ASPCA's Adopt a Shelter Dog Month in October
October is adopt a shelter dog month. Adopting a pet from the shelter can help save a life and be a rewarding experience for any family. If you live in Greenfield and you need advice on what type of pet would be good for your family, contact your veterinarian at the Greenfield Veterinary Clinic for more information.
What is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month
Held annually, adopt a shelter dog month seeks to promote the pet adoption from local shelters. Approximately three million dogs enter into shelters each year. Many of these have been abandoned or abused. Of those three million, over half are euthanized and never find their forever homes.
Who Hosts the Event?
Founded in 1866, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was the first ever humane society in North America. The group was founded on the belief that animals should be treated with love and respect at the hands of humans and should be protected under law. Headquartered in New York, the ASPCA has over two million supports worldwide, including individuals and veterinarians.
Why is it Important
Adopting from shelters is extremely important. Not only does it save the lives of the dogs inside, but humans can also benefit from the increased social activity with a new pet. Studies from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have shown that owning a dog can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. It can decrease feelings of loneliness and provide opportunities for outdoor exercise and activities.
How You Can Help
There are ways you can help promote the event aside from adopting a new pet from the shelter. Consider sharing the event on social media and encourage others to adopt from shelters. Volunteer your time at a pet adoption event to help dogs find new homes.