October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month
The ASPCA reports that every year animal shelters house an average of 3.5 million dogs at any given time. To help relieve this, October was named “Adopt A Shelter Dog” Month by the American Humane Society. Every year since, they – along with local veterinarian offices and animal shelters – host a plethora of activities and events aimed at finding forever homes for as many dogs as possible. Acres Mill Veterinary Clinic in Canton supports this effort and the people who help it along.
The History of Adopt a Shelter Dog Month
The American Humane Society started Adopt A Shelter Dog Month as an annual event in 1981. In the decades since, it has continued to promote adopting a homeless dog to enhance your life and save theirs. Today, this effort is more important than ever as the population of homeless dogs continues to increase.
The Importance of Pet Adoption
More than half of the dogs that end up in shelters end their lives in a cage, being euthanized to make room for another dog. By adopting a shelter dog, you reduce the strain on resources which in turn gives one of those dogs left behind a chance at another day to find their forever home.
Helping Beyond Pet Adoption
There are ways you can help even if you cannot adopt. They include:
- Donating time and/or money
- Raising money for your local shelter
- Get involved in the events promoted by the American Humane Society, ASPCA, and others
- Advertise with widgets, banners, and more on your website and/or blog.
- Share pictures of shelter pets on your social media accounts
- Post daily on social media with links to fundraising and adoption pages
- Tweet with the hashtags #31DaysofRescueDogs and #savedogs
- Foster dogs temporarily to lessen the strain on your local shelter
If you do adopt a shelter dog, our talented veterinarian can help you keep him or her healthy and strong. That way you give them a forever home and get a forever friend in the bargain.
Do you have other ideas about how to help? Share them with us below to join the effort.