National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week

Animal Shelter

This week is National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week. The Humane Society of the United States launched this week in 1996 to celebrate and promote animal shelters and increase public awareness of animal welfare issues and shelter services.

One New York animal shelter sponsored an open house adoption event in celebration of National Animal Shelter Appreciation week, and they had a record breaking adoption day.

The Jefferson County Dog Shelter has not had an open spot for an animal for six months. This past Sunday, they had an adoption event. And workers at the shelter were surprised at the amazing results from the open house.

“I was so ecstatic. I got up at 7 a.m. this morning and got out there at 7:30 a.m.,” Jefferson County Dog Shelter Supervisor Todd Cummings said. “There was someone waiting here in line, believe it or not, waiting for a dog. By 10 o’clock there was about 35 people waiting in line to get into the building.”

15 dogs were adopted in the first two hours, and many more were adopted throughout the day. Last year, only seven dogs were adopted in total.

Cumming said that some dogs have been waiting for homes since May and they finally have found a loving home after their long wait.

Here are some ways that you can show your appreciation for your local animal shelter:

  • Adopt or foster an animal.
  • Donate a pet bed.
  • Volunteer.
  • Say thank you or send a thank you note.

A big thank you to all who volunteer, work, devote their time at animal shelters and making a difference in an animal’s life!

Source: News10Now

Photo: wikipedia

(Thanks Irene)

6 Responses to “National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week”

  1. Carolyn & Maggie says:

    My Maggie was adopted as an adult shelter dog and she has been an absolute delight to us over the past 6 yrs. My previous dog Suki was a shelter adoption. It is is a great way to save a life and bring a loving companion into your life. I am absolutely pro-shelter and was happy to read of successful adoptions for all the wonderful deserving animals in this article.

  2. Tanya says:

    people always whine about how public shelters are not “no kill” but what they generally do not understand is that all “no kill” shelters have a legal limit to the number of pets they can take in, and while they try very hard to find fosters, they have to turn animals down all the time.

    those animals end up at teh so-called “kill” shelters, and may or may not be euthanized as needed.

    Shelters - ALL shelters, especially public ones which are obligated to take in every animal that comes thier way, need our help and our support.

    and the animals there need our love !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    adopt from a shelter, don’t get a breed pet !

  3. Anonymous says:

    ” People whine about shelters not being no kill.” What a rude statement.

  4. Traci Cleaver says:

    “” People whine about shelters not being no kill.” What a rude statement.”

    And, Anonymous, that’s apparently as far as you got reading the post? That’s apparently all you have to say on the matter? How rude of you and how convenient you won’t attach your name when you attack someone.

    It’s true, people do whine about it not realizing the full situation. You want “no-kill”? Well you need better funding for shelters and you need to start with the idiots who let their pets breed or dump them in parks and the wild.

  5. ryssee says:

    thanks to this post, I just sent a note of appreciation to the shelter we got our Mimi-kitty from.
    I don’t know if they’re no-kill or not, but they enabled us to get a nice healthy kitty and enrich our lives and her life too.

  6. Hannah Anderson says:

    Hi, I’m Hannah Anderson from Sammamish, WA. Just emailing to say THANK YOU for all you guys are doing. I’m insired by your initiative. I’m only 12 right now ( :( ), but once a turn old enough, I will definatley do my best to help out at your shelter. Good luck and say hi to the dogs for me! ;)

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