It was Mahatma Ghandi who once said:

The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.

As the americanhumane.org website tells us, every year since 1915, millions of Americans come together during the first full week of May to show their compassion for animals.

It seems a shame that we should ever have to remind one another to be kind to animals. But when you look around and see that people have a hard time always being kind to one another, it’s not surprising.

As we rap up celebrations for “Be kind to Animals Week,” I notice that even when animals are put into bad situations and not met with kindness, they still offer kindness in return. This behavior is even evident in the worst of circumstances, when authorities are removing and rescuing animals from dog fighting rings, mills, and hoarding situations — they are often met with kisses and wagging tails by the animals who have been abused.

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I have tried to do my part over time to help in whatever way I can. One way I found to help animals who would otherwise find themselves in uncertain circumstances is to work with the non-profit organization, “Dogs on Deployment.” When our active United States military members travel on duty for the country, Dogs on Deployment uses a network of volunteers to temporarily foster their dogs (or other pets). Previously, active duty United States military members who left the country to travel on duty, worried that they might have to completely part with their beloved pets.

I have worked with many dogs and animals through the years, and have happily rescued several of them. One thing I can say for sure is that the animals I have rescued along the way have in turn rescued me, many times over. My furry kids mean the world to me!

Please support humane animal initiatives, love animals, and always, always #bekind