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American Humane Association is proud to present these annual public awareness events:


Adopt-A-Cat Month®

Annually, June

Spring and summer mark “kitten season” when a record number of unspayed cats have litters. As a result, it’s a busy time for animal shelters and breed-rescue groups. Every June, people join American Humane in celebrating Adopt-A-Cat Month and promoting the adoption of homeless feline companions. Help us continue the tradition of Adopt-A-Cat Month -- learn more!

Adopt-A-Dog Month®

Annually, October

Millions of dogs across the country face euthanasia every year because there are not enough people who will adopt them and give them caring homes. To give these dogs another chance at finding happiness, every October American Humane Association celebrates Adopt-A-Dog Month. Join us in promoting this annual tradition by adopting a dog from your local shelter or breed-rescue group or learning more about responsible dog care.

Be Kind To Animals Week®

Annually, First Full Week of May

In 1915, American Humane Association established the first week in May as Be Kind to Animals Week, a special time to celebrate the bond people have with animals. Nowadays, the week is highlighted by the Be Kind to Animals™ Kid Contest, which recognizes children who go out of their way to promote the humane treatment of animals. Spread the word about being kind to animals -- celebrate the next Be Kind to Animals Week, May 3-9, 2015.

Every Day Is Tag Day

Annually, first Saturday in April

Every year American Humane Association celebrates Every Day Is Tag Day to encourage all pet owners to tag and microchip their companion animals. If your pet runs away or gets lost, proper identification is his only way home. Make sure your pet has a collar and up-to-date ID tag, and microchip your pet for permanent protection. Celebrate keeping your pet safe -- join us for the next Every Day is Tag day, Saturday, April 4, 2015.

Pets & Pals Photo Contest


Families, kids, dogs, cats and farm animals -- they’re all captured in American Humane Association’s annual Pets & Pals Photo Contest. The contest draws entries from professional and amateur photographers nationwide, each eager to share favorite photos and get a chance at great cash prizes.

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