National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month – October

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The month of October is National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, we dedicate ourselves to finding forever homes for as many dogs as possible.

Two big animal welfare organizations have decided to dedicate this month to all the homeless and shelter dogs. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) naming this month National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, and the American Humane Association (AHA) naming this month “Adopt a Dog Month”. Similar names, one big unique goal.

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About National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

This is a very informative and factual blog post. Dogs are one of the world’s most abused animals, many of whom are needlessly euthanized in shelters every day. These shelter dogs only want one thing: a forever home. National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month is a perfect time to find that new best friend!

brown white and black puppy in a cage at an animal shelter looking sad

Take a previously neglected canine home this adopt a dog month and give them a chance at life!

If you’re considering adding an animal to your family, don’t forget to stop by your local animal shelter for some of the cutest animals in town! The ASPCA estimates that around 7 million animals are euthanized each year in shelters due to a lack of resources and homes. Some animals are even euthanized due to “overpopulation”.

It doesn’t matter if the animal you are considering adopting is a puppy, kitten, or even an adult dog. Any shelter is good for your health and well-being. All pets deserve to have their basic needs met and lots of love expressed. These people need that extra special love and attention that can only be expressed by a family member.

These people need that extra special love and attention that can only be expressed by a family member. Adopting an animal from a shelter can help provide a lifetime of love and happiness for yourself and your family.

black puppy with a purple camo bandana adopted by a brown haired woman in a green jersey

If you are trying to decide which pet to adopt, consider checking out the ASPCA’s adopt a dog initiatives. You’ll find that the animals there all have their own individual personalities! If it’s possible, adopt two or more pets so they can be best friends! Pets are great stress relievers too since they usually don’t require lots of attention as humans do.

By the testimonies of many people that have adopted their pets, we can say that the feeling and the experience is very different than when you purchase your companion from a pet store or a breeder. The unique emotion you get when you’re saving a life is incomparable.

How Much Does it Cost to Adopt a Dog From a Shelter?

The cost of adopting a dog from a shelter can vary depending on the shelter and location. However, adoption fees typically range from $50 to $300, with an average cost of around $150.

The adoption fee usually covers the costs associated with caring for the dog, such as spaying or neutering, vaccinations, microchipping, and any medical treatment needed. Some shelters may also provide a free initial vet visit and a starter kit that includes food, toys, and other supplies.

It’s worth noting that some shelters may have additional fees for specific breeds or for puppies. Additionally, some shelters may require a home visit or background check before allowing you to adopt a dog.

Overall, adopting a dog from a shelter is often more affordable than purchasing a dog from a breeder or pet store, and it also helps to support a good cause by providing a loving home to a dog in need.

Why You Should Adopt a Shelter Animal

Adopting a shelter animal is a wonderful way to bring a new pet into your home while also supporting a great cause. Here are some reasons why you should consider adopting a shelter animal:

  1. You’ll save a life: When you adopt a shelter animal, you’re providing a second chance for a pet that may have been abandoned or surrendered by their previous owner. By adopting, you’re helping to save a life and providing a loving home for a pet in need.
  2. You’ll support a good cause: Many animal shelters are non-profit organizations that rely on donations and adoption fees to keep their doors open. By adopting a shelter animal, you’re supporting a good cause and helping to fund the care of other animals in need.
  3. You’ll get a great companion: Shelter animals come in all shapes, sizes, and personalities. By adopting, you’re sure to find a pet that’s a perfect fit for your lifestyle and personality. Many shelter animals are already house-trained and may have received basic training, making the transition to a new home easier.
  4. You’ll save money: Adopting a shelter animal is often more affordable than purchasing a pet from a breeder or pet store. Many shelters also provide basic veterinary care and vaccinations as part of the adoption fee, which can save you money in the long run.
  5. You’ll help reduce pet overpopulation: Adopting a shelter animal helps to reduce the number of pets in shelters and rescues, which in turn helps to reduce pet overpopulation. By adopting, you’re also supporting spaying and neutering programs that help to control the pet population.
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How to Celebrate National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

Throughout the United States, people will observe October adopt a shelter dog month, where mass adoption events will occur. If you’re not in a position to adopt at the moment, you can help these dogs in many other ways. You can contact the local shelter in your area and ask if they need an extra pair of hands during these events.

If you can, you can also help by donating food for the dogs. One way of helping is using your time on social media to promote some of the cute faces at the shelters that are ready for adoption and try to find them a forever home among your friends.

Organizing a fundraiser in your community will be much appreciated and will help many dogs get on their paws and run into the arms of their new families.

Having a dog is a wonderful experience. But, remember to always choose your next canine companion according to your lifestyle (high or low energy dog, big, medium, or small breed) and your finances. Always keep in mind that dogs do get sick or in accidents sometimes. Consider pet insurance or an emergency fund at all times.

Adopt responsibly 🙂

Happy National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month!

If you liked this article, read “Considering Dog Adoption Responsibly” on our blog.