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Celebrating Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

Celebrating Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

Happy October! This month is known for many qualities: cool fall weather, pumpkin carvings and the ever-favored hayrack rides. October is perfect for apple picking, big sweatshirts and toasty hot chocolate as we prepare for the cold winter ahead. In the nonprofit arena, October is also a great time to raise awareness for different causes you care about.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, National Diabetes Month… a spotlight shines on each of these causes in October. One area which can sometimes be forgotten revolves around a few furry friends of ours.

October happens to be Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. So, how can you celebrate this month and support another incredible cause? We have some cool canine concepts.

1. Share the news.
First and foremost, one of the easiest ways to celebrate Adopt a Shelter Dog Month is to spread the news about the celebration. Share on Facebook, tweet or post about the cause so friends and family members can be in the know. The more people who know, the more who are likely to get engaged and contribute to the cause.

Who else do you know that might like to join in? Reach out, let them know about the celebration and ask if they want to join. Celebrate this month by getting others involved.

2. Raise funds.
What’s the next step to sharing? Caring! Contact your local animal shelter to see if they’re doing new fundraising programs to celebrate Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. If they are, get involved by helping to raise money and support the shelter. Even if they’re not running a specific campaign, fundraising is always helpful. Reach out to friends and family members to see if they would be interested in giving to benefit the furry friends in your community.

3. Spay or neuter your dog.
Another way you can celebrate this month is by keeping the shelter dog population down. Oftentimes, pet owners who don’t spay or neuter their dogs can end up with puppies they weren’t planning on. These dogs are then given to local shelters, creating even more of a need for surrounding areas. You can combat this issue by making sure your own pet is spayed or neutered, to decrease on the supply of animals within the shelter system.

4. Volunteer at a shelter.
What’s more fun than playing with puppies and helping those in need? You can do both by volunteering your time and talents with an animal shelter near you. Reach out to those in the community and ask what their biggest needs are and how you can help. Celebrate Adopt a Shelter Dog Month by filling a shelter dog’s day with love.

5. Adopt a dog.
Of course, one of the biggest ways to celebrate Adopt a Shelter Dog Month is by actually adopting a shelter dog! Visit some of the dogs in your area to learn more about their breeds, habits and if they would be a good fit for your family. If you find a dog you love, give adoption a try. Adopting a dog is an excellent choice because it brings in a new furry family member, all at a reduced cost.

If you’re an animal-lover, celebrate this Adopt a Shelter Dog Month by trying out some of these tips. Give love to your favorite furballs and show support for your community, either human or otherwise.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

Dear Clients & Supporters,

As you may have heard, our office in Pueblo was maliciously vandalized by an unidentified gunman, just after midnight on the evening of June 2nd.

Footage from our security cameras shows an initially calm scene, before what appears to be a man walking by nonchalantly, hands tucked in pockets, suddenly stopping and turning to withdraw a firearm. The gunman then starts dashing, firing shot after shot directly at our storefront.

This person and their weapon have caused immense harm. Financially, the estimated damage exceeds $25,000. The same bullets that shattered glass and pierced through walls have wounded our hearts. However, the cost of this emotional damage cannot be measured in dollars. If there is a silver lining, it’s that nobody was physically hurt - or worse. For that, we’re eternally grateful.

To be clear, this individual and this destructive act, are not linked to the Black Lives Matter movement or protests of any kind. Unfortunately, we believe this anger to be rooted locally in a conflict between a tenant and their disgruntled clients.

In the wake of the ongoing pandemic and riots spurred by civil unrest nationwide, we know things are uncomfortable right now. We know people are upset and hurting. We're hurting too.

As much as it pains us to board up these windows and doors and close our building, we have no other choice but to do so until we can get them fixed. Despite our office being closed, rest assured, we are still working.

While the need for our services grows, so does our need for your support. In fact, we need you now more than ever. Whether it's time or a monetary donation, anything you can do to help us continue promoting healthy, vibrant neighborhoods across Southern Colorado is not only sincerely appreciated; it's vital to actualizing our mutual goals as a community. You can make your contribution, securely and conveniently online at https://nwsoco.org/how-to-help/donate.html or to submit interest in volunteering please visit https://nwsoco.org/how-to-help/volunteer.html.

We want you to know, we will be back, and we will continue to fight for a better Southern Colorado. To get there, more of us need to change. Amidst these changes, one thing will remain certain: our commitment to serving you and the entire Southern Colorado community.

The pain we feel now will pass, just like the time we have with those we love. Remember to take care of each other. If this unprecedented time has taught us anything, it’s that we need each other more than we could have ever known.


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

A Message about Our Services in Light of Coronavirus (COVID-19) – UPDATED 06/09/2020

NeighborWorks Southern Colorado cares about the health and safety of our customers, staff, and community partners. Out of an abundance of caution, we are suspending in-person workshops and counseling appointments temporarily. We will continue to provide homebuyer education and counseling services virtually, and you can reach our employees by phone or email. We will not be receiving visitors to our office until further notice.

We are in the process of contacting customers registered for our Homebuyer Education Workshops or scheduled for an in-person counseling appointment to make other arrangements. If you need to reach us, please call (719) 544-8078.

We are monitoring the news closely and taking advantage of this time to do updates and upgrades to our building to better serve you when we re-open; we will post updates about our services to this website. Thank you for choosing NeighborWorks Southern Colorado as your trusted partner and first choice for homebuyer resources in Southern Colorado.

06/09/2020

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