Meow….it’s International Talk Like a Cat Day. We meow every day but don’t believe everything you read. April Fool! What is true are the following pet holidays for the month of April.
April is…National Pet First Aid Awareness Month.
Prevent Lyme Disease in dogs Month.
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month. (ASCPA)
April 10, 2012: ASPCA Day
April 11, 2012: National Pet Day.
April 18, 2012: Pet Owners Independence Day.
April 22, 2012: Earth Day
April 16-20, 2012: National Pet ID Week.
April 26, 2012: National Kids and Pets Day.
April 28, 2012: World Veterinary Day.
April 27, 2012: Hairball Awareness Day.
The holiday we’d like to highlight today is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month.
As cat lovers, we can’t imagine deliberate cruelty taking place but it does. Prevention is always better than rescue and part of prevention is education. If you’ve ever wondered why animal shelters don’t allow black cats to be adopted before Halloween, our book giveaway this week is a novel about the why’s.
Black of Night by Jennifer Charron Ward tells a suspenseful tale of what happens to Benny, a black cat who runs across the path of sadistic teens. A couple of these misguided kids think it’s cool to perform satanic ritual cat killings for Halloween. What makes the story compelling (and yes it has a happy ending) are the chapters narrated by Benny. This story, while difficult to read in parts, has an important message as valid today as ever. We’re happy to offer our readers a chance to win a copy, simply leave a comment at this post anytime before 11:59PM ET Saturday, April 7, 2012 . The winner will be announced next Sunday.
The novel is inspired by true events. Charron Ward used to work at a treatment center for adolescent alcoholics and drug addicts. One of the patients, a 15-year-old boy would torture and kill cats while high. Only by education can we begin to heal the damage from myths perpetuated by ignorance. To learn about how you can make a difference during April, visit ASPCA and how you can “Go Orange”