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National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week

Animal shelters and other rescues are miracle workers! They work year round to make sure that animals in their care get the loving homes they deserve. And they do all of their work often unrecognized. National Animal Shelter and Rescue Appreciation Week which takes place the first full week in November, was founded by The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) in 1996 and aims to bring more awareness to the work of animal shelters, while also encouraging communities to become familiar with their local shelters. So how can you help?    

If thinking about adding a pet to the family, adopting from your local animal shelter or rescue is the best way. Some website options to visit for pets up for adoption include and A simple Google search for local rescues should also bring up plenty of locations in your area and possible furry family members to visit. A monetary donation is a nice way to show support for local shelters. Shelters may be on limited resources, so any amount of money will help with their bills, daily operations, supplies, staff training, animal housing upgrades, community outreach programs, animal enrichment and much more. 

If you can’t adopt or give a monetary donation, you can still donate your time. What kind of experience do you have? Carpenters, electricians, marketing, photography, grooming and dog walking are all valuable skills that can be used at a local shelter. If you’re crafty, try your hand at homemade pet toys. New skills can be learned as well if open to them, including trap-neuter-return for unowned cats and opening your home to a pet that needs a foster home. Foster homes are a refuge for pets who have a hard time adapting to life in a shelter or animals that need to be nursed back to health. Fostering is a great way to become something of an adoption ambassador to friends, family and colleagues.

Just taking a moment to stop at your local animal shelter and saying thank you will brighten the shelter staff’s day and give them a reminder of the great work they are doing. Mention if you adopted from them, if they helped spread the word about a lost pet that was found, or provided helpful advice. Shelters and rescue groups always need supplies, so before stopping in, check their websites for wish lists or call them to see if they are low on anything. After coming home, make sure to like their Facebook page and other local rescues too, and encourage others to do the same.

Please don’t take for granted the work of animal shelters, because to the animals in their care, they are their home. Support your local animal shelters this week and spread the word to others. 

The NAPPS Presents 4 Pets Program is a collection drive conducted by NAPPS members. 
P4P is a nationwide campaign which supports NAPPS' mission:
The only national, non-profit, professional pet sitting association dedicated to raising and abiding by industry standards. We support members with education, certification and the resources to operate successful businesses.
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Check with your NAPPS Pet Care Professional to see if they’re participating in a local P4P campaign.