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Be Kind to Animals Week

Running from 1 to 7 October, Be Kind to Animals Week is a time to reflect on the importance of being kind to all animals, and how simple acts of kindness can have an enormous impact on all the furred, feathered, fleeced, and finned beings with whom we share this planet.

Celebrating its 12th year, not-for-profit animal sanctuary Edgar’s Mission is calling on animal lovers to take the kindness pledge.

“If you’ve ever given a dog a belly rub while their tail wags happily, seen a lamb snuggle into their carer, or watched a kangaroo tenderly care for their young, it is a wonderful reminder that all animals want, need and deserve our kindness, no matter what form they’ve taken,” said Founder and Director Pam Ahern.

Taking the kindness pledge can include dining on plant-based meals, committing a random act of kindness, or choosing products that don’t include or test on animals.

“In return, participants will get free delicious recipes and kindness tips throughout the week, plus the chance to win a hamper full of ethical and awesome goodies,” Pam shared.

Kids also get free access to fun animal facts, virtual story times, and are invited to take part in their colouring competition, perfect for school holidays.

A rescued kelpie affectionately known as Vet Nurse Ruby is one of many ambassadors getting on board.  

The failed working dog was deemed worthless by her original human, who took her to be shot. Thankfully a kind heart intervened and brought her to Edgar’s Mission. Now 14 years young, Ruby has earned her title after paying the kindness forward to the other rescued animals who arrive at the safe haven including lambs, kid goats and her favourite – piglets.

Over the past 12 months, Edgar’s Mission has rescued over 294 formerly farmed animals, and is currently home to 434 residents. But as Pam points out, you don’t need to run a sanctuary to create a kinder world. 

“It is through our daily choices – what we choose to buy or not buy, to eat and not eat, that can really make a difference for animals. You could also volunteer or donate to your favourite animals charity, leave water out for wildlife, or organise an outdoor clean up”.

To make the pledge and for more information, free fun resources and a colouring competition for kids, please visit bekindtoanimalsweek.org.au.

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