October may be dominated by falling leaves and Halloween, but it’s also Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. Across the country, shelter dogs are looking for warm homes with owners who can provide loving care. It’s not only the pups that need help: Many shelters are severely underfunded and lack the resources to best provide much-needed services while the animals wait to be adopted.
Contrary to popular assumption, national animal organizations give little (if any) support to local shelters. For instance, the Humane Society of the U.S. is not affiliated with many similarly named local humane societies and gives only 1 percent of the money it raises to local pet shelters.
For those who want to help dogs this month, adopting would have a big impact. For those who cannot, donating to your local shelter would do a world of good to help animals.