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Students 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.

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 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. 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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