Be Kind to Animals Week is May 7-13 |

Be Kind to Animals Week is May 7-13

LESLIE BREFELDsummit daily news
Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk

SUMMIT COUNTY – The Summit County Animal Shelter will host a Dog Adopt-A-Thon this Saturday in honor of Be Kind to Animals Week May 7-13. The adoption rally will take place at two locations – at the shelter located off County Road 1004 south of Frisco from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and at the Outlets at Silverthorne behind the information booth on Rainbow Drive from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. At the Silverthorne location, veterinarian Dr. Roy Million will be administering a special rabies vaccination clinic for $10. The first 50 people to get the vaccination for their pet or to adopt one will get a goodie bag, which includes dog treats, a leash and discounts for stores at the Outlets among other items. There will also be giveaways, which anyone at the event can enter, for a $100 Outlets gift certificate and a Samsonite coat. Chub Subs will be selling hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and soda at the event location.Same-day adoptions are possible at the shelter Saturday for prepared adopters who have already picked up and had signed an ownership agreement. Interested adopters with pets already in the home must also provide current vaccinations and are encouraged to bring the animals into the shelter for introductions. Discounts will be afforded on dogs 8-years-old and up and to senior citizens adopting.

Other special activities for the week include a discounted price of $5 on the DVD, “How to Train Your Dog,” which will be played all week at the shelter where it is available to buy. Shelter tours given by the Humane Education Team will be offered by appointment.Be kind this week and throughout the year- Speak out for animals. Get active in local animal welfare policies and legislation. Also register on the American Humane Association’s website at to receive timely Action Alerts about issues affecting animals. You’ll be able to make a difference for animals with just the click of your mouse.

– Report animal abuse. While acts of violence against animals are tragic in their own right, they are also a red flag for other violent behavior, including domestic abuse and violent crime.- Appreciate wildlife. Leave room in your yard for habitats. Make a bird or bat house.- Share kindness. Teach the people in your life – especially children – about the importance of being kind to animals.- Make a donation to your local animal shelter. A donation can be any number of contributions, from your time or money, to needed items like pet food or laundry detergent.

– Adopt a pet from a shelter or breed placement group. Approximately 8 million to 12 million animals enter the nation’s shelters every year, and more than half of these pets will have to be euthanized because of a lack of homes. Local shelters are the best place to find companion animals – no matter what type you’re looking for. Keep in mind that one out of every four dogs in shelters is a purebred. – Help solve the tragedy of euthanasia of adoptable animals by not contributing to the problem. If you have pets, make sure they are spayed or neutered. Pets should be microchipped and always wear a collar with an ID tag, so they can be returned home quickly if they are ever lost.

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