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Be kind - and show your compassion for animals - by taking our Kindness pledge! Join us and pledge to build a better world for animals all year long. Then be sure to share with your family and friends so they can join the effort!

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I believe in kindness and compassion for all animals, and that all animals are entitled to humane treatment.

I will be kind to animals all year round by:

Buying humanely raised products

I will seek out eggs, meat, and dairy products that are humanely raised, such as American Humane CertifiedTM products, helping to ensure the welfare of 10 billion farm animals.


I will learn about conservation efforts, and teach my family about wild animals and the need to protect them by visiting Humane Certified zoos, aquariums and conservation centers.

Protecting Animal Actors

I will look for films featuring American Humane’s “No Animals Were Harmed®” end credit, ensuring the safety of hundreds of thousands of animal stars each year.

Adopting from an Animal shelter

If I choose to adopt or rescue a pet, I will do so from an animal shelter or a reputable breeder, saving the life of one of the 6-8 million animals who end up abandoned each year.

Adopt a pet from a shelter or rescue

Help animals find a second chance at happiness by adopting from your local shelter or rescue group. Tips to find the animal companion that’s right for you and develop a bond that will last a lifetime can be found here.

Take care of your pet

Pets need you to help keep them healthy and safe. Keep your animal’s vaccinations up-to-date. Make sure he’s wearing proper identification. Take your pet to the veterinarian regularly. Know what it takes to be a responsible pet owner.

Appreciate wildlife

Create an inviting space in your yard and garden for butterflies, hummingbirds and other creatures. If wildlife comes too close to home, look for ways to coexist or to protect your property humanely, check out our Dos and Don’ts.

Report animal abuse

Animal cruelty and abuse is not only tragic for animals, but also an indicator that other forms of abuse. If you see something that looks suspicious – don’t hesitate, let someone know. Read our Tips reporting animal abuse.

Take the Kindness 100 Pledge and become part of a new Compassion Movement. Our pledge features four easy things every American can do to help to build a better world for animals and Be Kind to Animals for another 100 years.

Building a better world for animals starts with teaching our children the value of kindness. To help, we created a series of teaching sheets for parents, teachers, and other adults involved with young people. Each grade level covers four areas relating to the Kindness 100 Humane Pledge and supports Common Core Standards. Please click on the appropriate age group below to download these fun, helpful, and informative materials.


Lesson plans and activities A Forever Home pet adoptions; Down on the Farm animal safety; Spotlighting Animal Actors treating animals with kindness; and Wonderful Wildlife endangered animals.


Activity sheets Fewer and Fewer, math sheet about endangered sea turtles; Good for Cows, Good for Us words about dairy cows; Play Every Day, writing about pet adoption; Plenty to Eat, math about animal actors.

Grade 1

Activity sheets that teach your students how to be kind to animals through A Happy Hen math problems; Love a Pet language sheet; On the Big Screen writing activity; and Tiger Talk problem solving.

Grade 2

Help your students make real-life connections to words, interpret information, compare numbers, and problem solve with Animal All Around, "Egg-cellent" Choices for Hens, Love Those Animals, and Top Dog.

Grade 3

Math and language worksheets about choosing humanely raised food, Kind and Gentle Treatment; which movies treat animal actors well, Movie Marathon; helping wild animals, Save the Sharks; and pet adoption, Sharing and Caring.

Grade 4

Reading, problem solving, and division worksheets encouraging students to Be a Farm Animal Fan; Be Prepared for pet adoption; know how to treat Furry, Feathered, and Famous friends; and know The Word about Wildlife.

Grade 5

Creative writing and math worksheets help students learn about humanely raised food, A Big Job; protect animal actors, Lights, Camera, Action, create a Pet Protection Plan, and conserve the world's animals, We're for Wildlife.

A new movement for the 21st Century

Be Kind to Animals taught generations of schoolchildren the value of treating all the creatures with care. It is now time to address the remaining challenges to the world’s creatures, and cultivate the next generation of Americans committed to caring, compassion and hope.

History of “Be Kind to Animals Week®”

For more than 100 years Be Kind to Animals Week has worked to build a better world for animals - see some of the remarkable milestones and personalities that have made this the longest-running commemorative week in U.S. history and the most successful humane education campaign ever!

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