I know, I know. Tomorrow is the last day of National Pet Week. Sometimes important things just slip by me and I feel really bad about not giving you a heads-up about this wonderful celebration week. There are no things that I would rather celebrate than my pets since they are part of my family and my family is my top priority. So, even if this comes too late to do too much celebration there’s still one day left.
So, how can you celebrate National Pet Week? Some things come to mind: take time to do something with your pet- a walk, a ride in the car, or playing with your pet and giving her special attention. Maybe just sitting next to your pet and giving him a good scratch is something that your pet would like. You might also think about volunteering some of your time at a local animal shelter or giving a donation in your pet’s name to honor her. I imagine you can come up with a great idea that will show your pet how much he means to you and thank him for meeting you at the door every night when you get home from work and letting you know that he thinks you are the best person on this earth.
I have become aware of a couple of wonderful things having to do with pets, too. The NC House of Representatives just passed a bill against puppy mills. This has been long in coming and it still has to go to the Senate, but I will keep thinking that our senators love animals just like I do and will vote to support this bill.
According to MyFox8.com our of Greensboro/Winston Salem, I learned about this new bill.
“A law designed to protect animals and hold dog breeders accountable passed through the NC House Thursday. It now heads to the Senate.
House Bill 930 would require fresh food and water, daily exercise, vet care and solid shelter at animals at sites with more than 10 breeding female dogs.
“North Carolina is the only state in the Southeast without puppy mill laws,” explained Caleb Scott, President of North Carolina Voters for Animal Welfare. “We are a puppy mill destination in North Carolina because we have no laws on the books. Puppy millers gravitate to our state.”
Scott said he’s relieved to see the measure pass through the house and refers to the law as “long overdue” in the state.
“Thankfully everyone loves animals so it’s not a partisan issue. Everyone on both sides of the aisle loves animals,” he said.”
The North Carolina’s first lady, Ann McCrory has publicly supported this new bill, House Bill 930. She made this statement: ‘”This legislation is a very important step in establishing basic standards of care for large commercial dog breeding facilities and helps ensure all dogs are treated humanely,” the first lady said in a statement. She declined to answer questions from reporters after watching the debate and the 100-15 vote for the bill, which now goes to the Senate.” Be sure to read the whole article to find out more. Way to go, Ann McCrory!
So, in celebration of National Pet Week, something else you can do is to email or write your senator asking that she or he support this bill! And, let’s hope Caleb Scott, President of North Carolina Voters for Animal Welfare is right and this bill passes.