National Shelter Appreciation Week – Help Homeless Pets Today!

It’s National Shelter Appreciation Week — and what better way to celebrate than to join Care2 and in promoting shelter pet adoption through the new America’s Favorite Animal Shelter contest!

Too many animals have no reason to celebrate right now. Animal welfare groups estimate that at least six to eight million cats and dogs enter animal shelters every year, and half of them are euthanized because there is no one to adopt them. But all of these animals deserve a loving home.

Help us raise awareness and save homeless pets — vote for your special animal rescue or shelter today, and it could win $10,000!

Your vote in our new contest counts in more ways than you can imagine. Every person who votes is making a public statement in support of rescue and adoption, not puppy mills and overbreeding. And everyone who tells a friend about the contest is spreading the word about the amazing work animal rescue groups and shelters do every day to save homeless animals. 

Working on these contests has been eye opening for me — the people who spend their days, nights, weekends and holidays rescuing animals from the streets, driving animals across country to loving homes, taking in one more cat because the alternative is the street or worse — these people are tireless and amazing. They are heroes. They need and deserve our thanks and help.

You can help homeless animals in your community today. Vote in our contest to help a group win a much-needed donation, then spread the word — post your group’s contest page on Facebook and MySpace, tweet it to your network, send an email to your friends and family, and let your community know that you care to save homeless animals.

Give your pets an extra kiss today, then vote to help your favorite rescue or shelter win:


Chinmayee Jog
Chinmayee Jog8 years ago

Thanks for posting. I love animals and really wish I could do more to help! I donate items to shelters, and my dog gets boarded with the Animal Welfare League. However, I want to do so much more. Anyway, I'm really glad that while I'm not able to help at the moment, there are many people who are helping and caring for these animals :) Carry on the good work!

Lilith Graves
Lilith Graves8 years ago

Thanks for posting.

Thea W.
Thea W8 years ago

My husband and I are animal lovers. We had 1 dog and 2 cats. Our dog had a hair appt at Petco on the day that 4 Paws had dogs there to adopt. We really did not need another animal. All our animals are strays. Anyway there was a dog there that had a bad eye and a catarac(spelling)in the other plus you could see she was fairly old. The lady said that the former owners had her for 10 years and just took her to the pound and left her. I knew that with bad eyes and that age she wasn't going to get adopted. Our dog is 15 and I wasn't going to get another dog until he was gone but this little lady broke my heart. Well we have had her now for 6 days and we are so happy we adopted her. She's already acting better,when you go to pet her she would duck so we knew she had been hit and I don't think she had ever been walked or had a treat before. Well like I said we really didn't need another animal(I'm handicapped and taking care of our animals is hard sometimes)but they have enriched our lives so much I can't see living without my animal children, they give such love. To the former owners what goes around comes around and I hope they get theirs.

Dawn H.
Dawn H8 years ago

Look at our web site we do it without a shelter but loving foster homes we rescue birddogs Pointers/Setters the abandon and abused..we take them from shelters no matter what their age or their medical condtion..they are fostered until a they find their FOREVER homes...we are a small group with a big heart... check out our web site and will be amazed what can be done...we can use all the support possible...we are competing in the shelter contest against HUGE organizations...and any money is a blessing....thank you for taking the time to read about the birddogs....

Jeanette Laing
Jeanette Laing8 years ago

We have similar problems in Australia with Shelters overcrowded, and costs of adopting pets sometimes being difficult for people who love animals but cannot afford outlay of money to adopt, hence many animals put down sadly or kept at shelter for long periods seeking homes, costing the shelters feeding and ability to house more strays. Clearly what the shelters are doing at the moment is not working, and a different approach is needed. Also clearly these wonderful shelters and volunteers are doing their best with very little money and need money to continue their work. My thoughts are (1)charge fee to register pet with local government(council in Australia pets are required by law), so you have a record of where pet is and if taken care of (2) supply and charge for 1 months of pet food, might make small profit but also starts care of pet on good basis (3)request a $ donation for shelter which is up to person adopting pet (4) request ongoing donation of either money or voluteer work, again this depends on people's sitiuation, but most people would contribute. I do not know if you have to register pets in USA etc, but it is required in Australia. As for making amount donated up to person adopting, if money is immediate issue, allows for person to contribute as best they can and allows a pet to be adopted, housed and fed by someone else instead of Shelter being further drained. Charging for 1 months food for pet also makes sure of pets welfare, in addition if pet should not

Kathleen L.
Kathleen L.8 years ago

Justifying the expenses for shelter animals does not mean anything to a warmhearted good soul who wants to adopt, but cannot afford the upfront fee. Shelters are teeming with animals who could be curled up on a lap or lying by someone's feet right now if the cost wasn't so high. How about trying a different business model. Maybe run a trial $25 fee for a month and see if your adoption rates don't double, triple, quadruple. Or maybe an affordable installment plan. Or maybe a low fee and a volunteer or food donation commitment. SOME money is better than NO money, and over a fairly short time, you'll recover more because you're not feeding, cleaning, caring for and sometimes medicating these guys. It makes little sense to me to spay/neuter and immunize animals that are going to sit there brokenhearted for months or forever. How is that cost-effective? How does that feel to a caged and lonely innocent creature? For those shelters that euthanize, there's another cost that they won't have to incur. You'll make your money back over a relatively short period of time and I think you'll be watching many many many more sweet angels wagging and purring their way out your doors.

Lori K.
Lori K8 years ago

To Claudia Pinheiro
The reason why shelters charge "so much" is because we have to pay for spay/neuter, tests for disease, shots, veterinary care and all other care that abandoned animals so desperately need, just like everybody else. We usually get a price break from the various vets we use, but they don't do all this for free.

I foster for an organization called Pet Assistance Foundation, Our primary goal is to provide low cost spay/ neuter to low income people who otherwise could not afford it. We also rescue abandoned animals.

Abandoned cats require combo testing for Feline AIDS, leukemia, and heart worm. They need their FVRCP shot. They need to be dewormed, treated for ear mites and fleas, sometimes mange and ringworm, Coccidia, and myriad other diseases. And now, by a new law, they need to be microchipped.

We charge $115.00 for cat adoption, and offer a price break to those who adopt more than one. Try getting all of this done on your own, Claudia, for less than $115.00.

We are completely funded by donations. Our foster animals stay in people's homes until they are adopted. No animal is euthanized unless it is suffering and beyond hope.

We are all struggling financially, because we still have to feed our fosters even when the donations dry up, as they have in the current economy.

Our price might seem expensive, but I feel our adoptive families are getting a bargain when they adopt a loving friend from us.

Claudia Pinheiro

I really do not see the point of charging so much for adopting an animal. I lived in CA for over 15 years and am now living in Brazil. Here in Rio de Janeiro the shelters charge U$ 7 to adopt. If they were to charge more, people wouldn´t adopt. I know, because I volunteered in one of them for 2 months. Anyway, it is just a suggestion, maybe charging a little less would help.

Paula Powers
Paula Powers8 years ago

continued: People like me on fixed incomes need a vet that they can afford for things like this-Tri County at least give a break on spay/neuter and shots which is better than most other shelters, but adding an affordable vet would be really great-they can't-they can barely feed and house the animals they have and treat their injuries and illnesses without opening up to the public to further stress their budget. My cat recovered with the aid of the anti biotic with diuretic that I got from the expensive vet with no urine test needed-I knew what was wrong in the first place, besides, how do you catch urine from a cat that can't urinate? If the cat urinates the problem is solved and you don't need a urine test. It is this kind of thinking that makes vet care so expensive-they want to test and test for things that are obvious. I'm not saying that tests are not sometimes necessary, but it is just like people doctors who do unnecessary tests to pad bills-vets are doing this too. I know this is off the subject but low cost vets are needed here and none exist. THe topic was shelters-I said my say about that subject, said my say about spay and neuter pets and said my say about all my animals being rescues so I guess the only thing left to say is support your local shelter and strive to put them out of business by not buying from a pet store, puppy mill or by letting your animals breed-don't add to the problem-try to get your neighbors to spay and neuter their pets as well.

Paula Powers
Paula Powers8 years ago

All of my pets are rescues and are spayed or neutered. I have never had a pet that wasn't "fixed" because I have always been aware of the problem with unwanted pets. I just voted for Tri County Animal Shelter in Boca Raton for the prize because it is the only no kill shelter in 3 counties and because of the economy donations have dropped off while dropped off pets due to forclosures have risen exponentially. They are bursting at the seams and yet more and more pets come there because it is a no kill shelter. They even took in pets from Hurricane Katrina to find them new homes. These people are truely dedicated to the health and welfare of all animals and work long hard thankless hours and days to make sure that the animals under their care are taken proper care of-some for life if unadoptable. If I ever want or need another pet to replace one of the ones that I have, since they are pretty old, I would definately adopt one from Tri County. It is a shame that those who do the most get the least and Tri County deserves the most. I wish that they could provide low cost vet care to the community for things other than spay/neuter and shots though, since many people cannot afford the very high vet bills in this area. I had a cat with cystitus and took him to the nearest vet-it cost me $117.00 and they then wanted me to buy special food and to give them a urine sample which would have cost another $70- I could not afford the $117.00 but paid it-ignored the rest.