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.
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!
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!