Create awareness and help the millions of dogs waiting for their fur-ever home. Adopt-a-Dog Month has been celebrated for 40 years by American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization and the leading first responder for animals in need. An estimated three million dogs enter animal shelters in the United States every year. October is Adopt-a-Dog Month, a time set aside to rescue dogs and give them the homes they deserve.
By adopting a shelter pet, you can become a hero, helping to build a better world for your new furry friend. If your family is ready to add a new four-legged family member, start by talking to your local animal shelter or rescue group. The employees and volunteers of shelters can help you find the dog that is the perfect fit for your family and lifestyle.
In addition to rescuing a dog, American Humane offers these other suggestions to celebrate Adopt-a-Dog Month:
Spay or neuter your dog. By taking this step, you can help reduce the number of pets entering shelters. In addition to reducing the population of homeless dogs, research shows that animals who are spayed and neutered lead longer, healthier lives and typically have fewer behavior problems than animals who are not spayed or neutered.
ID your dog. Getting your dog an identification tag or microchip reduces the changes that your dog will end up at a local shelter if she or she ever gets lost. Sadly, only 15 to 20 percent of lost dogs who enter a shelter are reunited with their owners.
Support an animal shelter. Pet rescue groups and animal shelters provide homeless animals with food, toys and a safe place to sleep. By donating your time as a volunteer, money or supplies like food, leashes, beds and toys, you can help show love to these animals while they wait to be adopted.
If you aren’t familiar with your local shelter, or want to ensure your donations will be used wisely, consider joining us in our support of the Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund (CPOPF). Each year, Evolution Dog Wash donates a percentage of our sales to CPOPF, whose mission is to grant funds to shelters and rescues throughout Colorado that are in desperate need of financial support to spay and neuter animals, microchip them and provide medical care and emergency services, all in an effort to make the shelter animals more adoptable.