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Adopt a Shelter Dog Month
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Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

by MetLife Pet Insurance
2 years ago

October is known as the month of pumpkin-flavored everything, apple-picking, fall foliage, and haunted houses. However, for shelter dogs, October has taken on a whole new meaning. It is the month when all dogs awaiting their forever homes, wag their tails at families passing by, hopeful they will find their adopters.

The entire month of October is also known as Adopt a Shelter Dog Month! So, whether you adopted a dog, want to adopt a dog, or want to help get the word out, get ready to celebrate shelter dogs

What is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month?

Adopt a Shelter Dog Month is celebrated every October and is a rescue initiative started by the American Humane Society in 1981. The goal is to help the estimated 3 million animals waiting in shelters every year get the loving, forever homes that they deserve6.

The ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) calls it Adopt a Shelter Dog Month.  Although the names differ slightly, the goal is very much the same: get as many loving, adoptable dogs into the forever homes they deserve.

Looking to add a dog to the family?

Your local shelter is the perfect place to find dogs of every breed, size, appearance, age, energy level, and personality — all waiting for loving, forever homes. 

If you are looking for a specific breed, visit a few shelters. You can also search online to find reputable, breed-specific rescue groups in need of adopters.

According to the ASPCA, approximately 3.3 million dogs enter shelters every year7.  When abandoned and often abused animals find their way to a shelter, each one needs a forever home.  These are great dogs in need of some love and TLC. In return, you will gain a furry new family member that wants nothing more than to love and please their humans.   

How you can make a difference this month

Take an opportunity to help homeless pets in animal shelters. Ideally, adopting a shelter dog would change that dog’s life and yours in surprising ways. However, we know that adopting a dog doesn’t work for everyone.

There are so many ways you can be a hero to shelter dogs though. Below are just a few ways you can support shelter dogs in need:     

  • Raise awareness! Share the importance of this month on social media. Make others aware of the significance of this month and how they can help out. Maybe one of your friends is looking to adopt!  Ask your friends to share on social media as well.
  • Donate items to a shelter: Contact your local shelter or rescue and ask if they have a donation list. Many shelters and rescues post a “Wish List” of needed items on their website.  Most local shelters rely on donated supplies and volunteers’ time.
  • Volunteer to help at an event: Find out if your local shelter is holding special events or fundraisers for Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month. You can certainly attend, volunteer at, or help promote the events.
  • Share: Share an adoptable dog on your blog, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter (hashtag #savedogs) each day during the month of October.
  • Donate: You can always show your support for shelter animals by making a gift to the ASPCA or your local shelter. Your donations will help finance rescues and connect animals in need with loving homes.
  • Foster: Become a foster parent. Even if you can’t commit to a dog full-time, you could provide a temporary home to one who is waiting for his forever family.  It’s an excellent opportunity to socialize a dog and get him ready for a loving, home environment.
  • Snap some shots: Contact your local shelter or rescue group and offer to photograph their adoptable pets. Ask if they would like you to upload the pictures to  Also, post and share them on your social media sites.

How Can Pet Insurance Help?

Whether you adopt a shelter dog this October or you already own a dog, one way you can help your dog is by providing it with proper medical care.

Here at PetFirst1, we know accidents and illnesses happen to all pets – regardless of their unique needs. PetFirst Pet Insurancecan help cover unexpected vet visits2 and can provide peace of mind. PetFirst Pet Insurance1 has cat and dog insurance policies2 to fit every budget. 

Consider getting pet insurance for your furry friend today. 


1PetFirst Healthcare, LLC (“PetFirst Pet Insurance” or “PetFirst”) is the program administrator authorized to offer and administer pet health insurance policies underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company, a Delaware insurance company, with its main office at 485 Madison Avenue, NY, NY 10022, or New Hampshire Insurance Company or The Insurance Company of the State of Pennsylvania, each with its main administrative office at 500 West Madison Street, Suite 3000 Chicago, IL 60661. For costs, complete details of coverage, and a listing of approved states, please contact PetFirst Healthcare, LLC. 

2Like most insurance policies, insurance policies offered by PetFirst Healthcare, LLC contain certain exclusions, exceptions, reductions, limitations, and terms for keeping them in force. 

6American Humane Society


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