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May Is the Month to Celebrate Pets!

Pet Cancer Awareness Month – No one wants to consider the possibility of a pet becoming ill from cancer, yet pets are just as susceptible to this deadly disease as humans are. Feline and canine cancer is the No. 1 cause of death in older pets.

Chip Your Pet Month – And no, I don’t mean feed your pet chips and dip.  Microchipping your pet helps your pet find his way home to you if he ever becomes lost or separated from his family.  Most veterinarians offer the procedure and it’s completed in just a few minutes. The chip is placed just under the skin and can be read by a special scanner.

May 3rd is National Specially-abled Pets Day – There’s nothing quite like a Specially-abled feline.  Birth issues, disease, injuries – nothing stops these spunky kitties from being wonderful family members.  This is why they get their own day.  Next time you adopt, consider these courageous cats.

May 5-11 is National Pet Week. – The first full week in May is dedicated to celebrating America’s more than 200 million pets that enrich our lives each and every day and encourage responsible pet care every day of the year.

May 5-11 is Be Kind to Animals Week – For almost 100 years, Americans have celebrated National Be Kind to Animals Week, taking just a few days out of our busy schedules to give extra love and attention to our furry friends. This week-long celebration serves as an opportunity to learn more about how shelters operate in your area.  It's also a reminder to be extra vigilant in reporting potential animal abuse, a chance to appreciate the wildlife around us, a reason to take a moment to consider adopting a pet from your local shelter, and an excuse to pamper your pets even more than usual.

May 11th is National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day – read Pat’s Cat’s Corner to learn more from my cats as to what is needed to be prepared.

May 17th is Endangered Species Day – I’m going to focus on the cat species.  Some experts recognize as many as 41 feline species.  Although numerous domestic cat breeds exist, common household cats derive from a single species, called Felis catusAn endangered species is a species which has been categorized as likely to become extinct.  If you want to help, type in How Can I Help an Endangered Species? online and you’ll get plenty of ways!

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