Be Kind to Animals Week, a week dedicated to showing compassion for animals, is Sunday through Saturday.
The week was started over 100 years ago by the animal welfare organization American Humane to increase humane education and animal welfare efforts.
The first Be Kind to Animals Week was held in 1915, a year after nearly 10 million horses used in fighting across Europe died during World War I.
Some suggestions for celebrating the week include adopting a pet from a shelter or rescue, taking care of your pet, appreciating wildlife and reporting animal abuse.
Take care of your pet by keeping its vaccinations up-to-date, having proper identification for it and taking it to the vet regularly.
Wildlife can be appreciated by creating an inviting place for wildlife at your home, such as a garden that attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.
American Humane also suggests looking for ways to coexist or protect your property humanely when wildlife comes too close to it. For instance, don’t use poison on wild animals near your home.
American Humane encourages others to pledge to do something to be kind to animals year-round.
Pledge at kindness100.org to buy humanely raised products, protect animals by learning about conservation efforts, protect animal actors by looking for films that have the American Humane credit in movies and adopt a pet from a shelter.