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October is “Adopt a Shelter Dog” Month!

Updated: Oct 5, 2021

October is the month to adopt a new family member!

"Adopt a Shelter Dog” Month!

“The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too." -Samuel Butler

Every year in October, we turn our hearts toward the hopeful dogs waiting to find forever homes during Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, sponsored by the ASPCA. Community shelters make it a priority to match each dog with a compatible owner and environment to support the dog’s best second chance at a loving and stable forever home.

Why is it better to adopt a pet from a shelter? Not only are you saving a dog’s life when you adopt a dog from a shelter, but you are also helping to stop the cruelty often found in commercial breeding facilities, commonly called “puppy mills.” Raids on these facilities often discover female dogs in unsanitary conditions living in small cages, forced to produce litter after litter of puppies while being denied human compassion and companionship.

There are other ways, of course, to support these animal shelters as well. Share your personal story of a successful shelter dog adoption and become the catalyst that encourages other people to make room in their hearts for dogs in need. Don’t be afraid to adopt an elderly dog, either! The benefits include fewer accidents, less destructive chewing, and saving money on obedience classes. Lastly, if your home is full but your heart isn’t, consider temporarily fostering a dog. There is always a great need for people willing to provide temporary homes & pet care for dogs in transition who need to be observed before being made available for adoption.hashtag away.

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Today there are approximately 5,000 community animal shelters nationwide and perhaps as many as 10,000 when including rescue groups and animal sanctuaries in the count. Knowing there are so many places of refuge for unwanted dogs gives us hope that every dog in every shelter will be adopted into a loving, permanent home.

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