October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, but for those of us who are devoted to helping deserving dogs and cats, we encourage adoption EVERY month.
Each year, approximately 7.6 million animals enter shelters in the United States. Only about 35% of them are adopted. We can do better. According to InStyle Magazine, supermodel Kate Upton is one of many celebrities passionately involved in helping animals in shelters find loving homes. She and her siblings each had their own dog growing up, which she says taught them responsibility, unconditional love and gave them a lifelong dedication to helping shelter animals. Those are wonderful life lessons to pass along to our children.
BarkPost similarly posted a collection of dozens more famous people with their shelter pooches. I think it speaks volumes that these celebrities could buy any breed they want, but instead they are avid rescuers and encourage all to do the same.
Some of my most gratifying moments are seeing innocent, frightened animals set free into the arms of loving, caring humans. That is pure joy and it’s sometimes hard to tell who rescued who because the humans are as rewarded as the animals.
One of my favorites is this giant, sweet white dog named Boo. blind and deaf and left at a shelter to die. Some amazing, generous loving people showed up and she thrived, enriching their lives for many years beyond Boo’s expected life span. She participated in pageants, visited schools and taught all who met her compassion and love. I have many stories to tell like that.
This little boy was willing to dress to impress to find a home.
Celebrate this special month and beyond by supporting your local animal shelter and the many rescue groups who help them save lives. If you can’t adopt a pet right now, you can volunteer, help with supplies, or make a donation. If you are willing to open your heart to a new pet, you will, not only save a life and find an enormously grateful, loyal, smart animal, you will also save money. The Humane Society and ASPCA websites are filled with guidelines and opportunities for adopting.
Two other great resources to help you make that decision can be found on Animal Planet’s website and The Dodo (click links to access pages).These two sites can help you choose the right breed and the right shelter dog for you.
For me it is a joy and privilege to do all that I can to help those who help the animals. More on my animal rescue involvement another time. For now, let’s focus on the joy and rewards of saving a life by adopting instead of shopping!
Tell Me: Have you ever adopted a furry friend before?