October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month! In honor of that and my own rescued pups, I am again participating in the Thrift Benefit for Sheltered Animals with a group of fabulous DIY bloggers!
Did you know?
- Approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats.
- Each year, approximately 2.7 million animals are euthanized (1.2 million dogs and 1.4 million cats).
- Approximately 2.7 million shelter animals are adopted each year (1.4 million dogs and 1.3 million cats).
- About 649,000 animals who enter shelters as strays are returned to their owners. Of those, 542,000 are dogs and only 100,000 are cats.
- Of the dogs entering shelters, approximately 35% are adopted, 31% are euthanized and 26% of dogs who came in as strays are returned to their owner.
- Of the cats entering shelters, approximately 37% are adopted, 41% are euthanized, and less than 5% of cats who came in as strays are returned to their owners.
My very first dog growing up came from a shelter and, since then, I’ve only adopted rescue dogs.
This is the third year of the Thrift Benefit for Sheltered Animals. Here’s how it works: I go to a thrift store that benefits animal rescue and buy something that I can make over. Then, I make it over and post all about it here on the blog. Then I usually donate it back to the thrift store and let them sell it to make even more money for animal rescue.
But I have to be honest with you: this year, I might have to keep what I make and just give a nice donation to the thrift store! It’s going to be good!
Here’s what I found at Second Life Thrift:
It’s a wooden surveyor’s tripod. Well, it was. It’s about to be a super fantastic awesome lamp!
While at Second Life, I also got a shade and a lamp kit, so I have everything I need to create a lamp from this tripod. I can’t wait!
Here’s the bench I made in the First Thrift Benefit for Sheltered Animals:
I made it from a headboard and two chairs found at Second Life Thrift.
Here’s last year’s project:
I’m ready for this year’s challenge!
Click here to read Bear’s rescue story; click here to read Hank’s. And now that we’re looking for a new friend for Hank, we’re looking at rescue groups who pull dogs from shelters (and also rescue owner turn-ins, strays, and other dogs needing homes).
If you are considering adding a pet to your family, please adopt a shelter animal or an animal from a rescue group. I promise the animals rescue you right back! You can find a rescue group for any and all dog breeds, and many dog rescue groups have a mix of breeds, ages, and sizes from which to choose.
Stay tuned – the big reveal for this project, and all the great projects for this benefit, will be Tuesday, October 13!