The Humane Society of the United States is promoting this week as National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week – from November 6 to 12. The organization is encouraging pet lovers to support their local shelters and rescue groups.
The annual event was kicked off in 1996.
From the press release –
Approximately 3,500 animal shelters across the United States serve the estimated 6-8 million homeless animals who need refuge each year, and many more animals find themselves in need of the services provided by local rescue groups. These cats, dogs, and other companion animals end up in shelters and rescues through no fault of their own – their families move and can’t take them, their owner is allergic, or any other number of reasons. These are animals who will make fabulous pets if only given a chance.
“Animal shelters and rescues are great places to find your next pet, but local shelters and rescues also do so much more,” says Inga Fricke, director of sheltering and pet care issues for The HSUS. “Not only do they give homeless pets a second chance, these organizations provide other life-saving services such as investigating cruelty and neglect, reuniting lost pets with their families, teaching kids to care about animals, and providing spay/neuter services to help reduce pet overpopulation in their communities.”
National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week is a perfect opportunity for community members to become acquainted with their local shelters and recues to help homeless pets. Fricke notes that it’s never too early to learn about animal shelters, and this year, The HSUS teamed up with the PBS KIDS’ television series “Martha Speaks” to provide resources and information about supporting animal shelters, understanding and caring for pets, and responsible pet adoption.
The HSUS also offers some tips on how to get involved in helping homeless pets:
1. Adopt a pet. Find your next pet online at theshelterpetproject.org,
2. Promote pet adoption. Become a fan of the Shelter Pet Project on Facebook at facebook.com/shelterpetproject.
3. Volunteer. Helping animals at a shelter or rescue organization can be an incredibly rewarding experience. Look on local groups’ websites for opportunities or visit VolunteerMatch.org.
4. Donate funds or supplies. Shelters and rescues are often in need of towels, toys, and other supplies for the animals – and collect needed items from family, friends, and colleagues.
For more information about National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, visit humanesociety.org/sheltersrock.