Have you visited a shelter lately?

October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month! If you’ve followed our blog for any amount of time, you’ve no doubt seen how we keep coming back around to the topic of pet adoption, pet shelters, and the various opportunities throughout the year that people have to really rally around adoption programs and shelters. We’ve looked at reasons why buying pets from pet stores is often a bad idea, encouraging an unhealthy system focused on profit rather than an animal’s quality of life. Plus, we will always believe that every dog and cat deserves a forever home. With our country (and the whole world) suffering from pet overpopulation, getting dogs and cats out of shelters and into the arms of a loving family is more important than ever.

If you’re considering getting a pet, don’t go to your local mall or pet store as the first step. Instead, discover local shelters in your area and give them a call or a visit. Many shelters have monthly or even weekly adoption events where adoption fees are waived, where pets are given free shots or ID chips, and more, making it easier than ever to come home with a new furry family member. If you already have a pet, the other big thing you can contribute is simply spreading the awareness of pet adoption programs and shelter needs in your community.

Most animal shelters work under tight resource requirements, are staffed by volunteers, and often struggle to have enough food and medicine to fully tend to all the animals in their care. You can help by giving your time at the shelter itself, donating much-needed resources, or making financial contributions to a shelter. Want to go a step further? Hold a local fundraiser for your chosen shelter, rallying everyone around a common goal of seeing the shelter supported while also getting as many animals adopted as possible during the event!

There are countless ways to get involved with Adopt a Shelter Dog Month (and, of course, we aren’t ignoring adoptable cats, either). Have you adopted a pet in the past, or perhaps are planning to in the near future? What’s the situation with your local pet shelter? Have you gotten involved in any adoption or shelter care programs? Tell us your story so we¬†can share it to inspire others!

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