October: Animal Health Celebration Month
Each year the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) promotes 1 week in October as ‘Animal Health Week’. Every year there is a different theme, but the emphasis is on the awareness on how animal health and welfare is important to us in many areas of our lives. The Human- Animal bond’s significance is becoming more and more apparent to industry, government and health organizations. We expand this awareness at Beechwood A.H. to include the whole month of October. People that have pets generally are healthier due to companionship and increased physical activity. There are programs like the ‘Brightening Lives’ program through the humane societies, to bring pets on visitations to senior homes, hospitals and specially challenged groups for their psychological benefit to people. There is an increasingly prominent emphasis on animal welfare in more and more groups, which is getting, thank goodness, popularity.