Rescue dogs make a great pet any time of year, but during each October shelters and animal lovers observe Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog-Month, a month-long endeavor to celebrate shelter dogs and promote adoption. What better time than now to march down to your local shelter and take home a canine in need? A new dog can greatly improve your life by:
* helping you get outside and exercise
* providing companionship for you and your family
* improving your mood
But if you can’t take in an animal, don’t worry — there are ways you can still help!
Get in touch with your local animal shelter to see if they need help with upcoming adoption events. You can also help out by walking dogs that are available for adoption or even offering to foster a dog in your home.
MAKE A DONATION
If you don’t have time to volunteer you can help out by making a donation to your local animal shelter or a rescue group in your area. You can make a monetary donation that provides shelters with funding for supplies and other expenses, or ask if they need food, beds, blankets, toys or other dog supplies.
Talk to people you know about the advantages of adopting a dog from a shelter rather than purchasing one, such as reducing pet overpopulation and providing an animal in need with a loving home. You can also write a letter to the editor for your local newspaper to help educate your community about the importance of pet adoption.
When you help support Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month, you’re giving these dogs a better chance at ending up in a great home with people who will take good care of them.