This Sunday, May 1st launches Be Kind to Animals Week, an annual event that commemorates the role animals play in our lives. And it's as good a time as any to show a little extra love to your favorite furry friend.  Here are a few ways you can celebrate the week:

Report abuse. Maybe it's the underfed dog tied up on a short leash that you pass everyday on your way to work or kids in the alley kicking around a cat, this is the time to call it in.  Animal abuse not only tragic for animals, but also for our society as a whole.  If you see something suspicious, don't hesitate.  Call your local animal control officer.

Adopt a shelter. What a great week to give some time, money, or stuff to your local animal shelter.  Gather up old blankets, buy a bag of dog food or kitty litter, or offer up a few hours of your morning to help walk the dogs or clean the cages.  

Be a foster.  Got some extra time and space?  It doesn't take much of either to foster an animal and take some of the burden off of overstretched animal shelters.  

Go a little wild.  Show some love to your wildlife friends by making your backyard a welcoming space for for butterflies, hummingbirds and other creatures. Take a nature walk or feed the ducks at your local pond.  

Love your pet.  Show your own Fido or Patches some love by making sure they are up to date on their health examinations and vaccinations, double check their ID to make sure it has the latest information, and whip up a batch of homemade dog biscuits or kitty cookies to show your pet how much you care. 

Go veggie. What's the best way to care your favorite animal friends?  Stop eating them.  Why not try a vegetarian diet just for the week to show how much you care about all of the animals on our planet.

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