Approximately 7.5 million companion pets enter animal shelters and rescues every year. The month of October has been designated to raise awareness for adoption in lieu of purchasing dogs from breeders or pet shops. Every year, anywhere from 3 to 4 million shelter pets await forever homes and, tragically, they never find one. If you’ve ever considered adopting a shelter dog, the month of October is a great time to do so.
The American Humane Association enacted National Adopt a Dog Month in October of 1981 and, year after year, it proves to be an effective way to promote the well being and desirability of shelter dogs. It has encouraged many people to do their part in saving lives and giving a second chance to so many abandoned, homeless pets.
How Do I Find A Shelter Dog?
- Local Animal Rescues
- Humane Societies
- Breed-Specific National Rescues
- Animal Shelters
Locate various animal rescue groups in your area by visiting PetFinder.com’s Animal Welfare Group search. Generally animal shelter listings can be found on your city’s website and Humane Society branches can be located through a simple Internet search: “(state name) humane society.” If you are seeking to adopt a specific breed of dog, you can always get in touch with a breed-specific rescue group to help you find your new furry friend; such listings can be found through the American Kennel Club Rescue Network listings.
Can’t Adopt Right Now? That’s Ok.
Adopting a dog is a big commitment and many families aren’t equipped to welcome another member. If you still want to help the cause, consider:
- Donating time, supplies or money to animal rescues or shelters
- Microchipping your dog so they don’t end up in a shelter with no way home
- Spaying or neutering your pet
- Sharing a post on social media to spread awareness about Adopt a Shelter Dog Month and link back to this blog post