National “Adopt-A-Dog” Month

Fall brings about a lot of favorite things. Among these, the resurgence of pumpkin spice flavored everything, vivid leaves, layered clothes, Halloween, and even Thanksgiving! But at the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia, we might be a little biased about what our favorite celebration of the season is, and that’s the entire month of October! “Why October’,” you ask? That’s because we get to celebrate National Adopt-A-Dog Month all month long!

In the year of 1981, the first Adopt-A-Dog Month was born. Sprung from a desire to save lives and to enrich the lives of others, American Humane declared the month a national holiday and it’s still going strong 35 years later! Approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.9 million are dogs. It is our goal at HSNEGA, and the goal of National Adopt-A-Dog Month, to lower that number as quickly as possible by connecting our furry friends with loving, life-long homes.bachelorsTo celebrate National Adopt-A-Dog Month, HSNEGA has partnered up with several names you may have heard of, one being right here in our community!

Tim and Tina Roberts, owners of the local restaurant, 2 Dog Café and fellow dog fanatics themselves, have graciously pledged their support to HSNEGA to raise awareness for the cause. If you adopt a dog anytime during the month of October, you’ll be entered into a raffle to win a $25 gift card to one of Gainesville’s most unique and delicious eateries: 2 Dog! 2 Dog boasts a broad menu to suit all tastes. They have paninis, burgers, salads, quesadillas, and a seasonal variety of sides that change daily. Not only is everything homemade, but they also offer gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options for the tender palate.

Sounds tasty, right? Well, you don’t have to be the only one who gets to enjoy yummy food during Adopt-A-Dog Month! In addition to being entered into the 2 Dog raffle, you’ll also receive a swag bag of your very own filled to the brim with amazing goodies donated by Purina and Petfinder if you adopt a pup. You and your new canine companion are bound to be thrilled by the dog snacks, bandana, and coupons for Beachin’ Biscuits that you’ll find inside!

beachin-biscuitsBeachin’ Biscuits are exactly what they sound like: All-natural cookies for dogs baked with care by dog-mommies and daddies for dog mommies and daddies! Adam and Brittany Beacham have been generous enough to include a coupon in our HSNEGA swag bags for 20% off of any goodies on their site! They didn’t stop there, though; they even have two special and spooky cookies that they designed just for us! 100% of the proceeds received from the sales of their “Franky” and “Scully” cookies will go directly to us here at HSNEGA! Check out the “Cookies for a Cause” tab on their company Website here for details.

Don’t have time to care for an adopted animal of your own or don’t know how to celebrate? There’s no need to worry; you can still participate in National Adopt-A-Dog Month in several ways! The Humane Society of Northeast Georgia is always in need of volunteers who wish to dedicate their time and/or needed items such as newspapers, old towels, leashes, and toys.

Being a responsible pet owner is also a good way to promote Adopt-A-Dog month, too! If you haven’t already done so, it’s a good idea to get your pooch ID’d so that they can be safely returned to you in the case of becoming lost. IDing your dogs ensures that they’ll find their way back home instead of winding up in an animal shelter. And, as always, spaying and/or neutering your dogs plays an important part in keeping pets out of shelters.

Information for this post was compiled from the following sites:

ASPCA Pet Statistics

American Humane Adopt a Dog Month

Written by Kelly Kucera, HSNEGA Marketing Communications Intern

 

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