This week is National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week and the Humane Society of the United States encourages pet lovers to reach out and support their local shelters and rescue groups.
Approximately 3,500 animal shelters across the United States serve the estimated 6-8 million homeless animals who need refuge each year, and many more animals find themselves in need of the services provided by local rescue groups.
National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week, founded by The HSUS in 1996 and inspired by the Capitol Humane Society in Lincoln, Neb., encourages people to become acquainted with their local shelters and recues and to learn how they can assist their lifesaving work.
Ten ways to celebrate
- Share your love by sharing adoptable pets in social media and send us your happy tails
- Get to know your local shelters and rescue groups
- Learn about the expectations before you adopt
- Take a minute to express your gratitude those that work for or volunteer at a shelter or rescue
- Get crafty and make pet toys or treats
- Become a fan of the local shelters and rescues online
- Make wishes come true thru donations of supplies, toys and treats
- Volunteer at the shelter or rescue or foster in your home
- Help at your own home by ensuring your pets are microchipped and spayed/neutered
- Help your community, rescues and shelters make positive changes by reporting concerns with animal abuse or neglect