National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month is celebrated on October 1 every year. He reminds people that there are animals in shelters that need family, care and affection. After all, who but us can help?
The trend to celebrate the holiday is believed to have originated in Philadelphia in 1869. A small group of activists created the “Women’s Humane Society”, which promotes the humane treatment of carriage horses. Unfortunately, animals were perceived as labor force and were often treated with particular cruelty.
Later, the society turned its attention to the problems of small animals and created the first shelter where lost and abandoned dogs found a new home. Many of them were returned to their owners. In 1909, a dispensary was opened, where people brought their four-legged friends for treatment. The noble work continues to this day. There are more than 5000 shelters in the US alone that give animals hope for a brighter future.
Some amazing moments:
- according to statistics, more than half of the animals from the shelter are attached to families. Despite this, the number of abandoned animals is only getting bigger;
- most often, animals are not brought to the shelter – they are found by volunteers;
- you can come to many establishments to communicate with animals, take a walk with them and treat them with treats;
- the most common myth is that there are only unbalanced and problematic animals in shelters;
- 90% of volunteers are women.
How to celebrate
If you feel that you can give a happy family to an animal, visit the shelter and take a friend home with you. They are special, gratitude will be manifested by boundless loyalty to the owner. It is better to take an adult dog, puppies are attached more often. If you can’t take your pet home, come to the shelter more often, help volunteers, look for owners, spread information on social networks so that every fluffy creature finds its own home!
When is National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month in 2022?
National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month is observed on October 1 each year.