My Dog Oliver
May 02, 2011
The first full week in May each year is set aside as Be Kind to Animals Week. This is the oldest week of its kind in the United States--it was established in 1915 by Dr. William O. Stillman, who was the leader of the American Humane Association at that time. The week is dedicated to helping animals and to publicizing the work of our country's humane societies.
We know that pets add so much to our lives. They do involve a big commitment of time, energy, and money--but the rewards are huge. Pets give us their unconditional love in return for our caring for them. That's a pretty good deal, if you ask me. There have even been studies to show that just petting a dog can lower your blood pressure.
If you are thinking about getting a pet in your household, the library has books on all kinds of pets: dogs, cats, birds, fish, hamsters, snakes, and more. We can help you find books to do some research on what kind of pet would work best for you before you bring your new pet home. Kansas City has many local humane societies and shelters where you can get a pet for little expense.
Though I don't need a special week to remind me to be kind to animals, I will be sure to spend some extra quality time with Oliver this week to help celebrate his place in my life.
North Oak Branch