Two big animal welfare organizations are encouraging people to adopt, not shop, for their next (or FIRST) family dog, with a special month-long celebration commemorating all the shelter and rescue dogs out there who are still looking for a home.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and the American Humane Association (AHA) have deemed the month of October National Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month and Adopt-a-Dog Month, respectively.
The names are slightly different, but the goal is the same — National Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month and Adopt-a-Dog Month are both about getting as many great dogs as possible into the loving homes they deserve.
It might sound obvious to anyone who has added a shelter dog to their family before, but adopting a pet is quite fulfilling.
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 canine companion.
So, if you're thinking of adding a dog (or two) to your family, what are some reasons to consider adopting a Shelter Dog?
Mathew Coulton, of Wiley Pup, offers several great reasons:
Shelter dogs know that you rescued them.
Supporting shelters means you are helping to combat animal cruelty and neglect.
Supporting shelters helps cut down on pet overpopulation.
Putting puppy mills out of business.
Save a dog’s life.
To Learn More "Astonishing Shelter Dog Facts," and Why a Shelter Dog may be right for you, Please Click Here.
In the Green Bay and surrounding areas, you can find your next furry family member by contacting these organizations:
White Paws German Shepherd Rescue (Green Bay)
Mit Liebe German Shepherd Rescue (Suamico)
Golden Retriever Rescue (West Allis)
Fluffy Dog Rescue (Milwaukee area)
Wisconsin Westie Rescue (Eau Claire)
Tailwaggers911 Dog Rescue (Grafton)
The motto of Adopt A Shelter Dog Month is: "Adopt, Don't Shop!"
When you contact the agencies and organizations listed above, please let them know that the Green Bay News Network Sent You!