If there was ever a “National Day” we would have started ourselves, it’s National Kids and Pets Day. And since someone else had the great idea to get this day on the calendar, we are happy to both celebrate it and spread the word about it.
National Kids and Pets day, celebrated every year on April 26th, is a day dedicated to all that All For Animals stands for: furthering the wonderful bond between children and animals, educating the public about how children and pets should interact safely, and bring awareness about pets in shelters awaiting new homes. So, if we didn’t start this holiday, who did?
Colleen Paige. In 2005, this pet and family lifestyle expert, mother, pet lover, and former EMT/Medic created this special day, saying that “the future of our children and their ability to show compassion toward animals and each other, depends on us, to give them the skills necessary to make the world a better, kinder place to live.” Paige also understands how reading to pets can help increase academic success for children with disabilities and can also help shy children open up and feel more confident.
When a child learns how to care for a pet, it gives them a responsibility that is vital in their social development, and studies show that they tend to grow up to be extremely nurturing and compassionate people.
Another important point that National Kids and Pets Day stresses is to encourage parents to never leave small children alone with dogs, cats, and other animals that have the potential to cause harm—horses, for example. There are many incidents each year where a child is injured or killed by a family pet—dogs are much less likely to attack a child when the owner is present, and if an adult is present, they are usually able to prevent an attack from being fatal. This is why teaching children how to behave around pets, especially dogs, is so important! Most of the time, these tragic events can be avoided.
We’d like to stress that dog bite fatalities are HIGHLY unusual—out of the 65 million dogs in America kept as pets, there are only 15 to 20 dog bite fatalities per year. But we feel, with education, that number could be almost zero.
If you want to introduce your children to some wonderful, well behaved dogs who love to be read stories, please come out to the next ARF! library session! We have two ARF! dogs, Barley and Bailey, who have just recently joined our team, and they can’t wait to meet you!
Here’s our spring schedule:
Tuesday, April 5 – Tuesday, May 17
Saturday, April 9 – Saturday, May 21
We hope to see you soon! Remember, it’s vitally important that children become proficient readers in the early grades in order for them be successful in all school subjects, which helps them in all facets of their lives. As the famed Dr. Seuss once said, “The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
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