Con­sider a shel­ter dog

Connecticut Post - - OPINION -

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.

Will Cog­gin

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