MEOW! American Humane Unleashes Be Kind to Animals Week

Teach Kids to Be Kind to All Living Creatures by Example and With Free Lessons During American Humane’s Be Kind to Animals Week® (May 1-7)

Campaign offers free educational activities for children and simple lifestyle changes to build a more humane world for animals

Boca Raton, FL — Building a better world for both people and animals begins with teaching our children the meaning of kindness. And what better time to start than during American Humane’s 107th Annual Be Kind to Animals Week®, on May 1-7, which is the oldest commemorative week in U.S. history.

To kick off the humane initiative, the Palm Beach-based nonprofit will provide complimentary education materials for parents, teachers, and children in both English and Spanish. The free online library features downloadable materials, which include lessons and teaching sheets for pre-K to Grade 5 students, “Be Kind to Animals” posters, and a plethora of ideas to celebrate and protect Earth’s creatures. For more information, visit

To lead by example and make a difference in the lives of millions of animals, American Humane is asking animal lovers of all ages to pledge to make kindness a year-round lifestyle choice by doing four simple things:

  • Buying humanely raised foods with the American Humane Certified™ seal to support the good treatment of farm animals
  • Adopting from a shelter/rescue, and when choosing small, “nontraditional” animal companions (such as reptiles, small mammals, fish, and amphibians), finding them at  American Humane Certified™ pet providers
  • Watching movies and television shows that have earned the “No Animals Were Harmed®” end credit verifying the protection of animal actors
  • Visiting American Humane Certified™ zoos, aquariums and conservation centers caring for the many endangered and disappearing species of the world 

American Humane will also share humane messages throughout the week and encourage people to commit to kindness by sharing Be Kind to Animals Week® content using the hashtag #BeKindToAnimalsWeek.  For a wealth of ideas, and to show us how you are being kind to animals, follow American Humane on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Additionally, teachers and children can find a historical retrospective featuring history, highlights and unusual facts from 107 years of “Be Kind to Animals Week,” as well as a sampling of famous supporters, from U.S. Presidents to Clint Eastwood and John Wayne, Betty White, Doris Day, and even Porky Pig.

“I hope every American will join us in celebrating ‘Be Kind to Animals Week’ and making a difference for all the creatures of the Earth,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane. “By teaching our children the value of our animal friends and adopting a humane lifestyle, we can build a better world – not just during these few days, but all year round.”

For more information on American Humane, visit

About American Humane  

American Humane is the country’s first national humane organization, founded in 1877. Today, the four-star nonprofit saves, shelters, feeds and protects nearly one billion animals worldwide each year. For more information, please visit

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