Animal welfare groups across the country, including many of the local rescue organizations and animal shelters in my community, celebrate the joy of dog adoption this month. October is recognized as national Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month and offers a wonderful opportunity to give a dog a new, loving home.
Promoted by the American Humane Association and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month brings greater awareness to the plight of homeless dogs throughout our nation. Animal welfare organizations estimate nearly that three to four million dogs and cats enter shelters across the United States annually; nearly half are killed. Adoption saves lives.
If you are considering adding a dog to your household, this is a good time to do so! Dogs are loyal and loving, providing that special ‘sidekick’ for life’s journey. Many dogs enjoy riding in the car, going for walks and hikes, and simply being a part of a family; therefore, they make wonderful companions. And remember the great health benefits dogs can provide: reducing stress and blood pressure and uplifting our moods, among others.
Whether you are single, married, have children, or are retired, there’s a dog to fit every lifestyle. Of course, you need to find the RIGHT dog, and that’s one of the services animal shelters, rescue organizations, and humane societies provide. The staff and volunteers who spend time with the animals know their personalities and may often know the dog’s background; therefore, these groups offer a tremendous service for those hoping to add a dog to their life.
Consider being a superhero today: save a life of and bring home your own special sidekick! Adopt a dog in October during national Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month. And even if you can’t adopt a pet, there are many things you can do to show kindness and compassion: support your local pet rescue and shelter organizations with donations not just of money, but also of dog toys, treats, food and even your time. Volunteers are vital to animal rescue organizations and the simple act of walking and socializing a dog can help alleviate a shelter dog's loneliness and help it find a home sooner
Dogs need people – they need our care, compassion, time, and attention. Be a Super Hero this month!
Gayle M. Irwin is a writer and public relations professional who volunteers with various animal rescue groups. She enjoys sharing her books and her passion for pets and the environment with others.