There are a million reasons to adopt a dog during the American Humane Association’s yearly “Adopt-a-Dog Month®” this month. 3-4 million is a more accurate number–that’s how many sheltered animals are euthanized yearly because they never find someone to provide a safe and happy home.
If you’re thinking about making a dog a part of your family, consider adopting from your local shelter or rescue organization. Dogs are amazing creatures who can make a huge difference in your world–a best friend, your therapy partner, an exercise pal, even an ear to listen to your worries (though you shouldn’t expect much advice!). Adoption will save a dog’s life and more than likely improve your life.
Your local rescue organization or shelter offers dogs to meet your particular needs. You can search by type, age, special needs and personality. Better still, visit a local shelter and you just might be surprised by the animal that you connect with. If you prefer a particular breed that isn’t available at a shelter, go online to find a genuine breed-specific rescue group in need of adopters like you.
Find out what a shelter or rescue dog can bring to your life this October during Adopt-A-Dog Month. Here are some resources to get you started:
Shelters & Rescue Groups–check local organizations and stores that offer adoption days. Here are some of the national ones:
-American Humane Association
-Petco & Petsmart
Here are a few ways the AHA suggests you celebrate Adopt-A-Dog Month:
Adopt from a shelter or rescue group
Talk with shelter staff to find the perfect dog for you, your family and your lifestyle. Remember… older dogs make excellent pets, too.
Spay or neuter your dog
Prevent the possibility of unexpected, and potentially unwanted, puppies. Spayed and neutered animals have been shown to lead longer, healthier lives and have fewer behavioral problems than animals who have not been spayed or neutered. Many organizations offer reduced rate or free services for rescued dogs.
ID your pet
A tag, a microchip or both, will reduce the possibility of your pal becoming one of the presumably “homeless” dogs that end up at your local shelter. Here’s a sad statistic–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.
Support your local shelter
Donate time, money or supplies like pet food, leashes, beds and toys. Call the shelter to see what’s needed. One toy or a clean towel can make a difference.
“If you haven’t yet experienced that remarkable power of the human-animal bond, American Humane Association encourages you to consider adopting a dog and finding out just how life-changing it can be,” says Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane Association. “With so many dogs in shelters all across our country available for adoption — and many of them never finding a safe, loving, forever home — adopting a dog will make you a hero, too.”
Source: American Humane Association
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