October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, and it could not have come at a more crucial time. According to the latest statistics, nearly 4 million dogs in the United States enter animal shelters annually—and up to 40% never find a home. It’s a staggering number, and it is a sobering reminder that our nation’s pet homelessness problem is very real and very tragic.
The ASPCA is determined to change that, and you can help. Here are three things you can do to celebrate Adopt a Shelter Dog Month:
1. Adopt: There are so many adorable dogs at the ASPCA Adoption Center just waiting to find a home. And—as if their cute faces aren’t incentive enough—we’re also offering reduced adoption fees all month long: $40 for dogs who weigh more than 40 pounds! If you’re not in the New York City area, use our nationwide database tool to find dogs in need of home near you.
2. Share Your Story: Have you rescued a dog? We want to hear about it! Your stories are a great way to spread the word about the joys of dog adoption, and to inspire others to bring home a furry friend of their own. Plus, you’ll be entered for the chance to win an ASPCA prize pack and have your story featured on ASPCA Parents!
3. Donate: We understand that not everyone can bring home a dog of their own. But just because you can’t adopt, doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate Adopt a Shelter Dog Month! So far this month, over 250 animal lovers have stepped up and donated to support homeless pets. We are just 147 donors shy of our goal, and we hope that you can help.
This October, we want to save more lives than ever before. If you can’t adopt, do the next best thing: Make a gift today.
It’s time to meet your match, people—your four-legged match! Once again the ASPCA is teaming up with dozens of animal shelters across the country for the third-annual ASPCA Mega Match-a-thon, presented by Subaru. This weekend (October 17-19), more than 100 animal rescues across the country are joining forces to co-host some epic adoption events. We chipped in more than $220,000 in grants, made possible by Subaru as part of our participation in the Subaru “Share the Love” event last year, to help make it happen. ASPCA supporter Swiffer is gifting shelters with its Big Green Box full of products, and adopters also will receive a coupon for a Swiffer Sweeper.
Last year’s Mega Match-a-thon saw nearly 6,000 pets adopted in just one weekend! Let’s top that number. Here’s how you can help:
As you can probably guess, we’re pretty big on shelter dogs. That’s why we’re thrilled that October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month (ASDM)!
Join us, along with co-hosts The Dodo (@dodo) and Domo (@domo), on Wednesday, October 15 from 7:00-8:00 P.M. EST to celebrate all things shelter dog during our ASDM Twitter Party and Giveaway!
This fun trivia contest will focus on famous dogs from pop culture (think Lassie and Rin Tin Tin) and we’ll be giving away prize packs every six minutes with a grand prize from Swiffer (@swiffer) and Alex and Ani (@alexandani)!
Don’t forget to RSVP here so you’ll be eligible to win prizes, and follow the hashtag #ASDMparty on Twitter to join the fun. See you there!
Meet sweet pups Caitlyn and Dermott! These best buddies, who would like to be adopted together, came to the ASPCA as part of a cruelty investigation. They’ve come a long way since their rescue and now they’re looking for a patient and caring forever family.
This playful pair is shy at first and may need a little extra space as they warm up to their new home—but with time and a lot of love, there’s nothing these two would love more than to curl up on the couch by your side! These two play well with other dogs and could even make a few canine buddies or become great friends to your resident dog.
Although Dermott is blind, we think that makes him even more special! He has adjusted very well to his condition, especially with the help of pal Caitlyn, and our Adoptions team is available to walk you through the best ways to manage his needs. We know adopting pets with special needs can be a financial commitment and time investment, but these loving pups will bring so much joy in return. Adopt Caitlyn and Dermott today!
Caitlyn and Dermott are available for adoption at the ASPCA Adoption Center. If you are interested in adopting, please call our Adoptions department in New York City at (212) 876-7700 ext. 4120. To learn more about these best friends, please visit Caitlyn and Dermott’s profile pages.
Hazel is a super-smart dog who already knows Sit and Down! She’d love to have you teach her other tricks. Hazel is very affectionate with her inner circle of human friends at the Adoption Center, and enjoys daily running exercise. She’d to best with an experienced adopter in a home with teens-and-up. Visit Hazel’s profile page to learn more.
Bonnie is a sweet and affectionate pup, especially around her favorite people! Once she gets to know you, she’ll stick by your side like glue. This special girl would love to be the center of attention and would do best in an adults-only household. Visit Bonnie’s profile to learn more.
Frieda loves everyone she meets! She is very energetic, and enjoys plenty of daily exercise. Frieda enjoys saying “hello” to polite dogs. This smart dog already knows “Sit!” We think she’d do best in a home with kids 10-and-up. Visit Frieda’s profile page to learn more.