Celebrating National Adopt-A-Dog Month
October marks Adopt-A-Dog Month, an awareness month started by the American Humane Society in 1981.1 Since then, the goal of this month has been to help the estimated 3 to 4 million animals waiting in shelters every year find a loving home. Approximately 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized because they have no one to take them in and shelters become critically overcrowded.2 Raising awareness for adoption can help alleviate the overcrowding and reduce the number of pets stuck in shelters.
To celebrate this effort, 143 Veterinary Services in Cohasset, Massachusetts, and non-profit animal and adoption shelter, Furget Me Not, Inc partnered for a local adoption event. There were several dog breeds and sizes available for adoption, and the event also served as a place to create awareness for the shelter’s needs and foster opportunities the local community could partake in.3
“This was a great opportunity to talk about what breeds are good for people’s lifestyles, how much of a commitment pet ownership is, and also to educate people on all the great work that our local shelters are doing each day,” said 143 Veterinary Services owner, Diana Watkins, DVM in a release.3
143 Veterinary Services opened earlier this year in March and has, since then, committed to supporting several local shelters in the area. According to the release, the very first patients at the state-of-the-art practice were rescue dogs and cats that were seeking adoption and in need of veterinary care.3
“We made a lot of really good connections and met a few potential adopters,” said Ashley Davis, executive director of Furget Me Not, Inc. “Every week we are taking in new pets in need of homes, and it’s always fun when we get to do something like this out in the community to help tell the pets story.”3