National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week is November 1–7. Launched in 1996 by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), this week marks a time to honor all 4,000 animal shelters across the United States, which serve an estimated 6 to 8 million homeless animals seeking refuge each year.
There is no better time to get acquainted with your local shelter. Talk to shelter personnel about how you can support homeless animals in your community this week. You can always lend a hand by volunteering at a shelter, becoming a spay/neuter advocate, or opening your heart to offer a shelter pet a forever home.
Today, 63 percent of American households include pets, but only 10 percent of dogs and 18 percent of cats in these households are adopted from animal shelters. Take this week to celebrate everyone who works to change these numbers in shelter animals’ favor and makes a difference in the lives of homeless pets!