The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is encouraging animal lovers to thank their local animal shelters and the dedicated people who work to protect the homeless animals, November 6-12.
Approximately 3,500 animal shelters across the United States serve the estimated seven million homeless animals that seek refuge each year, but only about half are adopted. Although 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 you and your family to become aware of your local animal shelters that help the homeless pets in your community.
Suggestions of how you can help during the week:
- Sunday: Search out your local shelter. Because Sunday was yesterday, below are a few New Jersey shelters that may be close to you: Monmouth County SPCA, Eleventh Hour Resuce, Wag On Inn Rescue, Liberty Humane Society, Sheryl’s Den and The Last Rescue Resort.
- Monday: Make plans to adopt. Visit Shelter Pet Project website for helpful tips of what to expect before bringing home that adorable pet.
- Tuesday: Say thank you. Send a quick e-mail, make a call or stop by your local shelter or rescue to thank the people who take care for the homeless animals in your community. If you have an adopted a pet, send the organization an updated picture to show how wonderfully well your pet is doing.
- Wednesday: Spread the word. You can use social media sites such as Facebook and twitter to pass along the available pets for adoption.
- Thursday: Donate things (money is not the only thing they need). Most shelters provide a wish list of needed items. Contact your local shelter if you cannot find the list.
- Friday: Find a way to volunteer. If you cannot adopt, you can reach out to make life better for homeless animals in your community by volunteering with your local shelter or rescue organization.
- Saturday: Spend time explaining to your children how to become involved. The HSUS has partnered with PBS KIDS’ television series “Martha Speaks” to provide information for children. Also check out the list provided by the HSUS of activities youngsters can take part to help pets in their community.
- Extra: Make an example of your own pets. Be certain your pets have proper identification on at all times and have all of your pets spayed and neutered.
- Bonus: Bring on the (celebration) bling. Holiday shopping is just getting started. What is better than a gift that keeps on giving? Browse the collection of products that celebrate rescue and adoption from the HSUS.