AN­I­MAL SCENE AL­MANAC: What are the in­ter­est­ing an­i­mal­re­lated ob­ser­va­tions and events this month?

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8: Na­tional Iguana Aware­ness Day: How much do you know about igua­nas? Not much? Well that’s why this day is im­por­tant! This large lizard can be found in Mex­ico, Cen­tral Amer­ica, Brazil, and on the Caribbean Is­lands. Dif­fer­ent species of Igua­nas live in dif­fer­ent habi­tats. Some igua­nas pre­fer life in trop­i­cal rain­forests, some in the wa­ter, while others en­joy life in desert con­di­tions.

11: Na­tional Hug Your Hound Day (Sec­ond Sun­day of Septem­ber): Founded in 2014 by Ami Moore, also known as the Chicago Dog Coach, the hol­i­day was cre­ated to in­crease the bond be­tween dogs and their own­ers and to help dog own­ers see the world as dogs see it. Moore said, “Na­tional Hug Your Hound Day is about truly ob­serv­ing your dog (from their point of view) in their en­vi­ron­ment and ev­ery­day life and for just one day to see the word as your dog sees it. As you cel­e­brate your beloved dog, re­mem­ber that to­day is about keep­ing our dog’s healthy, happy and safe at home and in our hearts.” (http://ire­port.cnn.com/docs/doc-1180342)

Na­tional Pet Me­mo­rial Day (Sec­ond Sun­day of Septem­ber): Did you know that there’s an In­ter­na­tional Ceme­tery, Cre­ma­tion and Fu­neral As­so­ci­a­tion? For this ob­ser­va­tion, they have a few sug­ges­tions for re­mem­ber­ing your dearly de­parted pet, such as re­flect­ing on pleas­ant mem­o­ries with them, con­tribut­ing or vol­un­teer­ing at an an­i­mal pro­tec­tion group, or do­nat­ing money or time to a char­ity or or­ga­ni­za­tion in honor of your late pet.

15: In­ter­na­tional Bat Fes­ti­val at Carls­bad Cav­erns Na­tional Park: From March to Oc­to­ber ev­ery year, bats in­habit the Carls­bad Caves of New Mex­ico. First cel­e­brated in 1998, this fes­ti­val fea­tures a sun­rise break­fast with the world’s small­est mam­mals, mu­sic, a street dance, cos­tumes, and lec­tures.

17: Puppy Mill Aware­ness Day (Third Satur­day in Septem­ber): Did you know that some pup­pies in pet stores (and sadly, some of those sold on­line by bad breed­ers) come from puppy mills, or com­mer­cial dog breed­ing fa­cil­i­ties? These places are usu­ally over­crowded, and there is a se­vere lack of ba­sic vet­eri­nary care, in ad­di­tion to poor food, lack of clean wa­ter and lack of ad­e­quate ex­er­cise space. PMAD started in Lan­caster, Penn­syl­va­nia in 2004. You can do some­thing lo­cally by mak­ing sure the pup­pies you buy aren’t from puppy mills and are from rep­utable breed­ers—or just adopt! (http://www.lcan­i­mal.org/in­dex.php/cam­paigns/pup­pymills/pmad)

17-24: Na­tional Farm An­i­mals Aware­ness Week: Founded in 1994, NFAAW cel­e­brates and pro­motes the unique and some­times over­looked qual­i­ties of farm an­i­mals, and ex­plores their com­plex na­ture and be­hav­iors. (the­horse.com)

18-24: Adopt a Less Adopt­able Pet Week (last full week of Septem­ber): Adopt, don’t shop! But even in an­i­mal shel­ters, some adorable crea­tures are deemed “less adopt­able” be­cause of var­i­ous rea­sons: age, dis­abil­ity, color, and other rea­sons. That’s why Petfinder. com launched this cam­paign, to urge prospec­tive pet own­ers to look be­yond these “prob­lems,” and in­stead to see the lov­able an­i­mal in need of a home.

Na­tional Dog Week: In case you needed an­other rea­son to show your dog some love! Bring your pooch to a park for some play time, or give him or her a nice treat!

Na­tional Deaf Dog Aware­ness Week: It isn’t easy to be deaf. The best way to di­ag­nose the prob­lem and help your pet is to go to a vet­eri­nar­ian, then to learn, as Pet­par­ent.me says, how to com­mu­ni­cate with them us­ing hand sig­nals, body lan­guage, and fa­cial ex­pres­sions, adding, “Most deaf dogs pre­fer to be close to their owner or a fa­mil­iar face, of­ten times nap­ping at your feet, need­ing some sort of phys­i­cal con­tact or keep­ing you in eye­sight.”

Sea Ot­ter Aware­ness Week: Ac­cord­ing to de­fend­ers.org, sea ot­ters were nearly hunted to ex­tinc­tion in the 18th and 19th cen­turies by fur traders then threat­ened by oil spills in the 1980s. “Sea ot­ters fi­nally gained pro­tec­tions with the sign­ing of the In­ter­na­tional Fur Seal Treaty of 1911, and be­came listed un­der the Marine Mam­mal Pro­tec­tion and En­dan­gered Species Acts in the 1970s.” Why not learn more about these fas­ci­nat­ing sea mam­mals this week?

Na­tional Farm Safety & Health Week: Farms are full of all sorts of an­i­mals, from cows and pigs to chick­ens and cats. Un­for­tu­nately, they’re also full of ma­chin­ery, tools and chem­i­cals that can be harm­ful to dif­fer­ent forms of life. Now is a good time to learn how to stay safe on a farm; the US Na­tional Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­ter for Agri­cul­tural Safety (NECAS) rec­om­mends the Farm First Aid Kit. You can find out more at http://www.necasag.org/.

19-26: Na­tional Es­tu­ar­ies Week: Metro Manila has dozens of es­tu­ar­ies or wa­ter pas­sages where tides meet river cur­rents, usu­ally at the lower por­tion of a river. South­eas­tee.org says “Es­tu­ar­ine ecosys­tems serve as nat­u­ral bar­ri­ers to buf­fer against storms and floods, ab­sorb and store car­bon, and pro­vide crit­i­cal [habi­tats] for com­mer­cial and recre­ational fish­eries. The need to pro­tect and re­store these crit­i­cal places has never been more press­ing.”

19: In­ter­na­tional Red Panda Day (Third Satur­day of Septem­ber): The Red Panda Net­work be­gan ob­serv­ing this in Novem­ber 2010, and since 2011, IRPD has been of­fi­cially ob­served on the third Satur­day of Septem­ber. Read about IRPD ac­tiv­i­ties world­wide on red­pan­danet­work.org.

20: Henry Salt’s birth­day: This English writer, born in 1851, and cam­paigner for so­cial re­form in the treat­ment of an­i­mals, is cred­ited with be­ing the first writer to ar­gue ex­plic­itly in fa­vor of an­i­mal rights, in his “An­i­mals’ Rights: Con­sid­ered in Re­la­tion to So­cial Progress” (1894). He was a vege­tar­ian and an an­ti­vivi­sec­tion­ist. Read more about his life and work on www.hen­rysalt.co.uk.

22: Ele­phant Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Day: Did you know that ele­phants are one of the few an­i­mals with self-aware­ness? “Like hu­mans, apes, and dol­phins, ele­phants can rec­og­nize them­selves in a mir­ror.” And ap­par­ently “their trunks have 40,000 mus­cles and ten­dons, and it takes about a year for them to learn how to use it.” Start learn­ing more here: http://www.learn­ingliftoff.com/10-things-you-should­know-on-ele­phant-ap­pre­ci­a­tion-day/#.V5m4h7h97s0

World Rhino Day: There are five species of rhino: black, white, greater one­horned, Su­ma­tran and Ja­van rhi­nos, and this ob­ser­va­tion was first an­nounced by Wwf-south Africa in 2010, and now en­com­passes both African and Asian species, ac­cord­ing to worl­drhin­o­day.org.

23: Dogs in Pol­i­tics Day: This com­mem­o­rates Check­ers, a black and white Cocker Spaniel who be­longed to Richard Nixon, Pres­i­dent of the United States from 1969 to 1974. Check­ers was the sub­ject of a speech Nixon gave on this day in 1952, and the dog was ap­par­ently a do­na­tion that Nixon had no in­ten­tion of re­turn­ing! Read more at http://dog­time.com/ dog-health/gen­eral/18395-dogsin-pol­i­tics-day-nixon-check­ersspeech#x2vhuwhz­phui87jz.99

26: In­ter­na­tional Rab­bit Day (Fourth Satur­day or Sun­day in Septem­ber): Rab­bits are adorable crea­tures! On this day, in ad­di­tion to think­ing of their furry faces and cute lit­tle noses, take some time to read up on the many ways they are harmed, “by hunt­ing, eat­ing, med­i­cal ex­per­i­men­ta­tion, prod­uct test­ing, fur-farm­ing, and liv­ing iso­lated lives in out­door hutches.” Start with http://www.rab­bit.org/hrs-info/worl­drab­bit­day.html.

28: Caro­line Earle White’s birth­day: This Amer­i­can phi­lan­thropist and an­ti­vivi­sec­tion ac­tivist was born in 1833, and she founded the Penn­syl­va­nia So­ci­ety for the Preven­tion of Cru­elty to An­i­mals (PSPCA) on June 21, 1868, af­ter she met with Henry Bergh, founder of the ASPCA (Amer­i­can So­ci­ety for the Preven­tion of Cru­elty to An­i­mals), in New York. She also founded the Women’s PSPCA, also known as the Women’s Hu­mane So­ci­ety, in 1869.

World Ra­bies Day: Started in 2007, this day high­lights ef­forts in ra­bies preven­tion. Ac­cord­ing to the Amer­i­can Vet­eri­nary Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion (AVMA), ra­bies kills more than 55,000 peo­ple world­wide ev­ery year. In the Philip­pines, ra­bies caused the deaths of more than 220 peo­ple in 2015 alone. To curb the prob­lem, the De­part­ment of Health started of­fer­ing free anti-ra­bies shots na­tion­wide, start­ing Jan­uary 2016. You can read more about the disease in this month’s Vet Visit fea­ture.

29: Happy Goose Day: This hol­i­day is ru­mored to be 1,500 years old! Ac­cord­ing to HNGN.COM, “Happy Goose Day traces its roots to the year 480 and is some­times called Michael­mas Day. It was cre­ated by Pope Felix III as a cel­e­bra­tion for the Ar­changel Michael. Fast for­ward to the 15th cen­tury and Michael­mas gets a new pur­pose; it is a day when peo­ple paid their rent to the landown­ers. Of­ten­times this was done with a goose, and if you were for­tu­nate enough to pay your rent with a big plump goose that you got your hands on, your lease was re­newed an­other year.”

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