I get to talk! I get to talk!!!
There are LOTS of exciting things happening at Bluff Country Canine Rescue but Mom wants me to share something exciting that YOU can even join in!
For example, next week is NATIONAL "Be Kind to Animals Week"!
Mom is amazed that I figured out how to copy and past the following WHOLE ARTICLE about it from the ASPCA's site. She thinks it's OK as long as we tell everyone that it came from the ASPCA site, and it is a VERY important event! It's your chance to help teach children the importance of being kind to animals. Mom says that if we practice "EACH ONE TEACH ONE", and every adult teaches even one child about the importance of treating animals with kindness and respect, it will help to make the world a better place for the next generation.
Five Tips for Celebrating Be Kind to Animals Week
May 4, 2012
If you love animals—and we know you do—then chances are you care about sharing that value with the kids in your life. May 6-12 is Be Kind to Animals Week, and it’s a great time to focus on sharing your love of animals with kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews, students and any other young ones in your life!
(Psst: When your kids have done something great for animals, they can log their good deed as part of the Sprout Kindness Counts campaign’s effort to reach one million acts of kindness.)
With that in mind, here are five things you can do to celebrate animals this week:
1. Volunteer Together
Sure, many shelters require volunteers to be 18 to handle animals—but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing kids can do to help! Kids can hold a bake sale for a local shelter, help with web design or do even more—check out the stories of ASPCA Kids of the Year Olivia Boulet and Mimi Ausland for ideas. Call your favorite shelter to ask what your kids can do.
2. Write a Letter to Congress
If you’ve visited the ASPCA Advocacy Center lately, you know that animals across the country need our help! But did you know that kids can help, too? Talk about the issues with your kids, then write a letter together. Don’t forget to read our letter-writing tips for kids.
3. Get Crafty
If you’ve got a future artist on your hands, consider getting messy in the craft room for shelter animals. What can you do? For starters, you can make cat toys for homeless kitties in your area. Check out this page for instructions. (Hint: You’ll need some old socks.) Or you can decorate bandanas to help shelter pets get noticed!
4. Get ‘Em Involved in Pet Care
Whether you decide your 12-year-old is ready for his own guinea pig or you want your 14-year-old to feed the dog dinner each day, getting your kids involved in caring for your pets will help them build a lasting love for animals. Where to start? Check out our guide to how much pet care kids can likely handle. Then send them to ASPCAKids.org’s Pet Care section.
5. Foster a Shelter Animal
Of course, this choice isn’t right for everyone; adding an animal, even temporarily, is a big deal! But there’s no better way to show your kids the beauty of the human-animal bond than saving a life together. If your home has room for one more, Be Kind to Animals Week is a great time to foster a shelter cat or dog who needs some extra attention.
Got more ideas? Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org!
I DID IT!!!
That was FUN.
ALMOST as much fun as playing with big sticks!
Have a Happy Weekend!