Schools, businesses and churches will participate in activities that raise awareness about animals.
The Lawrence Humane Society will hold several events to mark "Be Kind to Animals" week, May 2-8.
In addition to raising awareness about hundreds of animals that are euthanized every year because they don't have homes, activities are designed to promote animals as companions, said Midge Grinstead, executive director of the Humane Society.
Grinstead said the Lawrence City Commission will consider a proclamation marking Be Kind to Animals week on Tuesday.
The Humane Society will have an open house from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 6. It will hold an "adopt-a-thon" May 6 through May 8, encouraging people to adopt animals from the shelter.
Other events during the week will include:
- Humane society representatives will visit every school in the county with information about animals.
- Elementary school students will color grocery bags. The bags will be distributed to grocery stores around town and passed along to customers.
- Kennedy School students will color animal figures in chalk on the sidewalk of the Humane Society's shelter, 1805 E. 19th.
- Displays about the animal shelter will be placed at Borders Books Music & Cafe, Hastings, Petco Animal Supplies, and Kansas University.
- A pet food drive will be held at several area businesses.
- Sixth-graders will participate in an essay contest on "How Can We Help the Animals In Our Community."
- The Humane Society will send letters to area churches asking that prayers for animals or animal care be mentioned during services.
Concluding the week will be the "Mutt 'n Strutt" walk. Participants will take pledges and walk one or two miles along the South Lawrence Trafficway Bike Path. Many participants will bring their dogs, organizer Nora Cox said.
The walk will begin at 8 a.m. May 8 in the parking lot of Southwind 12 Theaters, 3433 Iowa. Exhibits and veterinarians also will be at the site.
For more information about the week's activities, call the shelter at 843-6835.
Last year 5,087 animals were admitted to the shelter. Sixty-five percent to 68 percent of the animals were adopted or returned to their owners, Grinstead said. About 25 percent were euthanized.
The rest were transferred to other shelters, or arrived too sick or injured to survive.
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