confined or on leash.
— Look, listen and learn from wild animals and teach others not to touch or feed them.
— Add daily love, play and social training to your pet’s need for food, water and shelter.
— Spay and neuter to improve pet behavior, prevent cancers and save lives of shelter animals who will be killed if there are no homes available for them.
— Check collar and ID tags frequently, both for comfortable fit and current information that can save your animal in an emergency.
— Pay attention to seasonal temperature changes and the need to provide for our pet’s comfort and survival, including pet birds and fish.
— Adopt your next pet from an animal shelter and help solve the pet overpopulation problem.
— Visit your veterinarian to keep vaccinations current, saving money by preventing pet illness and stopping its spread in our community.
— Speak up for abused and neglected animals who can’t speak for themselves, and remember that animal abusers also are people abusers.
— Educate yourself about products made from endangered species and avoid them.
For free pet ID tags, free “Keep Tahoe Kind” stickers and information or referrals on a variety of pet issues call the Lake Humane Society and SPCA at (530) 577-4521.
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