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Adopt-A-Dog Month®

What Can An Adopted Dog Bring To Your Life?

Since 1981, American Humane has celebrated “Adopt-a-Dog Month®” each October in an effort to help the estimated 3-4 million animals waiting in shelters every year get the loving, forever homes that they deserve.

Be a hero this month and adopt a dog from your local shelter or rescue group. You’ll be saving his or her life and greatly improving your own as dogs are amazing, supportive and heroic companions.


Download our Adopt-a-Dog Month® promotional poster here.


Whether you’re adopting your first dog or bringing home yet another to add to your family, American Humane wants to ensure you’re prepared for the energetic – and sometimes messy – life with your new best friend.


News & Updates

Be a Hero to Dogs Young and Old this Adopt-A-Dog Month®

We love October for the pumpkin spice lattes, fall temperatures and colorful leaves, but it’s also an opportunity to find a new best friend! For more than 40 years, American Humane has celebrated Adopt-A-Dog Month® each October in an effort to help the millions of dogs waiting in shelters for the loving, forever homes they so deserve. This month, we…
Savannah Young / October 13, 2022

This October, Be a Hero to Dogs Young and Old

For thousands of years, dogs have been our best friends, our protectors and often our personal heroes. That is why each October, since 1981, American Humane has encouraged animal lovers to repay the favor by adopting a dog from a local shelter or rescue group during our annual “Adopt-a-Dog Month®.” It’s that time of year again, and today, we call…
Savannah Young / October 5, 2021