Schaumburg, IL – “Save a Life-Adopt a Pet” is the simple but important messages that the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) will be promoting during National Pet Week 2011, May 1-7.
“The AVMA wants to encourage everyone this year on National Pet Week to think about the role that a new pet could play in your lives. By opening your home to a new animal, you’ll be saving an animal’s life while enriching your own life in innumerable ways,” explains Dr. Larry Kornegay, president of the AVMA. “This year we’ve posted a video on Youtube, AVMAtv and also the AVMA Media Library with some excellent tips and information that potential pet owners should consider before adopting a pet.”
National Pet Week is a celebration of pets that goes back three decades. This year, veterinarians across the country will be using the event to educate the public—including children—that pet adoption does save lives. The theme is particularly appropriate during the spring, when many shelters see an added influx of animals in need of homes.
The AVMA, founded in 1863, is one of the oldest and largest veterinary medical organizations in the world. More than 81,500 member veterinarians worldwide are engaged in a wide variety of professional activities.