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Here are a variety of ways to celebrate Adopt a Dog Month:
Adopt from a shelter or rescue group
When you’re ready to open your heart and home to a new best friend, adopt your local animal shelter or rescue group. Chat with shelter staff to find the perfect dog for you and your lifestyle, and remember that older dogs are great pets too.
Neuter or neuter your dog
Spay or neuter your dog, thus avoiding the possibility of unexpected and potentially unwanted puppies. Spayed and neutered animals have been shown to lead longer, healthier lives and exhibit fewer certain behavioral problems than animals that have not been spayed or neutered.
Identify your animal
By putting some ID on your dog, whether in the form of a tag, microchip or both, you will reduce the possibility of your pet becoming one of the most likely “homeless” dogs. that end up at your local shelter. Only 15-20% of dogs that enter a shelter are reunited with their owners. Make sure your dog is one of the lucky few by providing him with proper ID!
Support your local shelter
Show the animals in your shelter or local rescue group that you care by donating time, money, or supplies like pet food, leashes, beds, and toys. Call the shelter to see what supplies or services are most needed. Even the slightest effort can make a difference.
Consider adopting an older dog
There is a great need to provide safe and loving homes for the thousands of elderly animals who are often most at risk in animal shelters. Each year, around 670,000 dogs are euthanized in shelters across the country. Many potential pet enthusiasts overlook older pets – but there are so many reasons dogs over the age of 6 or 7 make ideal furry family members and friends: They tend to be less rowdy than young dogs; they are often already trained at home; they are ideal for people with a busy lifestyle; they are very grateful for a second chance and will give you a lot of love and thanks. “Senior dogs who are adopted from shelters just might be the most grateful dogs on the planet,” says TODAY.com writer Laura Coffey, author of “My Old Dog: Rescued Pets with Remarkable Second Acts.” “And don’t let their age fool you! It’s amazing how much these dogs still have to offer and teach us.
“There are so many animals, young and old, who need a loving home forever during this global crisis,” says Dr. Robin ganzert, President and CEO of American Humane. “Join us in our effort to adopt as many beautiful, loving pets as possible. You will not only save a life, you will improve yours! ”
About American Humane
American Humane is the country’s first national humanitarian organization, founded in 1877. To learn more, visit our website www.americanhumane.org and follow American Humane on Facebook, Twitterand Instagram.
SOURCE American Humane