May is National Pet Month, but just what does that mean? There are so many pet celebration days, weeks, and months on our pet calendar that we can’t begin to cover them all. But, National Pet Month is special for many reasons to us, according to Wikipedia we celebrate to:
• Promote the benefits of pet ownership
• Support pet adoption
• Make people aware of the benefits of pets for people and people for pets
• Increase public awareness of services available from professionals who work with animals
• Raise awareness of the role, value and contribution to society of working companion animals
Promoting the benefits of pet ownership is something we do every day in our blog. We want people to know how much pets enrich your life every day. The Lady I rescued would be lost without a dog or cat to take care. In return she gets unconditional love, and you can’t beat that.
Puppy Mill Awareness Week
Readers know that we only support pet adoption, not buying pets from pet stores, or online. Pet stores get their puppies from puppy mills, not responsible breeders. During National Pet Month we also acknowledge Puppy Mill Action Week, the week of May 8th. Puppy mills do exist, don’t let anyone tell you they don’t. There are several backers with lots of money, such as the American Pet Products Association (APPA), trying to stop or overturn laws that ban sales of pets in pet stores.
Recent news stories remind us that these practices still continue due to the USDA’s inability to enforce ineffective laws.
We’ve talked about Chicago’s legislation to stop puppy mills many times, the Lady supports The Puppy Mill Project here in Chicago, fighting to get and keep legislation to shut down puppy mills. Puppy Mill Action Week concludes on May 13th, the day before Mother’s Day, with their annual fundraiser Mother’s in the Mills, to remember the mother’s producing litter after litter of puppies in horrid conditions for huge profits.
Remember, when you hear someone saying that puppy mills don’t exist, or pet sale bans are bad for business, do a Google search, but only if you have a strong stomach. The Lady actually sat in the media luncheon at Global Pet Expo, listening to Bob Vetere, President and CEO of the APPA and President of the Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI), tell us that pet sale bans were responsible for a 9% drop in live animal purchases. So? Then he continued to try to convince us that the number of animals euthanized in shelters is over-stated. He commissioned the University of Mississippi to do a study on the number of animals euthanized in the U.S. (from a state that ranks low in spay/neuter). Here’s what they found:
- 5.1 million in shelters
- 2.6 million adopted
- 1 million are transferred
- 700,00 are euthanized
According to the Humane Society of the U.S., 2.4 million healthy, adoptable, cats and dogs, one every 13 seconds, are put down in U.S. shelters every year. That’s more than three times the amount of deaths that Vetere’s study claims.
National Military Appreciation Month
But, also this May let’s not forget the role, value and contribution to society of working companion animals, especially those for our veterans, suffering from post-traumatic stress disability (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). For more on this visit K9s for Warriors, an organization working hard to see that every veteran in need has a service dog.
Bayer Animal Health is promoting National Pet Month and Military Appreciation Month on Twitter. Follow them at @Bayer4Pets to learn more about the Lady and other bloggers support of these these causes.