Forget about the whole April is the cruelest month business. With apologies to T.S. Eliot, it’s quite the opposite. It is, in fact, National Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month. The ASPCA kicks-off its month-long awareness effort on April 7, when iconic buildings across the country will be bathed in orange light—the ASPCA’s signature color. On that same day, the cruelty-busters from Animal Planet’s Animal Precinct hobnob with the rest of us at a dog-friendly party in New York City’s Union Square. Other "Go Orange for Animals!" events include dog-friendly festivals at Zilker Park in Austin, Tex., April 18, and in Venice Beach, Calif., April 25.
Recognize the effort to prevent cruelty in your own way—foster a shelter animal, make a donation to a pet food bank, spread the word to others, especially children, about the importance of compassion.
April is also National Adopt-A-Greyhound Month. According to the folks at The Greyhound Project, the number of retired racing greyhounds in need of homes continues to increase as tracks close down and new racing bans are passed or take effect—at the same time the recession is putting adoption out of the minds of more and more people.
April 4 is Every Day Is Tag Day. Is your pet tagged or microchipped? Proper ID goes a long way toward reducing the number of stray pets who never make it back to their people.
This weekend the Bally’s in Las Vegas hosts the the world’s largest educational conference for the animal care, control, rescue and emergency services field with Animal Care Expo 2009 (April 6-9).
April 15 is the last day you can nominate a child animal-welfare star for the American Humane’s Be Kind to Animals Kid Contest.
And if all of this isn’t enough—or is too much—why not get away. Take your pup for a little pampering at The Resort at Paws Up in Greenough, Montana. The weekend of April 17-18, the resort brings two of life’s biggest pleasures together with the Wine & Bitch. On the agenda? Wine tasting from dog-loving Mutt Lynch Wineries, gourmet human and dog treats, a dog parade and fashion show, and canine spa treatments.