October celebrates a cause that is dear to my heart; it is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. Growing up, my family had miniature schnauzers; all adopted from a rescue group who helps keep animals out of shelters. Those dogs were our constant loving companions and I am thankful to have had them in my life.
The American Humane Association lists several benefits to adopting a pet, including having an exercise buddy, best friend for a child, and instant loving companion. Those who have adopted a pet know there is no better feeling than the one you get when your furry four-legged friend comes racing to the door to see you, tail wagging all the way. It is in that moment that you realize you have made a difference in your pet’s life, and your pet has made a difference in yours.
Today I have a cat, and although the month is dedicated to adopting a dog, it is important to know that there are many shelter kitties that also need good homes. My own buddy Ernie was a shelter kitty and I brought him into my home where he is now a member of my family. I am thankful every day to have him in my life for the constant companionship and unconditional love he gives.
If you’re in a position to welcome a furry friend into your home, consider contacting the Humane Society or a rescue organization in your area. If you’re not able right now, please consider a donation of funds or supplies to an organization that supports pet adoptions. Most of all give your own pet a big hug and thank the organizations who help make pet adoption possible.