October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month

Tallulah, an 8-year-old rescued Min Pin enjoys sunning her self every chance she gets

When you think of October, you probably think of fall colours, pumpkins, and Trick-or-Treating on Halloween. But, did you know that October is also Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month?

Every year between 5 and 7 million animals end up in the shelter system across North America; more than half will be euthanized. A recent study released by the National Council on Pet Population said the primary reason people surrender their dog is due to behavioural incompatibilities with their housing or lifestyle. And while some rescue dogs will require extra effort to settle into their new digs, most shelter dogs acclimate to a loving, safe, home environment with relative ease. In fact, many people (myself included) often feel that their rescues somehow ‘know’ they’ve been spared from a perilous situation, and that gives them a deeper, more special bond with their ‘parents.’

Get Involved this October

Bring Dog-Themed Snacks to Rescue Group or Shelter Volunteers

Acknowledge the hard work and dedication of those people who volunteer at local rescue groups or shelters by dropping off some cookies or other tasty goods. Try baking bone-shaped cookies for the volunteers, and don’t forget to include a bag of actual dog-cookies for the pups in the shelter, too.

Promote October as Adopt a Shelter Dog Month on Social Media

Take to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or any other social media platform and spread the word about adopting a shelter dog. Link to local rescue groups or shelters, and even highlight particular dogs available for adoption.


Contact your local shelter or rescue group and find out what they need, and then donate. Most will benefit from a financial donation, but many times things like blankets, formula, heat lamps, pet food, litter, and first aid supplies can be a lifesaving gift.

Foster, If You Can’t Adopt

Being a foster parent is a rewarding experience. Help homeless dogs find warmth and safety while waiting for their forever home. Most rescue agencies and shelters cover the expenses of caring for fosters while they’re with you — you provide the love and the snuggles.

Adopt a Dog

After checking out a Dog-Adoption Checklist, stop by a shelter and find your dog — the ideal pup who will fit for your family, and lifestyle.

Celebrate Your New Pet With a “Gotcha-Day” Party

If you are lucky enough to adopt your new best friend this month, throw a “gotcha-day” party. Invite family and friends over to meet your new furry, and ask them to bring a donation for the rescue group or shelter where your new pet came from.

Dogs really are our best friend, and adopting a shelter dog isn’t just good for the dog, it’s good for you, too!

I adopted my dogs from a local shelter, and if you’re looking to add to your family, October is the perfect month to do so.

And if you’re not sure where to start looking for your new best friend, check out local rescue group Moggy Cat Rescue. They recently made the trek to hurricane-ravaged Texas to bring more than two dozen animals back to the Windsor-Essex area in search of their forever home.

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