THE 76TH national observance of Be Kind to Animals Week, proclaimed in 1914 by the American Humane Association, will be observed this Sunday through May 12.
Local observances include Sunday's at the city's Municipal Animal Shelter and one on May 11 at the S.P.C.A. on Falls Road.
On Sunday, an open house and festival from 1 to 5 p.m. will include games, exhibits, a children's pet show, tours of the shelter and animal-care presentations at the Municipal Animal Shelter, 301 Stockholm St. Local animal groups and pet-care businesses will have exhibits, demonstrations and advice. An awards ceremony at 2 p.m. will recognize several local animal advocates. The shelter is near the new stadium construction. Admission and parking is free. For details, call 396-4688.
During May, the shelter will offer reduced pet adoption fees and discount spay During May, the shelter will offer reduced pet adoption fees and discount spay and neuter certificates. May is also the month when dog license renewal begins.
Lloyd Ross, director of the city's Bureau of Animal Control, says that every Saturday in May, from 9 a.m. to noon at the shelter, rabies vaccinations will be given to dogs and cats for $4 per pet. ''There will be no rabies clinics at community sites this spring,'' he says. For details, call 396-4688.
* The Maryland Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will present its 12th annual Animal Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Society, 3300 Falls Road. The mounted police and their horses and the Baltimore City K-9 police and their dogs will be on hand. Exhibits and demonstrations by organizations such as the Maryland Feline Society, Maryland Wildlife and Pets on Wheels plus dog obedience demonstrations and sheep shearing can be seen. Pony rides, face painting, food and refreshments and the Oriole Bird are also included. The shelter and the historic mansion Evergreen on the Falls will be open for tours. Admission and parking is free. Details: 235-8826.
* The Humane Society of Baltimore County at 1601 Nicodemus Road, Reisterstown, asks that those who want to help the society and homeless animals clip the star markers, can labels or Homer Symbols found on all Gaines and Ken-L-Ration products then send them to the shelter to be redeemed for cash for homeless animals. Details: Kate Pullen, 833-8848.
* In reference to being kind to pets, Joe Cray, owner of the Pet Peddlers shop in Catonsville, speaks out for goldfish. ''I am opposed to the local goldfish toss often held at fairs where children toss a ping-pong ball at a bowl of goldfish and if their ball drops in they win a fish. Often these winners carry the fish all day in a small bag and when they get home their parents may not want it or there isn't a bowl or information on how to keep it. So, the fish is sometimes thrown away. The whole thing is cruel,'' says Cray, who will no longer sell his goldfish for this purpose. He suggests an alternative. ''Give the child a certificate for a fish he can redeem with his family later and get good advice on keeping fish,'' he says. For any further discussion of this, call Cray at 744-2222.