ICYDK, October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. It was first celebrated in 1981 and continues today as an effort to help millions of animals in shelters find loving forever homes. Dogs are affectionate, loyal, and energetic, and for many, they’re the perfect addition to the family. If you’re a dog lover wanting to introduce a new best friend into your life, consider adopting a precious pooch from a local animal shelter. There are several animal rescue organizations here in Savannah with plenty of furry friends waiting to meet you. If you have extra love to give, a shelter dog can be the perfect outlet, providing cuddles and companionship for years on end.
Savannah is home to quite a few animal shelters that are full of pets who are in need of a permanent caregiver and home. Instead of going with a breeder, find your four-legged friend at a local rescue organization. If you’re wondering where to go, here’s a brief list of local shelters and rescue organizations with lots of loving dogs awaiting adoption.
One Love Animal Rescue
One Love Animal Rescue is a nonprofit organization that helps abandoned, neglected, and unwanted pets by partnering with shelters, rescue groups and community members to place them in permanent, loving homes. They have an adoption process, including health care, to help you find the right shelter dog for you. It all starts by perusing their animal gallery. Check it out to see if any of their animals catch your eye.
For more than 50 years, Save-A-Life, Inc. has been working to prevent animal overpopulation through low-cost spaying and neutering. They also provide foster care, medical treatment, and a placement assistance program. You can view adoptable pets online and meet some of them on Saturdays at Petsmart on Abercorn.
Humane Society of Greater Savannah
Last year, the Humane Society of Greater Savannah helped more than 2,600 pets find their forever homes, saving 99% of all animals in their care. They have several shelter dogs available for adoption, and they also provide a variety of services to help local pets and their owners.
Renegade Paws Rescue
Renegade Paws Rescue is a relatively new nonprofit organization that is committed to providing compassionate, comprehensive care to unwanted, neglected or injured dogs throughout the Coastal Empire. They have plenty of pooches available for adoption, and they can help match you with the right dog for your home.
Coastal Pet Rescue
Since 2003, Coastal Pet Rescue has been dedicated to saving the lives of homeless, abused and neglected dogs and cats in Chatham, Bryan and Effingham counties. They have a foster home program and a small capacity shelter called Camp Pawsawhile Retreat. Coastal Pet Rescue has lots of pets awaiting adoption, and they’re ready to assist you in finding a good fit for your family and lifestyle.
Chatham County Animal Services
Chatham County Animal Services is the local government arm dedicated to animal welfare and associated services. They have a variety of pets ready for their forever home. You can view available dogs online, fill out an application, and set up an appointment to visit the shelter.
If you’re in the market for a new companion, consider adopting a shelter dog from any of these local organizations. You’ll be doing a good deed and enriching the life of a pet in need.