Recent studies show that individuals who adopt pets are happier with the overall experience when compared to shoppers. Adopters are more likely to feel as if bringing a dog into their home was a positive choice, and the process in which they got their pet was honest and transparent. Anyone can contribute to Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month - here as some ways you can get involved:
• Adopt, Don’t Shop. Visit your local shelter or rescue organization and give a lucky dog a loving home. Buying a puppy can mean that you are supporting cruel puppy mills, and risk bringing home an unhealthy pet.
• Join the Live Stream. Join the ASPCA in a live stream event on October 30 from 7 to 8 p.m. EST. Veterinarians and behaviorists will be answering your pet and adoption questions, and there will be special adoptables Halloween costume contest, in which fans can tune in and vote for their favorites.
• Spread the Word. Find an adoptable animal at a shelter near you, and help them find a home by sending a Tweet, posting a Facebook status, posting an Instagram photo, and pinning on Pinterest.
• Take the Pledge. Join the more than 100,000 people who have already taken the “No Pet Store Puppies” pledge to help fight puppy mill cruelty by refusing to buy anything—including food, supplies or toys—at pet stores and on websites that sell puppies.
• Get Active for Animals. Volunteering at your local shelter is a great way to make a difference in the lives of shelter dogs.
To learn more about Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month, and find shelter dogs who are available for adoption, visit www.aspca.org/ASDM. To learn more about the ASPCA’s No Pet Store Puppies campaign and to sign the pledge, visit www.nopetstorepuppies.com.