Homer Animal Friends and the Homer Animal Shelter and the American Humane Association Celebrate the 98th Annual Be Kind to Animals Week. “So many animals. So many ways to be kind! That’s the inspiring theme of this year’s Be Kind to Animals Week, an annual event started by the American Humane Association in 1915 to encourage compassion towards animals. Every year, animal shelters throughout the country hold special events during Be Kind to Animals Week to raise awareness about animals in our homes and communities and to celebrate the unique bond between humans and animals.