National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week!

Did you know that November 2nd is the start of National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week? Well, it is according to the Humane Society of the United States. Created in 1996, the goal of this week is to bring attention to the invaluable roles animal shelters play in communities and in the lives of animals and humans alike.

Here are some tips from AnimalSheltering.org on how to commemorate this week:

  • Want to celebrate with your community but don’t know where to start? Download the Event Planning Guide  and find out how to make the most of National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, from tips on hosting an open house to samples of press releases to get your local newspaper involved—and lots of other hints for highlighting your shelter and staff. Then go to animalsheltering.org/sheltersrock for more ideas on how to celebrate this week–and all year long.
  • Give your fans another way to root for your shelter—go to humanesociety.org/sheltersrock to get a web banner supporting local shelters for your homepage. Visitors to your site will be able to download the banner and place it on their own webpage, Myspace or Facebook page to share their support of animal shelters with everyone who visits their page.
  • Get your inspirational fix—read “Day in the Life” essays submitted by shelter staff from around the country. The touching personal stories highlight the day-to-day rewards, difficulties—and humor!—of working with animals.
  • Need more cuteness in your life? Mutts to the rescue! Read Patrick McDonnell’s Shelter Stories strips on the Mutts website. And be sure to check animalsheltering.org/sheltersrock during National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week for Patrick McDonnell’s special Shelter Stories strips!

Here’s a list of things that virtually everyone can do to support their local animal shelter:

1 – Sport a Special Shirt or Tote Bag
Show your support for The HSUS and local animal shelters with an exclusive Shelters Rock t-shirt or tote bag available at all G by GUESS stores, or you can buy the t-shirt online.

2 – Say Thank You
Drop a note of appreciation in the mail or sign our e-card. You can even sign it on Facebook!

3 – Add a Banner to Your Webpage
Post a banner to your MySpace profile, blog, or website to show your appreciation for your local shelter.

4 – Make a Small Donation
Shelters can always use cash, but why not get creative? Donate a year’s subscription to Animal Sheltering Magazine for just $20, or check out your local shelter’s wish list on their website.

5 – Volunteer Your Time
Whether you end up walking pooches or lending your computer skills, shelters can sure use your help! Contact your local shelter to find out how to get involved.

After you’ve decided on how you’re going to support animal shelters, go HERE to sign the HSUS pledge!

This year’s Animal Shelter Appreciation Week theme is “Shelters Rock!” HSUS has teamed with various music artists to spread the word about the important of animal shelters. You can go HERE to find out more about the artists involved and purchase a special Shelters Rock! shirt, proceeds of which go to the HSUS!

*Remember, animal shelters run almost entirely on our donations and volunteer support! Without our help, the animals will have no place to go.

 

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