Did you know October is Adopt-A-Dog Month? Specifically – adopt a shelter dog! Although you should consider adopting a shelter pet any and every month of the year, the October dedication is to raise awareness about the estimated 3-4 million animals in shelters waiting to be adopted by a loving person or family.
So why adopt from a shelter or rescue instead of purchasing a puppy from a breeder or pet store? For one, you’d literally be saving a life. Many shelter dogs are on death row, meaning if they’re not adopted within a certain window of time, they’ll sadly be euthanized. There are also many untrustworthy backyard breeders out there, looking to make a profit on puppies with no regard to their health and bloodlines. And you should never buy from a pet store – most puppies in pet stores come from puppy mills!
American Humane established Adopt-A-Dog Month® in October 1981 as an annual event to encourage people to save lives and enhance their own lives by adopting a dog from a shelter or rescue group. Thirty-five years later, that message is just as strong, true and important as ever, as millions of dogs in shelters await adoption every year.
Here are a few things you can do in honor of Adopt-A-Dog Month, from the American Humane website:
- When you’re ready to open your heart and home to a new best friend, adopt from a shelter or rescue group. Talk with shelter staff to find the perfect dog for you and your lifestyle, and remember that older dogs make excellent pets too.
- Have your dog spayed or neutered, thus preventing the possibility of unexpected, and potentially unwanted, puppies.
- ID your pet either in the form of a tag, a microchip, or both, you’ll reduce the possibility that your pet will become one of the presumably “homeless” dogs that end up at your local shelter.
- Support your local shelter and show those dogs that you care by donating time, money, or supplies like pet food, leashes, beds and toys. Call the shelter to see what supplies or services are needed most. Even the smallest effort can make a difference!
If you have a dog or are considering adopting a dog bring them to Animal Care Clinic for preventive health care like immunizations, flea and tick prevention, to promote healthy friends for life! Contact us today!