More in May than Mother’s Day and Memorial Day
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 places just under the skin and can be read by a special scanner (kind of like the handheld one the grocery store clerk uses).
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 7-13 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 8th 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 19th 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 catus. An endangered species is a species which has been categorized as likely to become extinct. Currently the 12 most endangered are the Snow Leopard, Fishing Cat, Iberian Lynx, Flat-headed Cat, Bornean Bay Cat, Tiger, Andean Cat, Clouded Leopard, African Lion, Marbled Cat, Black-footed Cat, and the Cheetah. If you want to help, type in “How Can I Help an Endangered Species?” online and you’ll get plenty of ways!