This week I would like to discuss Be Kind to Animals Week. Since 1915, the first full week in May has had special meaning for animals and animal lovers throughout America.

This week is designated by the American Humane Association as Be Kind to Animals Week, a special time serving most effectively as a national spotlight on all kinds of animal-care issues.Be Kind to Animals Week serves as an annual reminder for everyone to think about how important our furry friends are to us. How much true pleasure and joy they bring, and how important it is to give them the care and kindness they deserve.

BKA week begins May 5 with the observance of Humane Sunday, a day when clergymen are asked to offer special sermons on the importance of treating animals with kindness and compassion.

To end BKA week, Salt Lake County Animal Services will sponsor an open house at the animal shelter, 511 W. 3900 South on May 11 from noon to 4 p.m. Kids and adults can enjoy shelter tours, dog shows, hot dogs, hamburgers, educational films and a demonstration by the Rocky Mountain Search and Rescue team's search dogs.

There are many different activities sponsored by animal welfare organizations throughout the week. Look for these activities in your newspaper or contact your local animal shelter, humane society or call me at 264-2247 and get involved in helping animals.

We at Salt Lake County Animal Services would like to remind pet owners that kindness and care toward animals is an everyday, every week, every year commitment, beginning with everyday pet care, yearly vaccinations, sterilization, licensing and identification, abiding by the law and "simple" love and attention. All of these and more contribute to the kindness and protection of pets throughout the world.

- If you have a question about health, behavior problems, laws, etc., regarding wild or domestic animals, please write Leslie Kelson-Probert, Salt Lake County Animal Services, 511 W. 3900 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84123 or call her at 264-2247.