October... month of cooler temeperatures, turning leaves, pumpkins, Halloween... and shelter dogs! October is the official national "Adopt a Shelter Dog" month, designated by the ASPCA and the American Humane Association. It's a good time to remember that you can find your best friend at an animal shelter.
According to the American Humane Association:
"If you’re thinking about getting a dog, be a hero and consider adopting a rescue animal or a dog from your local shelter. You’ll be saving a life and greatly improving yours. Dogs are amazing, supportive, and heroic companions who can make a huge difference in your world as a best friend, an exercise buddy, someone who can be trained to provide animal-assisted therapy and help those with challenges they may face, or simply be a fuzzy face to greet you after a hard day at work.
Your local shelter is the perfect place to find dogs of every type, size, age and personality — all waiting for a loving home. Or if you prefer a particular breed that isn’t currently available at a shelter, go online to find a legitimate breed-specific rescue group in need of adopters like you."
So adopt a shelter dog this month if you can, and if not, encourage a family member or friend to do so!
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