WHEREAS, Animal World USA-International is a non-profit organization dedicated to the welfare of animals around the world; and
WHEREAS, Virginia Week for the Animals brings communities together to celebrate the individuals who work daily to help recognize the contribution of animals to our lives, and to help promote healthy interactions between animals and humans; and
WHEREAS, the week also serves to commend the therapy pets, farm animals, and military and police K9s, who provide essential services to the citizens of our Commonwealth; and
WHEREAS, in Virginia, educators, businesses, and citizens will join together to celebrate the 4th Annual Virginia Week for the Animals with a variety of educational and interactive events, festive adoption fairs, community-strengthening programs, wellness clinics, adoption days, and seminars; and
WHEREAS, Virginia Week for the Animals inspires Virginians to better provide for the animals in their care;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize August 18-26, 2018, as VIRGINIA WEEK FOR THE ANIMALS in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.