Friday, October 11, 2019

October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month by Josie Riviera

Did you know that October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month?

Approximately 3.3 million dogs are put in shelters each year. Sadly, oftentimes these dogs are abused and abandoned.

But two things are certain: 

Each dog deserves a forever home, and
You’ll be saving a dog’s life if you adopt.

Interestingly, in a recent study from Amazon Audible and dog behaviorist Cesar Milan, audiobooks were found to calm dogs in kennels.  A recommended list of audiobooks includes To Kill a Mockingbird and Anne of Green Gables.

When you adopt a dog, the benefits to humans are unlimited. Studies prove that an animal can improve your health and make you happier. And, your dog will love you unconditionally.

If you can’t adopt a dog, consider volunteering at your local shelter. Dog walkers are always appreciated!

Many of my readers are aware that I own a 7 year old shih tzu named Henry. (He's Batman in the above photo!)

Although the dog isn’t referred to by name, there is a shih tzu mentioned in my inspirational holiday romance book, Holly’s Gift.

Still on sale for only 99¢, and free on Kindle Unlimited.
Also available in Paperback and Large Print Paperback.

Six of our sweet romance read authors wrote a heartwarming series set in Snowflake, a fictional small-town in Colorado.

My contribution was Holly’s Gift (Small-Town Christmas Wishes Series Book 5)

Miracles don’t always come easy. Sometimes it takes a secret wish to light an angel’s way.

 Have you ever adopted an animal from a shelter? Please leave your comments below.

Josie Riviera is a USA TODAY bestselling author of contemporary, inspirational, and historical sweet romances that read like Hallmark movies. She lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with her wonderfully supportive husband. They share their home with an adorable shih tzu, who constantly needs grooming, and live in an old house forever needing renovations.

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  1. Wonderful post, Josie. Shelter dogs everywhere thank you!

  2. My daughter's family's four dogs "watch" TV when the family is out.

  3. Delightful post. Love that dogs at shelters love the audio version of To Kill a Mockingbird, so did my high school sophomores. Interesting analogy. LOL

  4. I didn't know it was Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. A good cause. I haven't adopted a dog but I have 3 cats.

    1. That's great, Margaret. My son has one beautiful cat.

  5. We just adopted our first shelter puppy last month.
    She’s a sweetie, but at the “pain in the a__” stage right now. ��

    1. LOL, Pam. Yes, I well remember that puppy stage! :)

  6. Does adopting a rescue from an organization count?! I have adopted dogs and cats from shelters in the past.

  7. Thanks Josie for encouraging people to adopt a dog. We have two adoptees. Gizzy our Pekingese and Toby who is a Shih Tzu and possibly part Pekingese. That I don't know for sure but I love them both. Toby has diabetes now and it's not sure how long he has had it but when we came back from our vacation in August, he was drinking a ton of water and peeing in the house because he couldn't help it so I told my husband that he needed to be checked out for diabetes and unfortunetly was diagnosed with a glucose was 500 which is extremely high for a human so I don't know how that high a glucose, he isn't worse off than he is.

    1. It's good you had your Shih Tzu checked. Our Henry (Shih Tzu), also drinks a ton of water, but the vet said that everything checked out OK. Thanks for sharing!