Animal World USA is pleased to be presenting: 

 Mississippi Week for the Animals!

                                                                           
Organize an event in your area. Contact us to plan and brainstorm.



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Special events will make Mississippi 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 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 event calendar about terrific Pet Adoption Festivals already scheduled, and be sure to attend these fun-filled, life-saving days!
  
" Ways to Fundraise for Animals"
Visit your shelter, check animal organization websites. The creativity your fellow cisitzens and groups have can be shared and also help build coalitions. 

 "10 Ideas for Kids and Parents or Guardians to Do Together" - From Animal Planet  http://animal.discovery.com/roar /getinvolved/kids.html

"20 Ways to Raise Awareness" -From Animal Planet
http://animal.discovery.com/roar/getinvolved/awareness.html

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 youth. Money raised can be used for local 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.  

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.
Visit StopPuppyMills.com:   http://www.StopPuppyMills.com 

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. Visit an unchain dogs website and also AnimalWorldUSA.org 

Children's art and Literary Contests 
Grades K-­12 can express their feelings for animals and compete for prizes. 
Winners to 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. Visit Alley Cat Allies:  http://alleycat.org 

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. Consider adding more veggies to your diet. 

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 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 be needed to insure that the news gets to every corner of the state of Mississippi. Please consider adding information about Mississippi Week for the Animals to your organization or group's newsletter and website. Help us reach everyone in Mississippi! 

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 your shelter or zoo.  
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 day to day correspondence.

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

Locate
-Local Mississippi Shelters and Rescue Organizations on Petfinder:
http://www.petfinder.com/awo/index.cgi?action=state&state=MS&city=
&keyword=

Save a life. 
Adopt your next pet from the animal shelter.

Network
Build relationships with everyone on behalf of the animals.

Become a Partner!
Partnerships are available.  Please contact us to discuss partner/sponsorship opportunities.

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

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

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