Catching Up, Giving Thanks, and Pet Blogging

View Post

Get Out Of Anything (Because Pets) Excuse List

View Post

Why Rabbits and Easter Don’t Mix

View Post

Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month Extravaganza

It’s no secret that I am all about rescue dogs, but this month even more so because it’s Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month! In celebration of all things (rescued) canine, we are going to have some fun and hopefully help some dogs! Stay tuned for more giveaways, adoptable dogs, action steps, and as always, tons of Ruby cuteness.

If you are ready for a new furry family member, I hope you will visit your local shelter to meet wonderful adoptable dogs of every size, shape, age, and personality. I’m a big believer that we find the right dog (or cat) at the right time. Ruby entered my life a month after Pip passed away. Everyone’s different, but for us adopting a new dog was the very best way to honor Pip. Life has a way of coming full circle and every ending is a new beginning.

October is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month

Celebrate Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month By Helping Dogs

First up, the basics. So, you want to help shelter dogs? Here’s exactly what you need to do. Plus some bonus points for overachievers.

Adopt a dog from a shelter or breed rescue. Bonus karma points: adopt a senior or dog with special needs.

Foster a dog from a shelter (especially open admission shelters) or breed rescue. Bonus karma points: provide hospice foster care for a terminally ill or senior dog.

Volunteer at your local shelter. Walk dogs, clean cages, assist with adoptions, pick up poop, whatever it takes. Bonus karma points: deliver food, collars and other supplies to homeless dog owners in your community OR walk dogs for seniors/homebound individuals in your neighborhood.

Donate cash or supplies (but really cash) to your local shelter or rescue group. Help keep the lights on, provide veterinary care, pay the staff who work long hours for low pay in heartbreaking conditions. Bonus karma points: thank shelter workers. Baked goods and gift cards are always appreciated!

Transport dogs from overcrowded facilities to shelters and rescues with more space. You and your car get bonus karma points for this one!

Share your rescue dog’s story with your friends, family, coworkers and on social media to clear up misconceptions about shelter dogs and inspire others to adopt!

celebrate Adopt-A-Dog Month by helping shelter dogs

Adoptable Dog of The Week: Meet Dickens!

This month I am partnering with Chicago Canine Rescue and will be sharing some of their adoptable dogs, many of them rescued from Chicago Animal Care & Control. Chicago Canine Rescue is a small but mighty organization who does a whole LOT with very little. They focus on dogs who really need help and don’t shy away from seniors or others who may need extra time, treatment or training. They house about 30 dogs at the shelter and many others in foster homes. Like many small to mid-sized rescues and shelters, raising funds is always a struggle – high veterinary bills, rising rents (CCR is located in Chicago, which isn’t cheap), food, supplies, equipment (did I mention their washer and dryer just broke). These folks are heroes; they don’t give up or take the easy way out and are truly all about underdogs!

If you are familiar with Ruby’s story, you know she came from a hoarding situation. Although Ruby is not a Chicago Canine Rescue dog, some of the other dogs that were rescued from the same location were adopted out by CCR.

But back to adoptable Dickens! Dickens was picked up as a stray and brought to Chicago Animal Care & Control in January. He’s about two years old , neutered, vaccinated, and ready for a home of his own. Here’s a little more about him in his own words (kind of). Please share his story and if you are able, please donate to help cover his care.


Please join me in celebrating Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month – share Dickens on social media, enter our giveaway, and most importantly, commit to helping rescue dogs in your community!


  1. October 5, 2018 / 8:30 am

    Dickens is a cutie, good luck sweet one!!!

  2. Betsy Aust
    October 5, 2018 / 8:54 am

    Love Love Love your list of ways ANYONE can help shelter dogs! Especially love the extra karma points! My Otis was a shelter rescue. He’s my perfect fit.

  3. October 5, 2018 / 9:16 am

    I love this month! I’m all about adoption and love this post. You included some great ways to give back an help shelter pets, whether or not you have extra room in your home for a new addition. Ahh and Dickens is so cute. I hope he finds a forever home soon 🙂

  4. Sandra Hangey
    October 5, 2018 / 9:38 am

    All of our dogs have been adopted at a shelter, last week our last dog of 4 died and we were devastated. Monday on Natl black Dog week we went to Animal control and adopted the most wonderful and sweet and beautiful 5 year old black dog. we all bonded the moment we looked in Big boys eyes. his name was Gary, we changed it to Big Boy. we love hims to pieces. my husbands heart dog was Jake and Bob was in deep depression and not eating or sleeping. for 34 years we had dogs in the house and the empty house was dragging us down. there are so many wonderful dogs to adopt. this is Big Boys story on my blog

  5. Lee
    October 5, 2018 / 9:50 am

    Lee did transport for many years. She always picked up at the Cracker Barrel off 275 in Milford then drove to Julip just over the Tennessee state line. It was hard. We will always remember one Scot which Lee wanted so bad to keep but he was going to his forever home but he wanted us. He was a little three legged puppy pure Scot he leaned against Lee’s Scot the entire ride. When we handed him over he cried. It is an emotional job working with these animals in need.
    Your Friend
    Sweet William The Scot

  6. Sandra Hangey
    October 5, 2018 / 9:55 am

    OOPS you commented on the post, but hope others will see how happy a shelter dog can be

  7. October 5, 2018 / 10:25 am

    WE so hope that Dickens finds a home soon. He sure is a cute doggie. That food looks excellent too.

  8. October 5, 2018 / 10:29 am

    What a beautiful post and Ruby’s smiles are contagious
    Hugs Cecilia

  9. nickie
    October 5, 2018 / 11:22 am

    Dickens is adorable! Thank you for this lovely post.

  10. October 5, 2018 / 11:25 am

    Aw, what a lovely post and adopting our babies is a good thing. Dickens is a cutie and I he finds a forever home soon.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. ♥

  11. Carolyn
    October 5, 2018 / 11:40 am

    I am going to donate some food & supplies to a rescue this month

  12. October 5, 2018 / 11:50 am

    Mom’s first dog was a shelter dog, and she was awesome. It just happens that at this point in life Mom wants something different. Our breeder is very good, not some unknown or over breeding type. Our cats are all, and always will be shelter kitties.

  13. October 5, 2018 / 12:03 pm

    As a rescuer of a puppy mill survivor, this month has a lot of special meaning for us and hope that good looking Dickens finds his fur-ever home.

  14. October 5, 2018 / 12:29 pm

    Such a great post, with tons of helpful info!

    Arty and Jakey are shelter dogs…and I adored fostering in Austin…and wish they had a better system for fostering small dogs where we are now.

    We are looking forward to hosting our No Tricks, Just Treats for Shelters fundraiser and awareness at the end of the month!

  15. October 5, 2018 / 12:45 pm

    A great post with a lot of great tips! Dickens is a cutie patootie! The Farmer’s food looks soooooooo yummy!

  16. Sandra Hangey
    October 5, 2018 / 12:54 pm

    you may absolutely share his story, any and all pics to… he is perfect, we can’t find one negative thing to say or that he has done.

  17. Becky
    October 5, 2018 / 1:56 pm

    We have one pup left in our house and that’s Shadow! We adopted him when he was 7 and he will be 17 in November. This month we are adopting two 8 year old special needs dogs through United Yorkie Rescue via Both organizations have my heart and I’m so excited to have some new family members! We always adopt and almost always seniors or hospice dogs and boy do I recommend it. They all deserve their “best life ever” and I sure hope Dickens gets his. Thanks Kristen and Ruby

  18. October 5, 2018 / 2:18 pm

    What asweetie Diken’s is! We are into fostering and adopting in our family. Our nephew just adpoted a dog he was fostering!

  19. Sandy Weinstein
    October 5, 2018 / 4:11 pm

    i donate on a regular basis to the local pet food bank. i wait til i have a big load to take in. so it is several times a year. i also enter contests and nominate Safe Haven for Cats, who has the only pet food bank in the area, as well as a low cost clinic for both dogs and cats, to win prizes that are shipped directly to the shelter.

  20. Chelle
    October 5, 2018 / 5:28 pm

    Ruby is so cute! I always like to share other ways people can help animals in need too, since not everyone is able to adopt. I’m currently at my limit with 2 dogs but I donate and volunteer at my local rescue. I’m planning on fostering hospice dogs, but I have to wait until after we move.

  21. October 5, 2018 / 5:44 pm

    We are looking forward to meeting the pups in need of homes through your posts this month. Dickens is a cutie!
    Rescued animals are definitely as deserving of good homes as other pets. And it goes without saying that they are very special indeed! 🙂

    the critters in the cottage xo

  22. October 5, 2018 / 5:48 pm

    Dickens is so handsome and I love his name! These are great ways to get involved and help dogs.

  23. October 5, 2018 / 5:59 pm

    I should pick up some volunteer hours at the local shelter. I could never foster, though, because I wouldn’t want to return the dog! I guess that wouldn’t be such a bad thing for the dog, though.

  24. October 5, 2018 / 6:44 pm

    Ruby is the perfect poster child of the wonders of rescue. She had so much beauty and heart – but it took a loving family for her to blossom into the pup she was always meant to be.

  25. allison hoffman
    October 5, 2018 / 7:12 pm

    I volunteer once a week at my local Animal Control shelter. I also work at a vet clinic that does all of the vet care for two of the three animal shelters where i live

  26. Molly
    October 5, 2018 / 7:16 pm

    I donate and support my local shelter.

  27. October 5, 2018 / 7:29 pm

    What a great month to celebrate! I really miss fostering. Every day I think about our painfully shy foster dog Cherie who helped Honey learn some important skills for living on the boat while Honey helped Cherie come out of her shell.

    You and Ruby are such a great team and it’s great that you’re highlighting wonderful adoptable dogs.

  28. Linda Burrup
    October 5, 2018 / 8:20 pm

    We like to participate in the Run with The Big Dogs fundraiser for our local shelter every year.
    Hazel & Mabel

    Pee es
    Mom will be sending you an email soon

  29. October 5, 2018 / 8:38 pm

    Shelter dogs are the best!


  30. 15andmeowing
    October 5, 2018 / 10:16 pm

    Dickens is a cutie. I hope he gets his forever home soon.

  31. October 5, 2018 / 10:35 pm

    Oh, lookie at that adorable puppers!!! I just knows that Dickens is gonna gets his furever home in no time! Good work guys!
    Ruby ♥
    pees: Ma always sends green papers and doggie supplies to the shelter every couple of months!

  32. October 5, 2018 / 11:23 pm

    Fantastic post and great points – adopting a rescue is the only way to go

  33. Natalie Hartmann
    October 6, 2018 / 6:48 am

    I am going to continue volunteering with 3 different rescue groups & will be getting my new foster dog. We will also be donating supplies to our local shelter

  34. Linda Szymoniak
    October 6, 2018 / 11:55 am

    My life is rescue. I’m a volunteer rescue transport driver (although my vehicle is out of commission this week for it – needs tires and some suspension work – need to drive safe for the dogs and cats). All three of my dogs are rescues (and every one I’ve ever had were, also). Same with my cats, although my Kotoha was just two weeks old when I found her a little over two years ago – she was a feral kitten I had to bottle feed at first. I do what I can to volunteer and donate to rescues and network animals in need on my Facebook page.

  35. October 6, 2018 / 12:17 pm

    I didn’t realize it was adopt a Shelter dog month. Thanks for shedding light on this special month. I always encourage peeps to adopt from shelters. I currently foster and will be picking up volunteer shifts with a rescue in my town. Good luck to the participants in the giveaway too. Looks good.

  36. October 6, 2018 / 10:09 pm

    Great month to promote rescues. We believe Rescues Rock and are supporting a few including Kilo’s- today we went and donated to North Country SPCA and I have my fingers crossed that our host is going to adopt “Little Red”, an adorable puppy we met.

  37. October 7, 2018 / 12:46 am

    Dickens has such a friendly smile, we hope he finds a forever home very soon. Purrs

  38. Marjorie Dawson
    October 7, 2018 / 2:23 pm

    What an absolute super star!! Rescue breeds are the best kind of pets ever!!! Good luck in the giveaway everyone!!

  39. October 7, 2018 / 4:43 pm

    We are unable to add any more dogs to our family for the time being. When we can, we are considering fostering.

  40. October 7, 2018 / 7:33 pm

    I hope that Dickens is adopted soon. Thanks to his foster dad for helping Dickens along the way!

  41. meowmeowmans
    October 7, 2018 / 10:18 pm

    Dickens is as cute as, well, the dickens! We hope he finds his happily ever after real soon. Thank you for all you do to help pet animals. Oh, and Ruby, you make us smile SO big. 🙂

  42. October 8, 2018 / 9:30 am

    Such a great and important post to help shelter dogs! Dickens is adorable and I hope he finds his forever home very soon! I had never heard of The Farmer’s Dog food…it sounds amazing! I’m Pinning this to share, too!

  43. October 9, 2018 / 11:43 am

    Ruby those were some pawesome tips!! Mama always tries to donate to both of our local shelters.

    We sure hope Dickens finds his forever home soon cause him sure is a cutie!!

    Matt & Matilda

  44. October 11, 2018 / 11:49 am

    Thank you for suggesting so many wonderful ideas to help shelter (and community) dogs. Dickens is a handsome boy – I hope he finds his forever home, soon! I love the idea of The Farmer’s Dog prescription diet and have entered!

  45. October 12, 2018 / 4:35 pm

    We will adopt again someday, but right now Luke seems happiest being an only dog. You have other great ideas for helping to spread the word!

  46. Tiffany Tisdale
    October 13, 2018 / 12:58 am

    I would love to adopt a dog!!

  47. Tiffany Tisdale
    October 13, 2018 / 12:59 am

    I could go walk the dogs at the shelter.

  48. October 13, 2018 / 4:38 am


  49. Joseph Gersch Jr.
    October 13, 2018 / 4:39 am


  50. October 13, 2018 / 9:27 am

    Volunteer at my local animal shelter.

  51. October 16, 2018 / 3:10 pm

    It’s great to see awareness of adoptable shelter dogs this month! Dickens is so cute, I hope he finds a home soon. Shared.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

We love comments! Thank you!