Animal World USA is pleased to be presenting...
Virginia Week for the Animals
~ The Animals Need You ~
Organize an event in your area. Contact us for ideas and suggestions:
Special events will make Virginia 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 so we can start posting them as soon as possible. This is a wonderful way for animal lovers and advocates to organize and publicize their events.
Suggested Events and Activities
Pet Adoption Fairs and Adopt-a-thons in Your Area
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"
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!
Hundreds of dogs and cats could be altered, and the birth and death of thousands of unwanted pets prevented.
Post information in your workplace or on your website about why spay and neuter saves lives.
For other Great Spay/Neuter Ideas
including Litter Patrol, Spay-a-thon with prizes, and Sponsor-a-Snip, visit:
"Creative Spay/Neuter Programs and Promotions"
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. Find out what you can do to help-
Children's art and Literary Contests
Grades K12 can express their feelings for animals and compete for prizes.
Winners can be announced in local and statewide newspapers and other media outlets with their work displayed at libraries, shopping malls and/or or animal shelters.
Help Feral Cats
Find out what you can do to help those feral cats and kittens in your neighborhood.
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.
Find out ways to make sure that chickens, pigs, cows, and other farm animals are treated humanely. Read about Factory Farming and its affects on the animals, your health, and the environment:
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, 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 can plan or participate in fund raising 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.
Statewide Publicity Campaign
Publicity will help insure that the news gets to media outlets. Please consider adding information about Virginia Week for the Animals to your organization or group's newsletter and website. Help us reach everyone in Virginia!
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 a local event at a shelter, 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.
Virginia's shelters and rescue organizations listed on Petfinder.com:
Save a life
Adopt your next pet from the animal shelter.
Build relationships with everyone on behalf of the animals.
Become a Sponsor or Partner.
Various kinds and levels of sponsorships are available. Please contact us to discuss sponsorship opportunities.
Write a letter. Convey Gratitude.
Send a thank you note to your shelter or a person in your community and thank them for their dedication to helping animals.
Spread your good energy on behalf of the animals. They need you.
Help the Animals in Your Community!