It’s National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week; Here’s How You Can Take Part

The first full week of November is National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week, which seems fitting as it is a month where we traditionally give thanks.

Approximately 6.3 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide each year – a staggering number against the approximately 2,820 animal shelter workers in the U.S. That’s a lot of furry friends needing love and care per one worker!

During the season of thanks and giving, below are some ways you can help lend a hand to animals and shelters in need:


Dedicate your off days or down time to volunteering at a local shelter! Take an adoptable dog out on a stroll, socialize a puppy, wash blankets, or help capture Instagram-worthy photos of adoptable pets to share on social media. Not only will it be time well spent, but you could help find a dog their “furever” home.

Below are some resources to find volunteer opportunities in your local area:


With so many four-legged friends needing homes, shelters tend to be overcrowded. Consider opening up much-needed kennel space at your local shelter or humane society by temporarily fostering a dog in need.

With fostering, you could potentially be saving two lives – the animal you welcome into your home and the homeless dog who now has a place at the shelter because of the kennel you emptied.


If you can do so, consider donating to your favorite national organization, local shelter, or animal rescue. This can be a monetary contribution or a donation of toys, blankets, cleaning supplies, food, and equipment like harnesses, leashes, etc.

Many shelters and animal rescues will have “wish lists” of items they need if you’re having a hard time deciding what to purchase.

Help Spread the Word

With how much time we spend on social media each day, sharing a photo of an adoptable pet or post from your local animal shelter is something super quick and easy to do that can help spread awareness of fur babies in need of a home. Plus, it’s free!


Becoming a pet parent is a big decision that comes with a lot of responsibility, and it should be taken seriously. But, if the time is right for you to welcome a dog into your family, adopt, don’t shop! There’s plenty of “puppy love” to be found at your local shelter.

And don’t forget to come to visit us at Central Bark for support with all your pet parent, doggy duty needs! We offer an array of services from day care and training to grooming and everything in between!