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Join the Party! Celebrate Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

Monday, October 1, 2012 - 1:15pm
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October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month, and that means it’s time to celebrate all things canine and get more homeless pups into forever homes. To get the party started, we’ve prepared a special Adopt a Shelter Dog Month section on devoted to the lovable shelter pooch.

Speaking of Pet Adoption…
Earlier this year, we polled hundreds of pup parents—some who adopted from shelters, and others who purchased their puppies at pet stores—about their experiences during and after acquiring their four-legged family members. You’d think that the pet store-pup parents, who got exactly the puppy they wanted, would be happier, but that’s not the case!

Our poll showed that people who adopted a dog from a shelter were much more likely to be pleased with their experience than those who purchased a puppy from a pet store. Shelter dog adopters are also almost twice as likely, compared to pet store customers, to feel that the process by which they got their dog was honest and transparent.

Here at the ASPCA, we’ve long been convinced that shelter dogs are awesome and that adoption is way better than buying a puppy from a pet store. Now we have the data to prove it!

“The ASPCA’s research confirms that adoption really is the best option when it comes to adding a new dog to your home,” says Cori Menkin, Senior Director of the ASPCA Puppy Mills Campaign. “Most pet store puppies come from puppy mills, and we continue to urge those who are looking for a new companion to adopt a dog from a shelter instead of buying a puppy from a pet store. By doing so, you’re not only giving a shelter pup a new chance at life, but you’re also helping fight puppy mill cruelty.”

“And once you do adopt,” adds Menkin, “be sure not to buy any of your new pets’ supplies at pet stores that sell puppies!” Take the No Pet Store Puppies Pledge today.

Get Involved
There are tons of ways to get involved this October, ranging from sending a single tweet to volunteering at your local shelter. Head over to to read all about it, and remember—there are millions of wonderful, adorable dogs in our country who need homes, so please opt to adopt!

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I wasn't going to get another dog, but my daughter rescued this about 2 and a half year old intact male German Shepherd off a very busy street in a large southwest city. He had no chip, no collar, no ID tags,&no obedience training. I could not resist adopting this lovable, gentle boy. I am a sucker for GSDs. He is now, 4 years later, and many obedience trainings later, my best friend and a therapy dog as well.


I wanted to adopt my dog and ended up buying. I really support adoption and think everyone should adopt, but I ended up with the most amazing dog in the world. You just never know

Florence Thompson

I am a foster failure, I fostered my dog from a local shelter and ultimately adopted her. A little pit mix, she had been used as a bait dog and I have had her almost 9 years, she is the sweetest, smartest, best dog I've ever had. And I've had many dogs.

Mary Phillips

I just rescued a shelter dog who was a puppy mill survivor. He is a chihuahua who has had a rough life but he is the sweetest most lovable dog. He is nine years old (estimated), suffering from slight cataracts, kneecap displacement, and has no teeth but that hasn't stopped him from wiggling his way into my heart. I love him more and more every day and am grateful to the shelters for rescuing him and giving him a chance.


Three days after my husband died, I found Isabella on Petfinders. She was found on a street in Kentucky and was with a foster family. She is a Yorkie-wire haired terrier mix and weighs about 12 pounds with long legs (like me). She gives me so much love and comfort everyday, and I thank God I saw that little face in her profile and fell in love. Shelter dogs are the best companion with no diva attitudes. Her Vet says she is in excellent conidtion and it only cost me $250.00 to adopt her with her shots, spaying and a chip.


my dog came from a petstore. There were lots of reasons for this. I refuse to put my name because last time i commented on something like this I was bashed beyond belief. Not really convincing me to change my mind when you're a nazi about your beliefs and rather impolite. My dog is awesome. No health problems, no issues. He's a healthy 7 year old Shih Tzu and I'd do it again. My last dog was also a pet store dog, she was super healthy, lived to be 15 years old, which is pretty darn good for a Retriever. Both of them were super smart, well behaved, and healthy, so you can get lucky. i support adoption. I've adopted dogs in the past, but sometimes shelters don't have what your looking for (or what you need to fit in your apartment.)

Kristie Paxson

I have saved/rescued 2 dogs from puppymills and 1 dog from a high kill shelter. I love all 3.

Sally Holwerda

I adopted my shelter dog 9 1/2 years ago and he is my best friend, my protector, my beloved dog, Shiraz. He is a black Lab/chow mix who was unwanted because he was a wild young thing who hated other dogs and wouldn't walk at all nice on a leash. I got a gentle leader and he took to it right away. We still walk about 3 times a day for a mile or 2. He's got a fabulous sense of humor, is wicked smart, and is loyal and loving. He's truly unique and I'm so glad that I walked into a shelter and asked,"which one needs me the most?" and was lead to my Shiraz. Please opt to adopt! There's someone out there that needs you desperately and you will feel that love for all of it's life!

heather lawlor

I adpoted my boy from the local pound. He is a great dog. Needs some training to stop the biting and to walk nice on a leash. But other than those couple issues...He's be awesome.

Maxine Kaminsky

I recused a 9-year old Jack Russell Terrier.