May - Animal Guardian Month
May is "Animal Guardian Month," an annual event held since 2003 dedicated to honoring and serving our animal companions. Animal Guardian Month was part of a campaign begun in 1999, which urges use of the term "guardian" rather than "owner" when we speak about animals. According to IDA (In Defense of Animals) President Dr. Elliot M. Katz, "It is time to see and treat the animals who share our lives as more than mere commodities, property and things."
This grassroots movement grew out of a collective national desire to recognize animals as individual sentient beings and to thus modify the language we use to describe our relationship with them.