Celebrating the Human-Animal Bond and the People Working to Save Homeless Pets
SANDPOINT, IDAHO – When people want to adopt a pet, usually they think of going to an animal shelter or “the pound.” But another option exists: pet rescue groups. The National Association of Pet Rescue Professionals (NAPRP) has announced that November 13-19 is Pet Rescue and Adoption week, which showcases these organizations that are working along with shelters to adopt homeless animals.
Susan Daffron the founder of NAPRP says, “Rescue and Pet Adoption groups are in a unique position to help end the euthanasia of homeless animals. When rescues pull an animal out of an animal shelter, it frees up space, so a shelter can help another animal. It’s vitally important work that often goes unrecognized.”
According to the Humane Society of the United States, there are approximately 3,500 animal shelters in the US. But the Petfinder.com Website says that it has 13,633 registered adoption groups. Most people don’t realize that many of these groups are pet rescue groups, not animal shelters. These thousands of small grass-roots organizations pull animals out of shelters and find them new homes.
Rescues work with shelters and offer an alternative way for people to adopt a homeless animal. People often look to adopt from a rescue if they want a specific breed of animal or they don’t have a shelter nearby.
Daffron suggests that people celebrate the week by:
1. Adopting an animal yourself or helping a friend find their new best friend. Go to Petfinder.com, AdoptaPet.com, and check out all the animals available for adoption.
2. Sharing your pet adoption story. Become a fan of the National Association of Pet Rescue Professionals on Facebook at facebook.com/naprp and share your best pet rescue or adoption story with others. Promoting the “adoption option” reminds people many animals still await their forever home.
3. Raising money or volunteering to foster animals. Many rescues don’t have a facility, so they look for volunteers to foster pets or help them run fundraisers.
4. Donating to save a life. Love a particular breed of dog? Find a rescue that specializes in that breed and donate money to help save a life. Every little bit helps. Or visit PublicitytotheRescue.com and buy the book. For each book sold the author will donate $5 to one of the rescues showcased in the book.
5. Patronizing businesses that support rescue and adoption. Only shop at pet stores that support rescues and shelters with adoption events. (Avoid pet stores that sell puppy mill puppies.) Attend “Yappy Hours,” “Dog Walks” or other fundraisers that support organizations working to save homeless animals.
Daffron points out, “Even though most people love animals, they simply aren’t aware how many adoption options exist. We’re hoping to change that!”
About Susan Daffron
Susan Daffron is founder of the National Association of Pet Rescue Professionals, a membership association made up of people who are working for animal shelters, humane societies or rescue groups. Daffron is also the author of 12 books, including one on fundraising for rescue groups and two books on caring for adopted pets. She is a former veterinary assistant, animal shelter volunteer, employee, and board member. She also owns a publishing and software company called Logical Expressions, Inc.
About the National Association of Pet Rescue Professionals
The National Association of Pet Rescue Professionals is a membership association made up of people who are working for animal shelters, humane societies or rescue groups. The mission of the organization is to provide the knowledge, tools, and connections rescue professionals need to save more companion animal lives.
About Publicity to the Rescue
“Publicity to the Rescue” is $19.99 and is available on Amazon.com or directly from the publisher at: www.PublicitytotheRescue.com.
About Logical Expressions, Inc.
Logical Expressions is book and software publishing company based in Sandpoint, Idaho that is owned by Susan Daffron and James Byrd. The company offers affordable books, software, tools, and services that help businesses with print and online publishing projects. In addition to publishing its own series of books, Logical Expressions offers book production services.
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