You may know October as the month of Halloween, pumpkins, and apple cider. But it gets even better than that– what you may not know is that October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month. Shelter dogs can be loving, wonderful pets; no matter what they’ve been through, they have a chance at a new beginning by way of adoption. Adopting/rescuing a shelter dog often means that you are saving an innocent life. Puppies from breeders will always find homes, but it’s the neglected dogs waiting in shelters that need homes, otherwise they might be put down. If you’re as passionate about shelter dogs as we are at Bark at the Moon, check out these five tips to make the most of Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month.
ADOPT. If you’re looking to expand your furry family, there is no better time to do it than during October. Adopting a shelter pup saves a life, and is often much cheaper than buying from a breeder. Visit your local shelter or rescue to meet these pups– you’re sure to make a connection.
DONATE. If you’re not in a place to adopt a shelter dog, you can still help out by donating money, blankets, toys, and food to your local shelter. Any of these gifts will improve the quality of life of those waiting for a forever home.
VOLUNTEER. How else can you better spend your free time than taking care of shelter dogs? Many shelters welcome volunteers to feed the dogs, play with them, and take them on walks. You might even end up making a furry friend and deciding to take them home.
SHARE. The easiest thing you can do is promote the message of Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month on social media. Simply posting “October is Adopt A Shelter Dog Month!” with a link to Petfinder, or other rescue sites, can spread the message to hundreds of people. Before you know it, someone could be encouraged by your post to save a shelter dog’s life.
POST. Another simple solution is to post a pic of your own shelter pup, with the message of Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month. There are many stigmas that shelter dogs are wild, disobedient, or unloving animals; by sharing the compassion of your own shelter pup, you are helping to shed a more positive light on neglected animals.
Another effective way to spread awareness is to share this post to your social media– No step is too small in the journey to empty shelters across America!