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Kids may enter ‘Be Kind to Animals Week’ contest

Staff reports

Students in Douglas County schools are welcome to enter the Be Kind to Animals Week essay contest to help celebrate the week when it comes May 2-8, said Douglas County Animal Shelter volunteer Theresa Annas.

This year marks the 84th annual Be Kind to Animals Week, begun in 1915. It is the oldest national week of its kind celebrated by animal shelters and humane societies throughout America.

Children in grades 1st through 6th are welcome to enter, and the deadline is March 5. They will write 10 activities that they feel children could do to show kindness to animals.

“Parents, please ask your children’s teachers to utilize this program,” Annas said.

All students who participate will receive a certificate of appreciation from the American Humane Association, and on a national level, children can qualify for a $5,000 college scholarship.

The shelter has been given many prizes for the local contest donated by businesses, including pizzas, movie passes and other gifts.

Any person or business who would like to sponsor the shelter’s activities may call Annas at 267-1336.

Among those to give funds to the spay and neutering program at the shelter are Silver State Printing, Coldwell Banker ITILDO, John Scott State Farm Insurance, Ce Bella Blends Java and Smoothies, Carson Valley Medical Center, Ron Langlands Insurance, GFA Aircraft Sales, Shirley’s Valley Grooming, Realty 500 M. Scott Properties Inc., Nanosecond Internet Provider Services, John Raker State Farm Insurance, Mike Grim Insurance, Shaklee Products -Billie Copeland and IDF Funding.

The shelter collects aluminum cans and UPC seals from Milk Bone products to raise funds for various programs at the shelter.

Money and volunteer time are always welcome. Pets are available for adoption during regular business hours, Monday through Friday. The shelter answers hundreds of calls concerning stray animals and animal abuse through the year.

Shelter personnel would like to increase the number of animals placed in homes and promote the importance of spaying and neutering pets, Annas said.

For more information or to volunteer, call the shelter at 782-9061.

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