3 Ways to Celebrate Adopt a Shelter Dog Month
October might be best known for pumpkin spice and spooky scares, but it’s also Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. And this year, the ASPCA (the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) is launching the Find Your Fido campaign—in partnership with The Dodo and Nylabone—to bring attention to the 3.3 million shelter dogs across America.
Throughout the month, Fido, the ASPCA’s shelter dog ambassador will be showing up across the nation to increase awareness of the benefits of adopting a shelter pet. Fido’s journey will be documented by his virtual fosters, who will be sharing photos on social media and on the ASPCA Find Your Fido website.
“Although great progress has been made to increase animal adoption across the country, there are still millions of dogs waiting each year for safe and loving homes,” said Matt Bershadker, President and CEO of the ASPCA. “Fido represents them all, and we hope his presence will inspire people to adopt and foster pets, spread awareness, and celebrate how much adoptions benefit both pets and their owners.”
Here are a few ways you can get involved in Adopt a Shelter Dog Month and the Fido Your Fido campaign:
Help spread the word by posting pictures of your customers' furry companions or shelter dogs on your store's Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts with the hashtag #FindYourFido. You can also use the ASPCA’s Fido photo filter.
2. Host an Adoption Event
If you aren't already, consider hosting adoption events in your store this month. To find a shelter partner in your area, check out this online database.
If you don’t have the resources to adopt a pet now, you can still show your support for shelter animals by making a gift to the ASPCA or your local shelter. Your donations will help finance rescues and connect homeless animals with new, loving homes.