April is National Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month.
Started by the ASPCA, April is designated to helping raise awareness about important issues facing all animals.
April is also National Adopt a Greyhound Month.
There is a greater need to place ex-racing greyhounds into permanent homes than at any point in recent history, as a result of past and pending greyhound racing track closings across the country. National-Adopt-a-Greyhound Month is the perfect time to adopt a gentle companion into your home.
In honor of National Adopt a Greyhound Month, we will benefiting Everything Greyt Greyhound Rescue for our monthly nail trim session later in the month.
Monday, April 23rd is National Lost Dogs Awareness Day.
On April 23, 2014, Lost Dogs of America created and launched the first National Lost Dog Awareness Day (NLDAD), a canine-centric holiday aimed to bring attention to all dogs that are lost each year, while also celebrating the thousands of lost dogs successfully reunited with their families.
Lost Dogs of America is an all-volunteer organization with the exclusive purpose of providing a free service to help reunite families with their lost dogs.
The tenacious efforts of the combined states’ volunteers efforts, along with over 459,282 fans have helped reunite over 99,521 dogs with their families since 2011. Getting lost dogs back home reduces stress on owners’, staff at shelters/animal control facilities, other dogs in the facilities, and ultimately saves taxpayers’ money. It also opens up kennel space for truly homeless dogs.
For more information, or to join the volunteer network, please check out the Lost Dogs of America website: http://lostdogsofamerica.org
Raise your fork on Thursday, April 26th, 2018, and take part in the 25th Annual Dining Out For Life®!
Held every fourth Thursday in April, Dining Out For Life (DOFL) is an international event that has raised over $4 million nationally to provide vital services to people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH).
Once again, Airedale Antics is a participating "Woof-erant" and will donate 25% of all food sales during Thursday April 26th.
Grab your family and friends and make plans to dine out for breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, cocktails and more at any of our participating DOFL restaurants where at least 25% of your check will be donated to support the work of Saint Louis Effort for AIDS.
Friday, April 27th is National Hairball Awareness Day.
Celebrated on the last Friday in April, it is listed as one of the Pet Health Awareness Events of the American Veterinary Medical Association. The formation of hairballs is a common feline condition that is brought on by self-grooming and the associated ingestion of hair. While not usually an issue (except to your carpet), hairballs can occasionally collect in the stomach or small intestine, and can cause a potentially life-threatening blockage in the digestive system. Don’t wait to contact your veterinarian if your cat continues to gag, retch or vomit without producing a hairball, loses his appetite, has diarrhea or constipation, or is lethargic.
For some helpful tips on reducing or eliminating hairballs, check out the following website: http://cattime.com/cat-facts/health/2134-national-hairball-awareness-day
Sunday, April 29th is National Pet Parents Day.
Celebrated on the last Sunday in April, National Pet Parents Day was created to honor all dedicated pet parents across the nation with a special day of their own. There is a very special connection, a unique bond, between a pet and its owner. This one of a kind relationship, which can often last for many years, is often a vital part of the ‘pet parents’ life. Their loved pets are considered to be a member of the family.
May is National Chip Your Pet Month.
Is your pet microchipped? If they are, is the chip still working and is all the registration information up to date? With the weather getting warmer and nicer, now is the perfect time to get your pet chipped or check to make sure the chip they have is working and updated.
To find out more and learn the benefits of microchipping, check out these two websites:
Thursday, May 3rd is National Specially-Abled Pets Day.
National Specially-Abled Pets Day (formally known as National Disabled Pets Days) is a reminder that disabled animals of all kinds are very able. It celebrates and honors those animals that have a disability or face certain physical challenges. These animals who brave life with paralysis, missing limbs, blindness, and deafness. Whether due to disease, birth flaws or injuries, these animals’ disabilities do not make them any less capable of showing love and living a fulfilling life. They are very able to love, able to feel, and very able to enjoy a good and healthy life. The day also encourages animal lovers to consider choosing a disabled pet when they are looking at adopting a new pet family member.
For more information and resources to help your specially-abled pet, check out the following websites: