October is Adopt-A-Dog Month

Adopt A Dog Month

Big Sil is a Shelter Dog and Celebrates Adopt-A-Dog Month

Big Sil was actually born in October and he is a big fan of Adopt-A-Dog Month.  Big Sil was adopted when he was 9 months old and is now dedicated to raising awareness for humans to make the choice and rescue other dogs in need!  Thanks to the American Humane Association, Adopt-A-Dog Month® was established in October 1981 and that’s why each October we continue to raise awareness for shelter dogs.

A lot of people confuse the American Humane Association and The Humane Society of the United States.   American Humane was actually first, dedicated to protecting animals and also children! They were founded in 1877 and formed by delegates from 27 humane organizations from 10 states that joined together unite their passion and missions during a time when everyone was just starting to raise awareness about cruelty to animals that was occurring on farms nationwide.

Besides Adopt-A-Dog Month, American Humane also works with the film and TV industry under a program called Humane Hollywood to look out for animal actors, by attending on set to ensure the safety of the animals. American Humane also hosts the “Hero Dog Awards” each year, among many other activities.

On the other hand, The Humane Society of the United States was formed in 1954 by four colleagues Fred Myers, Helen Jones, Larry Andrews, Marcia Glaser. They are the larger of the organizations and span many missions from protecting farm animals, to fighting puppy mills and helping to shut down dog fighting. www.humanesociety.org

Both are 501C3 non-profits. The American Humane Association reports revenue of approximately $13.5M while the much larger Human Society reports revenue of approximately $135.5M. Where does all the money go? We’ll leave that to further posts!


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