National Animal Shelter (& Rescue!) Appreciation Week
PAWS
Angie Pritchett

National Animal Shelter (& Rescue!) Appreciation Week
In 1996, The HSUS launched National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week (based on an idea from the Capital Humane Society in Lincoln, Nebraska). This campaign was designed to acknowledge and promote the invaluable role shelters and other animal welfare organizations play in their communities and to increase public awareness of animal welfare issues and shelter services. In 2011, The HSUS expanded NASA week to include rescues and the tremendous impact they play in ensuring that there is a safe haven for all animals in need. National Animal Shelter (and Rescue!) Appreciation Week 2012 is November 4 to 10 and we would like to have A Week's Worth Of Lovin' Sunday: First things first: locate your local shelter and rescue groups. Ouachita Parish Animal Shelter, River Cities Humane Society for Cats, Humane Society Adoption Center, Morehouse Animal Shelter, 4 PAWS, Humane Society of Union Parish and many more. Monday: Looking for more affection and devotion in your life? Adopt a pet from one of our local shelters. Learn what to expect when adopting. Tuesday: Take a minute to thank the people who work at your local shelter or rescue groups. If you've adopted a pet from them, send an updated picture through snail mail, email, or by posting on Facebook to let them know how well your pet is doing! Wednesday: Become a fan of the Shelter on Facebook! Thursday: Shelters and rescue groups are always in need of towels, toys, and other supplies. Check their websites for wish lists or give them a call to see what they need. Friday: Even if you can’t adopt a new pet just now, you can help make life better for homeless animals by volunteering with your local shelter or rescue organization. Do you have experience as a carpenter or electrician, dog-walking whiz?—all these skills are needed! Saturday: Make the jobs of shelters and rescues easier: Outfit your cats and dogs with collars and proper ID (a microchip and ID tags) at all times, and have all of your pets spayed and neutered. Keep your cats indoors, where you can ensure they’re safe, and keep dogs on leashes when off your property. Make NASA Week the best week ever in the life of a shelter animal & shelter employee/volunteer