Each year, The Humane Society of the United States celebrates National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week during the first full week of November as a way to honor animal shelters and the dedicated people who work to protect animals.
“Animal shelters are vital resources for their communities,” said Inga Fricke, director of Sheltering Initiatives for The HSUS. “A shelter is a safe haven for animals, and a great place to adopt a new family pet. Shelters also provide critical services like 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.”
There are approximately 3,500 animal shelters across the United States, available to serve the estimated 6-8 million homeless animals who seek refuge each year, but only about half are adopted. While 63 percent of American households include pets, fewer than 20 percent of them were adopted from shelters.
National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week is a perfect opportunity for community members to become acquainted with their local shelter and to help homeless pets. Here are a few ways to get involved:
• Adopt a pet. Adoptable pets available at the local shelter are online at theshelterpetproject.org.
• Become a fan on Facebook.
• Volunteer. Helping animals at the shelter can be an incredibly rewarding experience.
• Donate supplies. Shelters are often in need of towels, toys, and other supplies for the animals – and collect needed items from family, friends and colleagues.
• Share a downloadableweb banner.