It’s National Rescue Dog Day!

Today is National Rescue Dog Day!  It is a day that recognizes the benefits of adopting a four-legged friend looking for a forever home.  According to the ASPCA, there are over 3.3 million dogs that pass through shelters every year.

As someone who has only adopted my pets from shelters, I’ve had tremendous success bringing loving pets into my home.  With so many animals in need of a home I would never go to a breeders or pet store.  Not all, but you might be surprised with the amount of mistreatment of animals in these facilities.

The National Rescue Dog Days’s website has some great ideas to fully observe National Rescue Dog Day…

  • ADOPT: If there is room in your life for a dog, consider adoption and giving one a forever home.
  • FOSTER: Many dogs abandoned to shelters benefit from socialization, or would just thrive better away from the shelter environment. Others may be in need of some medical care or rehabilitation in a home setting before an adoption can take place.
  • DONATE: Shelters always need donations. In addition to financial donations, shelters have a list of much needed items such as blankets, toys, treats, and leashes.
  • VOLUNTEER: Help out at your local shelter. Taking dogs for walks, grooming, and giving them plenty of affection improves their socialization.
  • SPAY/NEUTER: Be responsible for your pets. Overpopulation is the number one reason shelters exist.

In order to comply with guidelines during the pandemic, most shelters are closed to the public and are only doing adoptions by appointment.  Here is a list of shelters in the Berkshire that you can contact to get specifics on adopting a dog or cat.

Berkshire Humane Society

Sonsini Animal Shelter

North Adams Animal Shelter  


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