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Adopt-A-Dog Month®

What Can An Adopted Dog Bring To Your Life?

Since 1981, American Humane has celebrated “Adopt-a-Dog Month®” each October in an effort to help the estimated 3-4 million animals waiting in shelters every year get the loving, forever homes that they deserve.

Be a hero this month and adopt a dog from your local shelter or rescue group. You’ll be saving his or her life and greatly improving your own as dogs are amazing, supportive, and heroic companions.


Whether you’re adopting your first dog or bringing home yet another to add to your family, American Humane wants to ensure you’re prepared for the energetic – and sometimes messy – life with your new best friend.

Ready to adopt? Find a shelter near you!

Your local shelter is the perfect place to find dogs of every breed, size, age and personality — all waiting for a loving home. Or if you prefer a particular breed that isn’t currently available at a shelter, go online to find a legitimate breed-specific rescue group in need of adopters like you.

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Less than two weeks to vote for the finalists of this year’s #HeroDogAwards! Get in your votes daily until July 16 and your favorite #dog could become a television star on @hallmarkchannel! Vote here:


The American Humane Hero Dog Awards® are an annual campaign that recognizes heroes on both ends of the leash. Seven courageous canines will be featur...

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Did you know that owning, walking and playing with a family #dog could encourage your toddler's social and emotional development? Read more in @CNN from @krstnro: and consider adopting a pup in need of a home! #Adopt #Dogs

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