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Ohio Animal Week: join the event bringing together people and animals

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Mark this date on your calendar: June 1-7, 2014. Why? Because it’s Ohio Animal Week!

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The event, sponsored by the Ohio Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Ohio SPCA), will represent a statewide effort by animal lovers to shed light on issues such as pet overpopulation and humane treatment of animals.

Too many animals in Ohio, and all across the country, suffer from neglect, abuse, or die in kill shelters. And while many shelters and rescue groups hold their own adoption and fundraising events at various times, during this special week, organizations statewide are invited to participate by holding events, activities, and educational displays throughout Ohio to focus on and help animals.

“Now, we can come together to advocate for those with no voice and educate thousands of Ohio residents about the need to be kind to animals,” states Jerneja Tomsic, Ohio Animal Week Coordinator.

There is still time to plan an event to help the animals. Humane societies, county dog shelters, rescues, humane organizations, educators, veterinarians, and businesses are invited to participate. The Ohio SPCA suggests activities such as adoption events, educational presentations, a local walk against animal cruelty, pet food banks, or a simple display at a local library, all which can help animals, educate people, and strengthen the human-animal connection.

“Any event, activity, or educational display will be a great way to promote the work and efforts of shelters, rescues, veterinarians, and businesses,” says Tomsic.
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Honor the human-animal bond by committing to hold an event for animals during this event, or plan on attending one or more local events. To host an event, click here for the Ohio Animal Week Participation Form.

As Tomsic says, “The animals are counting on all of us. Together, we can make a difference.”

More information can be found on the Ohio Animal Week website. Visitors can check back for a list of activities as more are set up.

Ohio Animal Week has a Facebook page and is also on Twitter. (@OhioAnimalWeek)

Note: The Ohio SPCA has recently been overwhelmed with many abused horse cases. Click here to go to their website to see ways you can help.

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