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5 Ways to Take Part in Be Kind to Animals Week

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May 2-8th is Be Kind to Animals Week, and we were inspired by the good people of Chicagoist and the American Humane Association to take a look at a few ways we can honor our friends in the animal kingdom this week, and all the weeks of the year. Plus, it's a good excuse to share a few of our favorite animal photos from our LAist Featured Photos pool.

Be Kind to Animals Week has been observed since 1915. It's a time to consider ways to honor the role animals play in our daily lives, and to explore new opportunities for advocacy, care, and appreciation.

Here in Los Angeles there are many organizations and agencies that can connect you with a pet who needs a loving home, or provide you with opportunities to get involved by volunteering. Some of our favorites that operate nationally and in our area include: LA Animal Services, Friends of Animals, Adopt a Pet.Com, SPCA LA, Center for Biological Diversity, Kitten Rescue, Last Chance for Animals, and the Lange Foundation--just to name a few. So what are the 5 ways you can take part in Be Kind to Animals Week?