Be Kind to Animals

Take the Kindness Pledge

Take our Kindness Pledge and become part of the Compassion Movement. Our pledge features four easy things everyone can do to better protect all the creatures of the Earth.

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Visit certified zoos & aquariums

Adopt from an animal shelter or reputable breeder

Watch movies that support animal welfare on set

Buy humanely raised products

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Kind Ways to Celebrate

ADOPT A PET FROM A
SHELTER, RESCUE OR REPUTABLE BREEDER

Adopt from your local shelter, rescue group or good breeder. Tips to find the animal companion that’s right for you and to develop a bond that will last a lifetime can be found here.

TAKE CARE OF
YOUR PET

Pets need you to help keep them healthy and safe. Keep your animal’s vaccinations up to date. Make sure s/he’s wearing proper identification. Take your pet to the veterinarian regularly and know how to recognize if they are sick. Be a responsible pet owner.

APPRECIATE
WILDLIFE

Create an inviting space in your yard and garden for butterflies, hummingbirds and other creatures. If wildlife comes too close to home, look for ways to coexist or to protect your property humanely, check out our Dos and Don’ts.

REPORT
ANIMAL ABUSE

Animal cruelty and abuse is not only tragic for animals, but also an indicator that other forms of abuse. If you see something that looks suspicious – don’t hesitate, let someone know. Read our tips on reporting animal abuse.

Mini Posters to Spread the Word

Print these full-color posters to display or share them onscreen. For on-screen use in Adobe Acrobat, hover over the animals or kids to get more information!

Teaching the Future

Building a better world for animals starts with teaching our children the value of kindness. To help, we created a series of teaching sheets for parents, teachers, and other adults involved with young people. Each grade level covers four areas relating to the Humane Pledge and supports Common Core Standards. Please click on the appropriate age group below to download these fun, helpful, and informative materials.

Preschool

Lesson plans and activities A Forever Home pet adoptions; Down on the Farm animal welfare; Spotlighting Animal Actors treating animals with kindness; and Wonderful Wildlife endangered animals.

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Kindergarten

Activity sheets Fewer and Fewer, math sheet about endangered sea turtles; Good for Cows, Good for Us about dairy cows; Play Every Day, writing about pet adoption; Plenty to Eat, math about animal actors.

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Grade 1

Activity sheets that teach your students how to be kind to animals through A Happy Hen math problems; Love a Pet language sheet; On the Big Screen writing activity; and Tiger Talk problem solving.

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Grade 2

Help your students make real-life connections to words, interpret information, compare numbers, and problem solve with Animals All Around, "Egg-cellent" Choices for Hens, Love Those Animals, and Top Dog.

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Grade 3

Math and language worksheets Kind and Gentle Treatment, about choosing humanely raised food; Movie Marathon, about which movies treat animal actors well; Save the Shark, about helping wild animals; and Sharing and Caring, about pet adoption.

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Grade 4

Reading, problem solving, and division worksheets encouraging students to Be a Farm Animal Fan; Be Prepared for pet adoption; how to treat Furry, Feathered, and Famous friends; and know The Word about Wildlife.

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Grade 5

Creative writing and math worksheets help students learn about humanely raised food in A Big Job; how protect animal actors in Lights, Camera, Action, how to create a Pet Protection Plan, and conserve the world's animals, We're for Wildlife.

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Animal Reports

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Pledges

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Certificates

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Parent Notes

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History of Be Kind to Animals Week®

For more than 100 years, Be Kind to Animals Week® has worked to build a better world for animals - see some of the remarkable milestones and personalities that have made this the longest-running commemorative week in U.S. history and the most successful humane education campaign ever!

Fun Facts & History of
Be Kind to Animals Week®