National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week

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“I care not much for a man’s religion whose dog and cat are not the better for it.” ~ Abraham Lincoln

National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week
In 1996, The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) launched National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week. This campaign was designed to acknowledge and promote the invaluable role shelters play in their communities and to increase public awareness of animal welfare issues and shelter services.

During this important national observance─held the first week of every November─the HSUS celebrates animal shelters across the country through media and public outreach. It’s a great chance to recognize these shelters for the many ways they help animals and people alike─often on very limited funds. Services include controlling dogs running wild, rescuing injured animals, returning lost pets to their families, and securing safe, permanent homes for animals of all ages.

Animal shelter workers also offer personal guidance to help their communities with a host of animal-related concerns, from dealing with wildlife issues to helping with pet behavior questions. Did you know that according to HSUS, there are approximately 3,500 animal shelters across the country that care for the estimated 6-8 million homeless animals in need of refuge each year?

Local animal rescue groups provide services, care and adoption opportunities for the many innocent cats, dogs and other companion animals that find themselves homeless through no fault of their own. They may be abandoned because of an allergic family member, a housing relocation, financial hardship, or a new baby on the way. These animals need a second chance at a loving home. Why not get involved on their behalf? For example:

  • Donate money or supplies to your local shelter. Encourage family/friends to help too.
  • Volunteer your time caring for animals at the shelter. You can help refresh cages, walk dogs, visit with cats, or assist with special events/fundraisers. Donate a portion of your business proceeds to your local shelter.
  • Be on the watch for signs of animal cruelty/neglect and promptly report it.
  • Talk with friends, family and neighbors about responsible pet care, including spaying and neutering.
  • Promote adoption. Select your next pet from your local shelter or rescue group.
  • For more reasons to lend a hand─and a heart─to a local shelter, go to:

Like us, companion animals need─and deserve─a safe and loving home. Thanks for caring.

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One Comment for “National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week”

  • Thank you so much for sharing these great tips! National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week is a great time to remind people of all the ways that they can help their local shelters and rescues year-round!

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