MONTH-LONG EVENTS

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Amer­i­can Kennel Club Re­spon­si­ble Dog Own­er­ship Month: The AKC and its af­fil­i­ated dog clubs and other par­tic­i­pat­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions hold com­mu­nity events through­out the month with ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing dog sport demos, breed pa­rades, safety around dog pre­sen­ta­tions for kids, and mi­crochip­ping clin­ics to ed­u­cate the pub­lic “…about the im­por­tance of be­ing a re­spon­si­ble dog owner and [cel­e­brat­ing] the deep bond be­tween hu­mans and their ca­nine com­pan­ions.” Read more at http://www.akc.org/events/re­spon­si­ble-dog-own­er­ship­days/

Happy Cat Month: The Cat­a­lyst Coun­cil works to­wards the vi­sion of cre­at­ing, across the world, cat-car­ing so­ci­eties through “…con­nect­ing and col­lab­o­rat­ing to ad­vance the health, wel­fare and value of com­pan­ion cats.” That’s why they started Happy Cat Month! Read more on hap­py­cat­month.org.

Na­tional Dis­as­ter Pre­pared­ness Month: In the US, Septem­ber is Na­tional Dis­as­ter Pre­pared­ness Month. Of course, pets need to be ready for dis­as­ters too! To find out how you can pre­pare emer­gency pet plans, go bags, and other an­i­mal-spe­cific guide­lines, check out https://www.ready.gov/an­i­mals.

Na­tional Food Safety Ed­u­ca­tion Month: Some peo­ple pre­fer to feed their pets fresh food in­stead of store­bought feed. Find out what food is safe for your pet, and if there’s a diet that’s bet­ter suited to their spe­cific breed. (Check out our spe­cial fea­ture on pet food in this is­sue!)

Na­tional Ser­vice Dogs Month: Dogs lead pretty busy lives—es­pe­cially when they’re ser­vice dogs! These in­clude guide dogs, see­ing-eye dogs, ser­vice pets, and as­sis­tance an­i­mals, all of whom help their hu­mans “…per­form tasks, ac­com­plish life­long goals, em­bark on ad­ven­tures, over­come de­bil­i­tat­ing men­tal ill­nesses, and safe­guard mil­i­tary bases across the coun­try and around the world.” Orig­i­nally called Na­tional Guide Dog Month, this ob­ser­va­tion was first es­tab­lished in 2008 by ac­tor and an­i­mal ad­vo­cate Dick Van Pat­ten.

Save the Koala Month: Ac­cord­ing to the Aus­tralian Koala Foun­da­tion (https://www.savethekoala.com/), “Aus­tralia’s wild Koala pop­u­la­tions are un­der pres­sure, con­tin­u­ally competing with hu­mans for prime real es­tate…. the big­gest is­sue that [koalas] face is habi­tat loss.” To help save these adorable fluffies, the foun­da­tion or­ga­nizes var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties like fundrais­ing and tree-plant­ing. Did you know you can adopt a koala too?

World An­i­mal Re­mem­brance Month: Have you ever lost a beloved pet? Take some time this month to re­mem­ber their fa­vorite toy, re­count their fun­ni­est ac­ci­dent, and the lit­tle quirks that made them so spe­cial. And don’t let any­one tell you it’s “just a pet dy­ing” as rep­utable stud­ies have shown that such deaths can have dev­as­tat­ing ef­fects on de­voted own­ers.

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