October is known as Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month—a month dedicated to increasing awareness of the millions of shelter dogs looking for homes across the country. To celebrate Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month, the Dumb Friends League is offering 50 percent off the adoption fee for all adult dogs, 1 year and older, October 2 – October 4. Dogs like Lucian, a 6-year-old Siberian Husky mix, and Tinkerbell, a 4-year-old Chihuahua are patiently waiting for that special someone to give them a second chance, hoping for a home to call their own.
“We have so many wonderful, unique dogs available for adoption,” said Kristin Elliott, customer care manager at the Dumb Friends League. “By adopting a homeless dog, you’re not only providing a loving home to a grateful pet, you’re also allowing us to care for even more homeless animals that come to us every day.”
Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month is also a time to debunk a number of misconceptions about shelter pets. For example, many people think that dogs are brought to shelters because they did something “wrong.” That typically isn’t true. The Dumb Friends League says the majority of the pets in their care are surrendered due to “people reasons,” like having to move, allergies, or a lack of time or money to care for a pet.
For the few dogs that need a little extra TLC, the Dumb Friends League provides pre-adoption training programs to help them become better candidates for adoption. For example, Head Start teaches good behavior to young adult dogs, and Canine Courage is specifically geared toward helping timid dogs. The League also offers free behavior advice through its Pet Behavior Helpline to all dog owners—whether or not they were adopted from the Dumb Friends League—in order to keep people and pets living happily together.
If you’re looking for your next best furry friend, we encourage you to choose the adoption option. If you’re not in a position to adopt, you can still make a difference for homeless pets by making a donation, volunteering or fostering an animal in need at the Dumb Friends League.
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