October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month (feel free to adopt other shelter animals too!).
I am a big supporter of animal charities as well as animal shelters. I am happy to promote anything that will go on to save the lives of so many beautiful, loving pets waiting for their “fur-ever home”.
I’m a “mom” to five adopted cats and an adopted dog (all are from the local shelter except one cat – he was a wild/feral kitten we took in). I know how much love an adopted pet can bring into your life. Currently shelters across the country are bursting at the seams with pets that desperately need (and deserve!) a home and loving family.
I am happy to support companies and charities looking to make a difference. That is why I wanted to share with you what Project Blue Collar is doing.
Project Blue Collar is a company devoted to improving the perception of shelter dogs and encouraging adoption as the first option.
Project Blue Collar’s merchandise is designed to raise awareness of rescue dog pride. The company’s signature Support the Underdog® Blue Collars, which are similar to cause-related silicone wristbands, adorn a pooch’s neck to identify them as a rescue. The collars provide an opportunity for dogs and owners to show their rescue pride and the campaign’s mission is to dispel the myth that shelter and rescue dogs are damaged.
Did you know that of the 76 million dogs in U.S. households, only 16 million were adopted from shelters or rescue groups. Most dogs are purchased from breeders and pet stores—and many of these dogs are kept in deplorable conditions in puppy mills, serving as breeding machines for profit.
More than 3 million dogs a year—10,000 dogs a day—are being killed in shelters in the U.S. due to limited space and low adoption rates. That is horrible!!!!! Something needs to be done about that.
Project Blue Collar donates a collar to a shelter for every collar that is purchased (buy one and one gets donated). The recipients can in turn sell the collar and raise funds for their shelter. It’s a win-win situation.
Each month, a shelter/rescue will be picked to be the recipient of our Support the Underdog® Collar Give Back program and will receive donations of Blue Collars to use as a revenue opportunity. The PBC Shelter/Rescue of the Month will be selected based on such variables as their ability to demonstrate active & out-of-the box approaches to fundraising, their profile in the community, and the support of their donors and volunteers. Project Blue Collar is always open to ways of supporting all shelters regardless of whether they fit the above criteria.
For more information, or to check out their merchandise, visit www.ProjectBlueCollar.com.
There are ways YOU can help find loving pets a home. Please consider the following options.
- Spread the word that October is ‘Adopt a Shelter Dog Month’ on social media. A Facebook or Twitter post might say: “October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. Find your next furry forever friend at a shelter, not a pet store. Adopt, don’t shop.”
- Share links to local dogs available for adoption on Facebook and Twitter.
- Contact your local shelter or rescue and ask if they have a donation “wish list” that you can share with friends, or even post a flyer with the information at local businesses.
- Consider being a foster parent or shelter volunteer for your local shelter.
- Write an op-ed for your community paper about the importance of adoption from shelters.
If you can think of other ways to help out please feel free to comment and share your suggestions with other readers.
I would also like to point out that adoption an older dog is a great option too. They are already house trained and tend to be more calm than puppies. Older pets – and pets that are “less than perfect” (medical issues, physical issues) need loving families too.
*I was not compensated for this post. I am sharing this information in hopes of helping dogs across the country. Any opinion expressed unless otherwise noted is my own and not influenced in any way.