Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Pets in the News

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

CNMI celebrates its first Ever Pet Week
By Marconi Calindas

Pets take the spotlight this week, with the proclamation of May 6-12 as CNMI Pet Week. This is the first time this occasion is being celebrated here in the Commonwealth.

The Saipan Mayor's Office gathered yesterday morning some of the islands' animal welfare advocates to witness the proclamation signing. Saipan Mayor Juan B. Tudela led the proclamation signing, assisted by Pet Assistance and Welfare Services and Beautify CNMI! committee chair Katie Busenkell and Department of Lands and Natural Resources Secretary Ignacio Dela Cruz.

Tudela said the celebration recognizes all pet lovers and their pets, to include not just dogs but also cats, horses, goats, and other animals.

“Do you know that pets also enrich your lives with many health benefits? They provide companionship that helps to overcome stress and worries. They are also important in providing us with opportunities for exercise and outdoor activities,” said Tudela.

Beautify CNMI! Restoration Committee chair and Mariana Islands Nature Alliance director Angelo Villagomez, USDA's Ken Kramer, PAWS president Mike Pai, and three of the five 2007 Liberation Day Queen candidates witnessed the proclamation signing.

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