With the holidays just around the corner, a lot of people entertain the idea of getting a new pet during this time of year. And while the idea of a new puppy or kitten is exciting, consider being a hero this November and rehoming a senior pet from a shelter! It’s a sad reality that these wonderful senior babies are often the last to be adopted from shelters. However, November is nation Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month and we hope, with your help, to improve the adoption rate for older pets by spreading awareness.
Be a Hero and Adopt a Dog in Need of a Forever Home!
Be a hero, and adopt a dog this month!
Dogs are our friends, companions, and often our heroes. That is why October is such a special month, it’s a chance to pay it forward to our canine friends. Since 1981, American Humane Association has encouraged animal lovers to repay the favor by adopting a dog from a local shelter or rescue group during the annual “Adopt-a-Dog-Month.” It is that time of the year again, and it’s a chance for you to be a hero and adopt a dog in need of a forever home.
Sadly, an estimated 3 to 4 million dogs wait in shelters every year hoping for the loving, forever home they deserve. And each year, approximately 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized because they have no family to take them in. In 2016 alone, 56% of dogs in U.S. shelters were euthanized. These tragic statistics could become even more harrowing given the current coronavirus crisis. Many families are struggling financially and had no choice but to relinquish their beloved family pet to a shelter, meanwhile many shelters are becoming overpopulated.
Be a hero, and adopt a dog this month!
You’ll be saving his/her life, while also providing a space at the shelter for another animal in need! These are strange times, and having a furry companion during these periods of isolation can be very positive for mental health. As well as physical health being improved from more walking and other outings with your pet. Acanine companion could be just the thing to lift spirits until life resumes normalcy. And what better time as many of us continue to work or attend school remotely.
Not ready to adopt? There are other ways you can help!
Aside from adopting a dog, there are also a few other ways to celebrate adopt a dog month: -Spay or neuter your dog It is very important to make sure your pet is spayed or neutered. This prevents the possibility of unexpected, and potentially unwanted puppies. Spayed and neutered pets have been show to lead longer, healthier lives and have fewer of certain behavioral problems than animals who have not been fixed.
-ID your pet Having proper identification for your pet is also a great way to be sure your pet is returned to you on the chance you guys get separated. Having both a microchip and i.d. tag on the collar helps ensure your pet doesn’t wind up for adoption or worse.
-Support your local shelter Show the pets at your local shelter or rescue group that you care by donating supplies, money, or even time! Most shelters or groups are always in need of extra supplies like leashes, pet food, bowls, beds and toys. Call your local shelter or rescue group to see how you can help!
This month is all about pets, big, small, furry or otherwise! There are many health benefits of owning a pet. They can increase opportunities to exercise, get outside, and socialize. Regular walking or playing with pets can decrease blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and triglyceride levels. Pets can help manage loneliness and depression by giving us companionship. Most households in the United States have at least one pet. Studies have shown that the bond between people and their pets can increase fitness, lower stress, and bring happiness to their owners. In the spirit of national pet month, here’s some things we can do to pay it forward to all those wonderful pets with or without forever homes!
Shelters and rescues would love to house every homeless animal, but unfortunately, that is just not possible due to a lack of space and resources. Animals that would otherwise be euthanized can be saved by those who are willing to take them into their homes, even if its temporary. Foster homes are also a great option for animals with special needs, nursing mothers and babies, and animals that need a quiet space to heal from injury, trauma, or illness. Fostering is an amazing and rewarding experience. You can change an animals life for the better by bringing them into your home and caring for them.
Thankfully, betting on their lives is OVER- now it's time for love and freedom, with your help!
The greyhound belongs to a family of hunting dogs called sighthounds. The slender, long legged sighthound hunts by spotting movement of a prey animal across a vast distance, then running the animal down with lightning speed. They greyhound, though, is a unique sighthound developed more for track racing than for hunting. Greyhound racing is a high-stakes, brutal industry that is fortunately being banned in more and more communities.