Why You Should Get A Dog
Each year during October, two large pet organizations are helping to entice people to Adopt, Not Shop for their next family dog. It is estimated around 3-4 million dogs in shelters are waiting to be adopted by a loving family to give them a safe and fur-ever loving home before they are tragically euthanized. If you are thinking about adopting a dog into your family from your local shelter (and being its’ hero), what better time than now than during:
– The American Humane: Adopt-A-Dog Month
– The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog-Month
Dogs are not just amazing and supportize animals, but are also lifelong companions who can make a major difference in your life. Your local shelter or non-profit rescue is the perfect place to start. You can find all kinds of dogs in a variety of sizes, age and personality types. If you are perhaps looking for a more specific breed of dog that may not be currently available at the shelter or rescue, there are always breed-specific rescues that may be able to help find your next family member!
According to the ASPCA, the results of an Edge Research poll suggest people who adopt a dog from a shelter are far more likely to feel good about their experience than those who purchase a pet from a pet store — something to keep in mind while searching for your next canine companion.
History of Adopt A Dog (shelter) Month
Adopt-A-Dog Month was established as a yearly event in 1981 by the American Humane. It was created to help encourage people to enrich their lives by adopting a dog from a local shelter or rescue group. Every year the message grows as more and more people adopt lovong dogs from groups or shelters instead of buying them from breed farms. But we can always do better … as each year millions of dogs wait for someone to come to their rescue.
“If you haven’t yet experienced that remarkable power of the human-animal bond, American Humane encourages you to consider adopting a dog and finding out just how life-changing it can be,” says Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane. “With so many dogs in shelters all across our country available for adoption — and many of them never finding a safe, loving, forever home — adopting a dog will make you a hero, too.”
How to Celebrate Adopt A Dog (shelter) Month
Adopt A Dog From a Shelter or Rescue:
When you have decided the time is right for you to adopt a new best friend into your home and heart, remember to Adopt and Not Shop — go to your local animal shelter or rescue group. The trained staff (or volunteers) can help answer any of your questions you may have and help you find the perfect dog for you and your lifestyle. Remember, older dogs and black dogs also make excellent and loving pets too.
Spay or Neuter Your Dog:
Help prevent the possibility of potentially unexpected (or unwanted) puppies by having your dog spayed or neutered. The other upside for having your dog spayed or neutered is it has been shown for dogs to have longer and healthier lives as well as have show fewer of certain behavioral problems than dogs that have not been spayed or neutered.
ID Your Dog:
By getting identification for your dog, either by a tag on the collar or microchipped (or better both), this will help in the possibility your dog ever becomes lost or presumably “homeless” at your local shelter. Make sure your dog is one of the fortunate ones to returen home by having them ID. Only 15-20 percent of dogs who enter a shelter are reunited with their owners.
Support Your Local Shelter:
Show the pets at your local shelter or rescue group 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. Post it on Twitter, Facebook, and any other social media you can think of using #AdoptAShelterDogMonth.
EXTRA: Cape Fear Area Rescues and Shelters
Looking for the most complete list of Cape Fear area Rescues and Shelters for Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties to adopt a dog from? Then be sure to visit our Rescues and Shelters section. Info about each one is presented as well as contact information.