Adopt a Pet on International Homeless Animals Day

Posted by Stacey Venzel

Unite to fight animal homelessness on August 20. Adopt a pet!

Strays, street pets, shelter animals, call them what you may. Cats, dogs, horses, pigs, rabbits, turtles, birds, and more are in need of homes around the globe.

International Homeless Animals Day on August 20 is the purrrfect day to mark your calendars for adding a new four-legged (or three-legged or winged) family member to your menagerie.

Many of the famous pets we've come to love so dearly via cyberspace are adopted. Channing Tatum's wife adopted a horse for the actor on his birthday this year. Photogenic balancing guru Scout of "Stuff on Scout's Head" was adopted. Even NFL players have headed to shelters to bring home neglected animals in need of TLC.

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Maybe you remember Gordon the Bahamas island dog that was rescued and adopted by a band of Good Samaritans last year. Or Mittens the cat who survived animal cruelty and won ASPCA Cat of the Year in 2011.

Sanctuaries around the globe are dedicated to saving abused or forgotten pets in need of homes. Territorio de Zaguates in Costa Rica is a paradise for stray dogs. Bichos Raros in Spain is a disabled pet rescue center.

Animals of all shapes and sizes can be adopted and make the best pets--even guinea pigs, as sassy Asparagus Butterscotch proved.

Stacey Venzel
Stacey Venzel

If you can't take in another family member, advocating pet adoption through social media is an easy way to show your support for homeless animals using hashtags like #optoadopt and #adoptdontshop.

Additionally, educating people about spaying and neutering their pets to keep down the stray population is key to preventing the global homeless animal crisis.

Join us on August 20 and celebrate International Homeless Animals Day!

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Adopt a Pet on International Homeless Animals Day