Hampton Roads, VA—Fourteen local animal shelters are joining forces February 11th-17th to recognize Homeless Animal Awareness Week (HAAW). For one week, shelters across the region will take to social media to educate our communities about animal homelessness.
According to the ASPCA, 40% of pet owners first learned about their pet through word of mouth. During Homeless Animal Awareness Week, animal shelters are reminding our friends and animal lovers to spread the word—local shelters are full of wonderful pets waiting for their new family to walk through the door. Community members can join the Facebook event and further their participation by updating their social media with HAAW graphics and using the hashtags #HR4PETS, #HAAW, and #homeslessanimalawarenessweek.
A report from the American Pet Products Association indicates that 20% of dogs and 31% of cats are adopted from an animal shelter or humane society. This is a bleak statistic for the more than 32,000 animals that entered area shelters in 2017. Therefore, these shelters depend on the support of their community members to share the important message of animal adoption.
The participating shelters are Chesapeake Animal Services, the Chesapeake Humane Society, Gloucester-Matthews Humane Society, Heritage Humane Society, Isle of Wight County Animal Shelter, Norfolk Animal Care and Adoption Center, Norfolk SPCA, PETA, Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter, Peninsula SPCA, Portsmouth Humane Society, Suffolk Animal Care, Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center and the Virginia Beach SPCA. Many of these shelters will be offering adoption discounts or holding special events, such as “Fashion Has Gone to Dogs,” hosted by the City of Norfolk. Individuals are encouraged to follow the Homeless Animal Awareness Week Facebook event the adoption discounts and events.