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Special events will make Washington, DC Week for the Animals successful, enjoyable and educational for both adults and children. Every event held will help make a difference for the animals. Please send us your events once they are organized so we can start posting them as soon as possible. This is a wonderful way for animal lovers and advocates to organize and connect with others through their events.

                            Suggested Events and Activities

Pet Adoption Fairs and Adopt-a-thons in your community
These can be held at parks, shopping centers, pet supply stores, shelters and even your workplace!  Watch for announcements soon about terrific Pet Adoption Festivals already scheduled, and mark your calendar to be sure to attend these fun-filled, life-saving days!

"10 Ideas for Kids and Parents or Guardians to Do Together" - From Animal Planet

Walk-a-thons, Pet Parades, Bake Sales, Blessing of The Animals. 
These activities can be organized by animal shelters, churches/places of worship, rescue groups, youth groups, or school children. Money raised could be used for shelter programs, rescue animals, or low-cost spay/neuter programs.

 Promote Spay Neuter!
Consider helping a financially needy family get their pet fixed! So many dogs and cats could be altered,  and the birth and death of thousands of unwanted pets prevented.  

Be Proactive
Post information in your workplace or on your website about why spay and neuter saves lives. 

Promote "Adopt, Don't Shop" 
Plan an event to educate people about the behind-the-scenes cruelty of Puppy Mills.  Urge everyone to adopt, rather than buy, their next furry best friend.

Help A Chained Dog
Is there a lonely, chained dog in your neighborhood? You can help him!
Help educate neighbors, friends, family and co-workers about the cruelty of chaining a dog for life.   

Children's art and Literary Contests 
Grades K­12 can express their feelings for animals and compete for prizes. 

Help Feral Cats - 
Find out what you can do to help those feral cats and kittens in your neighborhood.  Visit Alley Cat Allies: 

Humane Education Classes, Open Houses, and Events 
Invite school children and the general public to visit your animal shelter for special educational activities or an open house with a focus on adoption.

Farm Animals 
Find out ways to make sure that chickens, pigs, cows, and other farm animals are treated humanely. 

Bring Humane Education into the Classroom  
Visit humane education websites to locate animal welfare materials. Many of these materials are free or inexpensive. Teach our young people about a kinder world for the precious animals. 

Library Displays, Special Humane Education Reading Racks, and Bulletin Boards 
Students You Can Help! Students can help design classroom, school, and/or library displays with messages about spaying and neutering and responsible companion animal care. 

Youth Group Participation
Youth groups such as the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts or Boys Club of America. You can participate in fundraising activities or educational leafleting. Young people need to be involved in community service and this would be a wonderful opportunity. Kids can come up with fantastic ways of helping animals.

Publicity Campaign across the Metro Region
Publicity helps to insure that the news gets to every corner of  Washington, DC and the surrounding metro region.  Please consider adding information about Washington DC Week for the Animals to your organization or group's newsletter and website. Help us reach everyone in DC and the metro area!

Other Ways Businesses Can Participate 
Organize an event at your business where you can promote your own business and help the animal kingdom all at the same time.  Set up a table, hand out literature, offer tastings and samples of animal-friendly food.

Volunteer for events at your shelter, wildlife center and sanctuary 
Even spending an hour walking or cuddling with the shelter animals makes a big difference to them! And opening your home as a temporary foster home for a few days or a few weeks -can save a life!

Promote the week 
Post flyers, email or call friends and include in your newsletters and correspondence.

Donate to your local organizations and community and help ensure the success of the week's events and bring awareness to the animals' plight.

Washington DC's metro shelters and rescue organizations listed on

Save a life. 
Adopt your next animal from the animal shelter or rescue group.

Build relationships with everyone on behalf of the animals.

Become a Sponsor. 
Various kinds and levels of sponsorships are available.  Please contact us to discuss partnership opportunities.

Write a letter.
Send a thank you note to your shelter or a person in your community and thank them for their dedication to helping animals. 

Be positive!
Spread your good energy on behalf of the animals. They need you!
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