Monday, November 7, 2011

National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week

The Humane Society of the United States

The first week full week of November is National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, an annual event that was launched by the Humane Society of the United States in 1996.

The celebration is designed not only to spotlight shelters and rescues across the country, but also to increase awareness of animal welfare issues. I'm happy to have the opportunity to participate in this special week, as both my dog Clancy and my cat Nate were rescues.

The HSUS site lists special events every day this week to help spread the word about animals currently waiting in shelters for their forever homes. Today's focus is on the Shelter Pet Project, a fun site that collaborates with Petfinder.com to help pet lovers find adoptable dogs and cats. 

If you're interested in finding shelter pets in your area, all you have to do is click here, and enter your zip code and whether you are looking for a dog or a cat. If you want to do an advanced search, you can limit your criteria by age, sex, breed, and size. It couldn't be easier, and just one search will introduce you to loads of lovable furry friends who want nothing more than to be part of your family.

Visit the National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week site here to learn other ways to help homeless animals and spread the word about this important week. In addition to helping shelter pets across the county, you may just find a new best friend of your own.

The Humane Society of the United States

16 comments:

  1. Breaks my heart to think of all those animals sitting in shelters. I'm often tempted to volunteer at our shelter, but I just know I'd come home with armloads of animals. I'm a sucker for big brown eyes.

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  2. What a great cause to highlight! All of my animals have come from shelters. They make the best pets.

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  3. That is such a great post. It is so important to get the word out about shelters. I like this post a lot. We sure hope people will go to the shelters when looking for a great cat or dog.

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  4. Our cats both came from a shelter, but I don't think we rescued them. I think they rescued US. Can't imagine not having them in our lives.

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  5. A MOST WORTHY cause my friend! Awareness brings education, which brings about change and hopefully brings about homes.

    I'm not allowed in shelters, I tend to bring too much home. :)
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

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  6. I have to cats that are rescues. They are the best cats! So good with our kids. Great spotlight. :)

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  7. @LG, I agree, I once volunteered at a shelter and I found it too depressing. I wanted to take home every animal I saw! I admire those who are able to do it.

    @Julie, I agree! :)

    @Marg, thanks, and I agree, I was glad to have a chance to help get the word out.

    @Caren, you're welcome, thanks to you too!

    @Susan, great way to put it, I agree 100% about my pets.

    @Jules, thanks! And I think I should probably be banned from shelters as well.

    @Nisa, thanks! Aww, I bet your cats are adorable. :)

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  8. I didn't know they did that. What a good idea. Thank you for filling us in, Julie. :)

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  9. I wish more people would adopt these wonderful pets. We got two kitties from the shelter too and they are the sweetest!

    nutschell
    www.thewritingnut.com

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  10. This is such a worthwhile cause. I hope that more people will take advantage of this great opportunity to open their homes to these extraordinary pets. Julie

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  11. @Michelle, you're welcome. I was really glad to learn about it myself.

    @nutschell, I agree, my kitty came from the shelter too and he's a doll. I wish I could adopt more!

    @Julie, I hope so too, fingers crossed! :)

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  12. It was pet adoption day at PetSmart again. Sigh. Almost brought home brothers and sisters for my girls. They'd beat me up if I did, so I stayed strong. It helped to see other families adopting the dogs and cats.

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  13. @Mary, oh, I have to stay away from Petsmart when they have the adoption days, it's so hard not to take all of the cuties home. LOL about your cats beating you up LOL. That's how my old cat reacted when I adopted Nate, he never forgave me.

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  14. We rescued my dog from a shelter and he was SO ill we didn't think he would make it. This is such a great cause because their funds are so limited.

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  15. @Ciara, oh, I'm sorry your dog was so sick. I hope he ended up okay. The shelters really are so limited with money, it's a shame.

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