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October 15, 2009

Governor Urges Alabamians to Adopt Shelter Pets

Resolution Proclaiming October as 'Adopt a Shelter Pet Month' Follows Launch of National Campaign

The Humane Society of the United States

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Humane Society of the United States commends Gov. Bob Riley for signing a resolution declaring October 2009 as "Adopt a Shelter Pet Month" in Alabama. The resolution urges Alabamians to adopt dogs, cats and other companion animals from the state's animal shelters and rescue groups.

"Adopting a shelter pet not only saves the lives of wonderful animals, it also helps reduce the amount of money taxpayers currently spend to shelter abandoned pets," said The HSUS' Alabama state director Mindy Gilbert. "With October designated as 'Adopt a Shelter Pet Month,' Alabamians are encouraged to make animal shelters and rescue groups their first choice when bringing new pets into their homes."

Every year thousands of healthy and adoptable cats and dogs are euthanized in shelters across Alabama because not enough people are turning to shelters when they decide to bring a pet into their family. Pets are often relinquished to shelters due to the owner's financial hardship, moving, divorce or other life changes. Shelter animals are often well socialized, vaccinated, spayed or neutered, and ready for a second chance with a loving family.

In late September, the Ad Council, in partnership with The HSUS and Maddie's Fund, launched the "Shelter Pet Project," the first national public service advertising campaign to promote shelter pet adoption. The goal of the ad campaign is to encourage pet lovers throughout the country to make shelters their first choice for acquiring companion animals, and to let them know that shelter pets are good pets who ended up there through no fault of their own. More information is available at theshelterpetproject.org.

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