I don’t have any pets right now, although I have had dogs, cats, ferrets, hamsters, fish, lizards, rabbits, guinea pigs, and more over the course of my life. I think dogs are my favorite, but I also love cats and am not interested in debating which is “better.” I am, however, as everyone should be, an advocate for the proper and kind treatment of all animals.

Last week American Humane celebrated the oldest commemorative week in United States history. It was the 108th “Be Kind to Animals Week.” Animal lovers of all ages get together on this day to help make the world a better place for animals.

American Humane CEO Robin Ganzert said, “The commemorative week provides people with the opportunity to contemplate the bigger picture of how their actions impact all the amazing creatures we share with our planet. And hopefully this week and every week we can celebrate kindness, compassion, and love for our animal friends.” To help make a difference American Humane asks people to take a pledge to improve the lives of animals year-round.To take the pledge go to AmericanHuman.org/BeKind.

Coincidentally, there were a few heartwarming stories that we learned about during “Be Kind to Animals Week.” Here are three that will make you smile.

  • Missing Cat Found Close to Home After 10 Years

    United Press International reported a Charleston, South Carolina woman was reunited with her missing cat after 10 years. Animal Control Officers picked up Mr. Mojo and took him to the Charleston Animal Society where they scanned his microchip. They then called his owner, Erin, for a reunion. Mr. Mojo was found two miles from his home. Erin cried during the reunion. Mr. Mojo seemed happy but didn’t cry.

  • Mechanic Adopts Kitten He Rescued from Car Engine

    A Raleigh, North Carolina mechanic rescued a six-week-old kitten from a car’s engine. As reported by CBS17.com  Chris Hayes, whose elderly cat passed away a few months ago, said that he fell in love with the gray kitten so he adopted her and named her “Charcoal.”

    Chris’ wife Stephanie said she “really wanted to find a gray kitten like the one she had as a girl.” While Chris was working to free the kitten, he said he kept thinking, “Wouldn’t it be cool if this is a gray kitten?”

  • Cat Mailed from China to Canada

    Newsweek Magazine reported that a cat was recently mailed from China to Canada. Workers at a mail center in British Columbia found the cat. The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says, “The officers noticed that the box was damaged and had a sizable hole in its side. When the CBSA officer looked into the box, the officer saw a pair of eyes staring back which blinked.” The cat, which was named Precious by its rescuers, was taken to a veterinarian where she was treated and then placed in a foster home. Precious loves belly rubs and is going to be fine.

    If you’re considering adopting a furry friend please visit our Kitty Corner.

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