If you’re thinking about getting a dog, be a hero and consider adopting a rescue animal or a dog from your local shelter. You’ll be saving a life and greatly improving yours.
Report by Paula Antolini
October 14, 2015 11:19AM EDT
October is National Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month, Help a Shelter Today!
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What Can An Adopted Dog Bring To Your Life?
October is National Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month and there are more dogs in need than ever.
There are a million good reasons to consider adopting a dog during “National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month” in October – in fact, it’s a lot more than that. Each year, an estimated 3-4 million animals waiting in shelters for someone to give them a safe, loving home never find a hero to adopt them and, tragically, are euthanized.
If you’re thinking about getting a dog, be a hero and consider adopting a rescue animal or a dog from your local shelter. You’ll be saving a life and greatly improving yours. Dogs are amazing, supportive, and heroic companions who can make a huge difference in your world as a best friend, an exercise buddy, someone who can be trained to provide animal-assisted therapy and help those with challenges they may face, or simply be a fuzzy face to greet you after a hard day at work.
Your local shelter is the perfect place to find dogs of every type, size, age and personality — all waiting for a loving home. Or if you prefer a particular breed that isn’t currently available at a shelter, go online to find a legitimate breed-specific rescue group in need of adopters like you.
But what if you can’t adopt? Here are some easy ways you can still help:
–Donate your Facebook status. Just paste this message into the “What’s on your mind?” box at the top of your page: “October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month. Save a life: Adopt a dog!”
–Tweet, retweet and repeat the following (or your own brilliant message): “October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month.” or “Save a life: Adopt a dog!”
–Contact your local shelter or rescue group and ask if they have a donation wish list or other flyer they’d like to you to post around your office or neighborhood. They may be holding special events for Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month which you can help promote.
–Share an adoptable dog or dog-adoption Happy Tail on your blog, Facebook or Twitter (hashtag #savedogs) page each day of the month.
–Sign up as a foster parent or shelter volunteer then tell your friends how great it is. Contact your local shelter or rescue group to find out how you can help.
–Write an op-ed about the importance of pet adoption for your local paper.
–Contact your local shelter or rescue group and offer to photograph their adoptable pets and upload the pics to your social media.
–Donate to your local shelter or rescue group in honor of National Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month.
–Pass on an understanding of the importance of pet adoption to the next generation. Talk to your kids, nieces, nephews, grandchildren and other up-and-comers about animal shelters and why National Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month, and pet adoption in general, is important.
Here are more ways to celebrate National Adopt-A-Dog Month:
–Adopt from a shelter or rescue group. When you’re ready to open your heart and home to a new best friend, adopt from your local animal shelter or rescue group. Talk with shelter staff to find the perfect dog for you and your lifestyle, and remember that older dogs make excellent pets too.
–Spay or neuter your dog. Have your dog spayed or neutered, thus preventing the possibility of unexpected, and potentially unwanted, puppies. Spayed and neutered animals have been shown to lead longer, healthier lives and have fewer of certain behavioral problems than animals who have not been spayed or neutered.
–ID your pet. By putting identification on your dog, either in the form of a tag, a microchip or both, you will reduce the possibility that your pet will become one of the presumably “homeless” dogs that end up at your local shelter. Only 15-20 percent of dogs who enter a shelter are reunited with their owners. Make sure your dog is one of the fortunate few by outfitting him with proper identification!
–Support your local shelter. Show the pets at your local shelter or rescue group that you care by donating time, money or supplies like pet food, leashes, beds and toys. Call the shelter to see what supplies or services are needed most. Even the smallest effort can make a difference.