October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month with Oakbrook Animal Hospital
You might think October is just about pumpkins and costumes, but it’s also about the dogs! The ASPCA has declared October "Adopt a Shelter Dog Month". This month is the perfect time to highlight the number of amazing, adoptable dogs you can find in local shelters.
Here at Oakbrook Animal Hospital in Gardner, Kansas, we love dogs. Here's what you need to know about Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, and what you can do to help.
Why is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month Important?
The ASPCA was founded in 1866 and was the first humane society in North America. Their mission is to make the world a better place for animals. One way they do this is to encourage pet adoption. An estimated 3.3 million dogs enter shelters each year. These dogs need our help finding their forever homes.
Adopt a Shelter Dog Month helps get the word out to people who might not have considered adoption. Did you know that most dogs in shelters are there through no fault of their own? From purebreds to mutts, shelters have dogs of every age and breed, just waiting for the right family.
What Can I Do to Help Encourage Pet Adoption?
If you're looking to add a pet to your family, consider pet adoption first. Even if you're not ready to adopt a new pet just now, there are still some things you can do to help shelter dogs, such as:
- Post pictures of your adopted pets or adoptable shelter dogs on social media. You can use #AdoptaShelterDogMonth.
- Donate to the ASPCA or your local animal shelter.
- Volunteer or become a foster pet parent for your shelter.
- Spay or neuter your pets.
Contact Oakbrook Animal Hospital for More Information
If you decide to adopt a shelter dog, make sure to take your new pet to your veterinarian right away. Dogs and puppies should be examined by a veterinarian to make sure they're healthy and up-to-date on vaccinations. To make an appointment at Oakbrook Animal Hospital in Gardner, call (913) 884-8778.