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Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month and National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week

I've written about saving stray and sheltered animals before, and I'm very passionate about critters and their rights. I've been the proud human mom to three very beautiful cats, one of which was an abandoned and abused when she was just a kitten. We named her Spooky, for though she came to love and trust our family, she was scared to pieces by anyone else. Whenever it rains, I miss her; she was spooked by the sound of falling rain, too.

November is Adopt-a-Senior-Pet Month, and November 2nd - 8th is National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week. I discovered this online while I was reading Long May She Reign by Ellen Emerson White, this month's readergirlz book pick. The very next page I turned in the book mentioned this. What are the odds?

(The odds are high if you're me, actually. This sort of thing happens to be on a regular basis. Some of you reading this have witnessed my somewhat surprising encounters with coincidence and serendipity.)

If you'd like to have a pet (or two, or three), please consider adopting animals from shelters. They didn't ask to be there, and unless they are fortunate enough to end up in a no-kill shelter, well . . . The thought of it makes me cry. I wish I could save them all.

Give special consideration to senior pets. Their stories may be even sadder - they DID have a home and a family, and now they don't. Can you imagine being uprooted from your home and not knowing why? Not knowing where your owners went or why they gave you up? Oh, I can't even type this.

Here's more about the Humane Society's annual week-long event:
In 1996, The HSUS launched National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week (based on an idea from the Capital Humane Society in Lincoln, Nebraska). This campaign wasdesigned to acknowledge and promote the invaluable role shelters play in theircommunities and to increase public awareness of animal welfare issues andshelter services. During National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, the first full week of every November, The HSUS promotes and celebrates animal shelters across the country through media and public outreach.You can find materials here to help you celebrate National Animal ShelterAppreciation Week in your community. The materials also can be customized topromote the important role of shelters any time of the year.

- from AnimalSheltering.org
Check out my post at the readergirlz blog for more information about National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week as well as Shelters Rock, a gathering of popular recording artists with a rockin' logo by MUTTS illustrator and animal rights supporter Patrick McDonnell.
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