It’s Adopt-A-Shelter Dog Month 


At the ASPCA it’s all shelter dogs, all the time. But the month of October is extra special—it’s Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month! This month the ASPCA invites you to check out their top dog care tips, this year’s video contest theme and some very special canine Happy Tails.

Unfortunately, it’s not all fun and games. Each year, nearly five to seven million animals enter local shelters across the country—five out of every ten dogs never make it out. The ASPCA Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month campaign strives to bring attention to the pet overpopulation problem we face in this country, while highlighting the many benefits of adoption.

Helping animals find loving forever homes and drastically decreasing the euthanasia of homeless pets are two of their top priorities. With your help the ASPCA can continue to save countless lives with nation-wide adoption initiatives, such as Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month.

Please join them and lend a hand to those who need it most.



This is Charlie Bear, who lives with Christina in London, Ontario Canada. She tells me that he wears these goggles with no problem. 

Christina has a medical condition that requires her to have a Service Animal. Christina says, “My panic disorder makes it so that I have him with me. He’s the reason I’m able to go out during the day. His nickname is His Highness. He’s treated like royalty! We are both volunteers at a hospital for veterans. He’s had lots of adventures during his five years. And this coming spring(2011) he’s going to learn to ride a 126cc motorcycle. He will be my co-pilot. He already has a red scarf and the goggles! I’ll be waiting to read your books! When do they come out? Charlie Bear is God’s blessing to me.”

I responded to Christina: “My next two books include both raising a service dog and working as a therapy dog. I have a huge passion for service animals and the people who need them. I’m so happy that Charlie Bear is helping you! My books are in the works, and you can be sure I’ll post about them when they are available for sale. Thanks for asking!” 

Do you know of a service dog in your area?
Have you rescued a pet from a shelter?  

Do You Know What October Is?

7 thoughts on “Do You Know What October Is?

  • October 19, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    I didn’t even know that Oct. was adopt a shelter pet month! However, I did adopt a little Sheltie mix & we have a great love you too thing going. I am retired, widowed and kinda lonely. He needed a home a lots of love. Now we are both happy!

    • October 20, 2010 at 11:35 am

      Thanks for commenting, L. York. Bet your little Sheltie mix is a cutie! Our new dog Charlie Bear is a mix as well, we think part Shih Tzu, part Cockapoo, part Terrier and who knows what else! You sound like you were a perfect match for each other! Hooray!

  • October 19, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Just this week our daughter and family adopted a shelter dog to go with their three shelter adoptee cats. The precious Crosby is adapting beautifully and has won over all but the oldest cat–but she’s not fussing, just trying to ignore this newest intruder. The children are ecstatic and we are thrilled with our first granddog!

    • October 19, 2010 at 3:11 pm

      Jean, thanks for sharing your story about the newly adopted shelter dog added to your daughter’s family of two children and three shelter cats. Awesome!

  • October 19, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Meredith, so nice of you to share your story about Nick and the trucker’s rescue! What a traveling angel he was. I’m sure if you go looking around at adoption sites, you’ll find just the sister for Nick. Happy October hunting! Hugs to you.

  • October 19, 2010 at 8:03 am

    Our Nick was adopted from Cheatham Co. Animal Control. A trucker found our white schnauzer tied to a post in AZ. He brought him back to Kingston Springs TN. He could not travel with an animal, so Nick was placed in the shelter. We are the winners! He is so smart and sweet. Nick is the best dog I have ever owned, and I have had a dog from childhood. I would like a sister for Nick. Maybe we will adopt another.


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