October may be dominated by falling leaves and Halloween, but it’s also Adopt a Shelter Dog Month.
Across the country, shelter dogs are looking for warm homes with owners who can provide loving care.
It’s not only the pups that need help: Many shelters are severely underfunded and lack the resources to best provide much-needed services while the animals wait to be adopted.
Contrary to popular assumption, national animal organizations give little – if any – support to local shelters. For instance, the Humane Society of the U.S. is not affiliated with many similarly named local humane societies and gives only 1 percent of the money it raises to local pet shelters.
For those who want to help dogs this month, adopting would have a big impact. For those who cannot, donating to your local shelter would do a world of good to help animals.
Will Coggin, research director
Center for Consumer Freedom