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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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Ellen Eidsmo

My husband and I adopted a young dog two weeks ago, and we're so happy with her. She's a black Border Collie/Golden Retriever mix, 14 months old, and so sweet as well as smart. We've had her for such a short time and she has already totally grabbed our hearts. Even our cat likes her (sort of).

Tracy McNichols

I adopted my pitbull Rocky at the Gloucester County Animal Shelter, Cairo at the Camden County Animal Shelter and Wiggles at the Gloucester County Animal Shelter all in New Jersey. These are my pitbull babies. Just when I thought I was full, I got a call that someone was "getting rid" of their 8 month old English Bulldog, so to keep him out of the shelter all together, I agreed to foster him until a home was found. Since he fit in with the others so well, I couldn't bear to pass him off once again, so 3 years later, he's part of our pack. NOW WE ARE DEFINITELY FULL!

Ann Mintz

My husband and I have had dogs for 25 years, usually two at a time. Three of our six dogs have been adopted from shelters, three have been rescued directly from the street. Every one has been wonderful, loving, and happy and have brought infinite joy to our lives, I would never purchase a dog when millions die in shelters, mostly because they don't find homes.


All of my dogs are rescues, I have had a Bullmastiff, a Neopolitian Mastiff currently we have a Great Dane, American Bulldog and a beagle mix. As you can see some high dollor dog from a breeder but saving a life and a tax break from a non profit price less. Best dogs from a rescue barnone!


I have adopted 2 of the best dogs ever. One was a 3 year old Flat Coat Retriever and the most recent, a 3 month old Schnauzer mix pup. Both of these dogs show such love and affection. The flat coat had a day left before he was to be put down and he has been the most amazing dog since I adopted him. I feel like he knew he was saved. The pup is adorable and having her has been a new experience, but getting her from the terrible place she was, I feel like she too, knows that she is in a better place. Adoptions are great - consider it!

Dawn Streitz

I adopted two fantastic bassets! They both have tons of character, were already potty trained and fill our home with tons of smiles and love! One was adopted from the Nebraska Humane Society and the other from the basset buddies! Shelter Dogs Rule!

Rose Wajda

I adopted my two boxers from a rescue/shelter, Boxer Rebound, over four years ago. One of the big differences is that with shelters/rescues (especially Boxer Rebound), their goal is to find a forever home and so they take great care to make sure the pup(s) are a good fit for both the adoptive parent and adoptee, while retail stores have one goal, sell. I have been blessed with two of the cutest, happiest, loving dogs I could have ever dreamt of and love them to pieces. wouldn't trade them for the world!!


My husband is not an animal lover,but grudginly agreed to a family pet. He insisted that, if we "had" to have a dog, it needed to be a pure breed from a breeder. Well, one day I brought home a rescue dog.........and although we all love the dog, my husband seems to be the closest to him! The dog seemed to know that he had to win my husband over, and he is an awesome dog-------loves all people, kids, and all dogs as well. A rescue dog is the way to go! He rescued my husband for sure!

Dog Lover

I'm all for adoption and would probably adopt next time around, but I really wanted a Boston Terrier because I read up on the breed and liked everything I read. It was hard to find one from a breeder, because most were so far away and the ones around my area were 'odd'. I finally found one in my local pet store who has a very good reputation. Let me just say this dog is everything and more than I wanted. She is my love and I've never seen a more affectionate, intelligent, beautiful creature. So there can be an upside to pet stores - if its done the right way.

Elaine Dedousis

We adopted a 21/2 year old Rottweiler in 2000 from the Plainfield Area Humane Society. This Sunday he will be celebrating his 15th birthday. Trigger still runs in the back yard with his sister Emma (rescued Pitt) and his brother Rocky (rescued Pom mix). There is nothing like a rescue. You receive unconditional love and respect and lets not forget how grateful we all are to have each other.