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October Is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month



Adored for centries, manís best friend has been memorialized by painters, poets and writers. Theyíve saved lives and selflessly protected people and property, yet there are millions of dogs and puppies who may never have a real home.

Barely alive, Charlie was a skeletal 36 pounds when we assisted a Philadelphia Animal Control Agency in what we thought would be his last hours of life. Now a healthy, hearty bundle of love who needs a "new leash on life", Charlie should go to a home where there are no other dogs.

Each year, some 7 million dogs, about 30 percent of them purebreds, end up in animal shelters, either stray, abandoned or brought in by their owners who for whatever reason could no longer keep them.

Most of them will never have a real home with someone to love and care for them again.

Lola is a three-year-old Akita mix who came to the Forked River Animal Care Center with a bad skin condition, which has completely healed. She needs a good adult home and should be the only pet.

Thatís why AHS recognizes October as National Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month.

The abandoned, unwanted and neglected dogs and puppies in th Society's shelters can be excellent companions and wonderful family members. Dog ownership is a big responsibility and a lifetime commitment, but our shelter staff members will work closely with interested individuals and families to find just the right companion that suits your lifestyles. Every dog deserves a happy ending.

The health benefits of pet ownership have been long established. Statistics show dog owners on average have lower blood pressure, fewer bouts of depression and often exercise more than average. Children who have dogs generally have higher self-esteem and better social skills.

Frankie is a 3-year-old Shih Tzu found as a stray in South Toms River. He was neutered and adopted but he didn't like the familyís other dog. So Frankie is back and would prefer a home where there are no other dogs.

Adopt a dog at any of the Society's shelters located at Newark, Tinton Falls or Forked River during October, and your new family member will be spayed or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. He or she will also receive a leash, collar and identification tag and a small bag of Hillís pet food. All pets have a 10-day medical guarantee.

There are hundreds of dogs, puppies and other animals available for adoption at the AHS shelters. You can check them out before meeting them in person by logging on to Petfinder.

Not able to adopt a dog? Why not `adopt' one through sponsorship! For a small monthly fee, you can help support a dog that was aandoned, neglected, ill, injured or abused on our Share-A-Pet program. And ... if you're in driving distance of our Forked River facility in Ocean County NJ, you can come vsit and walk your sponsored dog, too! Take a look at the many wonderful dogs that are now available for both sponsorship and adoption.

9/28/2007

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